Analysis

Expert knowledge. Persistence. An eye for detail.
Our Analysts need all sorts of talents.

Piecing together intelligence to protect the UK.

Information comes into GCHQ from every corner of the globe. As one of our Analysts, you’ll use a variety of skills to evaluate it, produce reports and advise customers such as government departments and law enforcement agencies. With a level of technical knowledge, you’ll be using a number of different tools to produce results that will help to protect the country’s security and economic well-being.

Analysis roles

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Analyst Developers

You’ll be creating, maintaining and enhancing software and analytics. With your deep technological understanding you’ll also develop new capabilities to help other analysts to work more effectively. You'll be working as either a data scientist or a tool developer:

Data scientist

With an interest in big data, analytics and problem solving, you’ll use your deep maths, stats and computer science expertise to solve complex data problems by modelling data. Naturally inquisitive, with the ability to look at problems from different angles and question existing assumptions and processes, you’ll support technical analysts and target analysts in their challenges. You’ll also have the chance to work with our partners to share and enhance our analytic capability.

Tool Developer

With a keen eye for innovation, you’ll be developing tools and prototypes to help our analysts work more effectively. You’ll be prototyping tools that interpret or visualize data and closely supporting technical analysts and data scientists in your area. You’ll work closely with our engineering teams, helping to provide direction and contributing to corporate frameworks and tools. You’ll also have the chance to work with other partners to help develop new tools and techniques.

You’ll have a 2:1 degree in a science, technology, engineering or maths subject, ideally combined with experience of working with large complex data sets using Hadoop and Pig, or programming and visualization.

Communication Systems Analyst

You’ll join a team developing and applying techniques to access the underlying data in the communications signals you discover. As well as being a strong problem solver, you’ll need to be an experienced programmer, with the drive to make our future systems more intelligent. With the ability to perform effectively as a member of a team, you’ll need a desire to apply your skills to support GCHQ’s mission.

Ideally you’ll have degree level knowledge of modern communications systems, combined with some relevant practical experience. But show us that you have the attitude, enthusiasm and technical aptitude we’re looking for and we’ll provide high quality training and exceptional support. So if you have strong A levels in relevant STEM subjects and an aptitude for learning, you could play a leading role in our mission. 

Target Analysts

With strong analytical skills and a genuine interest in current affairs, technology and problem solving, you’ll enjoy the chance to engage with customers in various locations throughout your career. You’ll be analysing, distilling and interpreting many different types of data. Then you’ll use your communication skills to produce insightful reports to inform foreign policy, military operations, law enforcement activity and national security.

You’ll tackle a variety of challenging problems, sometimes involving a high degree of uncertainty. So your work won’t just involve answering questions, but you’ll often need to devise the method required to answer them too. In this fast-paced and multi-faceted role, you’ll need the flexibility to tackle the unexpected, the determination to forge through difficulties and the ability to work well in a team. With at least a 2:2 degree, you’ll also need the character to learn quickly in a rapidly changing environment.

Technical Analysts

Working with wider areas of GCHQ, you’ll be analysing vulnerabilities and technologies to drive the delivery of new capabilities that help support and meet intelligence and security outcomes. With a deep technical understanding and a natural flair for technology, you’ll be working with the latest technologies. You’ll also be engaging with internal and external experts and learning to exploit large amounts of data to discover new targets of interest. You’ll also constantly strive to improve our analytic techniques.

With the flexibility to tackle the unexpected, the ability to react rapidly to changing circumstances and the determination to overcome difficulties, you’ll be a strong team player. You’ll need at least a 2:1 degree in a science, technology, engineering or maths subject, or knowledge and experience in at least one of these areas: computing and computer networks, operating systems, telecommunications systems, information security, data manipulation and interpretation. 

Weapons System Analyst

Modern weapons are complex systems, combining leading-edge technologies with sophisticated information processing and communication. You’ll apply your strong technical analysis skills and keen interest in military technology to foreign weapons data, relating your results to system capability.

You’ll play a valuable role in informing UK defence planning and procurement, and will make a vital contribution to the nation’s military capability. With hands-on work and plenty of training opportunities, you’ll enjoy the scope to develop into a recognised expert in your field. You’ll need either a 2:2 degree or above in a relevant subject, or appropriate experience.

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