Access Operations

GCHQ is offering you an exciting opportunity to join our Access Operations Team. Responsible for working across GCHQ’s accesses, you’ll ensure we’re able to provide intelligence to support ongoing operations, identifying potentially crucial information to assist teams such as counter terrorism or serious crime, as well as pioneering new capabilities.


As one of Britain’s intelligence agencies, we unlock the complex world of communications to keep our nation safe. We work closely with our partners in the intelligence community to safeguard Britain’s people, interests and businesses from various threats. Think cyber-attacks, espionage, terrorism, and organised crime. It’s challenging, varied and meaningful work that you simply won’t find anywhere else.


There are various roles within Access Operations. Currently, the below role is available:

1) Network Optimisation Analyst

Our Network Optimisation Analysts are responsible for analysing IP networks and Internet technologies in order to support other teams within the organisation. Both challenging and rewarding, this analytical role gives you exposure to a core part of the department, and provides you with the opportunity to develop your network analysis skills.

This role will enable you to develop strong analysis skills while finding collection solutions to satisfy intelligence requirements. You’ll be given exposure to a breadth of data collected from various sources, as well as the opportunity to develop the skills required to do the job.

While the role is challenging, our flexible working policy ensures a healthy work-life balance. Wherever possible, we look to accommodate reduced hours or job share options balanced against business needs.


To apply for this role, you’ll need an A level in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths subject.

Along with an understanding of how IP networks are configured and managed, you have an analytical mind-set and a willingness to learn. You also have the ability to adapt to ever changing situations and are able to utilise your analytical skills to keep pace. With an enquiring mind, you'll have a creative approach to problem solving and aren’t deterred when there isn’t an immediate answer.


Cheltenham, located within an hour’s journey of Birmingham and Bristol.


At GCHQ we’re proud of our inclusive and supportive working environment that’s designed to encourage open minds and attitudes. As an organisation that values and nurtures talent, we’re committed to helping you fulfil your potential. But you’re not expected to come to us with a wealth of knowledge, or skills, on day one. With comprehensive training and development opportunities, tailored to your personal needs and the requirements of your work, we’ll enable you to flourish in your role and perform to the very best of your abilities.

For the specific roles here-above, you’ll be supported by specific training designed to extend your technical knowledge, and you’ll be given the support and guidance to enable you to develop the key skills essential for a career in the department. Should you wish to progress to a higher grade, you’ll also have access to opportunities to improve your individual skills and knowledge.


Starting salary of £26,091 - £29,694, with the potential to earn skills and retention payments where applicable.


To apply for this position, you must meet our nationality, residency and security requirements.  You’ll find more details here.

Be prepared to dedicate 60-90 minutes to completing your application. We’re conscious this might be more time than you expected, so our system will allow you to save your application at any time and come back to it later. But remember to submit your full application before the closing date.

Once we’ve established that you meet our eligibility criteria, the next steps of this selection process are:

- Face to Face interview*

- Drugs test

*Interviews will be held in Gloucester.                                                        

If you successfully complete these stages, you’ll receive a job offer, conditional upon you completing our developed vetting (DV) process which enables you to obtain the level of security clearance required to perform this vital role.