Intelligence & Data Analyst Development Programme - MI5

Salary: £30,491 (rising to £32,963 after 1 year)
Location: London
Start date: ASAP
Sectors: Languages, Public Sector, Telecommunications, Military & Defence, Research & Analysis

Where others see chaos, you’ll see patterns

Data is everywhere. But while others just see chaos - a collection of numbers and information - you know how to spot the patterns and connections, allowing you to better predict what might happen. With people increasingly communicating through digital means, we need this ability more than ever. And through our Intelligence & Data Analyst Development programme (I&DADP), we’ll teach you how to use it to help keep the country safe.

About the programme

At MI5, it’s our role to help safeguard the UK from threats to our nation’s security such as terrorism, espionage and cyber attacks. The structured two-year I&DADP is designed to cover the first part of the exciting and rewarding career of an Intelligence & Data Analyst. It starts with three months’ comprehensive training, which will give you the knowledge and skills to translate data into the information we need. 

After this, you’ll be placed at the heart of our investigations, working alongside Intelligence Officers to provide them with the essential intelligence that directs their work. Using the very latest technology and methods, you’ll answer critical questions such as “who is using this mobile phone?”, “where are they located?” and “what are their activities?”. At a tactical level, you could be uncovering and mapping communications networks, or analysing geolocation data. You’ll also work on more strategic projects, looking at trends across our investigations or improving our techniques. Throughout it all, you’ll know how to translate your findings to your non-technical colleagues in a way they can understand. After successfully completing the programme, you’ll become an Intelligence & Data Analyst, where you’ll move posts every three years to gain experience in multiple areas.

At MI5, we’re committed to creating a supportive and diverse work environment. Because of the intensive nature of our work, we encourage a healthy work-life balance and there’s an emphasis on self-development and career progression.

About you

As an Intelligence & Data Analyst in MI5, you’ll routinely work with large, complex data sets containing dozens of variables to produce evidence-based conclusions and recommendations. While much of this data is digital in nature, you don’t have to be a computer expert to join, as we will equip you with all the relevant technical skills you need. In fact, many people in our team haven’t come from digital backgrounds at all. The most common degrees people have on the I&DADP are: geography, psychology, chemistry, biology and biomedical, as well as mathematics, statistics, economics and criminology. What’s more important is that you can show evidence of working with data containing a number of variables. To apply, you’ll also need a minimum of a 2:2 degree in any discipline, or relevant work experience.

It’s just as important that you’re a proactive and creative thinker, and can adapt to unexpected situations. And you’ll have experience of using analysis methods that do not rely solely on manually processing data. For example, you might have analysed rainfall to determine a specific trend happening within an area of the UK during your geography degree. Or, you might be working at a major tech company, collecting website visits to better understand your users’ habits. Evidence of working with incomplete or ambiguous data would be advantageous.

Show us all this, and we’ll give you the chance to use your expertise of spotting patterns in data to build a career that’s very special. And helps keep the country safe.

For more information and to apply, click here.

To apply to MI5 you must be a born or naturalised British citizen, over 18 years old and normally have lived in the UK for nine of the last ten years. You should not discuss your application, other than with your partner or a close family member, providing that they are British. They should also be made aware of the importance of discretion.