Financial Accountant

MI5, MI6 and GCHQ
London and Cheltenham
Central London: £38,656 - £43,186/Cheltenham: £35,736 - £40,011
24 Feb 2020
25 Mar 2020

Finance Accountant

MI5, MI6 and GCHQ

Could you manage the money for the UK’s Intelligence Agencies?

About us

MI5, MI6 and GCHQ, our UK intelligence agencies, work together to keep the country safe from all kinds of threats – from terrorism to cyber-attacks. Our finance teams play a vital role in this, sitting at the heart of our agencies’ strategies and mission. We’re now looking for professionals to join the department who can manage our money effectively and make the most of our resources.

About the role

We have a variety of Finance Accountant roles on offer. Depending on the position, you could be leading a small team, advising on planning or purchase orders, collating variance analysis, or identifying risk and mitigation.

Whatever you’re doing, you’ll make sure we spend our money wisely, suggest ways to improve process, and make sure we hit our monthly and annual deadlines. If your talents shine, you could get the financial and study support you need to become a Chartered Accountant.

About you

Ideally, you’ll already be a qualified or part-qualified accountant (CCAB or equivalent) with practical financial experience, for example in management accounting, cost accounting or budgeting. You’ll be able to apply this knowledge to your new role, and understand how finance fits into the bigger picture.

You’ll bring a good working knowledge of MS Office applications (including Microsoft Excel), and preferably an understanding of ERP accounting systems too. We’d also like to see evidence of strong communication and customer relationship skills, and previous experience leading a small finance team.

The UK Intelligence Agencies are Equal Opportunities employers, committed to reflecting the society we protect. Our recruitment process is fair, transparent and based on merit. We particularly welcome applications from diverse and under-represented groups.

To apply for this exciting career move, please use the Apply button provided.

To be eligible to apply, you must meet our residency criteria. You must be a born or a naturalised British Citizen and one of your parents must be a British Citizen or have substantial ties to the UK. Candidates must normally have been resident in the UK for nine out of the last ten years. This is particularly important if you were born outside of the UK. You will nonetheless be considered if you have, for example, served overseas with HM Forces or in some other official capacity as a representative of Her Majesty’s Government, studied abroad, or lived overseas with your parents. You can apply at the age of 17 years and 6 months. If successful, you will not be offered a start date prior to your 18th birthday. 

Discretion is vital. You should not discuss your application, other than with your partner or a close family member. Please note, you should only launch your application from within the UK. If you are based overseas, you should wait until you visit the UK to launch an application. Applying from outside the UK will impact on our ability to progress your application.

Further information on our eligibility criteria can be found on the How to Apply section.