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Whatever your role at MI5, you’ll be contributing to protecting the UK from threats to national security including terrorism and espionage. We currently need Application Architects to work within our Information Technology group.

The Role

MI5 is looking for forward thinking, experienced application architects to join a successful team of broad skilled architects, working within a dynamic and fast-moving environment.

The architecture team is responsible for designing and delivering real world architectural solutions to strategic and dynamic requirements from fascinating business areas across our organisation. Working on technically advanced and innovative projects, the successful candidate must have proven experience in a similar role and of the complete delivery process.

Key Responsibilities

  • Gathering and interpreting requirements from the business and technical teams, including the implementation of proof of concepts to aid this process
  • Working with Dev Ops teams and fellow architects to identify and design end to end architectural solutions, advising on and contributing to the implementation of application architecture and system/component interfaces
  • Contributing to system roadmaps and future visions to help stakeholders understand where and how technology benefits them
  • Using own experience, industry best practice and emerging trends, to initiate new ideas and conduct options analysis to recommend optimum solutions
  • Designing interface specifications, writing high level design and detailed design for chosen solutions
  • Being involved in the implementation of new technologies and methods

The Person

We are looking for passionate leaders in the technology world who are excited to take the initiative, be creative and drive engineering change across the intelligence agencies. You should have experience of successful application design and integration in large scale enterprise organisations. With demonstrable technical expertise, you will have the ability to design solutions and evaluate the merit of different technical options and approaches.

You will need strong communication skills to explain the impact of application architecture to the business and technical community, and the desire to work collaboratively by sharing ideas and experience across the wider architecture team.

It would be advantageous if you have a development background in a high-level language (Java, JavaScript or C#). You will need to understand distributed architectures and be experienced in agile delivery methods, preferably with two years or more experience in a DevOps or Agile environment.

Recruitment Process

Initially, we will ask you to complete our pre-screening questions to find out if you meet our initial criteria. If you do meet these criteria we will then ask you to begin an application.

You will need to create a log in and provide your full name, email address and a memorable password. Once you have successfully created a personal account, you will be required to complete a registration form, providing contact details and equal opportunities monitoring information.

You will then be invited to upload your CV and complete an online application form. Our recruitment team will sift through your application. Successful applicants will be invited to a face to face interview at MI5, which will include some competency based questions and will explore your motivation to work for MI5.

If you pass this interview, you will be required to attend a second face to face interview with the hiring section at MI5. This will be followed by a security interview with a vetting officer. You should read about the vetting process and satisfy yourself that you meet the criteria outlined in the vetting pages of the How to Apply section prior to submitting an application.

Giving misleading information or omitting or concealing information during the recruitment and vetting process is viewed very seriously. You should ensure that you follow our guidance from when you apply.

Guaranteed Interview Scheme

As part of our commitment to the “Disability Confident” scheme we offer an interview to all candidates with a disability who meet our minimum criteria for the job vacancy that they are applying for. This is known as the Guaranteed Interview Scheme (GIS).

Along with the standard eligibility requirements for this post, your application will be assessed on how far you meet the job requirements. Your application must score the minimum amount of points set. On successful completion of this stage, you will be invited to interview. This will normally be a telephone interview and is our guaranteed interview.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible to apply, you must meet our residency criteria. You must be a born or 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 the UK. However, we will still consider you if you have served overseas with Her Majesty’s Forces or in some other official capacity as a representative of Her Majesty’s Government, studied abroad, or lived overseas with your parents.

Due to vetting requirements you will need to be 18 years old, or above, to apply. Your application may take around six months to process.

Owing to the sensitivity of our work, we do not publicly disclose the identities of our staff. Discretion is vital. You should not discuss your application, other than with your partner or a close family member.

The Security Service is committed to reflecting both equal opportunities and the society we protect. We particularly welcome applications from women and Black, Asian and minority ethnic candidates.

Closing Date: undisclosed

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