Joint Intelligence Organisation - Lead Intelligence Analyst (Head of Threats Team)

UK Cabinet Office
  • Location
    London, United Kingdom
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Nov 08

Position description

This is an exciting role responsible for leading the Joint Intelligence Organisation’s (JIO) work on terrorism, serious organised crime and state threats. You will work at the heart of the UK intelligence assessment community, leading a team of analysts to produce high-quality, insightful assessment products for Ministers and senior officials.

This is an excellent opportunity to work at the centre of HMG’s national security machinery, helping to inform the UK’s response to priority national and international issues.

Job description

About the JIO

The Joint Intelligence Organisation (JIO) primarily supports the Joint Intelligence Committee (JIC), the National Security Council, the Prime Minister and other key decision-makers by providing authoritative, robust all-source intelligence assessment on a vast range of national security and foreign policy priorities.

Our work covers, and goes beyond, ‘traditional’ national security topics such as geopolitical issues and threats to British interests. We apply a national security lens to issues such as emerging technology, economic and health security, climate change and horizon scanning (for example, identifying and monitoring countries at risk of instability).

You can read more about working for the JIO in the information pack attached at the bottom of this advert.

The Role

As Head of the Threats Team you will manage the production of all-source strategic assessments that help to inform a range of policy decisions on topics such as terrorism, serious organised crime and state threats. Working closely with other experts across HMG, JIO’s role is to present a single, agreed view on HMG priority issues, as well as writing intelligence highlights for the Prime Minister. The successful candidate will need to be prepared to work flexibly during a crisis to support teams in wider JIO as required. 

This role requires candidates to obtain STRAP clearance, which is an additional layer of clearance for some sensitive roles in addition to DV. STRAP clearance will be applied for once the candidate has obtained DV clearance in pre-employment checks and both must be confirmed before the successful candidate can start in the role. Candidates that are granted Developed Vetting by the Cabinet Office as part of the recruitment process, but do not take up the post, will have their Developed Vetting clearance lapsed. 


If your application is successful, you will:

  • Lead JIO’s assessment work on terrorism, serious organised crime and state threats, ensuring JIO analysis is relevant and impactful, and enables policy decision-making at the highest levels of government.
  • Ensure the delivery of JIO assessment on Threats topics at pace and to the highest standards of analytic tradecraft.
  • Drive innovation, including using data-driven analysis techniques, in support of Threats team assessment and in JIO’s work more broadly.
  • Guide, coach and develop analysts in the Threats team. Provide stretching bespoke objectives with support and advice to enable each analyst to grow and succeed. 
  • Manage resources effectively. Ensure the Threats team recruits the highest-quality candidates.
  • Communicate JIO’s assessment of important and often complex issues to senior decision-makers with clarity, credibility and impact.
  • Develop deep and collaborative working relationships with assessment partners across the intelligence community. Drive a customer-focussed work ethic, including strong relationships with policy customers across Whitehall.
  • Harness specialist expertise, knowledge and data from outside HMG.
  • Contribute to the JIO wider work, both to support colleagues and for your own development. You may occasionally be asked to support crisis working or work unsociable hours, often with little or no notice.

Person specification

The successful candidate will:

  • Have significant experience in leading delivery of high-quality analysis or advice for senior decision-makers.
  • Have a track record of assessment and the management of analysts, able to lead and support others to deliver the highest-quality of assessments under pressure.
  • Be an experienced national security professional, with a strong track record in domestic security threats. 
  • Have strong strategic thinking skills, with an ability to step back from the detail and identify strategic implications that matter most to senior policy-makers.
  • Have the ability to build strong collaborative relationships with partners inside and outside government. 
  • Be able to confidently engage expert communities inside and outside government.
  • Have experience of building and maintaining a network of contacts across government, external organisations and international partners.
  • Exceptional communication skills, in person and in writing. Significant experience in briefing senior leaders; able to articulate ambiguous issues in clear, direct terms that ‘cut through’ with lay audiences.
  • Be highly organised, able to lead a team to work across several competing work strands at pace at any given time, and prioritise activity as required.

We invest in upskilling our team members to enable them to thrive once they start working with us. As such, if you don’t quite match these desirable skills, don’t let it put you off applying as we will support the successful candidate to develop them once they are in post. The application process will seek to gauge potential just as much as current performance.


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Leadership

Technical skills

We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

  • Written and Visual Communication of Intelligence Assessment (Highly Proficient)
  • Co-Operation, Co-Ordination and Challenge (Highly Proficient)
  • Informing Decision Making (Highly Proficient)

Application instructions

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