Life at HMGCC

Life at HMGCC

At HMGCC, there's almost limitless potential to what we can create and achieve. You'll find such an incredible mix of talents, technologies and projects here. We work hard to ensure our people feel happy, inspired and are appreciated.

I love the work-life balance and job satisfaction at HMGCC. Nothing can match it. Chris

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Holiday

Holiday

Your holiday entitlement starts at 25 days a year, rising to 30 days a year after you’ve been with us for five years.

You’ll also benefit from a further 2.5 days of privilege holiday on top of all the normal bank holidays.

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Flexible Hours

Flexible Hours

Our normal working hours are 8.15 am to 4.15 pm (Mon-Thurs) and 8.15 am to 3.45 pm (Fri) with 30 mins for lunch. It’s nice to have that extra time in the evening.

Where possible, jobs are offered with flexible working hours available, be that through part-time, compressed week, or term-time hours.

I’ve been able to change my hours several times to suit family life. Lucy

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Gym

Gym

Our well-equipped, recently refurbished gym is free to all staff and open 24/7. From treadmills to weight machines, you’ll also find classes ranging from martial arts to yoga. We even have two friendly trainers on hand to help you with any exercise or nutrition goals.

What’s more, we also have a tennis court, 5-a-side football pitch and plenty of sports clubs and societies to help you make the most of our great facilities. And for your colleagues' benefit, we've plenty showers and changing rooms on site, so your kit doesn't have to sit under your desk!

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Balcony Café

Balcony Café

Our café is cheaper than other coffee shops on the high street, serving drinks, sandwiches, bacon rolls, pastries, soups, salads and a selection of tasty hot meals.

We also have access to the main Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s restaurant, which can be found on-site. It offers full cooked breakfasts, a deli, hot meals and even a freshly cooked to order, ‘chef’s theatre’.

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Hanslope Park Day Nursery

Hanslope Park Day Nursery

Our on-site nursery is a well-established, small, independent nursery, with a warm and friendly atmosphere and a caring, dedicated team. Our vibrant, purpose-built building has four main rooms offering bright and stimulating environments for children between three months and five years.

All of our staff are qualified to NNEB, BTEC or equivalent level, or training towards it. Together, they provide the very highest-quality care for your little one. In fact, the most recent OFSTED report gave the nursery a Good rating. You can find out more by using the OFSTED reference EY278067.

Places at the nursery are subject to availability.

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Parental Leave

Parental Leave

Everyone is entitled to 52 weeks parental leave. We offer two weeks paternity leave, as well as Shared Parental Leave, both of which we top up from Statutory Pay to full pay (depending on your length of service).

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Childcare Vouchers

Childcare Vouchers

We're registered for childcare vouchers, using a salary sacrifice scheme that will enable you to make a tax saving on your childcare costs.

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Bikes 2 Work Scheme

Bikes 2 Work Scheme

We’re members of the Bikes 2 Work Scheme, where we’ll lend you money to buy a brand new bike, which is then repaid through your salary (saving you the tax). For those of you who like to cycle to work, you’ll find a range of facilities from showers to bike racks to help make your commute even more enjoyable.

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Welcoming Environment

Welcoming Environment

New members of our team often comment on how supportive their colleagues are. We don’t have the layers of management and bureaucracy that tend to be found in major tech corporations. That’s a welcome breath of fresh air.

Everyone is on first name terms and, by working in small teams and closely interacting with other departments, we get to know each other very quickly.

We’re proud to be an inclusive community of like-minded professionals doing work of genuine importance, where everyone has a voice and people's opinions are heard and respected.

 

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Counselling and advice

Counselling and advice

For extra support and guidance, we have access to an Occupational Health Nurse, Welfare Counsellor and Financial Advisor.

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Free parking

Free parking

All of our employees are entitled to take advantage of free parking on-site. We also have priority parking for people who are car sharing, as well as designated parking spots for motorbikes and bicycle racks.

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Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity & Inclusion

HMGCC is committed to ensuring inclusiveness and equality of opportunity for all employees, through fair employment policies and practices that value diversity. We aim to recognise the value of individuals differences and embrace them so that everyone can be themselves at work.

We are proud to be members of the Stonewall Diversity Champion's network.

Learning & Development

For any organisation of our size to make a contribution to national security, Learning and Development is critical to our success. So when you first join us, we’ll make sure you’re fully supported. You’ll have the chance to be paired up with a buddy and have access to a mentor. Everyone who joins also attends a helpful 3-day induction course. And with a handy new starter pack, you’ll quickly get to grips with the way things work.

Even in the current challenging financial climate, we’re still heavily investing in our people’s on-going development  because it’s important to us. We’ll work with you to keep your skills fresh, and you can join our in-house scheme, which ensures your skills are benchmarked against industry best practice. Alongside formal technical training, we also provide support to individuals working towards professional registration  be that Chartership, Fellowship or something else. And you’ll also have opportunities for internal progression. We share our expertise across the whole range of engineering, technology, manufacturing and corporate sectors every day, offering support and opportunities for everyone – regardless of where they work. It means our people enjoy a far broader and, in many respects, much deeper organisational exposure than most other employers can offer.

HMGCC helped me to go on testing courses, and even paid for me to gain an OU certificate in higher education. Anne

Professional accreditation and affiliation

We are affiliated, and have accredited professional development schemes, with:

  • The Institute of Engineering and Technology
  • The Association for Project Management

We also actively encourage and support our people to achieve their affiliation with any professional association, such as:

  • BCS - British Computing Society
  • IMechE - Institution of Mechanical Engineers
  • The Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply
  • Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development
  • Chartered Management Institute

Development opportunities

I was seriously impressed with the amount of courses I attended. Mark

Your career here could end up taking you in many directions – we’re happy for our people to switch between teams and roles as their knowledge and skills grow.

You’ll also have the chance to learn a huge amount from your co-workers, who are genuinely willing to give their time and knowledge – because they are passionate about what they do.

Throughout your time at HMGCC, you’ll be supported in your personal development plan so you can shape and direct your career to realise your full potential. We also offer a blended approach to learning, with plenty of opportunities, including:

  • Classroom Training
  • Mentoring, Coaching and Buddying
  • Briefings and Lunchtime Talks
  • Manufacturing Master Classes
  • Conferences
  • Networking Forums
  • Seminars
  • Exhibitions
  • Secondments
  • Digital Learning, including Safari Books and PluralSight

Additionally, you’ll be invited to our annual conference where last year’s speakers included British Olympic legend Mark Foster, Brendan Hall – the youngest winning skipper of The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, and specialists from across industry. It’s a great opportunity to network and gain new insights from unexpected places. You’ll also be able to take advantage of cross-government development initiatives.

At HMGCC, we want to make sure you have the best environment to learn new skills and develop your knowledge. So if you spot a development opportunity that fits your talents and goals, we’ll try to support it.

Going further

There’s a clear pathway into leadership at HMGCC, and many comprehensive leadership and management training programmes designed to develop, challenge and guide you. But promotion doesn’t have to mean a move into management. We’ve created many opportunities for you to progress in your chosen field too. As you progress in proficiency, tackling increasingly complex projects, you’ll be able to demonstrate your expertise and be promoted through the ranks, eventually reaching a principal level.

I joined as a Software Developer, but I still had the chance to move departments and I was even seconded to one of our customers in London. Ashreef

We are affiliated, and have accredited professional development schemes, with:

  • The Institute of Engineering and Technology
  • The Association for Project Management

We also actively encourage and support our people to achieve their affiliation with any professional association, such as:

  • BCS - British Computing Society
  • IMechE - Institution of Mechanical Engineers
  • The Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply
  • Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development
  • Chartered Management Institute

Professional accreditation and affiliation

We are affiliated, and have accredited professional development schemes, with:

  • The Institute of Engineering and Technology
  • The Association for Project Management

We also actively encourage and support our people to achieve their affiliation with any professional association, such as:

  • BCS - British Computing Society
  • IMechE - Institution of Mechanical Engineers
  • The Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply
  • Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development
  • Chartered Management Institute

Development opportunities

I was seriously impressed with the amount of courses I attended. Mark

Your career here could end up taking you in many directions – we’re happy for our people to switch between teams and roles as their knowledge and skills grow.

You’ll also have the chance to learn a huge amount from your co-workers, who are genuinely willing to give their time and knowledge – because they are passionate about what they do.

Throughout your time at HMGCC, you’ll be supported in your personal development plan so you can shape and direct your career to realise your full potential. We also offer a blended approach to learning, with plenty of opportunities, including:

  • Classroom Training
  • Mentoring, Coaching and Buddying
  • Briefings and Lunchtime Talks
  • Manufacturing Master Classes
  • Conferences
  • Networking Forums
  • Seminars
  • Exhibitions
  • Secondments
  • Digital Learning, including Safari Books and PluralSight

Additionally, you’ll be invited to our annual conference where last year’s speakers included British Olympic legend Mark Foster, Brendan Hall – the youngest winning skipper of The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, and specialists from across industry. It’s a great opportunity to network and gain new insights from unexpected places. You’ll also be able to take advantage of cross-government development initiatives.

At HMGCC, we want to make sure you have the best environment to learn new skills and develop your knowledge. So if you spot a development opportunity that fits your talents and goals, we’ll try to support it.

Going further

There’s a clear pathway into leadership at HMGCC, and many comprehensive leadership and management training programmes designed to develop, challenge and guide you. But promotion doesn’t have to mean a move into management. We’ve created many opportunities for you to progress in your chosen field too. As you progress in proficiency, tackling increasingly complex projects, you’ll be able to demonstrate your expertise and be promoted through the ranks, eventually reaching a principal level.

I joined as a Software Developer, but I still had the chance to move departments and I was even seconded to one of our customers in London. Ashreef

Work & play

Open Lab days

Our Open Lab days are the opportunity to spend the day in other areas of HMGCC that your job doesn’t usually take you. It’s an interesting way of meeting new colleagues, sharing knowledge and even planning your next career move!

Learning at Work Week

Learning at Work Week is an annual national learning event that focuses on your development. It’s a great way to exchange ideas and skills, as well as to expand your knowledge and creativity through the passions and interest of others. A range of activities are offered during the week, from inspiring guest speakers to members of staff sharing their latest projects or hobbies - there’s something for everyone!

Innovation time

Innovative thinking is welcome in every department at HMGCC, not just our technical teams. As part of our quest to realise the future, we dedicate 10% of our organisational effort to innovation projects.

Whoever you are, whatever your role - if you have a good idea, you’ll be encouraged to explore it and then make it work.

Activities

Innovative Challenges

The social scene here is great. There are so many events and chances to get together. Emily

Technologists

Technologists

To promote our culture of learning and development across the site, foster our culture of technical innovation and deliver the most cutting edge technologies to our partners, we’re proud to have Technologists. These include Engineers with a specific brief to be both technical and thought leaders across the following areas:

  • Digital Analytics
  • Mobile
  • Platforms
  • Wireless Internet
  • Internet and Networking
  • Mechanical
  • Materials
  • Space and Satellite
  • Acoustics
  • Telecoms
  • Data

They’re the go-to experts in their field, happy to impart their wisdom to any colleagues in need of information, knowledge or advice about their area.

Lunchtime Talks

Lunchtime talks

You’ll also enjoy regular lunchtime talks organised by our Chief Technologist. These interesting and informative talks keep everyone up to speed with innovation projects and success stories from around the site, as well as relevant and interesting external guest speakers.

Family days

Family days

Our family days are a great way to show your nearest and dearest where you work and what you do. Much more than simply a site visit, they can enjoy technology talks, treasure hunts and even try their hand at some challenges thought up by our engineers!

Groups

Groups

There are many ways to find like-minded people here at HMGCC. In fact, we have a range of active, unique societies that cater for different hobbies and interests. Some of our current groups include:

  • Astronomy and Photography – a group who organise talks on all things astronomical, and whose artwork decorates our corridors.
  • OUT@HMGCC – for anyone who has an interest in equality and inclusion, and wants to identify as part of, or be a supporter of, the LGBTQ community.
  • Hackspace – for advice on everything from Raspberry Pi to Arduino, and as a space to complete personal projects – even re-working retro toys!
  • Christian Fellowship – an informal society for colleagues across the site and across all denominations.
Annual awards

Annual awards

We present corporate awards to recognise those people who have gone above and beyond. We have a broad range of categories, such as:

  • Technical and Engineering Excellence - Awarded to our nationally recognised technical experts, this award also carries research and training time to support our foremost technical leaders
  • Innovation – Awarded to those who’ve performed an innovation that has taken the organisation forward
  • Chief Executive Award - Awarded to individuals or teams whose work has made a real difference to HMGCC and our partners, perhaps through collaborative efforts or by making personal sacrifices for the good of the organisation
Social events

Social events

There are loads of fun not to mention bizarre social events to enjoy throughout the year, including:

  • The Sports and Social Club organises events and have discounted trips for members. Previous activities include clay pigeon shooting, a chocolate evening, theatre outings, concerts, Harry Potter Studios, Wicksteed Park, and even Santa Pod FIA Euro Finals!
  • Summer Fete on the front lawn, where the CEO serves ice creams!
  • Creativity@Leisure competitions that celebrate our staff’s creativity outside of work.
  • Retired colleagues events, where there’s a chance to catch up and share stories.
  • Christmas show – a production put on by our bravest colleagues and managers. This could be anything from satirical sketch shows to musicals. The creativity and talent has to be seen to be believed! It’s always a great end to the year.
  • Easter egg hunt.
  • Pumpkin competition.
  • Bike to work week.
  • Children’s Christmas party.
  • Tug of war.
Cyber Security Challenge

Cyber Security Challenge

We’re always looking for the future champions of cyber security. Which is why we’re very proud to be a Platinum Sponsor of the Cyber Security Challenge UK, a series of national competitions and initiatives designed to identify, inspire and enable people to become cyber security professionals.

Cyber security contains a diverse collection of disciplines across a broad spectrum of skills. You don’t necessarily need to be technical to be part of the industry; common sense, logic and the ability to identify and understand risk are all valuable assets. Above all you’ll possess the ability to “think the unthinkable” and generally pursue the end goal at all costs!

We currently have some games available on the CSC Play On Demand website. Have you tried them yet? Just sign up to see if you can take on the challenge.

 

2017's Games:

2016's Games:

Technology Fair

Technology Fair

Every year we host a Technology Fair. All our staff are invited to attend, along with other Government departments. It’s an excellent opportunity to see the latest tech that’s available, and a great chance to network with exhibitors and other departments.

Coding Competition & Hackathons

Coding Competition & Hackathons

A chance to see who the best of the best are across all Government departments – not just HMGCC. Beginner coders can also get involved, as it provides great mentoring opportunities.

Technologists

To promote our culture of learning and development across the site, foster our culture of technical innovation and deliver the most cutting edge technologies to our partners, we’re proud to have Technologists. These include Engineers with a specific brief to be both technical and thought leaders across the following areas:

  • Digital Analytics
  • Mobile
  • Platforms
  • Wireless Internet
  • Internet and Networking
  • Mechanical
  • Materials
  • Space and Satellite
  • Acoustics
  • Telecoms
  • Data

They’re the go-to experts in their field, happy to impart their wisdom to any colleagues in need of information, knowledge or advice about their area.

Technologists

Technologists

To promote our culture of learning and development across the site, foster our culture of technical innovation and deliver the most cutting edge technologies to our partners, we’re proud to have Technologists. These include Engineers with a specific brief to be both technical and thought leaders across the following areas:

  • Digital Analytics
  • Mobile
  • Platforms
  • Wireless Internet
  • Internet and Networking
  • Mechanical
  • Materials
  • Space and Satellite
  • Acoustics
  • Telecoms
  • Data

They’re the go-to experts in their field, happy to impart their wisdom to any colleagues in need of information, knowledge or advice about their area.

Lunchtime Talks

Lunchtime talks

You’ll also enjoy regular lunchtime talks organised by our Chief Technologist. These interesting and informative talks keep everyone up to speed with innovation projects and success stories from around the site, as well as relevant and interesting external guest speakers.

Family days

Family days

Our family days are a great way to show your nearest and dearest where you work and what you do. Much more than simply a site visit, they can enjoy technology talks, treasure hunts and even try their hand at some challenges thought up by our engineers!

Groups

Groups

There are many ways to find like-minded people here at HMGCC. In fact, we have a range of active, unique societies that cater for different hobbies and interests. Some of our current groups include:

  • Astronomy and Photography – a group who organise talks on all things astronomical, and whose artwork decorates our corridors.
  • OUT@HMGCC – for anyone who has an interest in equality and inclusion, and wants to identify as part of, or be a supporter of, the LGBTQ community.
  • Hackspace – for advice on everything from Raspberry Pi to Arduino, and as a space to complete personal projects – even re-working retro toys!
  • Christian Fellowship – an informal society for colleagues across the site and across all denominations.
Annual awards

Annual awards

We present corporate awards to recognise those people who have gone above and beyond. We have a broad range of categories, such as:

  • Technical and Engineering Excellence - Awarded to our nationally recognised technical experts, this award also carries research and training time to support our foremost technical leaders
  • Innovation – Awarded to those who’ve performed an innovation that has taken the organisation forward
  • Chief Executive Award - Awarded to individuals or teams whose work has made a real difference to HMGCC and our partners, perhaps through collaborative efforts or by making personal sacrifices for the good of the organisation
Social events

Social events

There are loads of fun not to mention bizarre social events to enjoy throughout the year, including:

  • The Sports and Social Club organises events and have discounted trips for members. Previous activities include clay pigeon shooting, a chocolate evening, theatre outings, concerts, Harry Potter Studios, Wicksteed Park, and even Santa Pod FIA Euro Finals!
  • Summer Fete on the front lawn, where the CEO serves ice creams!
  • Creativity@Leisure competitions that celebrate our staff’s creativity outside of work.
  • Retired colleagues events, where there’s a chance to catch up and share stories.
  • Christmas show – a production put on by our bravest colleagues and managers. This could be anything from satirical sketch shows to musicals. The creativity and talent has to be seen to be believed! It’s always a great end to the year.
  • Easter egg hunt.
  • Pumpkin competition.
  • Bike to work week.
  • Children’s Christmas party.
  • Tug of war.
Cyber Security Challenge

Cyber Security Challenge

We’re always looking for the future champions of cyber security. Which is why we’re very proud to be a Platinum Sponsor of the Cyber Security Challenge UK, a series of national competitions and initiatives designed to identify, inspire and enable people to become cyber security professionals.

Cyber security contains a diverse collection of disciplines across a broad spectrum of skills. You don’t necessarily need to be technical to be part of the industry; common sense, logic and the ability to identify and understand risk are all valuable assets. Above all you’ll possess the ability to “think the unthinkable” and generally pursue the end goal at all costs!

We currently have some games available on the CSC Play On Demand website. Have you tried them yet? Just sign up to see if you can take on the challenge.

 

2017's Games:

2016's Games:

Technology Fair

Technology Fair

Every year we host a Technology Fair. All our staff are invited to attend, along with other Government departments. It’s an excellent opportunity to see the latest tech that’s available, and a great chance to network with exhibitors and other departments.

Coding Competition & Hackathons

Coding Competition & Hackathons

A chance to see who the best of the best are across all Government departments – not just HMGCC. Beginner coders can also get involved, as it provides great mentoring opportunities.