Security Manager

Job Description:

Direct an organisation's security functions, including physical security and safety of employees, facilities, and assets.

Job Category:
Government & Public Services

What you will do:

Your day-to-day will include tasks such as:

  • Communicate security status, updates, and actual or potential problems, using established protocols.
  • Conduct physical examinations of property to ensure compliance with security policies and regulations.
  • Monitor and ensure a sound, ethical environment.
  • Develop, implement, manage, or evaluate policies and methods to protect personnel against harassment, threats, or violence.
  • Plan, direct, or coordinate security activities to safeguard company assets, employees, guests, or others on company property.
  • Monitor security policies, programs or procedures to ensure compliance with internal security policies, licensing requirements, or applicable government security requirements, policies, and directives.
  • Develop, recommend, or manage security procedures for operations or processes, such as security call centers, system acquisition, development, and maintenance, access control, program models, or reporting tools.
  • Direct or participate in emergency management and contingency planning.
  • Coordinate security operations or activities with public law enforcement, fire and other agencies.


You’ll need:

  • knowledge of public safety and security
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

As well as:

  • leadership skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • customer service skills
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to monitor your own performance and that of your colleagues
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • business management skills
  • Adaptable
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Entry Requirements:

Because the work can vary greatly, some employers require that applicants have a bachelor’s degree in management, while others prefer work experience over education; this is a managerial position, so most employers require anywhere between three and ten years of experience.

You’ll need to:

pass enhanced background checks
be over 18 years of age

You’ll usually need a driving licence.

Working Hours and Environment:

You could work in an office, in a control room or visit sites and typically over 40 hours a week.

You may need to wear a uniform.

Career Path & Progression:

With experience, you can manage the security at larger organisations or move into consultancy.