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Security manager

Alternative titles for this job include Security operations manager

Security managers are responsible for protecting an organisation's buildings and keeping staff and visitors safe.

Average salary (a year)

£25,000 Starter

to

£38,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

40 to 48 a week

You could work

days / nights / weekends on a rota

How to become a security manager

You can get into this job through:

  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
  • applying directly

Apprenticeship

You can do a security first line manager advanced apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship

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Work

You can start as a security officer and become a team supervisor. You can then move into security management through on-the-job training and promotion.

Direct Application

You can apply directly for security management jobs if you've got between 2 and 5 years' experience in the security industry. You'll also need a Security Industry Authority (SIA) licence.

Employers may accept you if you have experience of managing a team in the armed forces, police or prison service.

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Registration

Professional and industry bodies

You can join the International Professional Security Association for training and development opportunities.

Further information

You can find out more about working in security management from Skills for Security.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • knowledge of public safety and security
  • customer service skills
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
  • leadership skills
  • business management skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

Restrictions and Requirements

You'll need to:

You'll usually need a driving licence.

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

In your day-to-day duties you may:

  • manage a security team
  • plan work rotas
  • monitor CCTV and alarms in a control room
  • co-ordinate responses to incidents
  • recruit and train new staff
  • work with the police and other emergency services
  • organise security for events and VIP visits
  • develop and test security, evacuation and emergency plans
  • investigate security breaches to learn lessons
  • act as keyholder for access to buildings and controlled areas

Working environment

You could work in an office, in a control room or visit sites.

You may need to wear a uniform.

Career path and progression

You could become an area security manager, with responsibility for offices, shops or other facilities across a region.

You might specialise as a consultant, advising businesses on certain types of security, for example close protection, anti-terror measures or conflict management.

You could also set up your own security recruitment agency, or work for companies that develop and sell security systems, like biometrics or surveillance equipment.

Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

We can't find any apprenticeship vacancies in England for a security manager right now.

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Courses In England

Principles of Providing Security Services

  • Provider: GLOUCESTERSHIRE COLLEGE
  • Start date: 26 April 2021
  • Location: Gloucester

Security

  • Provider: BEDFORDSHIRE & LUTON EDUCATION BUSINESS PARTNERSHIP
  • Start date: 01 September 2021
  • Location: Luton

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