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Security manager

Alternative titles for this job include Security operations manager

Security managers supervise the security workforce that protects an organisation's buildings and keeps staff and visitors safe.

Average salary (a year)

£25,000 Starter


£38,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

37 to 40 a week

You could work

days / nights / weekends on a rota

How to become

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How to become a security manager

You can get into this job through:

  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
  • applying directly


You can do a security first line manager advanced apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

Most people following this route have:

  • experience in related work 

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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 previous experience in the security industry. You'll also need a Security Industry Authority (SIA) licence.

Skills gained through experience of managing a team in organisations like the armed forces, police or prison service may also be useful.

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Professional and industry bodies

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

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • leadership skills
  • knowledge of public safety and security
  • 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
  • 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

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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
  • do security risk assessments and 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 a 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

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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

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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

Award for Door Supervisors in the Private Security Industry

  • Start date: 28 May 2024
  • Location: Manchester

SIA Level 2 Award for Door Supervisors in the Private Security Industry

  • Start date: 26 July 2024
  • Location: BARNSLEY

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