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Security manager

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

Potential salary
£25,000 to £38,000
Working hours
40 to 48 a week
  • 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
  • knowledge of English language
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

Your day-to-day duties include:

  • managing a security team
  • planning work rotas
  • monitoring CCTV and alarms in a control room
  • co-ordinating responses to incidents
  • recruiting and training new staff
  • working with the police and other emergency services
  • organising security for events and VIP visits
  • developing and testing security, evacuation and emergency plans
  • investigating security breaches to learn lessons
  • acting as keyholder for access to buildings and controlled areas

You may need to wear a uniform.

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

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.

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

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