Security Job Description: Top Duties and Qualifications

Your job description is the first touchpoint between your company and your new hire. With millions of people searching for jobs on Indeed each month, a great job description can help you attract the most qualified candidates to your open position. To get you started, here are some tips for creating an effective job description.

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Security job title

A great job title typically includes a general term, level of experience and any special requirements. The general term will optimise your job title to show up in a general search for jobs of the same nature. The level of experience will help you attract the most qualified applicants by outlining the amount of responsibility and prior knowledge required. And if your position is specialised, consider including the specialisation in the job title as well. But avoid using internal titles, abbreviations or acronyms to make sure people understand what your job posting is before clicking.

  • Security Officer
  • Security Guard
  • Security Officer (Unarmed)
  • Security Guard (No Exp. Needed)
  • Security Officer (Part-Time)
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Example 1

Job Type: Full Time Salary: £25,000.00 to £35,000.00 /year Security Systems Install Engineer required for installation of Intruder Alarms, CCTV and Access Control. The ideal candidate would have experience in the installation of security systems and is the perfect job to expand your product knowledge. In this role you will use your experience to install Intruder alarms and other security systems and equipment. This is an ideal opportunity for those who are looking to join a growing company that can offer a positive environment. This role will be based in Essex but may need to travel to surrounding counties. The types of equipment you will be installing will be: Texecom, Risco, Paxton NET2, HIK Vision, BPT. Installation of Electronic Security Systems Company Van Company Laptop and Mobile Training courses to expand product knowledge On call Rota with additional pay Overtime available Additional travel paid 20 Days holiday exclusive of bank holidays Career progression available Incentive scheme Driving license required Experience within the Security System Industry Advanced skills such as commissioning and system design knowledge are preferable Good communication skills with the Experience in fault finding diagnostics Salary £25,000 - £35,000 per annum, negotiable

Example 2

GSTS is one of the UK’s leading security companies. We are a national provider of security services including manned guarding, risk consultancy and fully accredited and specialist training provider. GSTS places great value on its employees and rewards are high for those officers who show commitment, professionalism, reliability and flexibility. Applications are invited for SIA Licensed security officers to work at South Manchester Hospital in Wythenshawe as Covid Support officers. GSTS Security Officers have a vital role in ensuring that the hospital is welcoming and accessible but most importantly a safe environment for patients, visitors and staff. *Pay will be £10 per hour. This is an ongoing temporary role.* *You must be willing to work 4 on 4 off days or nights, as a regular pattern. Overtime is available.* Site training, uniform and relevant PPE supplied. *Candidate Requirements: * SIA Frontline security license Must have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, ESOL level 2 for non-English speakers is essential. The ability to interact with patients and visitors. Ability to handle aggressive and crisis situations efficiently and effectively. A presentable appearance. A commitment to providing first class customer service is essential. *Main duties: * As a security officer, you will be based at the hospital entrances to monitor visitors / staff entering the hospital. You will · challenge anyone who is not a member of staff or a patient. · make sure visitors have a reason to be in the hospital. · where possible, diffuse potentially difficult situations. · call in police or other emergency services if required. · Ensure staff and visitors are issued and using the correct PPE. Job Types: Full-time, Temporary Salary: £10.00 per hour Schedule: * 12 hour shift * SIA (required) Work remotely: * No

Example 3

*This is a temporary full time role working both day and night shifts. Day shifts are 7am - 7pm and night shifts are 7pm - 7am. * *Job Title*: Security Office *Reports To: * Company Director *Job Purpose* To be responsible for the security of the Garden Centre and surrounding grounds and buildings. Carrying out regular patrols, monitoring CCTV and maintaining a highly visible presence to prevent shop lifting and all other illegal activities. *Role Responsibilities* * Open up the centre at the start of the day and ensure that it is locked and alarmed at the end of the day. * Carry out regular patrols of the centre and surrounding grounds. * Observe for signs of crime or disorder and investigate disturbances. * Act lawfully in direct defence of life or property but do not put yourself in harm’s way. * Apprehend criminals and evict violators, ensuring that banning letters are given and the Police are called when required. * Carry out scheduled patrols and checks of equipment, recording relevant information. * Report in detail any suspicious incidents. * Upload necessary information to the Face Watch system when required, following the correct procedures. * Monitor cameras throughout shift to identify shop lifters or any other illegal activity. * Provide support and investigate thoroughly any concerns raised by team about suspicious activity. * Complete and comply with all training, including health and safety training. * Ensure that the department is maintained to be safe for team and visitors and to report hazards or unsafe working practices if seen. * Promptly answer radio calls for information or team assistance. * Ensure that you are carrying the security mobile phone at all times and the Man Down unit at night. *Required qualifications & experience* * GCSE Maths & English to C or equivalent. * Proven work experience as a Security Guard (1 year +) * Physical strength and fitness. *Preferred qualifications & experience* * Excellent knowledge of public safety and security * A qualification in security training. * Experience operating CCTV system. *Key Behaviours* * Must be confident, motivated, and able to work independently * Must have a pleasant, helpful, and optimistic attitude and ability to form strong working relationships across a variety of business functions. * Ability to work as a valuable team member actively supporting others and having a flexible can-do attitude. * Arrive for work on time, ready to begin work or attend team meetings at the agreed times. * Take pride in your appearance, ensuring attire is correct as per the Dress Code Policy. * Be happy and prepared to move between departments, as the needs of the business require. * Take responsibility for your own Health & Safety and the Health & Safety of those around you. * ‘Wow’ our customers by connecting with, laughing with, and making them smile! * Treat everyone with respect. * Work as one team across the Ruxley family. * Make a difference every day. Contract length: 3 months Job Types: Full-time, Contract Salary: Up to £9.15 per hour Benefits: * Additional leave * Bike to work scheme * Company events * Company pension * Discounted or free food * Employee discount * On-site parking * Sick pay Schedule: * 12 hour shift * Weekends Work remotely: * No

Security job summary

A great job description starts with a compelling summary of the position and its role within your company. Your summary should provide an overview of your company and expectations for the position. Outline the types of activities and responsibilities required for the job so jobseekers can determine if they are qualified, or if the job is a good fit.

Example of a Security job summary

We are a leading provider of security officers for a wide variety of companies. People from all experience levels are encouraged to apply — there is plenty of room for advancement! Full-time positions come with health insurance, pension contributions and retention bonuses. Our company prides itself on the high level of security it provides, both visible and behind the scenes. Our security officers deter crime by their mere presence via regular patrols and prompt communication of security breaches. Your main job will be to provide top-quality security at the facility where you work and to maintain a high-level of security for employees and guests. In fact, customer service is a large component of many jobs, so you should have an orientation toward wanting to help people, not just protect them. If you have at least GCSEs qualifications and think quickly on your feet, apply today!

Security responsibilities and duties

The responsibilities and duties section is the most important part of the job description. Here you should outline the functions this position will perform on a regular basis, how the job functions within the organization and who the employee reports to.

  • Patrol premises to ensure they are secure; may need to navigate ladders, ramps and stairs, as well as run on occasion.
  • Use both hands to reach and grasp objects or items, or to use the phone to communicate with home base or to file reports.
  • Work in weather environments that may sometimes be extremely hot or extremely cold, snowy or icy.
  • Keep mental alertness and attention to detail high, no matter the circumstances.
  • Maintain a neat and professional appearance, and provide excellent customer service as needed.
  • Follow established security protocols while using initiative and good judgement.

Security qualifications and skills

Next, outline the required and preferred skills for your position. This may include education, previous job experience, certifications and technical skills. You may also include soft skills and personality traits that you envision for a successful employee. While it may be tempting to include a long list of skills and requirements, including too many could dissuade qualified candidates from applying. Keep your list of qualifications concise, but provide enough detail with relevant keywords and terms.

  • GCSEs or equivalent.
  • At least 18 years old.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills along with excellent oral and written communication.
  • Active SIA licence.
  • Ability to remain flexible and adapt well.
  • Remain calm in stressful situations.
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