CareerLink: Role of the manager of business unit security

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The manager of Business Unit Security plans and directs the business unit security function under senior management direction. He or she is accountable for ensuring that the security programs and strategies of the organization are effectively implemented and maintained.

Job Description:

  • Manages the security operations, overall planning, directing and organizing programs of one or more major sites or facilities within a geographic region.
  • Implements the policies, procedures and systems required for maintaining and enhancing the overall organization's security mission.
  • Plans, organizes and directs the activities of Subordinate Managers and ensures their actions comply with legal and regulatory requirements, and customer needs.
  • Plans and manages the most sensitive and complex security functions and develops, coordinates, and finalizes security and technical support efforts.
  • Develops and implements policies, procedures, standards, training and methods for identifying and protecting information, personnel, property, facilities, operations, or material from unauthorized disclosure, misuse, theft, assault, vandalism, product tampering, espionage, sabotage, or loss.
  • Through consultation with Subordinate Managers establishes long- and short-term security operations objectives for the organization.
  • Plans, develops and implements procedures to obtain, maintain, secure, analyze, account for, and provide information from assessment reports.
  • Directs the initiation of proactive facility assessments and surveys.
  • Based on results of trends and survey results, recommends corrective measures.
  • Plans, acquires and administers resources for the function, to include funding, equipment and other resources.
  • Develops and documents standards for measuring the efficiency and effectiveness of business unit security operations.
  • Serves on senior-level intra- and inter-corporate committees and working groups.
  • Manages the activities and provides leadership direction to the professional, technical and support staff within the organization unit.

Qualification Guidelines:

Master's degree in an area of study relevant to this position and more than four years of experience with a major law enforcement, intelligence, public-service or private-sector security organization OR Bachelor's degree or international equivalent in an area of study relevant to this position and more than 10 years of experience with a major law enforcement, intelligence, public- or private-sector security organization. Has had exposure in the international security arena.

About the authors: "CareeerLink" article authors Jerry Brennan and Steve Walker are co-authors of the book Security Careers, published by the Security Executive Council. Brennan is founder of SMR Group, a job-finding resource for security executives. Walker is partner in leading compensation consulting and research firm Foushee Group Inc. Both are content expert faculty for the Council. A new edition of the book will be published spring 2009 and will include more security position descriptions, compensation trending and additional information specific to security career development. site users can purchase the current edition of Security Careers at a discounted price. The information in this article is copyrighted and reprinted with permission. All rights reserved.