A director of physical security resides over all of his/her company’s assets within particular facilities in a region. This director is responsible for developing the standard practices which keep the company's facilities and products safe and continuously monitoring these practices to ensure they are adhering to all security policies. When the policies are not being followed, the director must make corrections and provide discipline when necessary.
Some travel may be required for this position in order to gain in-field knowledge relating to company security. Security directors usually work with managers of company facilities and various security and compliance departments within the company. Working with legal departments may also be necessary in order to develop guidelines and receive legal advice. Different facilities may have different security threats depending on their locations; regardless of their nature, the director must always work to minimize these threats and eliminate them completely if possible.
Security directors often oversee groups of security guards to ensure they are complying with all company rules. They must always be mindful of the physical security of their facilities, which includes ensuring that security systems and cameras are up-to-date and functioning properly. They also work to detect theft from both inside and outside sources and will resolve such situations if/when they arise.
Generally, a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree is required for this job, and years of prior leadership experience are often necessary, as well.
Security Director (Physical, Personnel, Grounds, et al.) Tasks
- Manage special projects, research, and assignments related to loss prevention and security.
- Ensure that all loss and safety incidents involving customers, vendors or employees are thoroughly investigated.
- Communicate security status, updates, and actual or potential problems, using established protocols.
- Develop policy and procedures for protection services operations.
- Conduct physical examinations of property to ensure compliance with security policies and regulations.