The security supervisor oversees the security practices of a company by managing the security staff. This includes ensuring that individual personnel comply with company security standards and fulfill their duties, as well as examining the practices of the team as a whole to maximize effectiveness. This position may also include examining the work site or area of protection for potential security weaknesses or problems; after determining these potential risks, the security supervisor reports them to a supervisor and organizes a plan of action to manage the risk. Another important component of the security supervisor's role is communication with a variety of individuals, including discussing any developments or changes with the property's manager, disseminating status reports with the client or company, and providing feedback and direction to the security staff. Finally, the Security Supervisor must be flexible and have the ability to arrive on scene at any time, as problems arise.
A security supervisor typically must have a high school diploma, although most companies prefer some college education. Additionally, security supervisors must have at least five years of security experience, and it is preferred that the candidate has experience managing a security team of 10 or more individuals. Leadership and delegation skills are also needed.
Security Supervisor Tasks
Create and implement security standards, policies and procedures.
Plans in the areas of security, safety, life safety, hazardous materials, emergency preparedness, utilities and equipment.
Supervise security personnel and manage operational activities.