Security Command Centre Manager

If you are great at multitasking and have a knack for figuring out logistics then a career as a Security Command Centre may be just for you. You will be attending to several varied duties including monitoring services. You’ll be in the hot seat during your shift and will largely be responsible for both the command and control of your wireless communications. Staff will look to you for help with figuring out any issues while they are in the field and will rely on your instruction when responding to emergencies. Your multitasking skills will be on display as you will be required to help with the monitoring of several different security systems to help with the security of both people and properties.

Wage rate hourly

£17
£22
Starter
Experienced

Typical hours

20 to 48 hours a week usually includes weekends

Requirements

SIA Door Supervisor licence

Total cost

Between £340 and £500 including your licence fee

How to become a Security Command Centre Manager

You should have some security experience before considering this role. This experience combined with the right training can help you on the path to success. If you understand the situations that the officers during your shift are going to face then you can give better instruction. 

 

The license required is the SIA door supervisor license and is a six-day course that also features multiple-choice exams as well as practical assessments.

 

Course cost

The training for the license starts at £199.99. For only an extra £20 and two days, we think it’s best to cover your bases and be licensed for venues and positions which involve the sale of alcohol. This way you can be posted to a wider variety of assignments which could mean more cash for you.

There is also a license fee to pay after training of £190.00 and it is valid for three years.

You can apply and pay for your license, at a local post office or online. The total cost of the course and the license is £439.99. 

 

Legal Requirements

SIA license Requirements:

  • Be over 18 years of age
  • Have proof that you are allowed to work in the UK ( such as a visa) 
  • A criminal background check
  • A mental health check 
  • Have passed your SIA course

 

You can find out more about the mental health requirements as well as the criminal background check in other blogs on the site. 

Become a Security Command Centre Manager

Start a successful career as a Security Command Centre Manager by following these steps:


1
STEP ONE
Book your Door Supervisor course

This is the first step to become a Security Command Centre Manager.

2
STEP TWO
Pass the course

The course consists of three multiple choice exams and a physical assessment.

3
STEP THREE
Apply for your SIA Door Supervisor licence

You can apply for your licence through the postoffice after passing the course

4
STEP FOUR
Apply for jobs in your area

Once you have your licence, gain some experience then you can start applying for Security Command Centre Manager jobs in your area


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£190

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Typical job description and responsibilities

You should have some security experience before considering this role. This experience combined with the right training can help you on the path to success. If you understand the situations that the officers during your shift are going to face then you can give better instruction. The license required is the SIA door supervisor license and is a six-day course that also features multiple-choice exams as well as practical assessments.

The Security Command Center Manager is a demanding position that requires various levels of expertise and can change from shift to shift. This means it will take some adaptability and discipline.

 

Responsibilities:

  • The job requires that you can identify emergencies and dispatch the right staff to attend to them. 
  • You will also be the person in most instances who liaises between management requests and the rest of the staff.
  • You’ll have to be prepared to coordinate the movements of the team to ensure maximum efficiency.  You should be prepared to also help ensure that all staff is following the protocols that have been specified for the job. 

 

Following training for this role, you will be equipped with the skills to:

  • Coordinate all security personnel
  • Monitor all security activity 
  • Ensure that proper safety procedures are followed
  • Control entry to the specific location you are in charge of
  • Assist with client communications

 

Requirements:

  • Computer literate
  • Good at both oral and written communication 
  • Adept at figuring out complicated scenarios quickly

 

Working Conditions

This is a fast-paced role and there is no limit to what you may have to coordinate in one shift. The job requires mental clarity so that you can attend to multiple duties at the same time. You’ll also be expected to monitor the various security systems to ensure that assignments receive the full security protection that they have paid for. 

It calls for a well-organized person who can methodically check systems while responding to requests from other staff members. You should also expect to be the lead when teams are dealing with emergencies as they will look to you for instructions. That’s because you will understand what needs to be done and understand how certain properties are set up. 

In some instances management may also require your assistance to get messages out to teams who are out on the field. You can expect to work long hours but it is financially rewarding. 

 

Skills and personal qualities required: 

A Security Command Centre Manager needs to be:

  • Detail-oriented 
  • Physically fit
  • A quick problem solver
  • Able to quickly communicate with the rest of the team and coordinate tasks efficiently 
  • Able to detect suspicious movements and behavior
  • Knowledgeable of licensing laws and health and safety regulations
  • Able to write basic reports and detail events accurately

 

Education required

There are no specific qualifications such as GCSEs required to take your SIA course. However, because all you need is your SIA qualification you will be competing with a lot of people from countries around the world who have the right to work in the UK. You should have at least a strong command of English as you will be required to listen and understand situations as well as write reports and communicate with your team.

 

Benefits of the jobs

There are many benefits to becoming a Security Command Centre Manager. Some of them include:

  • Increased earnings
  • Management of a security team
  • Developing real investigative skills
  • Developing multi-tasking skills 
  • Learning about a wide range of security systems
  • Gaining management skills 
  • Learning how to respond to emergencies 

 

- Life skills they would acquire

There's no doubt that this role will challenge you. However, the skills gained could set you apart in the security industry, especially if you are good at it. The organizational skills that you would gain would also be extremely useful in your personal life. The multi-tasking nature of the job could also help you learn more about your management style which could help you later on as you progress through the ranks.

 

You’ll also improve several skill sets including: 

  • Communication
  • Decision-making
  • Observation
  • Concentration
  • Investigative Skills
  • Conflict Management

How much does a Security Command Centre Manager actually earn

Wage rate and hours

This position is one of the better-paying ones in the security industry because of the responsibilities that you are tasked with. Depending on the company that you gain employment with you may have very few breaks as the Security Command Centre Manager is considered the heart of the communications of the security team. As such you can expect to work long hours during your shifts as the role is usually considered an around the clock one. However, you will be operating within a team and will be afforded adequate rest periods as you will also need to be always alert and focused.

 

How much does a Security Command Centre Manager earn?

You can expect to start in this position earning about £18.00 an hour. This is slightly more than what other officers make in other aspects of security. Again this is because of the numerous responsibilities that you are given during your shift. And the fact that you will be depended upon for perfect coordination of the team’s efforts.

With experience in the field, your wage can go up to as much as £24.00 an hour. The more you keep training and showing your security management skills the more you can expect to earn.

The table below shows how much you could earn: 

Experience

Hourly 

Typical weekly (40 hours) 

Typical annually (40 hours per week) 

Starter

£18 to £21

£720 to £840

£37,440 - £43,680

Mid-level

£21 to £24 

£880 to £960

£43,680 - £49,920

Head

£24+

£960+

£49,920+

 

Becoming a Security Command Centre Manager is indeed financially rewarding but it’s best to consider the duties of the job and if you feel that you are capable as it is mentally exhausting and can be extremely taxing at times. If you are up to the challenge then you can expect to start with a wage between £18.00 to £22.00. As you are given and trusted with more responsibilities you will find that your income will begin to grow. It’s possible, with experience, to get up to £25.00 an hour.  By gaining even more experience and showing your capabilities for problem solving and coordination of the security team, you can expect to earn more. This role is one of the better-paying ones in the security industry because of the enormous amount of duties that you will be expected to undertake.

Which personality traits suit this career the most

  • Detail Orientated
  • Alert
  • Dedicated
  • Trustworthy
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Team Leader

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