Security Patrol Officer - Full Time

Contract type: Permanent 

Hours: 37.5 hours per week, 52 weeks per year 

Salary: £12 per hour

Anticipated start date: ASAP 

Closing date: 6th December 2023

Location: Buckingham, Buckinghamshire

Job Overview

A very rare vacancy has arisen within our Security Department, as we are now looking for a full time Security Officer to join our team. This post offers an exciting and rewarding opportunity to work in a magnificent rural setting at one of the most prestigious Private Boarding Schools in the country. 

Working closely with other members of our team on a fixed 2 weekly rota system, you will help provide a high level of security that ensures the protection of staff, pupils, visitors and buildings. The role also includes the monitoring of the School fire alarm, whilst maintaining standards and controls under the Health and Safety at Work Act.

An SIA Qualification in Door Supervision and / or CCTV Public Space Surveillance would be an advantage for this vacancy; but SIA training will be provided after an initial probationary period, to the successful applicant whose previous work experience would complement this post.

Stowe School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.  Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Purpose of the job:

As part of a wider Security Team, to provide a service that contributes towards the protection of staff, pupils, visitors and buildings here at Stowe.

Specific Key Responsibilities and Tasks

Note: Your tasks will be equally split between you and your colleague and so half your shift will be spent working in the Security Cabin, whilst the remaining half will be spent out patrolling and locking down and unlocking the site

Security Cabin Duties:  

  • To man the security cabin, and the barrier at the main entrance, visually checking and acknowledging all vehicles and visitors with the assistance of the VNPR System.  

  • Refusing and preventing access to anyone not on legitimate school or National Trust business.  

  • To monitor the Fire Panel and report any ‘Fire Alarm Events’ to the Fire On Call Person as outlined in the Fire Alarm Policy.  

  • To ‘observe’ the CCTV Cameras located in the Security Cabin and report any concerns you  notice to colleagues on mobile patrol and if necessary to the Deputy Head of Security and/or the Head of House-staff and Security. (Note: The word ‘observe’ is used here rather than ‘monitor’ because this is a ‘multi-function security role at the Cabin’ and not a ‘CCTV Controllers Post’.)  

  • To monitor the Net2 Access Control System and report any sounding door alarms to your colleague on mobile patrol for further investigation.  

  • To monitor the signing in and out of keys and access cards held at the Security Cabin.   

  • To monitor the signing in and out of authorised visitors to the Security Cabin.  

  • To keep an accurate record of relevant activities occurring during your shift using the ‘Shift Report Sheets’ provided and to pass on a detailed ‘handover’ to your colleague at the end of your shift.  

  • To pass on to colleagues on mobile patrol and, if necessary to the Deputy Head of Security and/or the Head of House-staff and Security, any infringement on the safety and security of buildings, pupils, staff or visitors that has been reported to you at the Security Cabin.  

Patrol Duties:  

  • To patrol the site on foot and security vehicle when required, providing a physical Security presence and responding to security related incidents brought to your attention by colleagues and security management. In particular (but not exclusively) around the Mansion and immediate Boarding House and Classroom vicinities’.  

  • To assist with car parking and traffic management across the site during special events and end of term breaks as directed by the Deputy Head of Security and/or the Head of House-staff and Security  

  • To provide a security vehicle escort to delivery and HGV Vehicles needing safe passage to their delivery points on site.  

  • To respond to and provide assistance with the locking and unlocking of facilities across the site as and when required.  

  • To carry out any other security related duties across the site during your shift as directed by the Deputy Head of Security and/or the Head of House and Security.    

  • When alerted by your colleague in the Security Cabin via radio, to respond to the activation of the Fire Alarm system across site and attend the affected area to investigate the cause and where necessary assist in the evacuation of staff and/or pupils if necessary.  

General Responsibilities  

  • To provide a customer based service that enhances the image of the School and to be aware of the changing events and circumstances within the School that could affect the function and efficiency of the security provision.  

  • To apply the operational standards set by the School, and work to the Security Department’s Policies and Procedures, a personal copy of which you will be given during your induction; and a spare copy is held in the Security Cabin.  

  • To ensure adherence to the statutory Health and Safety at Work Act, Child Protection and Data Protection Legislation at all times; as outlined in Stowe’s Policies and Procedures.

Because the Security Department is unlike any other department here at Stowe, in so much that we have to remain fully operational for 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year; it is absolutely imperative that any holiday requests are received no less than 2 weeks before the annual leave if due to commence. Leave may be occasionally granted with a shorter notice period than this with exceptional circumstances and at the Line Manager’s discretion.   

On this basis, we very strongly advise you NOT to book a holiday destination until your leave request form has been received, granted and signed by either the Deputy Head of Security or the Head of House Staff and Security. Booking a holiday destination beforehand in no way guarantees that annual leave will be granted to you if for any reason this is not ‘Operationally Viable’. An example of this would be if other people have already booked the same period off work that you are requesting; and allowing you to be away at the same time will leave the Security Department too short of staff.    

Leave will be allocated to staff on a “first come first served” basis  

Please refer to the Security Departments Annual Leave Policy for further clarification.  

This job description reflects the present requirements of the post and as duties and responsibilities change/develop, the job description will be reviewed and be subject to amendment in consultation with the post holder.  

Person Specification

The selection of candidates for short-listing will be based on this specification and candidates should bear this in mind when preparing their application and completing the application form:

Attributes

Essential

Desirable

Qualifications

  • Current driving licence  
  • Current first aid certificate  

  • SIA Door Supervision Licence  

  • SIA Public Space Surveillance Licence (CCTV) 

Specialist Skills & Experience

  • Basic IT skills   

  • Excellent communication skills  

  • Good all round organisation skills  

  • Excellent time-keeping and reliability  

  • History of working with young children (School environment)  

  • Background experience within a security environment  

  • Some knowledge of Security Systems (ie: Access Control / CCTV / Fire Alarm and Intruder Alarms)  

Personal Qualities

  • Polite/calm attitude  

  • Integrity  

  • Suitable physical fitness  

  • Positive attitude towards working flexible shifts  

  • The ability to work within the boundaries of strict Policies and Procedures.   

To apply now , please download the application form for this job here. We look forward to receiving your application.