Risk management roles in the security industry involve the identification, assessment and quantifying of risk. Although risk can never be fully eliminated, risk management means it can be minimised as much as is practicable.
Risk management involves the protection of assets and staff in a number of commercial environments, and most recruitment agencies are looking for candidates with very specific experience in this area. Risk managers and assessment staff who are concerned with fraud and theft within an organisation may come from a security background, or they may have auditing and accountancy qualifications. Many candidates will come from a loss prevention background in the corporate, retail or financial industries.
There are a number of firms in the UK which provide risk management services for very specific sectors, and employment opportunities are always available for highly specialised risk managers. Companies such as G4S and Securitas will provide risk management services for manufacturing plants and retail environments. Candidates for these roles should preferably hold either extensive experience in the area or a formal qualification. All applicants must have a proven track-record of minimising theft, fraud and financial loss from both employees and the general public.
Risk managers with extensive experience in the security industry will be able to command a salary of up to £60,000. However, junior roles for graduates will typically pay around £18,000 to £25,000 per year.