Security Officer – Ashmolean Museum

Aug 30 2022

• Are you tired of mundane security jobs offering no training or additional allowances?
• Are you looking to join a professional, supported, well-trained and motivated security team?
• Would you like to be employed by the University of Oxford with all its amazing benefits?
• Have you got excellent customer service skills?
• Do you work well as part of a dedicated team?
• Do you have a flexible, can-do attitude?

If you answered yes to the above, then an exciting opportunity has arisen for you to be an essential part of the security team at the prestigious Ashmolean Museum, working in a busy but extremely rewarding environment in the heart of Oxford and they would love to meet you.

The Ashmolean are looking for a full-time Security Officer.

Your role will be essential in protecting the safety and security of colleagues, visitors and contractors as well as ensuring the security of their amazing exhibits. The security team also provides security for the many exciting events held within the Museum. You will be part of a specialist team of highly-trained and dedicated security officers responsible for the effective implementation of the Museum’s security and safety procedures under the direction of the Head of Safety and Security. You will be working in an environment surrounded by beautiful objects and working with amazing people. This position also gives the opportunity to receive accredited formal apprenticeship training in Security and Customer Service as well as additional security based qualifications to encourage development in the role. Training is very important in their team.

Ideally you will have experience of working within a security environment and operating a range of security and safety systems, however, full training will be given to the right candidate.

Your duties will include, but are not limited to:
• working in the Museum’s security control room.
• carrying out patrolling of the Museum for both security and health and safety purposes.
• providing pro-active assistance to the Museum’s departments.
• providing a visible security presence at the front door.
• covering reception.

You will be required to work shifts that cover daytime, late evenings, weekends and bank holidays, as required by the security rota and to provide cover for sickness and holidays within the team. Some late working past midnight for events will also be required and therefore flexibility to assist with additional shifts is extremely important.

This role requires some manual handling and patrolling of the museum which includes climbing stairs.

You should possess excellent customer service qualities with a friendly persona and a willingness to go the extra mile to help the Museum achieve its objectives. You will also have the ability to make effective and reasoned decisions sometimes under pressure or in difficult circumstances. An SIA Door Supervisors qualification and a First Aid qualification would be desirable but not essential.

Due to the nature of this post, the successful candidate will be required to undertake a DBS check. You will also be subject to known-consignor security checks, which includes references for the previous five years and information on any employment gaps of more than 28 days. The possession of a criminal record or poor financial background will not necessarily prevent an applicant from obtaining this post, as all cases are judged individually according to the nature of the role and information provided.

You will be required to upload a Supporting Statement as part of your online application. Your supporting statement should list each of the essential and desirable selection criteria, as shown in the job description, and explain how you meet each one. CVs will not be considered.

The Ashmolean’s staff and students come from all over the world, and they proudly promote a friendly and inclusive culture. Diversity is positively encouraged, through diverse groups and champions, as well as a number of family-friendly policies, such as the right to apply for flexible working and support for staff returning from periods of extended absence, for example shared parental leave.

Only applications received online by 12:00 midday (BST/GMT) on Monday 3 October 2022 will be considered.