Director of Security


Based in Atlanta, our client is a well known privately-held corporation with revenues approaching $5 billion. Competing in a diverse group of industries - newspapers, broadcasting, communications, and wholesale automobile auctions - our client has multiple operations throughout the United States and several international markets. The company currently employs more than 40,000 people. The security issues for a rapidly growing corporation like this are varied and ever-changing; our client seeks a Director of Corporate Security.


Reporting to the Senior Vice President of Administration, the Director of Corporate Security will be responsible for all issues related to the security and protection of the company’s employees, executives, facilities, proprietary data and information. Accountable for the planning and design of the company’s security programs and procedures, this individual will facilitate protection from and resolution of theft, threats, and other situations which may endanger the wellbeing of the organization. Working through a small staff, the Director will be responsible for executive protection, travel advisories, employee background checks and a myriad of other activities throughout the corporation on a case-by-case basis. The Director will serve as the company’s chief liaison with law enforcement agencies and, most importantly, will serve as a security consultant to all of the company’s autonomously run divisions. Travel requirements will be extensive.


The ideal candidate will have a successful background with a federal law enforcement agency, or other applicable experience, that will afford this individual an established network of contacts throughout the country. Additional private industry experience with a sizeable corporation – or as a consultant to same -- is preferable. A proactive attitude with regard to security and protection is a must. The successful candidate must be capable of strategically assessing our client’s security needs and have a track record in areas such as crisis management, investigation, facility security and executive protection. Finally, the candidate should have a basic understanding of the access and use of electronic information services as they apply to security issues. We seek candidates who are flexible enough to deal with varied business cultures and who possess the superior interpersonal skills to perform well in a consulting role where recommendations and advice are sought and valued, but perhaps not always acted upon. A college degree is required.


Given the importance of this position within the organization and the significant impact it will have on attaining corporate objectives, our client is prepared to offer an attractive compensation package including base salary, incentive compensation and other benefits.