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3 months ago

Security Officer, Ottawa

Flag us 234 Wellington St, Ottawa, ON

Job Description

Security Officer, Ottawa

Take a central role
The Bank of Canada has a vision to be a leading central bank—dynamic, engaged and trusted—committed to a better Canada. No other employer in the country offers you the unique opportunity to work at the very center of Canada’s economy, in an organization with significant impact on the economic and financial well-being of all Canadians. You will be challenged, energized and motivated to excel in our environment.

Building on the principles that have always guided us – excellence, integrity and respect – we strive to be forward-looking and innovative, to welcome people with diverse perspectives and talents, and to earn trust by living up to our commitments and by clearly explaining the intent of our policies and actions.

With our defined-benefit pension plan, benefits, and high flexibility for work life balance - find out more about why we are annually ranked as one of Canada's top employers: Working Here - Bank of Canada

Find out more about the next steps in our Recruitment process.

A pool of pre-qualified candidates will be created to staff Security Officer positions that become available over the next six months. Positions may be Term or Permanent; however, permanent positions will be offered to candidates in Term positions first.

What you will do
Reporting to a Manager of Security Operations in Ottawa, you manage risks to the Bank of Canada's information, personnel, visitors and physical assets by countering threats with appropriate protective safeguards through your physical presence as an armed security officer.

You respond to emergencies (e.g., fire alarms, health and safety, intrusion alarms, access control violations) and assist colleagues as required to ensure that the security of Bank sites is maintained.

You operate state-of-the-art security equipment by conducting surveillance of vital areas of the Bank: monitoring alarms, detecting intrusion and directing response officers in an emergency. You ensure that only authorized employees, vendors and visitors are granted access to the Bank of Canada, which includes verifying and updating details on the visitor management database and issuing and collecting visitor day passes.

As the front of house, first line of security defense, you ensure the security and safety of the Bank, its staff and assets. You observe the behavior of persons entering the Bank of Canada or its property and investigate and defuse any threats or risks. You activate alarms and inform the Control Room and Manager in cases of emergency or the presence of unauthorized persons. You investigate and prepare reports on accidents, incidents, and suspicious activities and maintain written logs, as required.

The Security Officer is trained on different posts and may rotate, as required on the following posts:

  • East / West Tower
  • Centre Block / Kent St. / Loading Dock / Museum
  • OSC

What you need to succeed
We are looking for an effective communicator with excellent interpersonal skills and tact in dealing with staff at various levels within the Bank, including visitors and members of the public.

You must be capable of working independently and in a team environment, where collaboration is essential.

You must respect confidentiality of information, be self-motivated, work well under pressure, exercise sound judgment and escalate complex problems or situations to your leader, when required. You must be able to operate effectively and calmly in stressful emergency situations.

As a Security Officer, you must possess a valid firearms Possession and Acquisition License (PAL), for restricted and non-restricted firearms and you must successfully complete a psychological and physical assessment, including completing the Bank’s mandatory Officer training program (5 weeks, paid). You must be available to work shifts 24/7 (days, evenings, overnights, weekends and holidays).

Mandatory Officer Training Program
Week 1 – Use of Force (5 days) – must pass
Week 2 – Firearms (Pistol) (5 days) – must pass
Week 3 – Firearms (Carbine) (5 days) – must pass
Week 4 – SOPs/Security Systems training (5 days)
Week 5 – On Post training (5 days)


  • knowledge of access-control, intrusion detection, and alarm monitoring systems, closed-circuit television (CCTV) and other related security systems
  • knowledge of the Criminal Code of Canada (sections pertaining to the use of force and the powers of arrest)
  • experience with security card access systems, security turn styles' and scanners' functionality
  • experience in assessing behavior that may pose a security risk
  • experience in a highly secured environment
  • defensive tactics training

Your education and experience
The position requires a post-secondary certificate or diploma (complete or in progress) in a relevant field.

What you need to know

  • Language requirement: English and French essential (bilingual) with a minimum starting level of functional (level 4) in second official language. Training may be provided to help reach the required level of fully functional (level 5) in second official language.
  • Priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents
  • Security level required: Be eligible to obtain Secret
  • Relocation assistance may be provided, if required
  • Please save a copy of the job poster. Once the closing date has passed, it will no longer be available.
  • Must successfully complete the Bank’s mandatory training program, including ongoing requirements
  • Must successfully complete a Psychological and Physical assessment
  • Must be able to maintain firearms Possession and Acquisition License (PAL), valid for restricted firearms and non-restricted firearms

What you can expect from us
This is a great opportunity to join a leading organization and be part of a high-performing team. We offer a competitive compensation and benefits package designed to meet your needs at every stage of your life and career. For more information on key benefits please visit A great deal to consider.

  • Salaries are based on qualifications and experience and typically range from $60,914 to $71,664 (job grade 13) (2021)
  • The Bank offers an incentive for successfully meeting expectations at 3 to 5% of your base salary. The Bank offers performance pay for those who exceed expectations (7% of your base salary).. Exceptional performers who far exceed expectations may be eligible for higher performance pay.
  • Flexible and comprehensive benefits so you can choose the level of health, dental disability and life and/or accident insurance coverage that meets your needs
  • Extra vacation days (up to five each year) that you can purchase to add to your vacation entitlement
  • Indexed, defined-benefit pension #LI-POST

We wish to thank all applicants for their interest and effort in applying for this position. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. #INDEED-HP

Work Location: In person

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