Director, Security & Life Safety
Montreal or Toronto
Montreal or Toronto
Property Services

Ivanhoé Cambridge is a world-class real estate company that leverages its high-level expertise in all aspects of real estate. With assets totalling more than $35 billion, we can be found in 20 countries around the world.  We have over 1700 employees, and are headquartered in Montreal with offices in Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver, Paris, Madrid, Luxembourg and Shanghai.  Recognized as one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers, this is the place to advance your career.

Specific accountabilities:
The Director, Security & Life Safety will coordinate property level policy and practices. The position is required to provide subject matter expertise on issues relating to security and life safety to both internal and external stakeholders, including but not limited to: threat and risk assessments, security and life safety business practices and models, financial accountability, performance standards and continual improvement, and in areas of security and life safety-related business technologies.
The Director, Security & Life Safety will establish and maintain high-level strategic contacts with internal and external partners and stakeholders in order to advance the most appropriate practices and operational positions on behalf of the Company.  The position will formulate and execute national level policies through to the property level through the respective portfolio offices.
  • Provide leadership on large-scale, property-specific and/or portfolio-wide security and life safety projects, events, and issues with an emphasis on continuous improvement and maximization of value.
  • Establish key performance indicators and assessment processes for security and life safety.
  • Collaborate with major service contractors across portfolios.
  • With the Property Technology group, actively pursue and engage opportunities for efficiencies in bulk purchasing of security technologies, where applicable.
  • Develop, promote and model best practices in the security and life safety fields that highlight ways in which security and life safety services optimize revenues and expenditures, and create value at both the national and property level.
  • Provide strategic guidance on security and life safety related plans and objectives in consultation with the Senior Portfolio Managers.
  • Work closely with Risk Management, Internal Audit, Insurance, and Legal Departments; to maintain an effective risk management program focused on developing reasonable countermeasures that mitigate the impact of threats and hazards that may affect Corporate Assets, Employees, Information, Technology and Reputation.
  • Oversee, across portfolios, the implementation of security strategy via regular and ongoing liaison with senior portfolio and property management to ensure a consistent level of service delivery and financial efficiency.
  • In consultation with regional and property management, provide guidance in setting performance objectives for security managers and contractors.
  • Provide developmental support to security managers and contractors with a view to maintaining high standards of security management practice and overall succession planning.   
Key requirements
  • Undergraduate degree or community college diploma (or equivalent business management qualification) in Security, Risk Management or Criminology-related discipline  / or professional security industry accreditation strongly preferred (i.e. CPP, ASP, PSP).
  • Post-graduate and specialized studies in Security-/Emergency-/Risk-Based discipline (or equivalent business discipline) a definite asset.
  • 7- 10 years  of security/life safety management experience, ideally at a property or properties of complex scope (i.e. large, mixed-use facility) – or equivalent work experience.
  • Knowledge of the duties and responsibilities of all direct and indirect reports.
  • Understands business management and portfolio/property security & life safety needs.
  • Proficient in basic accounting including the development and administration of capital and operational budgeting across a portfolio.
  • Good knowledge of JD Edwards, and Microsoft Office environments .
  • Sound knowledge of security technology and security and life safety-related systems.
  • Knowledge and understanding of applicable federal, provincial and municipal legislation and regulations pertaining to the area of security/life safety management.
  • Sound knowledge of industry-related techniques and emergent trends in security/life safety.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills a pre-requisite in both French and English.
  • Ability to inter-relate with members of senior management both internally and externally.
  • Excellent public speaking and presentation skills in group settings.
  • Exceptional problem solving, analytical and decision making skills required.
  • Strong organizational, prioritization and time management skills.
  • Ability to delegate and follow up effectively.
  • Tact and diplomacy in dealings at all levels of the organization.
  • Team player.
  • Flexible and adaptable in dealing with a diversity of situations and people.
  • Exceptional reporting and business proposal writing skills.
  • Ability to work in a challenging, fast-paced, multi-tasked environment.
  • Bilingualism is a requirement.  
If you are interested by this challenge, please submit your resume.
What’s in it for you?
Ivanhoé Cambridge offers its employees a competitive benefit package, along with an attractive pension plan. Committed to our employees’ health and wellbeing, we have numerous programs that allow our employees to juggle both work and home life such as TGIF days, flexible working hours, family care days, as well as chartable give and take days.  Dedicated to our employee’s career and professional growth we offer exciting opportunities for career advancement both in Canada and abroad backed by a multi faceted learning and development program including tuition reimbursement. Ivanhoé Cambridge: a world of possibility.