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Head of Security - Etihad Airways - Abu Dhabi, AE

Job description

Let your career take off with the World’s Leading Airline, Etihad Airways. Work in the forefront of the aviation industry, with the airline that has reimagined the flying experience through its pioneering products and services.

This role will unlock opportunities for you, enabling you to further develop your expertise within a progressive culture where a huge emphasis is placed on investing in the best talent.

The core of this role is to define, cascade and lead Etihad’s security strategy and objectives to ensure protection of Etihad’s guests, personnel, properties and compliance with governmental regulations.

Job Responsibilities

  • Strategy

Define and cascade the Function/Department strategy to ensure the alignment with Company's strategy

  • Policies and Procedures

Define and cascade policies, processes and procedures to ensure all relevant procedural/ regulatory/legislative requirements are fulfilled

  • Budget Management

Develop and cascade Function/Department budget , and monitor financial performance versus the budget to ensure alignment

  • People development

Manage the effective achievement of objectives by setting individual targets, developing and motivating staff in order to maximize performance

  • Safety, Quality & Environment

Comply with all relevant safety, security, quality, health and environmental procedures to ensure a healthy and safe work environment

Specific Responsibilities

  • Hold the ultimate responsibility for all activities carried out by security functions to ensure their compliance with internal / external regulations

  • Report to top management on security related KPIs to provide Etihad’s C-Level effective overview and insights

  • Advice top management on latest security management updates and key decisions to ensure adoption of best practice security procedures

  • Define, cascade and monitor security strategic plan and guidelines adoption across the organization to ensure compliance with security regulations

  • Review, approve and prioritize security related projects to ensure their consistency with Etihad’s objectives

  • Agree and develop with senior managers training and development programs to ensure skills development of security employees

  • Manage stakeholder relationships within Etihad and its equity partners to identify potential synergy opportunities for improved security management

  • Manage stakeholder relationships with governmental bodies to ensure effective collaboration

  • Operate as the focal point of contact for crisis management to ensure timely resolution

  • Liaise with top management and Communications function to properly manage communications in case of major crisis

  • Lead, coach and provide informal / formal feedback to senior management team to ensure development of technical and soft skills

Education & Experience

  • Minimum Diploma

  • Minimum of 15 years of experience within relevant field, previous experience in Armed forces / Police / Labour relations / Commercial Security is an advantage.


  • Business Understanding skills - Excellent

  • Communication skills - Excellent

  • Computer skills - Excellent

  • Crime Prevention skills - Excellent

  • Driving skills - Excellent

  • Investigation skills - Excellent

  • Leadership - Excellent

  • Problem Solving skills - Excellent

About Etihad Airways

Etihad Airways began operations in 2003, and in 2015 carried 17.4 million passengers. From its Abu Dhabi base, Etihad Airways flies to or has announced plans to serve 116 passenger and cargo destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas. The airline has a fleet of around 120 Airbus and Boeing aircraft, with approximately 200 aircraft on firm order, including 66 Boeing 787s, 25 Boeing 777Xs, 62 Airbus A350s and five Airbus A380s.

Etihad Airways holds equity investments in airberlin, Air Serbia, Air Seychelles, Alitalia, Jet Airways, Virgin Australia, and Swiss-based Darwin Airline, trading as Etihad Regional. Etihad Airways, along with airberlin, Air Serbia, Air Seychelles, Alitalia, Etihad Regional, Jet Airways and NIKI, also participate in Etihad Airways Partners, a new brand that brings together like-minded airlines to offer customers more choice through improved networks and schedules and enhanced frequent flyer benefits. For more information, please visit:

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