Diverse. Dedicated. Driven

Andras Szabo is a Security Supervisor at London's iconic - and recently redeveloped - Battersea Power Station. He started work as a security officer in December 2017 and his career has really progressed since he joined security providers Bidvest Noonan in April 2021.

"I’ve always been keen to learn and take the initiative in developing new skills, so I asked my managers if I could spend time learning various aspects of the job. Being familiar with sign in procedures, control room and CCTV helped me make the step to become an area security supervisor.

"Now I manage around 20 security officers on a shift. I usually arrive at work early to discuss the previous shift and plan ahead. I always enjoy the handovers as they give me the opportunity to meet my colleagues and it gives us the time to discuss and share ideas.

"After the handover, I prepare the daily rotation schedule before briefing my team. I am always ready when my officers turn up for their shifts, so I can welcome them and issue them with the equipment they need for the day. After the briefing, I visit the estate management and the trades on-site, as it is always good to keep a good relationship with the client and the retail businesses."

"Dealing with a day-to-day security operation of a large-scale estate is busy and can be challenging at times, but it’s also extremely rewarding and never boring. My next career goal is to become an Operations Manager. I’ve already started working towards that, thanks to support and training from Bidvest Noonan."

Security Officer Marzena Jakubowicz is also based at Battersea Power Station and she discusses how she sees working in such an exciting industry

“Many people think that a security job is just sitting in a chair and looking at a monitor, but it is much more interesting than that. Every day is different, you never know what awaits you. I am very happy that I get to work with people, I can help them and take care of their safety. 

“I have been working in security for about four years. At first, I would only work at clubs on the weekends, but as time went on, I realised that I really enjoyed it and decided to work full time. This job has taught me patience, empathy, resilience, and problem-solving.

"Regardless of how small the matter is, you must always look for the most suitable solution for everyone involved. "Bidvest Noonan offers a lot of courses for people who want to get even better at being an officer. This is incredibly valuable because the company actively invests in their staff, prioritising our personal and professional development. It means that we always have room to grow.”