Bank of America’s London office is advertising for an “executive protection specialist”. Not just any executive protection specialist – an “executive protection specialist II” who’ll seemingly act as the second in command for the team of guards looking after the “executive floors” of its office at London’s Canary Wharf.
The individual in question won’t just be responsible for protecting BofA’s senior bankers themselves. According to the ad on BofA’s site, he or she will also be required to coordinate with the “family members” of “top executives'” to “develop and advance the appropriate security environment”.
Bank of America posted its advertisement on Monday June 19. There’s no indication that it’s in response to recent events, but the vacancy comes after an HSBC employee was killed and a UBS employee wounded in the terrorist attacks on London bridge earlier this month. It also comes as activists in London organise a “Day of Rage” protest in response to last week’s fire at Grenfell Tower and “brutal austerity, cuts and anti-immigrant attacks”. Significant rioting took place in London six years ago, during August 2011.
As we reported previously, most banks have substantially strengthened their protection of staff in recent years with hires from the military and intelligence services. Bank of America’s now looking for someone with a minimum five years’ experience in corporate security. Even though the individual concerned will manage a team as the second in command, he or she will join at assistant vice president level. The good news is that the hours are fairly limited: the vacancy is billed at 35 hours a week.