- Manage the way buildings are run and maintained for companies or the public sector
- A good way to combine management with practical knowledge of building work and health and safety
- Varied work with opportunities to progress to senior management roles
As a facilities manager you may work for a facilities management company contracted to a number of organisations. In small companies, facilities management may be part of a general management role.
- Managing refurbishment, renovations and office moves
- Managing maintenance
- Making sure the building meets health and safety standards
- Advising on energy efficiency
- Managing cleaning, waste disposal, catering, parking and security
- Managing budgets and accounts
- Negotiating with contractors and suppliers
- Managing office systems like IT and equipment
You could work at a university, in a commercial building, at a college, at a sports arena or in an office.
This role would be ideal for someone with management and budgeting skills, customer and client management skills, and excellent communication skills.
There are no set requirements for this role, you can apply for jobs directly if you've got a combination of relevant experience and qualifications. This includes technical skills related to buildings and property, and management skills.
You could do a foundation degree or degree in facilities management or building services management.
You may be able to take an advanced apprenticeship as a facilities supervisor or a higher apprenticeship as a facilities manager. This will usually take 18 to 24 months to complete. You'll do on the job training and spend time with a college or training provider.
You may also be able to start as a building caretaker or a management assistant and work your way up. You'll be encouraged to work towards qualifications like a Level 3 Diploma in Facilities Management. Your employer may ask you to study for professional qualifications offered by the ILM.
You may find it useful to have a health and safety qualification and apply to become a member of the Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management for professional recognition, training opportunities and to make industry contacts.
With experience you may be able to progress to senior or regional manager roles.