Facilities management is a diverse area, where specialists are responsible for the management of services and processes that support business operations.
|Practice Area||Facilities Management|
|Introduction||This can include the buildings and grounds, as well as services that support the working environment such as maintenance, cleaning, security, space management and security.|
|What skills are required?||
|What qualifications are required?||
Entry into this profession is diverse and people may come from a range of backgrounds and qualifications. No particular degree is required but relevant areas can include business studies and hospitality as well as property and construction subjects.
Professional qualifications can be gained through the RICS and the IFMA.
|What is it like in practice?||In this diverse field you will have a range of responsibilities, which are dependent on the structure and size of the organisation. They will range from strategic planning to managing day to day operations, managing contractor and inhouse teams, and ensuring that services meet agreed level of performance along with health and safety and other legislative requirements.|
|Work Environment||You are likely to be based in business premises and some travel may be required. Work can be pressurised when working to deadlines or budgets. Work patterns may include shifts and weekends.|
|Employment opportunities||Opportunities exist across the UK and globally. Employers include all types of businesses as well as property and construction firms and facilities management specialists.|
|Relevant UCEM programmes|
You might like this role if you enjoy:
- Working with different people such as clients, colleagues and the general public
- Using a range of information to make decisions including verbal and written communication, numbers
See more skills used by facilities managers:
- Analysing and identifying patterns in data
- People management
- Understanding how buildings are constructed and perform
- Creativity and problem solving
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Target Jobs (2019) ‘Job sectors’ [online]. Available at: https://targetjobs.co.uk/ [accessed 1 August 2019]