Thinking of Becoming a Facilities Manager?

We’ll talk you through the skills you will need to enter the sector and what kind of salary and work-life balance you can expect from the role.

A Facilities Manager is responsible for ensuring that buildings and their surrounding environments meet the needs of those working in them. Therefore, in summary, they have a duty to maintain the cleanliness, safety and security of the premises, as well as to monitor parking and respond to any building maintenance queries.

Typically, Facilities Management roles vary from place to place, but the individual would generally be in charge of planning office refurbishments, organising complex workplace moves and overseeing any renovation work within the building, including general building maintenance such as heating and air conditioning repairs or services. Most importantly, responsibilities include meeting health and safety standards as well as legal requirements, while keeping on top of budgets and expenditure. As such, the job holder is expected to think logically, be highly organised, tech-savvy and able to manage a team. Since communication is key in this post, Facilities Managers will also need to have very good interpersonal and writing skills.

Facilities Managers work approximately 40 hours a week and are expected to be available between the core office hours of 9 am to 5 pm. They are primarily based in an office but, due to the nature of the role, they will be required to move around the buildings they are managing, and at times travel across the country (if the employer operates across multiple locations). Due to their extensive list of responsibilities, some managers may be required to work additional hours to deal with emergencies or simply to get a task done outside of peak hours.

New entrants can expect a salary of just over £25,000 but, if they can build on their experience, then they could reach up to £45,000 per annum, within three to five years. Senior positions with a responsibility for multiple sites could even earn in excess of £60,000, making this a career which offers very appealing salary progression. As with most roles, the amount of experience and the level of qualifications you hold are deciding factors in how much you will earn. It’s advisable, therefore, to educate yourself as much as possible with work experience, apprenticeships and courses, before applying for a role within the industry.

Although no educational course is required to begin your career in Facilities Management, relevant experience is a bonus. In addition, any applicable skills such as technical, engineering, business studies or management skills could benefit those applying for jobs within the sector. Many companies will offer their own tailored in-house training, to enable you to gain the experience and professional certification you need to work your way up to a managerial role. Whilst undergoing training or thereafter, you will likely be asked to complete qualifications offered by the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) or Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM), or to enrol on a postgraduate course in Facilities Management to further enhance your skills.