What is a facilities manager?
The facilities manager is essentially in charge of all the services that support a commercial or institutional building to ensure functionality of the built environment.
These can include property management as well as managing areas such as health and safety, utilities, services, relocation and strategy planning. The facilities manager ensures that an organisation has the most suitable working environment for its employees.
Becoming a facilities manager
The facilities manager needs to be aware of how a building is constructed. Therefore, you will need a relevant degree – graduate or postgraduate recognised by the British Institute of Facilities Management. The course will often cover quality management, space planning, legal studies, IT and property management.
If you come from another educational background, then work experience in construction is necessary for a position in facilities management.
A graduate facilities manager at entry-level can expect to earn somewhere between £17,000 and £22,000, according to data collected in 2008. Salaries rise with experience and vary according to sector, function and location - with the highest in and around London and the South East.
Achieving chartered status will result in higher pay. Senior facilities managers can earn between £26,000 and £35,000 or up to £60,000.
For more information visit the British Institute of Facilities Management.