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Facilities manager Estates manager, support services manager, contracts manager

Facilities managers oversee the operation and maintenance of building systems and services.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £26,000 to £60,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 35 to 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

There are no set requirements, but you'll usually need a qualification in facilities management and management experience. Qualifications in subjects like business studies or surveying could also help you find work.

You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.

You may need a health and safety qualification.

2. Skills required

You'll need:

  • management and budgeting skills
  • customer and client management skills
  • excellent communication skills

3. What you'll do

Your day-to-day activities may include:

  • 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 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.

4. Salary

Starter: £26,000

Experienced: £45,000

Highly Experienced: £60,000 or more

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You'll work around 40 hours a week, usually 9am to 5pm. You may need to do extra hours to deal with emergencies.

You'll be office-based but you may need to travel if you work for a large, multi-site company.

6. Career path and progression

Membership of the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) could benefit your career development.

With experience you may be able to progress to senior or regional manager roles.

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Last updated: 21 December 2016