What's Involved

A Facilities Manager is responsible for the management of services that support the business of an organization. This includes a range of responsibilities from overseeing the daily running of a building, once construction work has been completed, to reducing its operating costs through managing contracts.

To ensure a building continues to function effectively, a Facilities Manager would expect to manage the continual maintenance of the building, identifying health and safety issues to ensure the building is safe for use and general responsibility for utilities, services and daily logistical management.

A Facilities Manager is also likely to be responsible for managing catering and cleaning services and utilising space management throughout the building.

Skills Required

Any one interested in a career as a Facilities Manager will need strong communication skills as you will be required to work with a team of internal and external colleagues and contractors to ensure the building is maintained in a timely manner.

An ability to address problems and resolve any issues arising in a reactive manner is key. You will also develop an awareness of building construction.

Qualifications Required

A degree in Property or Estate Management is an advantage for those entering the industry, and essential for those wishing to progress to senior level roles. Those without a degree would require prior experience of the industry; an NVQ level 3 in Facilities Management would also be beneficial. 

Salary Ranges

Those entering the profession with an undergraduate degree can anticipate earning between £17,000 and £22,000 which rises in line with experience. A Senior Facilities Manager who oversees several premises country-wide could earn £60,000+.

(This information is intended as a guide to average salaries only.)

Progression Routes

Individuals who wish to progress up through the levels of Facilities Management can find themselves responsible for overseeing the management of facilities within very large organisations in a variety of different sectors.

There is opportunity to reach Senior and Director level posts which offer potentially high salaries.