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Traditionally, surveyors are seen as the people that buy, sell or build offices, shops, warehouses and hotels. So what happens when the deal is done or the building is completed? Who takes charge? This is the role of a facilities manager.
Facilities managers ensure that the building or buildings of the company that they work for or are hired by are in the best possible condition and are running to their maximum efficiency at the best possible price. Knowledge of the building itself and the surveying world as a whole is essential for facilities managers, the company they work for and each individual staff member, in both the long and short term, in order to reach company goals and for staff to be happy in their workplace.
Facilities managers ensure all health and safety precautions and current regulations are adhered to within the collection of buildings that they supervise.
They play a vital role in the provision of IT services to a company – the lifeline of the majority of industries today.
Facilities managers build relationships with all members of staff, from graduates up to board members, so any building issues can be resolved personally and efficiently.
All electrical services including lighting, lifts, power and air conditioning are managed by the facility managers.
They will often have a sound knowledge of all legislation and regulations affecting their buildings to ensure that they are compliant.
Effective facilities managers support the efficiency and productivity of a company enormously by having an inner knowledge of the long-term business plan and what the staff and managers will require in the future. Additionally, by having detailed knowledge of all costs and outgoings, the overall annual budgets put aside for running a company can be reduced.
Facilities managers are the drivers of an office move, something potentially disruptive and damaging to a business. By being aware of exactly what is needed, all related costs and assessment of the risks involved, a manager can save a company time, money and stress.
They will advise on business strategy and report to those in charge about the current building they are in and the benefits and drawbacks of change.