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What does a facilities manager do?

A facilities manager's daily duties can vary depending on the facility they oversee.
Some of the common duties in this career include:

  • Maintaining the facility and overseeing the daily administrative operations.
  • Plan and coordinate all installations (telecommunications, heat, electricity etc.) and refurbishments.
  • Inspect buildings’ structures to determine the need for repairs or renovations
  • Instructing team members on the best practices to maintain the property.
  • Creating and maintaining budgets for maintenance, repairs and Operations.
  • Manage the upkeep of equipment and supplies to meet health and safety standards.
  • Overseeing the closure of projects within the approved budget
  • Review utilities consumption and strive to minimize costs
  • Supervise all staff facilities staff (custodians, technicians, groundskeepers etc.) and external contractors
  • Supporting a company's strategic objectives by driving Take Cost Out (TCO) initiatives
  • Ensuring coherent availability and utilization of resources in areas like transport, canteen and waste disposal
  • Hiring external professionals for repairs for the building, equipment or machinery
  • Developing and maintaining a vendor base for a cost-efficient procurement of inventory
  • Overseeing communication and security frameworks within the facility
  • Ensuring the property meets local and industry-specific safety guidelines
  • Performing regular inspections to ensure the building is functioning correctly
  • Managing contracts for various construction and maintenance projects
  • Negotiating annual maintenance contracts and renewing insurances for maintenance
  • Maintaining records the facility, including maintenance bills and payment information
    Overseeing the cleaning, landscaping and parking teams

What are a facilities manager's daily duties?

A facility manager's primary role can vary depending on their work environment and industry. They may focus on managing contracts, inspecting equipment for repairs or overseeing business operations. They may also help communicate clear directions to the team or a group of management of stakeholders. They may serve an important role as a leader within an organization, encouraging teamwork and fostering fellowship among the team members. Commonly, they serve a role similar to a general manager. This means they may be responsible for overseeing the overall operations within the facility.