Facility Management or FM is an interdisciplinary field devoted to the coordination of space, infrastructure, people and organization, often associated with the administration of office blocks, arenas, schools, convention and shopping centres, hospitals and hotels. It has been identified that there are eleven core competencies of facility management. These are: communication; emergency preparedness and business continuity; environmental stewardship and sustainability; finance and business; human factors; leadership and strategy; operations and maintenance; project management; quality; real estate and property management; and technology.
FM has become highly competitive, subject to continuous innovation and development, where the Facility Manager is constantly under pressure to reduce costs and to add value to the core business of the client organisation
The role of the Facility Manager encompasses:
- Health & Safety
- Fire Safety
- Maintenance, testing and inspection
- Commercial property management
- Business continuity planning
- Space allocation and changes
A popular and expanding sector, facilities management is becoming an area which more and more candidates are drawn to. It offers roles from Facilities Administration including reception, post room duties and security to much more complex roles demanding qualifications in Electrical/Mechanical Engineering and or a Degree in Facilities Management. A role that can take you far not only in Ireland but worldwide particularly with the large multinational companies who usually use Facility Management companies on site. Under this sector one can also find roles in Property and Property Maintenance and Management.