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Job Title – Facilities Manager


A Facilities Manager is responsible for the security, maintenance and services of work facilities to ensure that they meet the needs of the organisation and its employees. 

Typical Job Activities

Oversees and agreeing contracts and providers for services including security, parking, cleaning, catering, technology and so on
Supervises multi-disciplinary teams of staff including cleaning, maintenance, grounds and security
Ensures that basic facilities, such as water and heating, are well-maintained
Manages budgets and ensuring cost-effectiveness
Allocates and managing space between buildings
Ensures that facilities meet government regulations and environmental, health and security standards
Advises businesses on increasing energy efficiency and cost-effectiveness
Oversees building projects, renovations or refurbishments
Helps businesses to relocate to new offices and to make decisions about leasing
Drafts reports and making written recommendations

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Related Occupations

Site manager
Building services engineer
Environmental manager
Site engineer

Educational Requirements

Senior Certificate with a matric Exception

Compulsory subjects: Mathematics
Recommended subjects: Accounting, Economics and Business Economics

For a degree course in Facilities management.

What natural skills and/or aptitudes do I need for this occupation?

Have business sense
Have an aptitude for figures
Be reliable and responsible
Understand legal technicalities
Be able to negotiate
Be a good communicator

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Possible Employers

Real estate agencies
Property developers
Building contractors
Quantity surveyors
Government departments
Financial and insurance institutions

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Relevant Contact Details

Construction Education and Training Authority

The Association of South African Quantity Surveyors

Career Progress and Path

Experience in specific field
Work performance
Do presentations, seminars, publish articles, etc. 

Possible Career Paths

Specialist career in the specific field
Management positions in the specific field

Employment Stability

Moderately stable

Reasons to consider this career

I am very interested in a specific subject or field
I can progress in the business world