Facility Managers provide overall direction, coordination, and supervision related to the operations and maintenance of building systems.
Facility Managers are responsible for ensuring the physical infrastructure of a business is well maintained and operating properly, as well as identifying areas for greater efficiency and cost-savings. A Facility Manager's duties vary depending on the size of the facility or nature of the business but generally entail maintaining the buildings and grounds, overseeing the upkeep of equipment and supplies, determining and scheduling repairs or renovation projects, and coordinating safety inspections. Facility Managers are responsible for the daily operations and safety of the HVAC, plumbing, electrical, mechanical, and fire and safety systems and they manage annual repair and maintenance schedules. Facility Managers are in charge of a budget and must coordinate and negotiate with outside vendors for supplies, repairs, renovations, and special projects.
Facility Managers often hire and supervise a team of maintenance staff—setting work schedules, providing training, and overseeing the work of these individuals. A good Facility Manager will ensure a sound operation and maintenance program for a facility that not only includes maintenance plans and activities but also emphasizes high-performance and energy efficiency.