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Facilities Management

Hotspots of skills in demand

Facilities Manager

Demand will remain high this half for Facilities Managers across the country, but particularly in Wellington and Auckland where employers look for candidates with proven project management experience, including upgrades and refurbishments. With a large portion of buildings undergoing strengthening or refurbishment in Wellington, proven project management experience is sought. Candidates must also have a strong understanding of the local market and experience dealing directly with sub-contractors.

Senior and Intermediate Facilities Managers are required in response to a strong leasing market. As a result, building owners need a professional to look after their building.

HVAC Maintenance Technicians are needed in response to the strong construction sector. Higher rates are attracting these candidates out of the traditional service sector.

Maintenance Electricians are needed for similar reasons.

FM Engineers are in short supply due to the multi-skilled nature of the role. Employers look for good overall building services experience, however there is a shortage of such professionals.

Works Planners are also needed by large public and private institutions, which reflects the increase and complexity of programs of works.

In terms of soft skills, good management and leadership skills are valued. Employers look for candidates with a proven ability to build positive staff engagement, reduce turnover and nurture a positive culture. This need will only increase as skill shortages intensify.

Jobseeker advice

Jobseekers are expected to understand local facilities management trends. One is new compliance and health and safety obligations. Another is how to manage costs to maintain and upgrade a property in light of continuous regulatory demands and material and labour costs.

Employers also look for candidates with additional skills or a point of difference, such as IT design or building knowledge.

When preparing your CV, mention not only the name of the organisation you worked for but your achievements in your role. Employers also regularly ask about the size of the operational maintenance budget you managed. In addition, employer want to know how many and what type of CAPEX projects you have managed.

List all FM software you are familiar with as well as the financial and operational software you are conversant with. Many systems are used in this industry and therefore familiarity with as many as possible will aid your job search.

Add examples to your CV to demonstrate your capabilities. Understand the New Zealand qualification requirements. Tailor your CV to reflect the role you are applying for.

Consider upskilling. A report claims the half-life of learned skills is now about five years. Regardless of your role or level of seniority, it is therefore essential to continuously upskill in order to stay relevant in an increasingly mechanised world. Here’s 7 ways to upskill and keep yourself at the growing edge of your career without breaking the bank.

Finally, consider how you can demonstrate your data fluency, strategic thinking and readiness for AI-integrated workforces to stand out from the crowd. Read our advice on the latest trends here.