Our Estates & Facilities Management division started in 2008 and is recognised as the market leader in Higher Education Estates recruitment in the UK.
We specialise in executive, senior and middle management posts for estate owner-occupiers, across Education, Student Residences, Science, Health, Government, Public Venues, Cultural and Heritage sectors.
We manage campaigns spanning Estates Management, Capital Projects and Programme Delivery, Space and Workplace Management, Property and Asset Management, Facilities Management, Engineering/Maintenance and Commercial and Hospitality Services.
See our online candidate information pack for the role of Senior Project Lead at The University of Reading below;
Our Real Estate Advisory team works with the leading commercial property agents in the UK. Our specialisms cover niche sectors of the market with a particular focus on Property Management, Capital Markets, Development, Valuation & Professional Services, Land & Planning, Corporate Real Estate, Asset Management and Private Equity.
In Partnership with our clients MRG have completed recruitment campaigns across Director/Main Board appointments but also at Chartered Surveyor, Senior Surveyor and Associate level.
See our online candidate information pack for the role of Director at Metrus below;
The Bids team started in 2009 and is the market leader in Bids recruitment across the Built Environment. We work with Bid, Proposal, Business Development and Marketing specialists across the full range of MRG Specialisms; Real Estate, Project & Cost Management, Construction, Civil Engineering and Estates & Facilities. From Bid Directors to Bid Designers, Business Development Managers to Key Account Managers, Bid Analysts to Bid Co-ordinators we find talent for clients and new life changing career moves for our candidates.
We work across the full spectrum of MRG services offering Search, Permanent, Retained Campaign and Freelance services.
See our online candidate information pack for the role of Business Development Manager at Woodhouse Workspace below;
Our specialist Building Consultancy team work in partnership with a number of large multi-disciplinary businesses, some SME specialists, Landlords and Owner Occupiers. We offer our clients Search, Retained Campaigns and Permanent Recruitment services always focused on identifying talent that is a good cultural and skills fit. We know our customers and the market well and can advise and guide all of our contacts on where to find the right people or where their next career move may lie.
See our online candidate information pack for the Project and Programme Management Team at Essentia Trading Limited below;
We work with Residential Developers, Affordable Housing Contractors, Main and Specialist Contractors, Developers and Funds across the UK.
We work across the full spectrum of MRG services offering Search, Permanent, Retained Campaign and Freelance services. We conduct campaigns for Directors and Senior Managers across Production, Pre-Construction Commercial, Technical, Land, and Sales & Marketing and Development Management at salary levels from £50,000 to £120,000 per annum.
See our online candidate information pack for the role of Post Construction Services Manager at UPP below;
We work across the full spectrum of MRG services offering Search, Permanent, Retained Campaign and Freelance services to Tier1 and Tier 2 contractors, specialists and Consultants. Our team has high-level contacts with some of the leading employers in the UK as well as close relationships with successful SME’s.
Our expertise covers Project Leadership, Engineering, Design and Commercial functions with both Contractors and Consultants.
See our online candidate information pack for the role of Senior Estimator at VolkerFitzpatrick below;
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The Royal College of Art is the UK’s only entirely postgraduate art and design university. The Royal Charter specifies that the College’s purpose is “to advance learning, knowledge and professional competence particularly in the field of the fine arts… through teaching, research and collaboration with industry and commerce”. Fifty years on, the College remains in the vanguard of creative enquiry, with around 2,000 students from 65 countries registered for MA, MRes, MPhil and PhD degrees.
The College is located on three sites in central London, in Kensington, Battersea and White City. In 2016 the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced an unprecedented £54 million grant to support a major expansion at Battersea to create a flagship innovation campus, housing new research centres, knowledge exchange labs and additional space for the College’s highly successful business incubator, InnovationRCA. Work on the new building is due to start in early 2018 and complete in late 2020.
The College is seeking to appoint a Head of Estate Customer Services, an exciting opportunity to be an integral part of a dynamic fast-paced team. The main responsibilities of the role are to lead the provision of estate focused customer services across the RCA campuses, including technical maintenance, cleaning, security, post, shuttle buses, and catering.
The successful applicant will have a significant experience in the delivery of Hard and Soft facilities management and in the effective management of outsourced contracts. It is essential that applicants for this role have solid high level of technical expertise in all FM provision, particularly maintenance and statutory compliance. Experience of the setting and management of budgets and financial planning, including planning resource allocation and experience in the management of a diverse and demanding set of stakeholders is also required.
The Candidate Briefing Pack can be viewed and downloaded at https://online.flippingbook.com/view/563913/
For a confidential discussion please contact our advisor Michael Hewlett of The Management Recruitment Group on firstname.lastname@example.org or alternatively on 020 8892 0115.
The Management Recruitment Group has been exclusively retained for this campaign. All direct and third-party applications will be forwarded to them.
Closing date for online applications is Friday 15th June 2018.
Operating as one of the world’s leading real estate advisory firms, our client is currently seeking a Senior Surveyor to join its highly successful Property & Asset Management division.
Whilst based from its London office, the diverse and mixed portfolio is located throughout London and the South East. The first-class portfolio consists of a range of property types including: business space, retail and industrial. This multi-tenanted, complex and prestigious portfolio would be the jewel in the crown of most firms but is among comparable portfolios due to the quality of mandate managed by the business.
The key to success within this role is the ability to build strong relationships with the client and its in house Asset Management team – providing substantiated recommendations on all Management matters on a daily basis as well as advising on Asset Management initiatives where appropriate.
Working within an established team, offering a flat structure you will work closely with the senior team. Operating as the principal firm within the Property & Asset Management market, the business is recognised as attracting and retaining some of the strongest real estate professionals in their field. This is an excellent opportunity for an aspirational Surveyor to step up to a Senior Surveyor role.
The successful candidate will benefit from working within one of the most highly respected advisory firms, alongside industry figure heads where progression is encouraged. Offering a basic salary of up to £45,000 per annum plus car allowance, pension, healthcare and significant bonus opportunity. The business promotes a strong work life balance with working hours of 9.30am – 5.30am.
For further information please contact Stephanie Howe at The Management Recruitment Group on: 07932 717 431 or at Stephanie.email@example.com
Centre Manager – Grosvenor Centre, Northampton
Having opened in 1976, The Grosvenor Centre is one of the premier retail destinations within Northampton and the surrounding area. With an unrivalled selection of over 50 stores, The Grosvenor is a prime retail asset offering convenience and choice for its customers, having undergone significant refurbishment and improvement in recent years.
As part of its long term investment strategy, the Landlord is committed to ensuring that the Centre is one of the best retail centres in the Midlands and at the heart of the Northamptonshire community.
A Centre Manager is required to provide strategic leadership, business and operational management for the Centre and to ultimately improve the trading potential of the Centre. The successful candidate will be responsible for advancing and contributing to the development of the operational asset management strategy for the Centre. In line with the business objectives of the Landlord, the appointed will play the central role in the delivery of high and efficient standards of onsite management and care, in maintaining The Grosvenor position in the locality as a best in class, desirable, safe and progressive environment for retailers to trade in and customers to shop, visit and work in.
The appointee will be responsible for the continued improvement of the quality of the retail environment at The Grosvenor. They will ultimately lead, develop and inspire the Centre Management team to deliver a service which is in line with the Landlords expectations and strategy.
The ability to build and maintain strong relationships within the retail industry, local community and business groups and acting as The Grosvenor Centre’s ultimate ambassador will be key to the further development of the scheme.
In addition to the overall leadership and operational management of the scheme, the Centre Manager will be responsible for;
• Marketing – ensure that the strategy is delivered in line with the Landlord’s plan.
• All financial management, retailer benchmarking/reporting and turnover of the Centre.
• Work with the Centre management team to oversee the delivery of significant project works.
• Drive additional income generation via commercialisation across the site.
• Overall responsibility for Health and Safety and Environmental Management.
This is an outstanding opportunity for a proven Centre Manager or retail professional to run a notable and progressive scheme. The Landlord is committed to continually improving the Centre, working with retailers to achieve the very best possible results, creating a destination which is an enjoyable environment for the tenants, customers and centre management team.
The role offers a highly competitive salary, a range of corporate benefits and the support and buy in of both the highly successful managing agent and renown institutional landlord.
For further information or to request a candidate briefing pack please contact Stephanie Howe at the Management Recruitment Group on 07932717431 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The closing date for applications is Wednesday 30th May 2018.
Join an industry leading team focused on providing a world class student experience.
University Partnerships Programme (UPP) is the leading provider of on-campus student accommodation infrastructure and support services in the UK. We have more than 35,000 rooms under management or in construction through long-term partnerships with 16 leading UK universities.
With over 800 employees, we work to deliver the very best student experiences, together with great universities. Our range of services includes; funding, design, build and operation of student accommodation.
Having invested over £2 billion to date, we intend to invest another £1 billion delivering great services, in long term partnerships with outstanding universities.
The central region covers nearly 8,000 rooms with an annual operating budget of £9 million. This region has a range of well-established partnerships with Loughborough University where we provide hard FM services, Nottingham Trent University and the University of Nottingham, Broadgate Park, where we provide total facilities management.
The Regional Director will work closely with the UK Operations Director, and take responsibility for the regional team of c.250 providing FM services. You will be the key interface for our partnerships, liaising with key stakeholders and clients. This is a pivotal leadership role and will play a fundamental part in driving service delivery in line with our contractual obligations and company targets forward, whilst enhancing the student experience.
You will have a proven track record in a senior leadership role delivering total facilities management, ideally in a complex, customer facing environment. The successful candidate will provide a ‘best in class’ service across a large, varied and geographically disparate portfolio, implementing a culture of exceptional delivery.
To arrange a confidential discussion and to request the full briefing particulars, please contact Michael Hewlett (email@example.com) or Charlotte MacGregor (firstname.lastname@example.org) or on 020 8892 0115.
Closing date for applications is Sunday 3rd June 2018
University Partnerships Programme (UPP) is seeking to make the appointment to the role of FM Estimator to support its growth plans.
UPP is the leading provider of on-campus student accommodation infrastructure and support services in the UK. We have more than 35,000 rooms under management or in construction through long-term partnerships with 16 leading UK universities. With over 800 employees, we work to deliver the very best student experiences, together with great universities. Our range of services includes; funding, design, build and operation university estates and infrastructure. Having invested over £2billion to date, we intend to invest another £1billion delivering great services, in long term partnership with outstanding universities.
UPP Residential Services Limited (URSL) is responsible for UPP’s provision of specialist facilities management services, ensuring the day to day delivery of high quality services to the students of our university partners. URSL is seeking to make the appointment to the role of FM Estimator to join its highly successful and growing team.
The FM Estimator will work with the URSL Bid Director, Bid Manager and other FM Estimator to devise, implement and deliver the business plan (growth) for the URSL business. You will assist the Bid Director in meeting the five year business plan by successfully converting the pipeline of new tender opportunities and generating new business opportunities with prospective clients.
We are seeking an individual with proven experience of estimating costs for winning facilities management bids, and in particular with experience of hard services FM. You will have proven analytical skills, a high appreciation of detail and data, and excellent knowledge and capability of IT systems (excel etc) related to estimating.
We are seeking a team player with excellent interpersonal and communication skills, as a key aspect of the role is the capability to work successfully with a diverse range of internal and external stakeholders.
For a confidential discussion and the full briefing particulars please contact our retained advisors Hayley Wood (email@example.com) and Nick Coppard (firstname.lastname@example.org) at The Management Recruitment Group (MRG) on 0207 959 2368. Applications should consist of a CV and covering letter and should be sent to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org. All direct and third party applications will be forwarded to MRG.
Closing date for applications: 18 May 2018.
A preeminent and growing private family office with an extensive portfolio of multi sector properties spanning Fulham, Chelsea and Kensington has ambitious plans to grow their portfolio through both development, acquisition and innovative strategic asset management. In order to implement this plan they are seeking to appoint am Asset Manager, responsible for building relationships with existing commercial customers and maximising returns from the assets through strategic planning, asset management, marketing and leasing.
Their £350m+ Property Portfolio has been built up over the past 70 years with assets spanning a mix of commercial, retail, residential, office, leisure and mixed use properties exclusively in the Fulham, Chelsea and Kensington. In order to grow the current portfolio up to £1bn, they are putting a road map in place to both expand and diversify their portfolio into PRS, Hotel and Industrial markets across the London Fringes and the South East.
As part of this strategy the Project Manager will play a pivotal role, with 20% of the Portfolio in development at any one time, with broad expectations that will range from liaising with Development and Asset Managers through to contractors, cost consultants and Joint venture partners. You will be overseeing all the construction process and acting as the internal client representative.
As would be expected ,with a role such as this, extensive experience with hands on asset management across multiple asset classes (Chartered background preferred). Owing to the current status of the portfolio, familiarity with Heritage and Listed buildings would be beneficial.
For more information or to request a candidate briefing document please contact email@example.com or 0207 959 2368.
The Management Recruitment Group are exclusively mandated and will be handling all applications.
A bulge bracket bank seek to appoint an AVP within its Real Estate Portfolio Management team based in London.
In this role, you will be responsible for the day to day asset management and long term performance of a range of assets across multiple property sectors within the UK as well as reporting to senior management and external investors. Specifically you will implement asset strategies including disposals, leasing, financing and capital works and oversee the relevant partners and consultants.
You will work closely with the transactions team advising on capital deployment in validated investment opportunities and be responsible for the tracking and reporting the portfolio performance.
You will manage and supervise the portfolio analysts and ensure regulatory compliance is adhered to and have experience in working with both internal and external stakeholders.
This is an outstanding opportunity to join a highly successful, extremely well regarded market leading team.
For further information or a confidential discussion, please contact Piers Edgar on 0207 7959 2368 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are seeking a career move but this position is not right for you please browse the other vacancies on our website. We are specialists in Residential Recruitment and have a range of posts available. We also welcome speculative applications.
We believe that successful Talent Attraction and Career Management is all about the quality of the recruiter.
When you work with MRG you will deal with an expert, someone who speaks your language and will grow with you as your business grows or help you when you need to move to develop your career.
Our Board has an average of over twenty five years experience in recruitment in Construction and Property, our Managers average over twelve years in their specialist fields and our Consultants average over ten years.
“Michael successfully recruited for three senior and varied roles for UCL Estates. Michael and the MRG team are highly experienced, extremely professional and of the highest integrity. Customer service was exceptional and candidate feedback consistently very high. I now have three very high calibre new team members thanks to Michael’s dedication and hard work”. Andrew Grainger - Director of Estates, University College London.
“Over the course of the past 12 months, MRG have been working closely with us in support of our recruitment needs in what has been a challenging recruitment market. They take time to fully understand the specific skill requirements of any vacant role before putting together a tailored list of suitable candidates. This approach has resulted in us recruiting a number of high calibre individuals over recent months. In addition to being commercially aligned with our business needs, they are also nice people to work with!”. Nick Lees - Lead Director, JLL Property & Asset Management.
"Colin isn’t a CV jockey, scatter-gunning candidates at roles. He’s an experienced professional recruiter who understands his clients needs in detail and works his large network of industry contacts to find truly credible candidates, delivering an unusually high success rate. Colin proactively recognises and tackles potential worries or pitfalls for candidates, putting them at ease. He is well organised and committed to working closely with his clients to help them build successful teams. I would recommend Colin without hesitation".
“Epsom College appointed Hayley Mintern of the Management Recruitment Group to assist with the recruitment of an Estate Manager. Her knowledge of the sector was excellent and Hayley’s proactive and professional approach ensured a strong field of applicants and a successful appointment. The College subsequently appointed MRG again to assist the appointment of a Commercial and Lettings Manager. Again, their knowledge, expertise and professionalism led to a successful appointment”. Denise Regan - Assistant Bursar, Epsom College.
“Dominic has been working for Berkeley for some time during which he has consistently provided a quality service. He has excellent industry contacts and always delivers to the brief. I have no hesitation in recommending Dominic to those who are looking to recruit or develop their careers within the construction industry”.
“Matthew showed very strong industry knowledge and controlled the process of recruiting the right person. He knew what to look for and asked insightful questions that simplified his client’s decision making process”. Managing Director, Metrus.
“Thanks for all your help with this. I would like to say for the record that you have been more than helpful in finding us the right person – this has not been a straightforward role to fill and you have been very persistent as well as patient. This is consistent with my previous experience of MRG”. Susan Morris, Careys.
“Melanie has a fantastic knowledge of the Project Management sector which gives her an edge in comparison to others in her field. She has developed a good grasp of the type of individuals we require that are not only suited to our business but also the clients that we work with. A very credible consultant and one I would confidently recommend to others”. Sue Archer BSc (Hons) MRICS - Director, Gleeds Management Services Ltd.
“I have had the pleasure of knowing and working with Nick Frost for many years. He now brings his wealth of experience in the residential sector to MRG. We have recently made a key senior hire using MRG, and the process was completed with the usual speed and efficiency that I have come to expect. Nick has always taken the time to understand our exact needs and only supplies top quality talent. I would not hesitate to recommend Nick and MRG and I look forward to working with them again in the future”. Nick Uttley - Regional Director, Gleeson Homes.
“I have found David to be totally professional and fully understanding of the requirements for identifying suitable candidates that fit the roles advertised. Constant updates and reviews are maintained and follow up communication is applied ensuring the successful candidates are still suitable. I have no hesitation in using David in the future to address my recruitment requirements”. Raymond Acton - Operations Manager, Morgan Sindall.
“I engaged MRG to support with the recruitment of a senior position in my management team. After reviewing the recruitment approach, it was a straightforward decision for me to select them as our retained recruitment partner. David Craven invested time to gain a deep understanding of our organisation, our strategy and our culture, this coupled with their expertise in the FM space made it clear from the beginning that they would be trusted advisors. I would have no hesitation in selecting MRG for future recruitment, their approach was absolutely tailored to what was right for King’s Chester and it was a pleasure to work with the team”.
"Marcus has assisted me as a candidate in securing me quality opportunities and has recently assisted me in securing an exciting new position meeting my demands. Throughout the experience they have been professional, discrete and available to assist with any concern raised. No hesitation to recommending their service for similar candidates looking for a fresh challenge or change of environment as part of their career development”. Roger Tuke - Assistant Director, Queen Mary University of London.
“Nanja, is a dedicated approachable recruiter who accurately interprets client's requirements to ensure that the candidates presented for interview are suitable for the position.”
“Nanja is a diligent, professional and conscientious recruitment professional who works hard to exceed expectations and deliver in excess of the service that would normally be expected”. Associate Director - QS Practice.
“MRG have proven, repeatedly, to be amongst the top rank of recruiters. They have found quality candidates for each position we have asked them to look at, and have pre-selected them to ensure they are appropriate. They are consistently professional, follows up on their promises and take a genuine interest in finding the right candidates for positions”. Deputy Director of Estates, Leading Midlands-based university.
"Dear Ben and Marcus Thank you both for your assistance with securing my new position at the University of Birmingham. I’m really looking forward to starting there on 12 February and working with the Estates team. Your professionalism throughout the process has been appreciated".
"David provided an excellent service during my search for employment which was far beyond my expectations. David managed to secure me 3 interviews in quick succession, and from my first contact with David, to having 3 offers on the table, only took 6 working days! I am very pleased with the speed, efficiency and professionalism that David has provided. I would be more then happy to recommend David and MRG to my friends and family".
"(Marcus May of) MRG has assisted me as a candidate in securing me quality opportunities and has recently assisted me in securing an exciting new position meeting my demands. Throughout the experience they have been professional, discrete and available to assist with any concern raised. No hesitation to recommending their service for similar candidates looking for a fresh challenge or change of environment as part of their career development".
"I met David mid December 2015; in January 2016 I had started in my new position! Now some may say that could be luck fate or simply a good match between company and candidate! If that was the end of the story one could simply agree and move on. David continued to work with my company and successfully provided four further successful candidates over the next two to three months! Again, could be good match etc., but what makes the difference for me is that through my initial phase of employment David remained in touch and sought feedback from myself and my company directors. This provided assurances that David was not simply filling seats, but he actually cared about the On-going relationship. If and when we need to look for quality candidates David is one of the first names that spring to mind. Well done David, please continue doing what you do because you do it very well!".
"Thank-you so much for your support and guidance throughout my application Elliot, you really helped me every step of the way and for that I am eternally grateful. You phoned before during and after and I have never received such great support!! I will keep you up dated on how I am getting on and so looking forward to starting on Wednesday!".
“In a field often criticised for shoe-horning the wrong candidates into roles, Elliot is an example of how recruitment should be handled. Personable throughout the process, Elliot was focused on finding the right candidate and helped me to gain a detailed understanding of both the client and their role, resulting in a successful placement”.
“Having worked with a variety of recruitment consultants in my time, I can say quite categorically that Nanja is a breath of fresh air. Her expertise brings many important qualities and skills to the table, but perhaps most importantly she genuinely takes the time to understand her clients on both sides of the recruitment equation to ensure as ideal a match as possible. In short Nanja was an absolute pleasure to work with, and I recommend her without hesitation.” “Nanja is a diligent, professional and conscientious recruitment professional who works hard to exceed expectations and deliver in excess of the service that would normally be expected.” “Nanja was fantastic in getting me the opportunity to work at a very well-known and reputable firm in the UK. Nanja was very professional in her approach and delivered well beyond expectation.” “Nanja was incredibly efficient, proactive and helpful throughout my employment negotiations with AECOM London and I will continue to recommend her to all my colleagues looking to advance their career.” “Nanja was fantastic in finding me a new role and very professional throughout. Her customer service was great from the start and would highly recommend her to any business or client.”
The housebuilding industry in the UK has a big problem, a ticking demographic time bomb that could see the start of a new War for Talent in the sector. Around 20% of the workforce is due to retire in the next four or five years, and by definition those reaching retirement are typically the more senior individuals in a business. Depending on the make up any given company, this could be as high as 70%-80% of the company’s senior management structure. Natural attrition rates like this within business are nothing new, and in most circumstances, there are people coming through to succeed those hanging up their boots and swapping the office for the golf course or the beach. What makes the residential industry’s situation unique is what we saw happen in 2007-2008 because of the global financial crisis. Companies folded, regions closed, and those Companies that weathered the storm were reduced to skeleton staff levels almost overnight. Thousands of people were lost to the industry, and there then followed a fallow period for a number of years where limited new blood was brought in to the industry. This has resulted in a wide experience gap between the most senior people in the industry, and those looking to replace them. That is not to say that there aren’t good people coming through the ranks, but even with training and succession planning there just aren’t enough people with the right level of experience to fill all the holes that will soon start appearing at regional board level across the industry. There’s no substitute for experience, and that is especially true when problems arise. Whether it’s in Build, Technical, Commercial, Sales, or Land, experienced Directors are already a highly sought-after commodity, and soon they are going to be even more in demand. Employers need to be able stand out in a crowded and competitive market, companies that don’t regularly review their salary levels, or offer a better work life balance, could soon find themselves losing out when it comes to securing the best talent to fill those key senior positions. The housebuilding industry is heading in to unchartered territory and those companies that adapt their recruitment & retention strategies and implement effective management training & succession planning are going to be the ones best placed to diffuse the retirement time bomb. Nick Frost
Berkeley Homes Berkeley Homes were looking to recruit a Head of Technical for their Kidbrooke Regeneration scheme in East London. This was a tricky position to recruit for, partly due to the geographic location of the role and sensitive nature of the appointment. Following a successful meeting involving the taking of a full client brief, work was undertaken on this retained campaign. This consisted of a thorough mapping of potential candidates working in similar roles across the industry and systematically approaching them. A full candidate briefing pack was assembled and hosted online as well as a hard copy brochure by our marketing team and was issued to interested parties. Having articulated the proposition to the candidates, interview dates were set aside and managed with the client. Once a successful candidate had been selected, we fully managed the smooth on-boarding process, keeping in touch with both parties until the start of employment.
In the last 6 months Nanja has further developed the cost management division by expanding into international appointments. She has recently worked with an award-winning PQS Consultancy to appoint another Cost Consultant in their expanding New York office and also assisted in appointing a Senior Associate and Project Surveyors to their London office. The supply of talented Cost Managers to the London PQS market has been further bolstered by attracting talent from the South African market and placing them with some top tier consultancies in London. “I have continued to strengthen my long-term relationship with an independent & growing cost consultancy in London with various appointments into their London team. I have also been mandated to secure another Cost Manager for their expanding New York office, which we’ve just successfully completed, with further US appointments to follow in the next 12 months. Further traction on finding undiscovered resources for the talent hungry London market, was made by expanding my South African network of RICS accredited Chartered Surveyors and introducing another six Quantity Surveyors to the UK market via work permit sponsorship route to join various top tier consultancies in London.” – Nanja Fourie, Associate Director – PQS
Real Estate Management MRG were appointed by Real Estate Management (REM), the developers and asset managers of the iconic Shard, to hire a Head of Residential to oversee the ongoing management and ambitious growth aspirations for their prime and super-prime residential assets and development pipeline. A key strategic hire for the business, it was critical that the candidate possessed a unique combination of skill sets that encompassed, super prime experience, development, asset management and lettings. A thorough search was undertaken and a shortlist of five highly credible candidates were found and presented to REM. MRG managed the whole search process from client briefing, matching matrix, candidate information packs to long and shortlisting and the interview process. Ultimately REM chose a candidate that met their initial brief, all within the timeframes and budgets that MRG were originally set.
We are moving – not very far….. From Monday 30th April we are relocating our King William street office round the corner to 52-54 Gracechurch Street, EC3V 0EH. We will let you have the new building and office phone numbers as soon as they are availible, until then you can contact Head Office on 020 8892 0115 for all enquiries.
The recent acquisition by BNP Real Estate of the ‘old school’ agent Strutt & Parker has got me thinking about how much of a change we have seen over the last decade within the London commercial property market and the agents and consultants that service it. Back in 2007, there were over 35 commercial agents with > £10m annual turnover. Today there are only 23. Over that period we have seen the likes of CBRE, JLL and co buy up some of the industry’s most recognisable names such as Dalgleish and King Sturge and the DTZ/Cushman Merger/Acquisition?? to name just a few of a huge number of M&A activity in the sector. These acquisitions make sense in theory. The idea being that the Goliaths can offer an integrated, global platform with a wider service offering. This makes sense and is true. However; Does something get lost in the process? There are those that argue that whether it be individual small retailers or large multinationals, clients are increasingly being left with less and less choice between agents and consultants. Is it true that with every acquisition dies another unique business (such as Strutts, King Sturge, Drivers Jonas) with its own culture and methodology and thus the offering to the market, in general, is becoming dull and generic? Whilst the big boys seem to be getting bigger, there are some small, niche practices that continue to offer their clients one or only a few services or cover a small region. I'm talking about the CWM’s and Munroe K’s of this world. These businesses offer their clients a very unique, highly experienced and honed service and level of personality that perhaps can’t be matched by the big boys. For this reason, I believe that there will always be a need for these types of firms. That leaves us with the middle ground. Where do the mid-sized firms sit? Will the Rapleys and Montagu Evans of the world continue to compete against the big boys and the small specialists? Again, it can be argued both ways. These firms offer a unique culture whilst also catering for a number of requirements and tend to have good regional reach. However, can they call themselves specialists? Do they offer a true turn-key service to their clients? They certainly can't offer a global platform. I guess only time will tell but I suspect that these firms as we know them will most likely not exist in another 10 years time and that the property market will go the way of accounting Big Four. Are we about to see property’s Big Four? I'd love to hear your thoughts, feel free to comment below or you can email me, call or visit us here. You can also follow us on Linkedin and Twitter. Or read some of our company blog's like our 10th anniversary here.
On Monday 3rd July 2017 MRG celebrated its 10th birthday (you may recall our blog about this) The Management Recruitment Group celebrates its 10th Anniversary!. We started off the celebrations on Friday with our Summer Conference, held in the City; and attended by everyone from all three of our offices in Twickenham, Monument and Manchester. The conference began with a trip down memory lane from CEO Simon Cheshire and Chairman Rob Smith covering humble beginnings from MRG’s first ‘office’ (the Firestation Waterloo) through the years of recessions and Brexit to record breaking years and our highest ever headcount. Our FD Howard Bridgwater gave us ‘the story so far’ summarising the business’ first 10 years – from the first ever Search assignment, which impressively he managed to present in the form of poetry! We then had updates from our employee engagement programme, Marketing department (including a big announcement – to be revealed soon) and ran through our plan for the next five years before breaking out into groups for some team building challenges – concluding with our Summer Awards. This year we had four awards to give to four deserving team members (which was originally only ‘two’ awards, but we couldn’t separate the remarkable achievements of the candidates): (In 2017) - Most Improved Performance Award - Mel Pye Most Improved Performance Award - Nick Coppard Outstanding Performance Award - Stephanie Howe Outstanding Performance Award - Hayley Mintern After the Conference we took a short walk to Tower Pier where we hopped on the King Edward for dinner, drinks and music courtesy of City Cruises. Taking in views of HMS Belfast, The Shard, The Oxo Tower and the Tate Modern to name but a few, the whole team enjoyed a lovely three-course meal (and specially made MRG cake); all while punting up and down the Thames – to the backdrop of a specially created ’10 year’ Spotify playlist. Happy 10th birthday MRG!
The Management Recruitment Group started trading in July 10 years ago. Since our first day of trading 10 years ago, we have seen some huge milestones. We set out to build something a bit different. A hybrid between an Executive Search business and a recruitment agency. In 2007 we had six Consultants based in Twickenham. We now have a 40 strong team based over three locations (Twickenham, Monument and Manchester). We have invested a huge amount of time and money on core skills training, our social media networks and digital marketing campaigns and we have made huge improvements to our selection processes and systems. We are making more strategic level placements than ever. In the first half of 2017 we completed a record number of Director level appointments. These contacts are hiring managers, and become our key clients. We have grown year on year consistently, have broken records and have some of the best performers in the market. Not bad considering we launched the business the year before the worst financial crisis in history, (we are nothing if not resilient!). We have traded through a recession, a comprehensive spending review, three general elections and a Brexit. We are in good shape for 10 years young and looking forward to the next 10. The future for us is about doing the same again. It’s about continuing to recruit the best people, being kingmakers, following rigorous processes, using sophisticated selection systems and blending well established recruitment techniques with leading edge social and digital strategies that are right for 2017. Many thanks to all of our contacts and everyone who has supported us during the first 10 years. Here’s to the next 10!