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 information pack for the role of Head of Campus Operations - King's College, London 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 Head of Operations - Twentytwo, London below;
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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 Marketing Principal at HOK 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;
Our specialist team works in partnership with a number of Tier1 and Tier 2 contractors, large multi-disciplinary businesses and some SME specialists across the Building Services, Civil and Structural Engineering sectors.
We work in partnership with our clients offering recruitment services tailored to their needs, including Search, Retained, Permanent and Interim as options, 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 both clients and candidates on where to find the right people or where their next career move may lie.
See our online candidate information pack for the roles of Senior Associate and Associate at Hoare Lea below;
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With more than 8,000 staff and 34,000 students, and a turnover of c.£680m we are a leading Russell Group University. Our heritage as the UK’s original ‘redbrick’ and civic university, is combined with one of the most compelling and ambitious agendas in higher education. Quite simply, at Birmingham we make things happen. Home to world-class researchers whose work on everything from new cancer treatments to harnessing the power of atoms for future energy sources, makes a real difference to people’s lives - we provide innovative solutions to big problems. We think, recruit and compete worldwide. Our stunning, 300-acre Edgbaston campus is iconic.
The post holder will be responsible for championing sustainability and supporting the University to embed sustainability across all our activities. The role involves providing expert advice, developing and implementing policies and procedures in conjunction with promoting sustainability projects across the entire estate. You would lead the development, implementation and ongoing effective operation of our approach to sustainability
and be the ‘go to’ person for all advice and guidance. This role will be actively involved in ensuring sustainability of our multi million capital programme.
This is a senior management post that will lead and direct
sustainability across our diverse portfolio which will require significant leadership experience across a comparable multi-site estate. You will possess excellent interpersonal skills with strong stakeholder management ability across all levels. The successful candidate will have significant experience of developing and implementing sustainability strategies with a track record of continual improvement. This role will suit proactive individuals with high levels of drive and determination who will enjoy the full support of the senior leadership team across the University.
To arrange a confidential discussion and to request the full briefing particulars, please contact our retained advisor Michael Hewlett (firstname.lastname@example.org) of The Management Recruitment Group via email or on 020 8892 0115.
£40,792 to £48,677 (with potential progression to £54,765) + substantial benefits
Closing date for applications is Sunday 16th June 2019.
Proposed dates for interviews 3rd July 2019.
We've been the leaders in the purpose-built student accommodation market since our foundation back in 1991 and have been at the top of our game ever since. We've grown a lot since then and you can now find us in 28 different university towns or cities, with close to 50,000 students calling us home.
Our properties are perfectly located near city centres or universities and come fully equipped with everything students need to call us home; including wi-fi, inclusive bills, study space and social areas.
This is a new role within the Estates Team with responsibility for providing specialist/technical expertise and advice on property matters.
You will be the technical expert for our South West properties in respect of all planned and reactive maintenance, and minor works. Supporting the estates team in developing and delivering the maintenance strategy, you will take responsibility for the M&E and fabric services in the South West to meet the growing needs of the organisation.
This person will ensure maintenance is planned and delivered in a timely and economical manner, as well as meeting all relevant compliance and legislation.
The successful candidate will possess a formal qualification in an engineering related discipline, ideally to degree level. An in-depth knowledge of managing infrastructure operations across a comparable large, diverse, multi-site operation with demonstrable commercial awareness will be vital.
This is a post that will suit professionals with developed communication skills, who are natural collaborators with the ability to engage stakeholders at a senior level.
To arrange a confidential discussion and to request the full briefing particulars, please contact our retained advisors Hayley Mintern (email@example.com) or Robbie Hodder (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call on 020 8892 0115.
We've been the leaders in the purpose-built student accommodation market since our foundation back in 1991 and have been at the top of our game ever since. We've grown a lot since then and you can now find us in 28 different university towns or cities, with close to 50,000 students calling us home.
Our properties are perfectly located near city centres or universities and come fully equipped with everything students need to call us home; including wi-fi, inclusive bills, study space and social areas.
The Estates Manager is a fundamental role to ensuring our properties offer a five star student experience. Working closely with the city’s operational teams you will be responsible for the management of all estates services. The post holder will underpin the delivery of day to day planned preventative maintenance as well as ensuring statutory compliance and the highest standards of presentation and comfort for our tenants.
The Estates Manager forms part of the wider estates function and will manage a direct labour team, championing high performance and strong internal relationships, to deliver a world class service.
The successful candidate will have demonstrable expertise in the management of directly employed staff and delivering excellence. Ideally with facilities management experience in the hospitality or leisure sector. This post will suit professionals who enjoy taking full day to day operational responsibility in addition to fully participating in long-term planning. Positive, driven and a natural collaborator, you will possess the style, stature and the excellent interpersonal and communication skills, to develop strong internal relationships.
The successful candidate will ideally have a relevant built environment/facilities management qualification and knowledge of compliance standards and regulations.
To arrange a confidential discussion and to request the full briefing particulars, please contact our retained advisors Hayley Mintern (email@example.com) or Charlotte Turedi (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call on 020 8892 0115.
Hoare Lea, an award-winning Building Engineering Consultancy is seeking to appoint an ambitious and hardworking Associate to become part of the next generation of leaders, that will take the Bournemouth office into the future and build on their success.
Hoare Lea pride themselves on delivering the best quality MEP service to their clients across the residential, retail and hotels sectors, predominantly in London, working with high profile clients including developers, architect and leading project management consultancies.
They are seeking passionate and skilled Engineers at Associate level to join their dynamic friendly MEP team to work on exciting and high-profile clients. Working with clients on a consultative basis, ensuring that complex MEP Building Services issues are articulated to the client in a user-friendly manner as well as building existing and new clients.
It is expected that you are a Chartered Engineer at either Senior Engineer or Associate level and come from a Building Services consultancy. This is an excellent opportunity for individuals who wish to have the best of both worlds – working on high profile and technically complex Building Services projects in London yet based on the South Coast.
For a confidential discussion or further information, please contact Hoare Lea’s appointed recruitment partners – Melanie Pye (email@example.com or 07530 734 568).
Estates leads on the development and implementation the vision for the estate which includes new buildings that will transform the learning and teaching experience at the University’s campuses as well as innovative refurbishments and space, energy management and biodiversity projects. We are currently working on schemes with architectural practices with worldwide reputations, including Grafton Architects and Haworth Tompkins.
The Project Manager will lead briefing, design development, procurement and project delivery on larger scale projects across the University Estate and will act as the in-house project manager on smaller scale projects. This is a unique client-side project management role that will give the post-holder great experience across a diverse range of projects. The role will give the University the in-house capability to deliver best value for money and design quality, ranging from minor projects at circa £0.1m to £0.5m to major capital schemes in excess of £20m. There will be immediate involvement with a £20m+ refurbishment project at the Kingston School of Art.
The successful candidate will possess significant project management experience, including leading small scale projects and large capital schemes, working on building types with comparable characteristics to those found in the Higher Education sector. Strong strategic planning and project management skills with experience of business reporting to senior level stakeholders will be expected. Prospective candidates will be technically competent and familiar with construction contract administration and able to demonstrate good experience of managing construction projects safely and within agreed parameters of time, cost and quality.
Excellent interpersonal, communication and analytical skills together with the capability to work in a cross-functional way are required in this role.
Kingston University offers an attractive package of additional benefits including:
• 35 days annual leave per year, in addition to public holidays.
• An excellent local government career average pension scheme.
• A positive attitude to returners to work / requests for flexible working.
For a confidential discussion and the full job description please contact our retained advisors Ben Duffill (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Nicholas Coppard (email@example.com) on 0203 962 9900. To apply please send a CV and covering letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Closing date for applications: 9th June 2019. Interviews are scheduled for: w/c 24th June 2019.
We are proud of our prestigious estate at the heart of London, which covers a varied portfolio including the historic Strand Campus (encompassing Bush House), as well as cutting edge research and teaching facilities across our diverse campuses. The Strand Campus is part way through a programme of redevelopment, which includes a major renovation of the Quad Building (£47 million).
Reporting to the Associate Director, the Head of Campus Operations will be accountable for the successful delivery of best in class services across all aspects of soft FM and hard services across our prestigious Strand Campus. The unique portfolio includes the Grade 1 King’s Building, and the East Wing of Somerset House. Within your remit you will be responsible for the student experience, which is supported by our ‘Fit for King’s’ programme for customer service.
The successful candidate will possess a proven track record of leading operational facilities services across a comparable prestigious portfolio. You will have extensive experience of the full range of hard and soft facilities services including the successful management of both in-house teams and external contracts. It is imperative that the successful candidate possesses excellent interpersonal and communication skills with proven stakeholder engagement ability. The role will suit individuals with a high level of credibility, team leadership skills, the desire to place the student/customer at the heart of everything we do, and the ability to drive standards through innovation and change management.
The competitive benefits package includes 27 days annual leave + 4 closure days (over Easter and Christmas) + bank holidays. The USS pension scheme has generous employer contributions. Details of the benefits of working at KCL can be found at http://www.kcl.ac.uk/hr/staffbenefits/index.aspx
For a confidential discussion please contact our advisors Michael Hewlett and Rob Cullum of The Management Recruitment Group on 020 8892 0115 or email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org . 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 applications is Sunday 2nd June 2019.
This is a key role within the University requiring strong collaboration across a broad spectrum of internal and external stakeholders. The post holder will deliver strategic security planning level leadership whilst also ensuring sound operational management plans are established and monitored. The key areas of responsibility will be the review, refinement and ongoing effective management of the University wide Campus Security Team and delivery of the Security Strategy. The Campus Security team currently es totals 38 staff (including the management team).
The successful candidate will have a strong track record of working on their own initiative and providing expert advice regarding security matters; you will also possess extensive experience in the management of security for large and high-profile events. You will be an adept people manager with strong change management skills who excels in collaborative and collegial environments. This role would suit individuals with a track record in creating a culture of exceptional delivery. Strong communication skills are an essential as the role includes working closely with our community partners and neighbours.
To arrange a confidential discussion and/or to request the full briefing particulars please contact our retained advisor David Craven email@example.com of The Management Recruitment Group via email or on 0161 638 0936.
Closing date for applications is Sunday 26th May 2019.
University Partnerships Programme (UPP) is the leading provider of on-campus student accommodation infrastructure and support services in the UK. They have more than 35,000 rooms under management or in construction through long-term partnerships with 16 leading UK universities. With over 800 employees, they work to deliver the very best student experiences, together with great universities. Their range of services includes; funding, design, build and operation of student accommodation.
Having invested over £2 billion to date, they intend to invest another £1 billion delivering great services, in long term partnerships with outstanding universities.
Reporting to the Regional Director, the Regional Maintenance Manager will be responsible for the management of all planned and reactive hard FM services across the South-East region which includes our partnerships with the University of London, Imperial College London, University of Kent and Oxford Brookes University.
The successful candidate will have demonstrable experience and success in leading, planning and managing all aspects of planned, life cycle and responsive maintenance within a fast paced 24/7 environment. You will be qualified in an M&E/engineering discipline with strong operational experience in safe working practices.
The competitive benefits package includes bonus up to 20%, Scottish Widows pension, life assurance, health insurance and private medical insurance.
To arrange a confidential discussion and to request the full briefing particulars, please contact our retained advisor Robbie Hodder on firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 8892 0115.
Closing date for applications is Sunday 26th May 2018 at 5pm.
Due to continued growth, ETL is seeking to appoint 3 ambitious Senior Project Managers to join this busy Project Management team in thier new office in London.
ETL work with clients across the Healthcare. Science and Education sectors providing Project, Programme and Cost Management, Property Consultancy, Healthcare Planning and Sustainability solutions across their built assets.
Appointed on numerous frameworks and working on 3 significant masterplans, they require additional resource to work closely with the Directors and Associate Directors. You will act as lead Project Manager on a variety of complex schemes across the Healthcare or Science sectors with project values in excess of £30m. In addition, you will maintain and further develop existing client relationships. As a Senior Project Manager, there is the expectation to work with the management team to develop and mentor more junior members of the team.
ETL believes its strength lies in their people and they foster a fun and sociable environment with a number of social events throughout the year including Go Karting, Treasure Hunts and Sports days - to name but a few, they also have a number of Charitable initiatives that they participate in. In addition they actively develop their people promoting within and everyone has the opportunity to grow and develop within the business.
Ideally you will be Chartered (MRICs or MAPM or equivalent), although if you are int the process of attaining Chartered status they will fully support you.
In return, you will receive a competitive salary, coupled with the ability to progress your career and work for a dynamic and expanding consultancy.
Candidates who would prefer to be homebased will be considered providing they are happy to travel into London or surrounding areas according to your client's requirements.
For further information or a confidential discussion, please contact Melanie Pye on 07530 734 568 or email@example.com.
Associate – General Practice Surveying
Essentia Trading Limited (ETL) is a unique property consultancy, offering a range of property services including Property Consultancy, Healthcare Planning, Project, Programme and Cost Management through to Sustainability. Working with clients across both the Public and Private Sectors, the Property Consultancy team is seeking to appoint an ambitious Associate to join its London office.
Working within this dynamic and sociable team, you will have the opportunity to progress your career working with range of clients including Central Government bodies, NHS and Local Authorities as well as ad hoc Private sector organisations. Responsible for a diverse portfolio, you will advise and support clients on all general practice matters throughout the client’s portfolio including estate strategy, agency, professional services, asset management and development/viability.
As a client facing surveyor, you will be responsible for creating and maintaining strong client relationships and act as the go to advisor across all portfolio matters. The incoming individual will have a track record across a range of General Practice surveying activities, with experience of a public sector client base being advantageous. You will be RICS accredited and keen to progress your career.
The organisation has seen rapid growth since its inception in 2015, owing to the exceptional track record within the market. Reporting directly the Head of Property Consultancy, the appointment offers clear career progression and immediate inclusion as a senior member of the team. ETL allows their team to work in a proactive environment, where you are encouraged to progress within your career but also play an active role in the growth of the business.
For further information or a confidential discussion, please contact Stephanie Howe on 07932 717431 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
“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.
“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.
"I was approached by Elliot Fry on behalf of MRG for a position at HOK. Whilst at the time I was not actively looking to change jobs, I found Elliot’s approach very professional. He had a very professional yet friendly way of explaining the role & also was more than happy to answer all the questions I asked. As I was already at a senior position I had to be very certain, as much as anyone can be, about the move to my next role. I was working at Arup, a highly respected company and my next move had to be my dream job. Elliot took on board all my questions and most importantly conveyed the culture and values of HOK and described the team I would be working with and the leadership. I am happy I made the move and that Elliot took the time to find me for the right role."
“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.
“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.”
Please find below the link for the latest census overview from the Independent Schools Council. The report highlights the UK’s continued standing as a ‘go to’ destination for education. The UK has recorded an increase in the number of pupils from European countries despite the Brexit situation in conjunction with an increase in the number of schools. The report also mirrors our recent campaigns for independent schools, as they are increasingly using their estate for external events and partnerships. We have seen a large growth in Commercial Manager roles in the sector. If you are seeking a potential career move into this area, we would be delighted to have a conversation. https://www.isc.co.uk/media-enquiries/news-press-releases-statements/publication-of-isc-annual-census-2019/
Over the last year our Bids team have been expanding into new markets, outside of our original specialisms and are at the point where they are ready to move on to bigger things. To do that they need a new brand to help all their contacts better understand who we are and what they do. Their new website bidrecruitment.com will make it easier for existing and new contacts and new candidates to find them, giving them a wider range of clients and helping them capture a wider range of candidates. From next week the Bids team at MRG will become: If you have any questions about the group businesses or any of the services we can offer please get in touch. In the meantime it’s business as usual at The Management Recruitment Group – Senior Appointments in Estates & Facilities Management, Real Estate, Project & Cost Management, Construction, Housebuilding & Civil Engineering and Consulting Engineers.
We are delighted to announce a new service offering from MRG. We have built a Community of industry experts available for hire as Interim Executives. The full details and profiles are available here or you can get in touch if you would like further information. MRG Interim Executives is a community of experienced, high calibre professional consultants spanning the fields of Real Estate, Development & Construction, Estates & Facilities Management, Hospitality, HR & OD and Bids & Work-Winning. Services provided by our Associates include but are not limited to: interim management, participation on interview panels, strategy development advice & consultancy, project support, organisational development reviews, governance & assurance support and coaching & mentoring. Our Associates can be retained on a bespoke and flexible basis – often giving a tailored solution that can be procured and implemented expeditiously. Foind out more at https://www.mrgpeople.co.uk/interim-executives
A beginner’s guide to university estates The guide below is an excellent introduction to the themes around successful management of a university estate and its crucial impact on the student experience. Written by Jane White (Executive Director of AUDE) and Stephen Wells (Director of Estates at the University of Surrey), it portrays the exciting career opportunities for estates and facilities management professionals considering a move into higher education. It’s excellent in conveying the breadth, diversity and scope of a university portfolio and how a campus differs from traditional corporate real estate. Please click HERE to view the full article:
The impact of higher education on a local community Canterbury Christ Church University is a great example of a university having a really positive impact on a local community with the associated benefits of education led regeneration. Their £150m investment over the next 10 to 15 years will provide a campus for the 21st century which students, staff and the wider community can really thrive in. They have an exciting vision to transform their Canterbury Campus, opening contemporary spaces for learning, teaching and research, while celebrating the city’s rich heritage. Carefully designed to complement the history of our campus location on a UNESCO World Heritage Site – built on the grounds of the ancient St Augustine’s Abbey and within sight of Canterbury Cathedral and St Martin’s Church – their new buildings and conversion plans connect the city’s historic sites. Their development of the former Canterbury Prison site and the wider North Holmes Campus is ambitious and is designed to provide contemporary spaces for learning, teaching and research, and will include the creation of a Kent and Medway Engineering, Design, Growth and Enterprise Hub. This major new first class facility will support high value employment, investment and economic growth in science, engineering and technology businesses locally and regionally. The plans can be viewed at: Creative Arts Building https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/about-us/estate-master-plan/arts-building.aspx Science, Engineering, Health and Medicine https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/about-us/estate-master-plan/seth.aspx Prison Scheme https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/about-us/estate-master-plan/prison-conversion.aspx
London’s skyline has changed dramatically over the last decade and will continue to do so in the next. Since October 2008, London has seen the likes of – The Leadenhall Building (The Cheesegrater) and 20 Fenchurch Street (The Walkie Talkie) both opened their doors in 2014, whilst 110 Bishopsgate (Heron Tower) appeared a few years before in 2011 and Broadgate Tower a few years before that in 2009. In addition to the various office developments which have been completed in the Square Mile, the first vertical City, The Shard, opened in early 2013. The Shard was different to the other “tall buildings” being constructed in The City, not only was it South of the River, but it was the first Tower in the UK to be truly mixed-use. The Shard itself has not only has office accommodation for a range of commercial occupiers from Mitie and Heinz through to The University of Warwick but it also includes retail, a luxury five-star hotel, destination restaurants, a hospital and a major tourist attraction. Due to its distinctive design and location, The Shard stands out from the crowd. The next wave of interesting new buildings is once again due to change the London skyline in the next few years. Nearing completion is 70 St Mary Axe with its striking shape and design, and Twentytwo will change how we view a traditional office buildings, with more communal space and a sense of community. Also, currently under construction also is 1 Undershaft, Spire London and Landmark Pinnacle all due to complete in the next few years. The Shard will remain the tallest however, not only in the UK but Western Europe at a staggering 310 meters, Undershaft and Twentytwo will raise up at similarly staggering heights but be just slightly shorter. Obviously constructing such impressive buildings as The Shard, 70 St Mary Axe and Twentytwo is a highly complex and specialist operation, which requires exceptional Development Management, Construction and Project Management skills. From MRG’s standpoint, it is the ongoing operational management of these assets which we are particularly interested in. While having completed a vast number of Estate/Property Management roles across horizontal campus’ such as Shopping Centres, business parks, public sector estates and Universities; in the past 18 months we have gained a track record of working with managing agents and landlords setting up and managing vertical campus’ in some London’s finest Tall buildings. A snapshot of some of our current mandates include – General Manager – Shard Quarter General Manager – 70 St Mary Axe Head of Engineering – Twentytwo The skill sets, competencies and characteristics of these types of appointment are varied and each look for something slightly different. However, due to the very fact that 10 years ago, London was not a City full of Tall Buildings, the skill set is limited. We must look to aligned sectors with complimentary skills to enhance the candidate pool available to us. Hospitality, retail, traditional business parks and public attractions, offer similarities from an operational and customer focussed approach. Customer service levels are improving and the need to ensure that occupiers have the very best experience is vital to the success of such structures. The Landlords and Investors behind these schemes seem to have come to the realisation that the people running the operations of these Buildings are just as important as the physical structures surrounding them. Please contact email@example.com for further information or a candidate information pack.
Student Accommodation What makes a good operator? Today I met with another Student Accommodation team and they asked me what I felt were the key skills for a good operator? It got me thinking, the student accommodation sector has changed dramatically over the last few years and is almost unrecognisable from what it was. With major investment into the sector and the development of new state-of-the-art buildings there is now a major contrast between operational standards; so what does good look like? For me, it doesn’t matter how good the building is and if it hosts state-of-the-art equipment, it is the people that make a building, they create that sense of community and excellence in student experience. I am big fan of customer service and I think it goes a long way in what makes a good operator. It is the little things that make a difference. Running student accommodation isn’t like a normal building, it can be extremely fast paced with a multitude of things happening at any time, so you need to be able to keep up and a sense of humour is a must. Personally, I don’t think you have to have previous experience in the sector and some of the strongest operators started their careers in something completely different. But one thing that they hold in common is strong emotional intelligence and the ability to identify with the students’ needs and that they are fundamentally a customer. With strong investment continuing over the next few years, I think that we will continue to see innovations and everyone striving to standout. Hayley Mintern, Director (Estates and Facilities Management).
It hardly seems possible that it has been a year since we celebrated our 10th birthday on The Arcadian King Edward floating down the South bank of the River Thames, and true to form we have managed some further milestones over the last 12 months. But it seems 2018 hasn’t been just a year of milestones for MRG, in fact it’s been a pretty busy year both in and out of the office. In January the UK's second-largest construction company, Carillion, went into liquidation. In March the ‘mini beast from the east’ brought heavy snow bringing much of the UK to a standstill. By contrast on a sunny and warm Saturday in May The Royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is held at St George's Chapel, Windsor, with an estimated global audience of 1.9 billion. By the end of May GDPR became enforceable, meaning MRG undertook a compliance process to update data policy and protect the privacy rights of our clients and candidates alike. On July 10th The Royal Air Force (RAF) marked its 100th anniversary with a flyby of 100 aircraft over London and South East England. The Queen, accompanied by The Prince of Wales, also presents a new Queen's Colour to the Royal Air Force at a ceremony on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace. And the very next day on Wednesday 11th July, sadly Football didn’t come home, and England were defeated by Croatia in our first World Cup Semi Final in 28 years. Back on the 20th February – Brexit secretary David Davis states that Britain will not be "plunged into a Mad Max-style world borrowed from dystopian fiction" after it leaves the EU and suggests a Brexit deal by the end of 2018 is "well on the cards", It’s now August and it still continues……. For us personally at MRG we had an office move at the end of April, and our city office is now located at 52-54 Gracechurch Street, London, EC3V 0EH, next to Santander and opposite The Folly, benefitting from a larger modern open plan space office with views of the city. Not only did we have an office move but we have also worked on some fantastic assignments across the board with some particularly interesting campaigns including; · Director of Campus Infrastructure at Trinity College Dublin · Director of Campus Infrastructure at Trinity College Dublin · Director of Estates at Lancaster University · Director of Estates at the University of Bristol · Estates Director at the Girls’ Day School Trust · Head of FM at Ascot · Director of Estates at Royal Botanical Gardens Kew · Associate Director Planning at Countryside Properties · Group Strategic Land Director at Avant Homes · Regional Technical Director at Taylor Wimpey · Head of Regent Street Management Direct at JLL · Development Director at Argent We are also currently working with Twentytwo London for both their Head of Twentytwo and Soft Landings Manager campaigns and have ongoing campaigns with Essentia Trading Limited. And finally, we made 3 internal promotions this year all at Director level. We promoted Hayley Mintern and Stephanie Howe to Business Director and Ashley Evans to Associate Director. We also have some pretty exciting plans for growth and development in the next 12 months ahead so watch this space!
Independent Schools Challenges for independent schools in 2018/2019 I see a lot of school Bursars and Business Managers and the general feeling at the moment is there are lots of challenges in the sector as senior leaders look to future proof schools as a business. To me there seems to be some common themes running through all my conversations. Competition: There has always been tough competition within public schools with high regard put on academic standing. However, with the recent investment in the state sector and a number of parents struggling to meet the fees, academy trusts are now attracting families away from the independent sector. Running costs: There is a growing tension from parents as fees continue to increase, throughout the UK fee increases have exceeded inflation rates as they want to see value for money in the education that they are receiving. There are also large costs associated with running large estates and historic buildings. Many schools do not have the financial reserves for backlogged maintenance, and further developments and are highly reliant of third party providers in order to patch up the buildings and fire fight problems. Estates management: Good estates management is part of the jigsaw of running a highly successful school. For most schools their properties and estates are the most valuable asset, yet so many people I speak with too neglect this area. Many schools have previously relied upon third party provision and haven’t the expertise in-house. This is something that is changing and we are seeing estates experts coming into the team which help schools manage their estates. Additional revenue opportunities:Many schools are looking at opportunities that can create a surplus or subsidise the running cost. Raising funds form letting facilities outside of term time and out of hours can be hugely beneficial to a school, but also very costly if done wrong. We are seeing a raise of Commercial and Events Managers in the sector that are looking at new innovative ways to create additional income. Talent attraction:There is a changing landscape for school’s senior leadership teams, Bursars have to be commercially aware and ensure that an institution is future proofed. Long term financial strategies need to be in place. Long gone are days of the Bursar being an expert in all matters, Todays Bursar is more of CEO role and needs to have a team of experts across estates, operations, commercial, Marketing and IT. Schools are struggling to attract these skills sets from the private sector. I think that we will continue to see these challenges over the next few years as school’s leadership teams lay the foundations in order to ensure a sustainable future. Hayley Mintern, Director (Estates and Facilities Management).
The workplace is changing. Some organisations haven't quite come to terms with the demands for the new vision of "work". Appreciating that creating an environment which is focussed on personal development, cultural fulfilment and allowing individuality within a corporate organisation is a challenging concept but one which is critical to recruiting the best talent, retaining them and ensuring peak performance is achieved. On a micro scale, this has been achieved in small pockets and normally within SME's. It has not yet occurred on a large scale when encompassing a significant business campus or tower. Twentytwo seeks to be a place with office and social spaces that bring out the best in people. It has been designed from the outset with a sense of civic space and scale. Over 100,000 sq ft of space within Twentytwo is dedicated to supporting people and businesses with a variety of environments and services that enhance working life and productivity. The people behind Twentytwo "get" what the future of workplace looks like and it is hugely exciting not only from a real estate perspective but from a wider UK commerce perspective. For further information please see the links below or contact the Twentytwo recruitment partner on firstname.lastname@example.org - Head of Twentytwo Soft Landing Manager
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!
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.
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. The new telephone number for our Gracechurch Street office is now 020 3962 9900.
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.
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
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.
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