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 Director of Estates & Facilities at Anglia Ruskin University 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 Twentytwo 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 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;
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.
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Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) is one of the UK's leading research-focused higher education institutions. With more than 25,000 students, 4,500 staff and an annual turnover of £430m, we teach and research across a wide range of subjects in humanities and social sciences, medicine and dentistry, and science and engineering. Based in a creative and culturally diverse area of east London, we are the only London University able to offer a completely integrated residential campus, with c. 2700 student bedrooms.
The Estates and Facilities Directorate is core to the University’s strategic ambition to provide a world-class managed estate with excellent facilities for staff and students. Commercial Services play a vital role in providing an attractive, desirable and convivial campus environment where students, staff and visitors feel welcome. The achievement of this aim will require creating exceptional partnerships with Queen Mary Students Union, academic and professional services staff as well as external experts and stakeholders.
The Assistant Director of Estates & Facilities (Commercial Services) is a strategic and outward looking leadership position which has full accountability for leadership, commercial viability and service delivery of the Commercial Services, which comprise Catering & Hospitality; Sales and Marketing; Residential Services and the Nursery.
We are seeking an enthusiastic, proactive, entrepreneurial and commercially minded individual with a proven track record of leading (at both a strategic and operational level) and enhancing a large-scale portfolio of commercial and hospitality services. You will be experienced in leading change resulting in improved commercial productivity married with enhanced service delivery.
It is essential that the appointed candidate possesses excellent communication and stakeholder management skills, a passion for delighting customers and the persona to lead and drive a highly motivated and customer focused ethos across a large-scale and diverse internal team.
For a confidential discussion and/or the full job description please contact our retained advisors Hayley Mintern (email@example.com) and Michael Hewlett (firstname.lastname@example.org) of The Management Recruitment Group on 0208 892 0115. Applications should consist of a CV and covering letter and should be sent to email@example.com.
Closing date for applications is 14th October 2018.
Interviews are scheduled for w/c 29th October 2018.
King's College London is one of the top 10 UK universities in the world (2018-19 QS World University Rankings) and among the oldest in England. With a turnover in excess of £778m, it has more than 31,000 students from more than 150 countries worldwide, and some 8,500 staff. King’s has an outstanding reputation for world-class teaching and cutting-edge research.
King’s has four Thames-side campuses within a single square mile in the heart of London. The College has a prestigious and diverse estate portfolio which includes the historic Strand Campus (encompassing the East Wing of Somerset House), state of the art research and teaching facilities at the Guy’s, St Thomas’ and Denmark Hill campuses and modern teaching, residential and commercial accommodation at Waterloo. King’s is currently driving forward a £1 billion redevelopment programme which is transforming the physical environment of the College and is seeking to make the key appointment to the role of Associate Director Real Estate Development – Cost and Control to lead the development and delivery of this programme.
Reporting to the Director of Real Estate Development, the Associate Director of Real Estate Development – Cost and Control will take the lead role in ensuring that King’s achieves an exceptionally high level of value from its continued investment across its real estate portfolio.
Key responsibilities include oversight of all contractual and financial aspects of project delivery – budgeting, forecasting, cost control reporting and supply chain management; leadership on procurement strategies; and acting as the lead commercial professional to advise on commercial best practice and risk across the team and wider organisation.
We are seeking an individual with experience in a cost and commercial management role in a relevant context and with a proven track record for ensuring value for money from large scale real estate development programmes. Able to work at a strategic level, you will have the ability and experience to initial and implement strategies and processes and take a holistic view to the programme as well as being agile enough to undertake more project related activities such as option appraisal, cost planning, procurement and reporting activities. A senior position within the team, the role requires and individual with exceptional interpersonal and communication skills and a well-developed understanding and network of the construction and property market.
The role represents a unique opportunity to take a strategic client side role on one of the more diverse and large-scale real estate development programmes in the London market. The Candidate Brief for the role can be viewed at https://online.flippingbook.com/view/223195/
For a confidential discussion please contact our retained advisors Ben Duffill (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Nick Coppard (email@example.com) at The Management Recruitment Group on 0203 962 9900.
Closing date for applications: 7th October 2018
Equality of Opportunity is College Policy
University College London (UCL) is a globally recognised Institution and one the UK’s most successful Universities. The UCL Estate comprises over 200 buildings valued in excess of £2 billion, more than four million square feet of academic accommodation and c 4000 student bedrooms. The scale, variety and complexity of the estate are unparalleled in the sector. UCL Estates is responsible for managing the delivery of an Estate Strategy with a capital investment programme in excess of £1.25 billion over the next ten years, with projects ranging in scale, complexity and value (from £100k to £500m).
Reporting to and supporting the Assistant Director, Space & Feasibility, the post holder is responsible for managing the development and implementation of space management strategies and policies. The post holder will manage and coordinate engagement with a wide range of internal stakeholders and partners to develop briefs, feasibility/scoping documentation and associated business cases. They will also work collaboratively with project delivery teams to ensure that client/stakeholder needs are properly interpreted at project design stage.
The successful candidate will possess a professional background and experience necessary to provide professional, technical and strategic advice at a senior management level within UCL, to identify and implement opportunities for improvement and the management of change.
The post requires a degree level education plus a relevant professional qualification, relevant high level knowledge of space strategy and management is essential. The Senior Space & Feasibility Manager will also need to have the ability to develop a detailed understanding of a range of academic, research, teaching, administrative and other space needs across UCL.
The role attracts a competitive salary and excellent benefits including 41 days annual leave (inclusive of public holidays and closure days), a generous pension scheme, personal and professional development support and health and wellbeing benefits. Further information on the details of the benefits of working at UCL can be found at http://ucl.ac.uk/hr/benefits/employee_benefits.php.
For a confidential discussion and/or the Candidate Briefing Pack please contact our advisors Ben Duffill (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Marcus May (email@example.com) of The Management Recruitment Group on 0203 962 9900. Applications should consist of a CV and Covering Letter and should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Head of Engineering - Twentytwo.
There's a whole lot of different in Twentytwo. Set to become the first vertical business campus in Europe where people and ideas can thrive.
Twentytwo has been designed from the outset as a community for around 12,000 people and will be a major evolution of the traditional office. The building includes many unique and original elements that aim to make the office a human place to work, addressing its social, wellbeing, convenience and environmental responsibilities.
Twentytwo will have over 3 acres of communal space offering a diverse mix of facilities including a food court, gym, business club, wellness, cycling, innovation hub and flexible workspace.
As technical authority The Head of Engineering will be responsible for leading all operational Engineering Services throughout Twentytwo; delivering intelligent and world-class engineering services to enhance customer attraction and retention. The Head of Engineering will also provide strategic direction to the senior management team, contributing to the overall success of Twentytwo.
As well as having a demonstrable track record of `leading’ all Engineering services within a significant commercial environment, it is expected that the successful candidate will be able to work with the main contractor from transition phase, through to occupier mobilisation and onward to steady state management. It is vitally important that Twentytwo remains at the technological forefront and the Head of Engineering will possess a relevant building services qualification, ideally with professional membership of a relevant body and must be able to maintain personal knowledge in line with current standards and changing legislation.
This is an outstanding opportunity to play a key role at an internationally unique and iconic building, pushing the boundaries of service and expectations to new heights.
The project is currently in the development, leasing and set-up phase, with completion due in Q3 2019.
For further information and a full candidate briefing document please contact Twentytwo’s recruitment partner, The Management Recruitment Group for further information at email@example.com.
University College London (UCL) is a globally recognised Institution and one of the UK’s most successful Universities with over 12,000 staff and 38,000 students. The activities of UCL have expanded as a result of a number of mergers and academic and funding opportunities.
Their estate comprises of over 250 buildings valued in excess of £2bn including more than 4 million square feet of academic teaching space and c.6000 units of student accommodation. UCL is embarking on a 10 year Capital Programme which will see capital investment over the period amounting to around £1.2bn and including the development of a New University Quarter (UCL East) at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
The Accommodation Manager will be responsible for managing and operating our halls of residence, leading and motivating the site teams to ensure an exceptional customer service is delivered.
You will be responsible for every aspect of the building, including overseeing the facilities and maintenance, ensuring health and safety compliance, staff training and management, housekeeping, reception services and room allocations, while working closely with the relevant departments in relation to student welfare and wellbeing.
You will champion best in class delivery and our ambition to be the leading provider of student accommodation within higher education.
The successful candidate will have demonstrable experience in leading an operational team in a consumer led environment (student accommodation, hospitality, hotels, apartments etc.) and on a comparable scale. You will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills. The role will suit individuals with a high level of credibility, team leadership and the capability to deliver excellence.
For a confidential discussion and/or full job details please contact our advisors Charlotte MacGregor (Charlotte.MacGregor@mrgpeople.co.uk) of The Management Recruitment Group on 020 8892 0115.
Application is via CV and covering letter.
The competitive benefits package includes 27 days annual leave + 6 closure days (over Easter and Christmas) + bank holidays. The USS pension scheme has employer contributions of 18%. Details of the benefits of working at UCL can be found at http://ucl.ac.uk/hr/benefits/employee_benefits.php.
We particularly welcome female applicants and those from an ethnic minority, as they are under-represented within UCL at these levels.
We’re Keele University and we’re different. Founded more than 60 years ago on the belief that we meet the demands of a new kind of society, economy and world, our principles resonate now more than ever.
Keele University is a world class campus-based university committed to providing the highest quality learning and living environment in which our students and staff can flourish. Keele is renowned for its exciting approach to higher education, beautiful campus, strong community spirit and excellent student life. With a turnover in excess of £150 million, over 10,000 students and a total staff of approximately 2,000, the University provides high quality teaching across a wide range of academic and vocational subjects. Keele has ambitious plans for its future growth and development, building upon its reputation as a research-led campus University with a broad academic base.
Housed in a new landmark building at the entrance to the Keele University Science and Innovation Park, the Smart Innovation Hub (SIH) brings together new forms of incubation space, unique shared spaces for innovation, research and development, and the world-leading expertise of Keele Management School.
The Director of Smart Innovation Hub is a new post established to take overall responsibility for the SIH. You will work in collaboration with the Keele Management School, Keele Institute for Innovation in Teaching & Education, and as part of the Directorate of Research, Innovation & Engagement, to deliver engagement with over 300 businesses, via established business engagement programmes.
Alongside this you will be responsible for developing and delivering a major new programme of business creation, business incubation and growth which will include the creation of a vibrant SME community within new dedicated business incubation and grow-on facilities in line with the University’s overall strategic vision.
In the longer term, you will also take lead responsibility in ensuring the SIH can increasingly underpin the future strategy of the wider science and Innovation Park.
We are seeking an individual with proven experience of leading the development and implementation of strategy for business creation, incubation and growth programmes in a comparable context. You will be an entrepreneurial individual with a track record of developing relationships with industry and public sector contacts, whilst having an appreciation and enthusiasm for the culture and identity of Keele.
For a confidential discussion and/or the full briefing particulars please contact our retained advisors Ben Duffill (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Sian Gardiner (email@example.com) at The Management Recruitment Group on 0208 892 0115.
Closing date for applications: 7th October 2018.
Lead our innovative estates and facilities management department and join a university renowned for creating a culture of excellence focused on enhancing the student experience.
Anglia Ruskin is a modern, globally engaged university that is built upon very solid regional roots. We've once again been named as one of the top 350 institutions in the world in The Times Higher Education's World University Rankings 2018. We aim to transform lives through innovative, inclusive and entrepreneurial education and research.
The Anglia Ruskin Estate has been extensively redeveloped and expanded at all campuses over the last 25 years. We have built over 33,000 m2 (gross internal area) of new buildings over the past 10 years (including over 5,000 m2 off campus in Harlow, Peterborough and Colchester). With the launch of our new Strategy, Designing our Future 2017 – 2026, we have ambitious plans to further invest in our environment with new masterplans for the Cambridge and Chelmsford campuses and £200m in further investment.
Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, the Director of Estates and Facilities will be responsible for the delivery of a customer centred estates and facilities management service that play an integral role in supporting the University’s strategic and operational priorities. You will take strategic leadership responsibility for the development and management of the University’s Physical Environment and will inspire and manage a diverse team spanning the areas of capital programme delivery, estates maintenance, facilities management and space & asset management.
We are seeking an exceptional leader with a proven track record of developing and implementing property strategies across comparably large scale, diverse and technically complex portfolios. A natural collaborator, you will possess the interpersonal, communication and stakeholder management skills to succeed in a leading University.
Closing date for applications is 7th October 2018.
To apply and/or to arrange a confidential briefing discussion, please contact our retained advisors Michael Hewlett (firstname.lastname@example.org ) or Ben Duffill (email@example.com) of The Management Recruitment Group on 0208 892 0115.
Are you passionate about delivering excellent customer service? Do you have experience of managing and motivating staff? Do you want to be part of the management team for Security Service ensuring the safety of University staff, students and visitors, property and equipment, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year?
We are seeking two Duty Operations Managers to help lead and manage day to day operations within the Security Service, ensuring the highest standards of service in providing a safe environment for the University community. You will be a critical link between the service, partner services, schools, faculties and the senior management team. This link will ensure you respond to critical incidents, daily operational issues and the planning process in a coherent way.
You will have extensive experience of leading and managing teams of security staff within a security, facilities management or customer service environment. You will have an ability to assess and diffuse difficult situations in a calm and professional manner, being able to communicate effectively (both via written and verbal communication) with an incredibly diverse range of stakeholders. You will have excellent organisational skills with experience of producing written reports, managing data and using a variety of systems. We are seeking individuals with a proven ability to provide excellent customer service combined with the drive for continuous improvement.
Reporting to the Security Services Manager, the role of Duty Operations Manager will be extremely varied with new challenges and demands each day. A flexible approach is important as you will be required to work a rotating shift pattern across a 24-hour period, 365 days per year.
Ranked amongst the world’s top 100 universities in the QS World rankings, the University of Leeds is one of the UK’s largest, most prestigious and diverse research-intensive universities and has an annual turnover of £674 million, over 34,000 students and over 8,000 staff. The University was named University of the Year 2017 in the Times and the Sunday Times’ Good University Guide. The University offers staff excellent benefits including generous annual leave and pension provision, personal development opportunities, a commitment to work-life balance and a host of other flexible benefits relating to lifestyle, health & wellbeing, family support and travel.
For a confidential discussion and/or the Candidate Briefing Pack, please contact our recruitment partners Ben Duffill (firstname.lastname@example.org) and David Craven (email@example.com) on 0161 638 0936 at The Management Recruitment Group. Applications should consist of a CV and covering letter and should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Closing date for applications: 24th September 2018
Interviews will take place on: 18th October 2018
£40,792 to £48,677 p.a. plus excellent benefits
The award-winning Department of Estates and Facilities Management (EFM) at the University of Sheffield is responsible for developing, managing and maintaining the University's buildings, facilities and grounds.
Estates Development is at the forefront of the University’s strategic and capital programme, managing and delivering developments and commitments that underpin its world class facilities.
The Estates department are seeking to make the key appointment of a Project Manager to play a role in the delivery of the University’s major capital programme. The Project Manager will manage a diverse range of capital projects ranging from £4m to £30m+ in value, whilst leading a project team of internal and external professionals from the inception and development of these projects, through to delivery and completion.
The successful candidate will have a proven track record in project leadership roles with responsibility for planning and managing estate development projects in environments with comparable characteristics to those found at the University. With a strong technical background in construction and property, you will be experienced in leading the design development, procurement and delivery phases of projects of a complex and technically challenging nature. Developer led experience would be an added advantage, as would knowledge of Advanced Manufacturing / Research / High Technology facilities.
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills are essential as you will work with a diverse range of stakeholders both within and outside of the University.
To arrange a confidential discussion and/or to request the full briefing particulars please contact our retained advisors David Craven (email@example.com) of The Management Recruitment Group via email or on 0161 638 0936.
Closing date for applications is Monday 22nd October 2018.
Interviews are scheduled for the week commencing 12th November 2018.
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.”
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
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
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.