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 our Schools - Non-Academic Leadership team 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;
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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A Global Real Estate Advisory firm with one of the strongest and most recognisable brands in the UK seek to appoint a Senior Director to lead its Project Management function within Offices and Mix-Use schemes. Working with a variety of commercial property developers and investors, the Project Management Director will be have full P&L responsibility for the division, have a network of contacts and be a recognised name in the sector.
On a wider scale, provide market-leading advice on a range of real estate and construction related issues. Project and cost management consultancy are key facets of their Building Surveying offering supporting a range of owners, developers and occupiers. Working across a variety of asset classes they have a track record which is like no other.
Due to continued growth and ambitious future plans, the project management service seeks a naturally engaging leader to be Senior Director of Office and Mixed-Use Project Management. The successful candidate will have a thorough understanding of the development process to lead a team of project managers and quantity surveyors whilst providing senior level advice on projects.
With schemes that are typically between of £30m - £100m, the successful candidate will have a network of contacts, be comfortable networking with a variety of property companies and investors while being able to demonstrate outstanding delivery capability. Recent developments have included some cutting-edge offices in the square mile through to mixed use redevelopments of iconic areas of the west end for landed estates.
It is expected that the successful candidate will have hands-on delivery experience from a project management background. Has the ability to support and lead a team of project managers/surveyors, contributing revenue and being able to draw upon, where required, other specialisms within the wider business to deliver solutions to clients/schemes.
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Student Roost is an owner and operator of purpose-built student accommodation across the UK. We’re not quite the new kids on the block, having already created a portfolio of over 17,000 beds and ambition to increase that in the near future; but we’re at the very beginning of building our brand, our culture and our DNA. That makes it a really exciting time to join us.
Already, we’re made up of really good people and are a business who will endeavour, always, to do the right thing, in the right way – truly putting students’ experience, welfare and safety at the top of our agenda.
Our Operations Managers are the magic ingredient we use to deliver an exceptional customer experience; they put the customer centre-stage and make sure the rest of the business does so too. They strive for customer retention and recommendation.
University Walk in Aberdeen has been lovingly designed and crafted by our expert teams, and is our second build to go live. The Operations Manager will lead the day to day running of the 618 bed property, driving the performance of the team, through actionable KPIs and defining and monitoring the customer services, to ensure that our student experience is first class. You will take responsibility for ensuring we fill our properties all year round, with customers who want to stay year after year, creating a vibrant community.
The successful candidate will possess a track record in managing the operations across a comparable environment, ideally in student accommodation, hospitality or leisure. You will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills and strong commercial ability. 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 (email@example.com) and/or Hayley Mintern (firstname.lastname@example.org) of The Management Recruitment Group on 020 8892 0115.
Application is via CV and covering letter.
Due to continued growth, Essentia Trading Limited (ETL) is seeking to appoint ambitious 2 Senior Project Managers to join this busy Project Management team in London.
ETL offers a range of property related services including Project, Programme and Cost Management, Property Consultancy, Healthcare Planning and Sustainability. Working with clients across the Healthcare, Science and Education Sectors to maximise 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 the 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.
As a suitable candidate you will have prior experience of delivering construction related projects across the Healthcare and Science sectors. Ideally you will be Chartered (MRICs or MAPM), although if you are int the process of attaining Chartered status they will fully support you.
In return, you will receive a competitive salary depending on your experience, 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 when required.
Closing date for applications: Sunday 7th April 2019
For further information or a confidential discussion, please contact Melanie Pye on 07530 734 568 or email@example.com.
Based in either Birmingham or Sheffield
Student Roost are an owner and operator of purpose-built student accommodation across the UK. We’re not quite the new kids on the block, having already created a portfolio of over 17,000 beds and ambition to increase that in the near future; but we’re at the very beginning of building our brand, our culture and our DNA. That makes it a really exciting time to join us.
Already, we’re made up of really good people and we’re a business who will endeavour always to do the right thing, in the right way – truly putting students’ experience, welfare and safety at the top of our agenda.
Reporting to the Head of Property Services, the Health and Safety Manager (Northern Region) is the champion of safety in our buildings. You will work with every stakeholder across the company, to ensure a healthy and happy environment for everyone. You will oversee statutory compliance, management of risk assessments and subsequent remedial works, and be a go to expert in fire regulations. The Health and Safety Manager will work with our site teams, providing training and best practice to ensure our buildings are a safe and secure environment.
The successful candidate will be enthusiastic, energetic and meticulous, someone who excels in managing a process led Health & Safety regime within a collaborative and collegial environment. In addition to a strong track record in monitoring, auditing and inspecting H&S standards; you will possess demonstrable experience in conveying creative solutions to a diverse range of stakeholders.
You will be NEBOSH qualified and ideally a professional membership of IOSH, with strong communication skills and the ability to embed a culture of safety within an organisation through engaging and relevant training programmes.
For a confidential discussion and/or full job details please contact our advisor Charlotte MacGregor (firstname.lastname@example.org) of The Management Recruitment Group on 020 8892 0115.
Application is via CV and covering letter.
The David Ross Education Trust is a network of unique and diverse academies, committed to becoming one of the top-performing multi-academy trusts in the country. Recognised as one of 11 system leaders nationwide, the Trust works with 34 primary and secondary schools across the country. Our mission is to become the country’s leading group of academies, committed to ensuring each and every one of our students has the support and opportunities to succeed.
We are seeking to appoint a Head of Operations to develop and lead non-academic operations across our academies. Reporting to the Chief Finance Officer, you will be responsible for all matters relating to the estate including maintenance, security and capital projects. This role will also take the lead on securing funding and grants for the trust to deliver our vision to provide a world class learning environment. The role will lead and develop a framework of standard polices across Health and Safety and ensuring compliance.
We have ambitious plans for the future across our academies and this role will underpin our operational delivery.
The successful candidate will have experience of leading operations across a comparable diverse portfolio and ideally qualified in a relevant built environment discipline. You will be a strong communicator with extensive experience of leading an outstanding customer facing team of both directly employed and contracted staff. This post will suit professionals who enjoy taking full strategic responsibility in addition to fully participating in long-term business planning.
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For further information or a confidential discussion please contact our advisors Lawrence Clark Lawrence.email@example.com or Rob Cullum firstname.lastname@example.org at The Management Recruitment Group or alternatively call 020 8892 0115.
Applications should consist of a CV and covering statement outlining key matching experience and rationale for applying for the post.
The Management Recruitment Group (MRG) has been exclusively retained for this appointment. All direct and third-party applications will be forwarded to MRG.
Chapman Petrie has operated within the UK Commercial Property Market for more than 30 years and located in the heart of the West End.
Their considerable experience is the life blood of the firm and allows them to provide confident, effective and highly valuable advice to clients within core business lines of investment and property management. These services have been fundamental to the operation of the business since its creation and continue to be so today.
In order to both stabilise and grow the Property Management function of the firm, an individual is required to lead this established division within the business. Managing a mixed portfolio of assets from Central London offices to community shopping centres and single retail units, the Property Management Director will have overall responsibility for service delivery and fee generation.
It is envisaged that the successful candidate will be comfortable and confident to be involved in the hands on day to day management of assets as well as being client facing and able to offer strategic property management advice.
The department is small however performs exceptionally well with a strong track record with a long established client base. Due to the firm’s established investment platform numerous examples exist to increase the amount of management mandates.
The successful candidate will be RICS qualified and have a track record of managing assets on behalf of property companies, high net worth investors and family trusts.
Offering a non-corporate environment in the heart of the West End, the appointed will be granted freedom to run their own business unit and encouraged to grow its offering further. In turn, the Director will receive a competitive package, flexible working if desired and the opportunity of equity in the medium term.
For more information or the request a copy of the candidate briefing pack, please contact Stephanie Howe of The Management Recruitment Group on email@example.com
The University of Leicester has a proud history, founded in the aftermath of World War I as a living memorial to those who lost their lives in the Great War. Our motto – Ut Vitam Habeant, ‘so that they may have life’ – reflects our values to do justice to the hopes and expectations of those on whose shoulders we now stand, striving to make a difference in everything that we do.
While proud of our heritage, Leicester is a university that keeps an eye on the future. Today, our University is a global player in education and research, adapting to changing landscapes and seizing opportunities to shape the future.
The University is seeking to make the crucial senior appointment to the post of Director of Estates and Campus Services.
The Director of Estates and Campus Services will play a pivotal role in helping to shape the future of the University by leading the development of the University’s physical environment in order to support the University’s Strategic Plan. The role will preserve the special character of our University while transforming the facilities to deliver a welcoming and cohesive campus experience – and establish a distinctive and high-quality environment that fosters collaboration and achievement.
The Director will lead and manage a broad portfolio, including estates strategic planning, capital development (including a campus masterplan investment currently estimated at £500m), asset management and compliance, organisation-wide health and safety, and campus and commercial services.
We are seeking an exceptional leader and role model with a deep knowledge and track record of managing a dynamic and complex estate, who also has the capacity to contribute to a wide range of leadership and management issues within professional services and the wider University, displaying the ability and desire to work beyond their core area of expertise.
The role provides a rare and wide-ranging opportunity to actively contribute to the development of a dynamic, innovative and ambitious organisation that is committed to delivering its Strategic Plan.
The Candidate Brief can be viewed at https://online.flippingbook.com/view/697440/
To arrange a confidential briefing discussion to learn more please contact our retained advisors Ben Duffill (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Michael Hewlett (michael.hewlett@mrgpeople,.co.uk) at The Management Recruitment Group on 020 3962 9900.
Closing date for applications: 1st April 2019
The University of Leicester is committed to positively advancing equality of opportunity.
Join a world-renowned organisation focused on improving health for everyone by helping great ideas to thrive.
The Wellcome Trust is a global charitable foundation, both politically and financially independent, that supports scientists and researchers, take on big problems, fuel imaginations, and spark debate.
Our funding supports over 14,000 people in more than 70 countries. In the next five years, we aim to spend up to £5 billion helping thousands of curious, passionate people all over the world explore ideas in science, population health, medical innovation, the humanities and social sciences and public engagement.
Reporting to the Head of Facilities & Workplace, the Head of Hard Services & Projects will lead the procurement, development and delivery of Wellcome’s building maintenance, including refurbishment projects, replacement programmes, maintenance strategies, and workplace fit out schemes, encompassing the latest digital led techniques and the use of building system analytics.
The incumbent will proactively lead on the development of building systems, workplace and technical strategy; to include Building Management Systems, fire, security and energy management systems. You will have a proven track record of initiating, developing and delivering maintenance strategies and minor works building improvement projects; including space planning, technology, furniture, systems and policy.
We are seeking highly motivated, positive and collaborative individual, capable of leading a team of in-house and external property professionals. It is anticipated that you will have the excellent interpersonal and communication skills required to successfully develop key stakeholder relationships in a senior influential role within the Trust.
For a confidential discussion and/or the full job description please contact our retained advisors Michael Hewlett (email@example.com) and Nick Coppard (firstname.lastname@example.org ) at the Management Recruitment Group.
Closing date for applications is Sunday 24th March 2019.
Are you looking for a career in student accommodation?
Student Roost is an owner and operator of purpose-built student accommodation across the UK. We’re not quite the new kids on the block, having already created a portfolio of over 19,000 beds and ambition to increase that in the near future; but we’re at the very beginning of building our brand, our culture and our DNA. That makes it a really exciting time to join us.
Already, we’re made up of really good people and are a business who will endeavour, always, to do the right thing, in the right way – truly putting students’ experience, welfare and safety at the top of our agenda.
Our Operations Managers are the magic ingredient we use to deliver an exceptional customer experience; they put the customer centre-stage and ensure the rest of the business does so too. They strive for customer retention and recommendation.
The Operations Manager will lead the day to day running of our properties, driving the performance of the team, through actionable KPIs and defining and monitoring customer services, to ensure that our student experience is first class. You will take responsibility for ensuring we fill our properties all year round, with customers who want to stay year after year, creating a vibrant community.
You will have a track record in facilities hospitality or leisure management. You will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills and strong commercial ability. The role will suit individuals with a high level of credibility, team leadership and the capability to deliver excellence.
We currently operate in 19 cities across the UK with a continues expansion plan, we are always looking for exceptional operation managers; if we don’t have a vacancy in your town we are happy for you to register your interest.
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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).
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.”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com - 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
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.