By Amber Almeida, Executive Recruiter – Solution Center & IT
As an Executive Recruiter for Sodexo, I have the privilege of working on positions that offer opportunities for employees to be a part of decision making strategic teams that influence key areas of utilities, construction, communication, building and property maintenance.
Some of the top jobs in these areas include Facilities and Energy Solutions Developers, District Managers, Directors of Engineering, Senior Area Support Engineering Managers and more.
As we look closer at facilities management services, we see that this is a critical field, as it encompasses everything that is required for a business to operate, aside from the client’s core business focus, like teachers at K-12 schools or doctors and nurses at hospitals
In the facilities management arena, Sodexo is proud to lead the way with standards and principles that not only offer clients cost effective operations and balance on capital expenses, but also lead the way with improvements in employee productivity and working environments.
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I recently spoke to Nicholas Fioravante, Senior Director of Solutions Sales Support, who is part of the Sodexo facilities leadership and strategic team that focuses on incorporating standards that improve facility performance.
AA: How long have you worked in Facilities Management?
NF: I have been in the facilities management business for 30 years. During that time, I have worked with nearly every aspect of a facility, including mechanical/HVAC systems, electrical systems, fire protection systems, structural components and environmental issues.
AA: For those entering the Facilities Management sector and building careers, how do you see this field evolving?
NF: One area to note is the emergence of global standards. To that end, Sodexo is helping to change the industry conversation from considering facility assets as support costs to a source of revenue. We have implemented some innovative principles and standards such as the ISO 55000 Asset Management standard adopted at Sodexo that makes us the path blazers in the facility management space.
ISO 55000 Asset Management is the international standard for the management of a facility’s assets. Through aggressive asset management, organizations will improve the quality of the delivered services and improve profits.
AA: How do you align management of the facility’s assets with the organization’s objective?
NF: The goal is to explore and research the evolving facilities environment, changing the conversation from viewing the facility management organization and facility assets as support costs to the point that facility assets can be viewed as a source of revenue. Adopting and leading the way in Asset Management is one of the ways Sodexo stays ahead of the market in the facilities management industry.
If you’re attending the 2015 NFMT conference in Baltimore March 10-12, you can learn more about the ISO 55000 Asset Management, as well as the insights and lessons learned by Sodexo as an early adopter of the global standard during the session “ISO 55000 Changing the Conversation,” which will be presented by Mark Gasser, CFPS, CFEI, director of Technical Engineering Solutions at Sodexo. If you’re unable to attend, you can connect with Mark on LinkedIn here.