Case Study:
Big Sky Studios

“It was excellent to come across Maxwell Stephen during my search for a more relevant and fulfilling role. Rather than bombard me with numerous positions - they took the time to filter, and only send on to me vacancies that fitted my rather narrow criteria. The process was managed efficiently through first and second interview - through to the offer. Very positive attitude and well-tuned ear to what the clients require”.

– Facilities Manager, Big Sky Studios –

Background

Big Sky Studios is central London’s largest full-service, photographic studios. Their 3,400m² complex on Brewery Road houses 7 fully equipped studios, as well as their photographic services, which also support their stand-alone studio, Omega Place, in King’s Cross. 

 

Big Sky Studios approached Maxwell Stephens to act exclusively as the sole recruiter to find a Facilities and Building Manager to be responsible for the management of services and processes that support the core business of Big Sky covering several departments and across multiple sites.

 

The Position

The wide remit of this role covered a range of FM principles across a number of departments. 

The post holder coordinates building maintenance and repairs that affect normal building operation – supervising and coordinating the work of contractors and ensuring minimum disruption to core activities and clients. 

Directing, coordinating and planning essential central services such as security, maintenance, cleaning, waste disposal and recycling is also a key component of the role.

The Facilities and Building Manager is also responsible for calculating and comparing costs for required goods or services to achieve maximum value for money in addition to planning for future development in line with strategic business objectives.

Project Management is also pivotal to the role as the post holder manages building improvement projects from planning/ contractor tender stage to building control sign off including managing sub-contractors.

The Candidate

Personality match was a key consideration for this executive search, we needed an individual who was aligned with Big Sky’s ethos and culture.

They required a driven and enthusiastic individual, who is able to work under their own initiative and under direction from the management.

With excellent people skills, the successful candidate has the ability to deal with clients and employees of the business at all levels.

Additional desirable personal attributes included:

● Someone with a proven track record in building/facilities management.
● A team player with a “can do” attitude and the ability to work well in a high pressure environment
● Experience in budget responsibility.
● Experience of project management within the building industry.