Maxwell Stephens and Tower Transit

Background

Tower Transit is a Transport for London contracted bus operator operating mainly in west and east London. Established in 2013, the Tower Transit Group currently employs 2,030 staff and operates 650 buses, with 1,700 staff and 450 buses operating within the TfL London operation.

Tower Transit approached Maxwell Stephens to support exclusively in the recruitment of a Facilities Manager based across 2 sites in Notting Hill and Walthamstow.

The Position

The post holder would be responsible for Facilities Management for all company locations, and for ensuring the company’s properties, plant, and equipment provide a safe working environment, and are maintained to the required standards. This includes ensuring any work that is carried out maintains the required quality as well as ensuring that any projects relating to facilities and property meet agreed completion dates and are within agreed budgets.

Due to the wide remit of the position, the successful candidate would have a range of principal responsibilities. These include but were not limited to: Creating effective and constructive relationships with internal customers with a “can do” attitude to providing appropriate solutions to operational requirements; Responsibility for advising and guiding the company on the suitability of plant and equipment, ensuring it meets company and legal requirements; Estimating and determining the likely costs of works to be carried out and advise of any additional plant and or equipment requirements; Formulate and control budgets and plans for all Facilities and Property related aspects; Support, guide and assist Managers in the preparation of capital expenditure budget items relating to plant, equipment and property; Responsibility for the management of all building work undertaken on behalf of the company; Provide advice to team on all planning, costing and technical aspects of the property services area; Maintaining, improving, and reporting on the company’s Environmental performance, and ensuring compliance with all applicable legislation; Responsibility for developing, proposing, implementing and monitoring plans for all Facilities and Property aspects, including a Planned Preventative Maintenance System for all the companies’ property requirements; Responsibility for ensuring that adequate fire precautions for all premises and plant, including the companies standard fire and emergency procedures are complied with.

The Candidate

The successful candidate needed to have extensive Facilities Management experience and a familiarity with construction and building works at all levels. In addition, experience of working across multi-site operations was desirable. In terms of personal competencies, it was vital that the post holder have excellent communication skills with the ability to build strong relationships with all customers both internally and externally and support customers in understanding technical aspects.

Due to the fast paced and dynamic nature of the role, excellent project management and organisational skills were a necessity. The successful candidate would also need to have  a flexible approach to the hours of work given the multi site arrangement of the garages and the need to respond to incidents which maybe outside of the usual office hours.

 

Feedback

The journey of recruitment felt like a natural process…

I was very impressed with the guidance and the level of detail that Maxwell Stephens followed through my recruitment process. They had an in depth conversation with me on where I wanted to be and the direction I wanted to take which was reflected on and suitable roles discussed open and honestly. The journey of recruitment felt like a natural process and not forced at all. It was a pleasure to be recruited through Maxwell Stephens.

Gabriel Milo-Blanking, Facilities Manager
Tower Transit Group