Maxwell Stephens and the Institute for Government


The Institute for Government (IfG) is the UK’s leading think tank working to make government more effective. They provide rigorous research and analysis, topical commentary and public events to explore the key challenges facing government.

A candidate who was placed previously at IfG by Maxwell Stephens approached us to support in the recruitment of a Building and Facilities Manager on a six month contract with a view to becoming permanent.

The position

The post holder would be responsible for the day-to-day operational management of the Institute’s Grade II listed premises, ensuring that the building fabric. services and equipment were maintained in a fit for purpose condition.

Another key responsibility was to oversee and keep under review the programme of planned preventative maintenance. ensuring that it was cost-effective and legally compliant as well as ensuring that emergency, remedial and renewal works were carried out promptly and cost-effectively.

Considering the nature of the organisation, the position required the post holder to work in conjunction with the Institute’s Events and Communications Teams to ensure on-site events were properly presented/branded and audience needs were catered for – including broadcast media and high profile speakers.

Institute for Government building and facilities management recruitment

The Candidate

The ideal candidate needed to have applicable previous building/facilities management experience, preferably in a heritage building. They would need experience in specific areas of building and facilities management which include but are not limited to: experience of the production, presentation and administration of onsite events, experience of FM related health and safety legislation, experience of fire prevention and security system management and experience of dealing with multiple contractors and suppliers.

The position demanded that the ideal candidate should have demonstrable experience of budget management an financial performance reporting demonstrating the ability to provide year-on-year savings to the department including energy use and operational costs.

The Results

Working on an exclusive basis, we immediately began our comprehensive executive search process for the role, culminating in a shortlist of four candidates being submitted. From those candidates shortlisted, three were invited to attend interviews. Following the initial interview stage an offer of employment was, and after additional negotiations and on-boarding activities, the position was filled.

The team were very impressive…

The team at Maxwell Stephens were very impressive. After the initial interview with several of the team, they set up several interviews within a week for me that matched perfectly with my skill set. I am now settled into my perfect role, and they negotiated a good package for me. I would certainly highly recommend Maxwell Stephens to any FM wishing to further their career.

Fiona Ingram, Facilities Manager
Institute for Government