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FM: Working abroad

The more adventurous individuals within the UK workforce harbour thoughts of broadening their horizons and working abroad. For FM professionals wishing to gain an understanding of a different FM environment while experiencing new cultures, finding a role overseas can be an attractive option. FM World has scoured the globe for FMs who have taken such a leap. 

working abroad

1 February 2017 Jamie Harris

We spoke to the following FM professionals about their experiences of working abroad: 

Richard Bradley, facilities operations manager - Germany & Czech Republic at Ebay, based in Berlin - read Richard's story

Jacqui Burt, a senior facilities manager who spent 13 years working for a number of FM organisations in Johannesburg, South Africa - read Jacqui's story

Brian Crockford, senior services manager, real estate & facilities at Microsoft, based in Seattle, USA - read Brian's story

Nigel Lucker, overseas head of operations at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, based in Singapore - read Nigel's story

Emma Potter
working abroad

Five point plan - preparing for a big move

- Speak to as many people as possible beforehand; if possible, chat to others who have made the same leap, and individuals from the country who are in the UK 

- Tailor your CV to the local style – also bear in mind that the job title may not be “facilities manager”

- Consider all aspects of life abroad – not just the work aspect. Living arrangements, cultural sensitivities, employment laws, as well as the cost of a flight home if required to do so at short notice

- Learn the language – at least the basics – and don’t expect everyone to speak English

- See how FM differs in your target country in terms of property legislation, company structure, involvement with other departments, and the maturity of the FM sector

 For more on working abroad, visit expertsforexpats.com