Why choose a career in the Façade/Fenestration industry?
The Façade or fenestration industry is an excellent and exciting fast moving industry to be involved in and there are always opportunities for individuals that have excelled in a specific area of that Industry worldwide. Elk Recruitment are among the few Façade recruitment firms that have a sound global insight into the industry having spent over 16 years working directly for Glass, Aluminium and Steel Suppliers domestically and internationally giving it an excellent understanding from grass roots to Senior Management.
The internal workings of façade firms are quite similar and this applies to small, medium & large organisations the world over. The only difference in most cases between all three sizes is usually software and ICT integration, scale of projects executed, capital available, NUMBER OF SIT DOWN MEETINGS and although dependent on the market the company operates in, salary levels, but these may also be extremely close between all three sizes of organisation. On the execution side (Installation) remains similar throughout.
Most organisations will consist of departments such as Sales, Estimation, Commercial, Pre-construction, Procurement, Logistics, Manufacturing, Design, Engineering, Project Management, Document Control, Planning, Finance, Quality, Health & Safety or in the smaller organisations some departments may be combined. At all points in the supply chain there are entry level positions but due to the fast pace of the industry most organisations do require previous experience.
The façade industry operates throughout the world and I have been in many Curtain Walling Plants and the only differences between companies worldwide is the different titles they give certain positions and management controls in place, the work is the same. Right now, there is an urgent demand in many geographical locations for façade professionals across all departments, but unfortunately there is also a lack of candidates with a well-rounded skill set consisting of both practical and academic, a combination that is required to meet the demands of today’s changing construction industry.
The Construction industry has moved on and the old mind set of just get it done by any means necessary! is a thing of the past. As the construction industry progresses the Main Contractors, Governing Bodies and End Users have placed a lot of guidelines, restrictions, standards, rules, regulations, best practice expectations & demands on every aspect of the sub-contractor’s internal supply chain and as such are expected to perform duties in a controlled & measurable fashion and execute all works, safely, on time and within budget. This is by no means negative, in fact it’s a hugely positive development, although for many it may seem frustrating as they adjust internal processes and procedures to meet these expectations.
So in summary, the façade industry is an excellent modern career choice, fast moving & continually changing. It incorporates very interesting disciplines and the demand for these disciplines are high sought after across the globe. If you are interested in a job move no matter where you are, contact Elk Recruitment today, the Façade & Curtain Walling recruitment specialist.
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