Tony Warren

Tony Warren

Job title

Senior Facilities Manager

Organisation

The Arcadia Group

Brief description of the job and key responsibilities:

I manage all the hard and soft facilities management functions on the Arcadia Leeds head office site. The site accommodates over 1 million sq ft of warehousing and commercial premises spread over 44 acres. Fundamentally my key responsibility is to provide a cost effective and end user focused service that is able to adapt quickly to the needs of the business.

What attracted you to the job?

I needed to get on the client side as part of my planned career development.

Unusual/challenging aspects of the job:

The AGL site was the home of the original Burton’s factory (when it opened circa 1920 it was the largest clothing factory in the world) and the sheer size and complexity of the site brings its own challenges and rewards.

Brief run-down of your previous roles:

Before joining the Arcadia Group I worked for over 20 years in the construction industry. My role involved the management of a wide variety of commercial and industrial M&E projects (and project teams) .The experience gained has proven to be a wonderful grounding for my career in FM.

Why and when did you join the BIFM?

I joined in 2003 in order to gain a better understanding of the FM industry.

How did you get into FM and what attracted you to the industry?

A career in FM wasn’t actually on my radar but now I’m in it I thoroughly enjoy it. Being given the opportunity to develop a team and a service that can truly make a difference. We’re not at the sexy end of the fashion industry but we are the cogs that keep things moving.

Are you involved in any BIFM central or local events?

I’m a member of the Retail Sector Forum committee which endeavours to focus on issues that affect the retail industry directly. We’ve convened a number of wonderful and thought provoking events and I would recommend that all members take advantage of the forums specific for their industry.

What’s been your career high-point to date?

Developing solutions that reduce our energy consumption by 30 per cent.

Any interesting tales to tell?

Where to start? We could be looking at integrating two mega watts of generator one day followed by getting over a thousand chandeliers into stores the next.