“Austin was then offered the role of Director of Operations in which he can make strategic decisions that will help benefit the business in the long term”
Austin Gibbons now works as Director of Operations with Bandera, a facilities management company and through his hard work has landed himself as one of our Gradstars. Austin attended Manchester Metropolitan University in which he studied a Business Sandwich course.
Through this, Austin decided he wished to embark upon a role within Facilities Management (FM) and through a quick Google search, Gradvert’s ‘Future Leaders Graduate Programme’ with Bandera appeared. Austin’s experience in FM ranges from a co-ordinator in a school along with similar roles with Manchester United and Cummins as an Asset Standardisation Co-ordinator which all helped confirm his decision to pursue a career in FM.
At Bandera, Austin originally began as a business assistant where he was required to support the CEO and look at efficiencies within the business and help make improvements where necessary. Thus, his role then transitioned to Business Support as it collaborated more with the daily tasks he was carrying out.
Through hard work, Austin was then offered the role of Director of Operations in which he can make strategic decisions that will help benefit the business in the long term. Within this role, Austin has accomplished a lot such as helping develop the HR team within Bandera, implementing a CAFM system for clients and gaining Bandera ISO9001, 14001 and OSHAS 18001 certifications. On top of his busy schedule, Austin has also begun to study for a degree in Health & Safety.
Looking towards his future, Austin wishes to support the business in securing clients all over the country and exceed existing client’s expectations. Looking further ahead, Austin wishes to embrace and take further the skills he has obtained with Bandera and become a FM leader in America.
Austin’s advice to any future/recent graduates is that experience is just as important as your degree. His previous roles helped him tackle those tricky, technical questions he was presented with in his interview with Bandera as he could provide unique, real-life scenarios. He also advised that choosing a degree that allows you to gain practical experience can be extremely valuable.