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My career ... Marie Puybaraud

Dr Marie Puybaraud, director of Johnson Controls, discusses her career

Marie Puybaraud
Marie Puybaraud

How did you get into the FM industry and what attracted you to it?
I joined Johnson Controls to really dedicate my time to research, because I developed a real passion for workplace solutions. In addition, it’s a fantastic industry to be part of — there are really passionate people in facilities management. That’s what I like.

What were you doing before this?
Before Johnson Controls, I was studying quantity surveying and economics, but quickly realised I didn’t want to be in numbers for the rest of my life. I did a Bachelors in Construction Management in the UK, and following this I started a PhD in Fire Safety Management. Parallel to that, I was also director of a Masters course in facilities management for three-and-a-half years.

What’s the best thing about the facilities management industry?
I think it’s a fantastic industry which offers you an array of jobs - you rarely get that in any other industry. We have seen the people we employ come from very different backgrounds, and they gain not only experience and knowledge but also the ability to shift positions. I think it’s an industry where you can never be bored.

Advice for a young woman starting out in the FM industry?
I think there are so many opportunities for young women to study facilities management and work in the industry. It’s still a male-dominated industry; I don’t want to lie. So there’s a lot of your personal willingness to make it work. And many women make it work. The other issue is that FM is an industry which is 24/7 and sometimes it takes a lot of your personal time but it’s also an industry which is growing so it’s important to keep training and keep learning throughout.

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