Rolls-Royce Taps JLL to Oversee Global Facilities

Operations will run across 15 million square feet of manufacturing, warehouse and office space.

Rolls-Royce assembly plant for mtu Series 2000 engines in Kluftern, near Friedrichshafen, in Germany

Rolls-Royce assembly plant for mtu Series 2000 engines in Kluftern, near Friedrichshafen, in Germany. Image courtesy of Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce, which develops and delivers power and propulsion solutions for customers in more than 150 countries, has tapped JLL as its global facilities manager running FM operations across the company’s 15 million-square-foot real estate portfolio in the U.S., U.K., China, Germany, India and Singapore.

The long-term contract starts in February, when JLL will begin operating as Rolls-Royce’s exclusive strategic global FM partner for the 44 sites including manufacturing, warehouse and office space.

Utilizing its proprietary technology and data-driven insights, JLL’s FM services will be aimed at accelerating operational initiatives and helping Rolls-Royce achieve its sustainability commitments. The company notes it is committed to making its products compatible with net zero carbon emissions to meet demands for more sustainable solutions.

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Andrew McManus, global head of property services, at Rolls-Royce, said in a prepared statement the company looks forward to having JLL as its global strategic partner to drive best practices and efficiencies across its diverse real estate portfolio. He said effectively planning, managing and operating the various locations to create safe, sustainable and inspiring environments for employees has never been more important as they navigate the changing world of work.

Citing JLL’s own global footprint, Neil Murray, CEO, Work Dynamics, JLL, said in prepared remarks the firm’s end-to-end approach to real estate, including an in-house technology division, will enable JLL to help Rolls-Royce optimize its portfolio and create efficiencies to support long-term strategy and achieve operational sustainability goals. Murray said facilities management plays a critical role in building resilience and creating better workplace experiences and outcomes in a company’s portfolio.

North American presence

In the U.S., Rolls-Royce employs nearly 6,000 people with significant operations in 27 states. The company employs more than 1,000 people across six provinces in Canada. Eleven main sites are listed on the company’s website for locations in the U.S., including its North American headquarters in Reston, Va. In October 2019, Rolls-Royce North America announced it was moving its headquarters from the Reston Town Center to 1900 Reston Metro Plaza, a Class A, 373,479-square-foot office tower where it was taking 20,000 square feet.

The company’s power systems are used in aerospace, naval marine, energy and off-highway applications. Rolls-Royce products and services support key customers across the U.S. including the U.S. Department of Defense, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Bell, Robinson Helicopter, Gulfstream and major commercial airlines such as American Airlines, United and Delta.

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