2.2.1 Senior management
The importance of senior executive direction and influence is reflected in ISO 55001, which defines a number of asset management roles for ‘top management’. These can be summarised as:
- being responsible for aligning and coordinating asset management activities with the organisation objectives and ensuring appropriate resources are allocated to support these activities
- ensuring that the SAMP and AMPs – including their delivery and the asset management objectives and the stability, adequacy and effectiveness of the asset management system are established and updated.
Moving from the role of an individual or ‘champion’ in driving asset management described earlier, a member of the senior executive should sponsor, or be represented on, an asset management leadership team in the role of ‘asset owner’. This will help to ensure clear communication of strategic direction, coordination as required with other parts of the organisation and, if necessary working to achieve wider buy‑in to the agency’s ‘asset management story’.
Asset management leadership
Asset management should be led and coordinated by a leadership or steering team; it should respond to the agency’s strategic direction, ground the culture, and drive implementation and improvement. This team should be cross-functional, and typically comprise the ‘asset manager’, appropriate departmental managers and representatives of the ‘asset owner’, the road agency.
This team would typically be responsible for affirming the AMP and objectives, deciding what other cross‑functional teams should be established and for what purpose, and determining the specific tasks expected of these team(s). Team members should cascade management commitment and drive coordination into the operational functions of the agency.
Refer to ISO 55002: 2014 Clause 5.1, Leadership and commitment, for additional guidance.