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Real Estate – Projects and Transactions Director

Macquarie Group

Location: Greater London

Job Type: Full time


What You'll Do

You will be responsible for creating and managing high performance work environments. Our workspace is the manifestation of our brand and should be managed to the highest standard possible to reflect our culture and aspirations.

In this role, you will be:

  • responsible for the development and implementation of real estate strategies for Macquarie office locations across EMEA. These should align to our global strategy but also account for local factors and drivers.
  • Build strong relationships with corporate teams, client facing professionals and leadership in order to effectively understand requirements and execute initiatives.
  • Demonstrate strong collaborative skills to shape cross functional teams (incl external service providers) to develop solutions.
  • provide expertise, advice and leadership on strategy, transaction and fitout aspects of the real estate life cycle, from active portfolio management through transaction management, workplace strategy and design, vendor selection to implementation.
  • Support local business unit leadership and the Global Real Estates partners (Workplace, FM, Security, EHS, Project Management) to ensure our assets meet the business's operational requirements
  • Prepare documents for corporate approval submission, including the financial analysis, the narrative approval memo and lease documents
  • Managing requests for building alterations and improvements from FM and Project Management Teams. Liaising as necessary with Legal, third-party consultants, and landlord's to properly document consents and obtain permitting/planning consents
  • Responsible for proactively managing Macquarie’s lease contracts within your portfolio to find opportunities to optimize real estate commitments and to manage occupancy costs. Regularly review and analyse the portfolio against metrics, market knowledge and location need to design and execute a real estate strategy for each location in line with the global real estate strategy principles.
  • Be part of the team creating the workplace strategy and guiding local stakeholders through design and any construction/build out process (including setting/managing the construction budget) to move in.
  • You will work closely with local stakeholders including senior leadership in relocations, new locations, renewals, renovations and subleasing. You will be responsible for working with the local stakeholders to define the requirements, then lead the building selection process (if relevant), negotiate/execute contracts (leases, vendors and other) and managing the outsourced projects team.
  • You will contribute to the development and implementation of global real estate strategic initiatives.
  • Leveraging tools and dashboards prepared by our data specialists, you will track and analyse occupancy metrics, spend and project future occupancy costs to drive insight into the portfolio and explore opportunities to optimize our approach.
  • Ensure all prudent governance has been followed in order to comply with our policies and ensure risk is managed effectively

Qualifications & experiences

  • University degree ideally in business/property
  • Strong experience in a professional services environment with direct and hands-on real estate fitout and transactional expertise is essential to be able to carry out the duties of this role successfully
  • Strong experience in leading the development and implementation of real estate strategies across EMEA
  • Excellent relationship-building skills; able to demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively with colleagues of all tenures including senior leadership
  • Extensive People Management experience and talent development, leading and inspiring diverse perspectives throughout a regional portfolio.
  • Terrific interpersonal skills and an enthusiastic personality, to aid in forging bonds of trust with your internal customers, contributing to our Future of Work/Workplace Evolution strategy, and ensuring strategic advisory services that enable Dow Jones employees to deliver the best work of their careers.
  • Significant experience working in a corporate setting, with a strong curiosity to understand a company with a broad variety of business units with differing office space and hybrid workplace needs.
  • Must have strong international leasing and fit out contract negotiation skills
  • Excellent project management skills: ability to manage multiple projects and priorities simultaneously
  • Strong ability to act in an agile manner and change direction swiftly
  • Able to demonstrate the ability to self-motivate and act independently
  • Strong integrity, accountability and fairness in dealing with people and confidential information
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; ability to deliver clear messages and complex concepts effectively
  • Strong problem-solving and critical thinking skills

About the Corporate Operations Group

The Corporate Operations Group brings together specialist support services in Digital Transformation & Data, Technology, Operations, Human Resources, Business Services, Business Improvement & Strategy, and the Macquarie Group Foundation. We deliver service excellence to ensure Macquarie is open for business, deliver on transformational change, invest in our people and have deep relationships with our customers.

Our commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The diversity of our people is one of our greatest strengths. An inclusive and equitable workplace enables us to embrace that diversity to deliver more innovative and sustainable solutions for our people, clients, shareholders and communities. At Macquarie, you'll be encouraged to be yourself and supported to perform at your best. If you're inspired to deliver on our purpose of ‘empowering people to innovate and invest for a better future’, we want you on our team. If you need adjustments made to the recruitment process, please reach out to your recruiter.

As an inclusive employer, Macquarie does not discriminate on the grounds of age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marriage, civil partnership, pregnancy, maternity, race (including colour and ethnic or national origins), religion or belief.

Joining Macquarie means you’ll be able to work in a way that suits you best. With the right technology, support and resources, our people can work in a range of flexible ways. Talk to us about what working arrangements would help you thrive.