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CBRE Associate Director - Workplace in London, United Kingdom

Associate Director - Workplace

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Workplace Strategy


London - England - United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland


CBRE Group, Inc. is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm, with 2019 revenues of $23.9 billion and more than 100,000 employees (excluding affiliate offices). CBRE has been included on the Fortune 500 since 2008, ranking #128 in 2020. It also has been voted the industry’s top brand by the Lipsey Company for 19 consecutive years and has been named one of Fortune’s “Most Admired Companies” for eight years in a row, including being ranked number one in the real estate sector in 2020, for the second consecutive year.

CBRE offers a range of integrated services, including facilities, transaction and project management; property management; investment management; appraisal and valuation; property leasing; strategic consulting; property sales; mortgage services and development services.

In central London, CBRE advises on more commercial property than any other adviser and across the United Kingdom with offices in Aberdeen, Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Jersey, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, and Southampton.

Job Title:Workplace Strategy & Design Consultant

Location:London with a blend of remote working

Role Purpose

The Workplace Strategy Consultant will lead the development of strategic workplace brief for small and large-scale workplace projects. This includes the coordination and undertaking of strategic data gathering exercise of the physical, cultural and technological aspects of a working environment, the analysis, presentation of these results. Working closely with key stakeholders and project teams the information gathered will be translated into a meaningful concept, space budget and ultimate client brief that aligns with business drivers and supports the different workstyles of the organization.

The Workplace Strategy Consultant is required to work effectively at all levels of the organisation and confidently influence others, including executive leadership, towards a common vision. At the heart of this role is a pro-active, client focused approach, where the ability to communicate and partner with multiple stakeholders is crucial. The role is ‘hands on’ and will require demonstrable project and change management experience.

Key Responsibilities

•Single point of contact for all workplace strategy related issues – key interface for client and project team

•Design and deliver visioning sessions, workshops and focus groups

•Conduct and analyse quantitative and qualitative data from research such as surveys, utilization studies

•Determine spatial requirements and development of space budget, understanding and knowledge of building code and occupational standards

•Understanding and knowledge of building regulations and occupational standards

•Synthesize research from internal and external sources into a workplace brief

•Workplace guidelines development, planning and design experience / knowledge base

Person Specification/Requirements

•Qualified to degree level in related field (not compulsory)

•Affiliation with Corenet / BCO / WCO or relevant professional body

•Strong understanding of current best practices and trends in the workplace and other architecture and design fields

•An appreciation of change management principles is valuable

•Ability to multi-task on concurrent projects, under tight time frames

•A high level of initiative, self-motivation, resourcefulness, and patience

•Strong quantitative/analytical skills and attention to detail

•Comfortable in translating large data sets into compelling findings

•Ability to present and articulate ideas and analyses

•Clear understanding of best practice and regulatory requirements around building occupancy.

•Strong Design / CAD skills are not essential, but the ability to read, review and mine all types of drawing information for key metrics is required.

•Practical hands on experience of profiling a business and developing a workplace strategy aligned to business need

•Can evidence knowledge of or experience in qualitative and quantities research methods, agile/flexible/activity based working concept design, space budgeting, test-fit creation/oversight, workplace concept/guideline development, and the use of technology as an enabler

•Softer skills relating to gaining business buy in/stakeholder management, relationship building, confident to lead client conversations, sell the workplace proposition and deal with resistance around the proposed change

•Strong commercial acumen and business development experience (for higher grade positions)

•Experience in scoping, pricing, pitching, wining and delivering projects (for higher grade positions)

•Beneficial to have experience in specific sector (if recruited with specific sector in mind)

•People management (for higher grade positions)


We are an equal opportunities employer and do not discriminate on the grounds of gender, sexual orientation, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, gender reassignment, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, disability or age.

CBRE, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer (Women/Minorities/Persons with Disabilities/US Veterans)