Sr Research Director - Office, Tech & Life Sciences

at CBRE in Augusta, Maine, United States

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Sr Research Director – Office, Tech & Life Sciences

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Atlanta – Georgia – United States of America, Boston – Massachusetts – United States of America, Chicago – Illinois – United States of America, Dallas – Texas – United States of America, Houston – Texas – United States of America, Los Angeles – California – United States of America, New York City – New York – United States of America, Phoenix – Arizona – United States of America, Remote – US – Remote – US – United States of America, San Diego – California – United States of America, San Francisco – California – United States of America, Seattle – Washington – United States of America

This role can be based in any US City with a CBRE office.


This role will serve as the Life Science real estate industry expert to the investment market and ensure that CBRE is the preeminent global thought leader in the space. The ideal candidate will seek opportunities to participate in client meetings, be visible to the real estate community and seek external speaking opportunities, as well as promote the CBRE Research product to the media in partnership with CBRE Communications and Life Sciences leadership. This role is responsible for spearheading the production of market analysis and timely white papers addressing market trends.


Key Responsibilities

•Partner with Life Sciences business leaders within CBRE and the industry

•Develop innovative points of view for investment in the Life Science real estate market and incorporate findings into presentations and white papers

•Develop deep relationships with key Life Science investment clients to share perspectives on market conditions

•Present at conferences about the state of the Life Science investment market, both in the US and globally

•Evaluate opportunities to extract customer relevant insights from existing data

•Work collaboratively with other members of the CBRE research team on joint projects where appropriate

Talent Profile

•Strong leadership skills and influencing skills

•Solid understanding of the commercial real estate business, particularly Life Sciences

•Prior experience in a commercial Research related function is highly preferred

•Knowledge of data management and analytics Delete, covered under

•Excellent decision-making skills

•Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills

•Excellent written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills

•Strong ability to work well under pressure, with multiple/competing deadlines, on various projects

•Effective working in a team environment and as an individual

•Expert in use of windows applications such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint


Provides formal supervision to direct reports. Recommends staff recruitment, selection, promotion, advancement, corrective action and termination. Conducts performance appraisal and other performance discussions with individual employees. Plans and monitors appropriate staffing levels and utilization of labor, including overtime. Prepares and delivers performance appraisal for staff. Mentors and coaches team members to further develop competencies. Leads by example and models behaviors that are consistent with the company’s values.



BA/BS from a four-year college or university in economics, finance, business administration or related field of study. Masters preferred. Minimum 10+ years of related experience.

Minimum 8 years of commercial real estate experience. Extensive local market/sector knowledge/experience required. Experience managing a team across multiple locations required.




Exceptional communication skills. Ability to synthesize information and translate ideas/concepts and trends into “consumable” insights, both in written and presentation format, that help internal and external clients use Research effectively in business development and decision-making. Ability to speak to the media about trends and topics.

Must have strong presentation skills for speaking engagements & client presentations.


Requires in-depth knowledge of financial terms and principles. Reviews complex financial/business analysis and reports prepared by subordinates. Ability to analyze the most complex business/financial data and develop innovative solutions. Develops and implements financial policies and procedures. Approves and oversees department budget.


Effective/efficient problem-solver. Can make informed decisions when presented with conflicting information or opinions. Able to exhibit sound judgment and provide a clear path to resolution. A high-profile role that demands an experienced professional with strong analytical skills. Teacher and student of cognitive thought process. Ability to stay calm and professional under pressure.

Must have a commercial mindset. Able to identify trends and think about the market in innovative ways. Can translate ideas into thoughtful deliverables that differentiate CBRE, our professionals and our products.


Ability to work as a team player in a matrixed environment. Can navigate the dynamics of a large company, with a centralized Research function, while also understanding how to support/align global, national and local initiatives.

Strong technical skills with a proficiency Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.) and amenable to learning and overseeing new technologies and systems related to data collection, extraction and tracking.

A mastery understanding of Research fundamentals and methodologies. Knowledge of how to apply research and data analytics expertise to the benefit our brand and core businesses.

Draws upon the analysis of others and makes recommendations that have a direct impact on the company.

Strong project management. Can oversee multiple large and complex projects, determine priorities and develop a through-line to completion, including harnessing the right resources and collaborating along the way. Utilizes the internal research team to assign sub projects.


Works under general direction. Assignments are broad and complex and defined by expected results or outcomes. Operates with substantial latitude for un-reviewed actions and decisions. Decisions made with in-depth understanding and interpretation of procedures, company policies and business practices to achieve complex results. Responsible for setting project, department and/or division deadlines. Errors in judgment may cause long-term impact to line of business and/or overall company.


CBRE is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a long-standing commitment to providing equal employment opportunity to all qualified applicants regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, veteran status, political belief, or any other basis protected by applicable law.

*Colorado Residents: CBRE carefully considers multiple factors to determine compensation, including a candidate’s education, training, and experience. The minimum salary for the Sr Research Director – Office, Tech & Life Sciences position is $250,000 annually and the maximum salary for the Sr Research Director – Office, Tech & Life Sciences position is $300,000 annually. The compensation that is offered to a successful candidate will depend on the candidate’s skills, qualifications, and experience. Successful candidates will also be eligible for a discretionary bonus based on CBRE’s applicab

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Job Posting: JC202496106

Posted On: Jan 21, 2022

Updated On: Feb 10, 2022