North America / United States / IL / Chicago / 1

Finance & Corporate Development

#: 743999721641436 / REF507V



Job Description

This key role within the Nielsen Connect Global Real Estate & Facilities Team will oversee development and implementation of Workplace Strategies, Transformation and Space Analytics. This role will report to the VP of Global Real Estate and Facilities. 

In this role, you will be an integral member of the Real Estate organization and will work with other pillars within the Global Real Estate Organization, as well as with Business Units, Finance, Legal, and other groups. 


  • Develop and implement Workplace Strategies globally to optimize and evolve the portfolio 

  • Align workplace strategies with corporate objectives and demonstrate progress towards objectives

  • Set up, assemble and report metrics to inform Real Estate strategy and space optimization opportunities

  • Help craft and execute Real Estate strategy globally

  • Identify and roll out best practices to optimize space, including on-site and off-site solutions

  • Select and oversee the implementation of a CAFM system and ensure data maintenance at major sites 

  • Contribute to M&A strategy, Real Estate strategy, portfolio optimization and site selection processes

  • Measure and contribute to cost savings and avoidance targets

  • Identify, benchmark and measure our performance against internal and external best-in-class key metrics

  • Build healthy relationships with stakeholders and ensure alignment of portfolio strategies with the Business 

  • Provide inputs for annual budget preparation and forward-looking planning

  • Manage and execute move planning

  • Employ recognized change management techniques and processes throughout execution of responsibilities

  • Other duties as requested or required

A little about you

  • Deep experience in developing and implementing Real Estate and Workplace strategies, site selection, lease negotiations, achieving consensus and securing buy-in, execution plans, change management, space planning and project management

  • Willingness to have a hands-on approach 

  • Cross-cultural relationship building skills

  • Proven ability to lead by influence

  • Ability to effectively operate within a global matrixed organization 

  • Excellent communication skills, plus strong presentation and negotiation skills

  • Strong attention to detail and ability to organize, manage and track large and varied sets of data

  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally, as required

  • Flexibility with varied work hours (due to global nature of the role) 



  • 10+ years of relevant experience

  • University degree in real estate, business or equivalent relevant experience

  • Strong Excel skills and analytical capabilities

  • Experienced in setting up and managing a CAFM system and related processes

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills with additional language skills an asset 

  • CAD skills (highly beneficial)