ESG Associate - Real Estate Investor / Manager
Posted on Sep 1, 2021 by Lewis Davey
An excellent opportunity has arisen for a technically minded individual to join one of the world's largest real estate investors and property managers.
Working in a Pan-European capacity, we're looking for someone who has practical experience of implementing ESG in real estate and ideally 2-3 years of experience working as a Property, Facility or Energy manager and is therefore able to being an understanding of buildings and how they operate and are managed on-site.
Assisting in coordinating ESG policies, frameworks and working with broader country teams across Germany, France, UK, Italy, Spain, Ireland, the Netherlands, and Denmark, the successful incumbent will implement ESG initiatives and ensure that the portfolios and the individual assets are achieving ESG performance goals.
A large part of the responsibilities will be to help establish and integrate ESG standards into the European real estate platform, focusing on all aspects and programs: "Environmental", "Social" and "Governance". Activities will range from reviewing, writing or adjusting ESG policies, establishing ESG standards, best practices and tools, and supporting in the development and implementation of ESG action plans for assets that are ambitious yet achievable.
Many responsibilities will include coordinating initiatives, provide training and fostering collaboration with wider organization.
Primary duties and responsibilities:
· Understand, develop, implement and expand ESG strategies for operational, value-add and development assets.
· Set ESG standards across the European platform for different asset classes and strategies (operational, value-add, development).
· Coordinate with third party consultants - property, facility, and construction managers to ensure that ESG strategies for each asset are kept current and forward-thinking every year.
· Review the details of each asset's ESG strategy and set annual goals to achieve successful implementation within asset.
· Create and maintain ESG budgets in excel format per asset on an on-going basis.
· Ensure that ESG is closely integrated into the life-cycle of every asset - obtaining acquisition due diligences, tracking of Sustainability Assessment and Action Plans, implementation of green leases, obtaining sustainability certifications, utility consumption data collection, monitoring and optimization, procurement of renewable energy, climate risk studies, social programs, among other initiatives.
· Review and implement Net Zero strategies for operational, value-add and development strategies - thus have a strong understanding of the technical aspects of the buildings, operations and energy management.
Internal and External Relationships
· Establish and maintain relationships with various teams: local country asset managers, portfolio management, fund management, marketing, human resources, compliance, engineering and capital markets.
· Consult and coordinate initiatives with third party ESG consultants, technical consultants, property managers, facility managers or other related.
· When relevant coordinate with third party property and/or facility managers.
· Prepare (or assist in preparation of) selected required ESG reporting on a quarterly basis for assets - Sustainability Assessment and Action Plans.
· Coordinate the assurance process of ESG metrics such as utility consumption data for the inclusion in audited investor report.
· Assist in the coordination of an ESG marketing brochure for investment mandates or for the European platform, as required.
· Assist in planning, coordination, and preparation of Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB) submission for various investment mandates.
Skills and personal attributes:
· Driven, rigorous, flexible, versatile and with good people skills and ability to work in a multi-disciplinary team.
· Capable of working with many different constituencies within a matrix organisation.
· Strong organisational, communication, problem solving skills, able to prioritise and work independently.
· Should have a good sense of the theoretical side of ESG but an even stronger understanding of the practical side of implementing ESG in real estate.
· Should have 2-3 years of experience as a Property, Facility or Energy manager and thus understand buildings and how they operate and are managed on-site.
· Excellent knowledge of MS Office and Excel.
· Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, have a strong command of verbal and written English.
· A second language will be considered as an asset.
· Minimum of 3 - 4 experience in ESG consulting related to real estate management, or ESG role within real estate management.
· Bachelor degree, ideally in Environmental Studies, Construction Management, Structural Engineering or Real Estate Management or related subject matter.