CBRE Digital Technology Director - Digital Strategy & Partnerships in Palo Alto, California

Digital Technology Director - Digital Strategy & Partnerships

Palo Alto, California, United States at

Requisition # 17011647

Job Description:

Today, technology is ubiquitous and as a leader in the commercial real estate industry, CBRE is committed to using technology to enable our professionals to create world-class outcomes for our clients and add to our competitive differentiation as the #1 CRE services provider in the world. As part of those efforts, CBRE’s Digital and Technology team is looking to hire Director, Digital Strategy & Partnerships to join our newly formed team. The position will be responsible for researching trends, testing hypotheses, developing new business models, engaging startups & VCs, and executing partnerships. The role will engage with a thriving commercial real estate (CRE) technology ecosystem and prospect all relevant participants from large technology companies to start-ups and renowned VCs to identify, source and drive partnerships. Additionally, the role will work internally with Digital & Technology product teams and Lines of Business to implement a well-defined digital strategy. The role will also assist CBRE’s Corporate Development team to help underwrite and structure investments when required. The position will report to the SVP, Digital & Technology, with significant exposure to senior technology and business leaders, including the C-suite. The position will be located in Silicon Valley.


  • Actively represent CBRE in the in the VC & entrepreneurial community, positioning CBRE as a world-class partner

  • Manage internal (Digital & Technology, Corporate Strategy & Development, and line of business leadership) and external (VCs, start-ups, incubators, etc.) networks to source ideas

  • Create decision frameworks and use data-driven analyses to evaluate technology partnership opportunities. Collaborate with the business users to identify the key risks and opportunities, including need for business transformation or new operating models

  • Connect all relevant internal stakeholders, driving broad support for building & operationalizing partnerships

  • Create operating models that support the partnerships, and advise on scalable and sustainable deployment of technologies within the business

  • Support, engage, and mentor partner companies and founders, including incubation initiatives

  • Accurately track all start-ups through their lifecycle


  • Strong expertise in Finance, Strategy & Operations or ProductDevelopment

  • 5+yearsinVC/PE,Technology,ManagementConsultingand/orInvestmentBanking.6-8yearspreferred

  • 8-12 years of related experience and/or training, including five years of experience at the management level required.

  • Bachelor's degree (BA/BS) from four-year college or university

  • MBA and/or Masters’ / PhD in Computer Science or related field,preferred

  • Deepunderstandingoftechnologyanditsabilitytoaddressbusinesschallengesorcreatenewbusinessmodels

  • Experience with startups, VCs, and incubators to develop partnerships and/or makinginvestments

  • Experiencenegotiatingdealsandabilitytobalancelong-termstrategicvaluewithshort-termbusinessneeds

  • Strongtechnologyandoperationalskills,whetherinproductdevelopmentorbusinessoperations

  • Highly analytical, problem solving capabilities – quickly get to the crux of theissues

  • Detail oriented, with ability to create detailed business and operatingmodels

  • Creativethinkerwithabilitytosurfaceandtransforminnovativeideasintoproductsand/orbusinessmodels

  • Abilitytoactlikeanowner –bringinganentrepreneurialmindsetandboundlessenergyandoptimism

  • Excellentcommunicationskillswithdemonstratedabilitytoarticulateinformationconciselyandprecisely

  • High degree of self-confidence, honesty and personalintegrity

  • Comfortable working within an ambiguousenvironment

  • Experience with senior-most leadership team of Fortune 500 companies, including theC-suite

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