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Director of Strategy

U.S. Corporate | Chicago, IL | Full Time

Job Description

About Us:

Avison Young is the world’s fastest-growing commercial real estate services firm. Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, Avison Young is a collaborative, global firm owned and operated by its principals. Founded in 1978, the company comprises 2,400 real estate professionals in 78 offices, providing value-added, client-centric investment sales, leasing, advisory, management, financing and mortgage placement services to owners and occupiers of office, retail, industrial and multi-family properties. 

Brief Outline of Job:

  • Reporting to: SVP of Corporate Strategy
  • Location: Chicago (downtown)
  • Travel: 10% – 20% or as required
  • Job Description: Independently execute on key strategy initiatives including M&A and building of new services.  Will liaison with senior staff across North America on investments and work with C-suite & BOD on special projects. 
  • Key skills: Strong financial analysis, presentation, and interpersonal skills with advanced knowledge of financial modeling and MS-Excel; analytical thinker, detail-oriented, high energy level; ability to manage multiple, complex projects and meet deadlines; ability to maintain confidential and professional manner.


  • Education: Respected Undergrad + 10 years; MBA + 5 years; or top tier MBA + 2 years
  • Education: Business/Engineering degree required.  Preference for MBA or experience in professional services firm.

Bonus Points:

  • Experience in real estate or service industries a plus.  Double plus for experience in the operations/strategy/growth areas of any services firm (real estate, financial, consulting, IT, accounting, HR, or legal services firm).