Date posted: December 2019

US Head of Research

Our story

Our small Canadian-born business was founded in 1978 and has become a global organization that now spans 120 locations across 20 countries. Our expansion has been rapid, but what matters most is the common belief that drives all 5,000 of our people to be a different type of real estate organization. We believe that the places in which we live, work and play have the power to make us happier and healthier, and we are united by a shared sense of purpose, to have a positive impact on people’s lives. In short, we are a global commercial real estate advisory firm with a simple aim: for real estate to play a leading role in creating vibrant buildings, cities and places that deliver long-lasting social value and economic impact.

Why work for us?

We believe our industry is changing and we want our business to be a company of curious minds, passionate hearts and strategic intelligence. At Avison Young, we are committed to hiring people from all walks of life who have a collaborative style and innovations focus; we believe a diverse and embracing workforce makes for a stronger, more capable and competitive company. We will provide you with a place where you can step up and change the game. Collaboration is embedded in the way we work – our people have the autonomy to collaborate on client relationships, engage teams across the business, lead operations, work collectively on projects, participate in strategy and are ultimately responsible for our growth. Our distinctive Principal-led, privately-owned model puts us in the enviable position of being able to offer every employee the opportunity to own a share of our business, and inspires and allows anyone to become a Principal. This role carries voting rights so our people have a very real say in the future direction and operation of our business. This means that we are able to attract, engage and retain the best talent.


This role requires a seasoned real estate research professional who is insightful, intelligent and articulate, with exceptional energy and enthusiasm to lead the US Research team at Avison Young. This individual will be client-orientated, an outstanding presenter and a recognised thought leader on US Commercial Real Estate.

You will relish creating and driving a national thought leadership programme which harnesses the intellectual capabilities of the US Research team and that of the wider business. You will also be an innovative thinker who recognises and embraces the ways technology will shape the future of the real estate services sector, and actively pursue opportunities to incorporate technology into the working practices of Research.  An inspirational leader and a clear thinker, you will be capable of partnering closely with the business, the Global Head of Research and colleagues in Marketing & Communications, Business Development and Innovation. You will also be a key participant in the Global Research leadership team. This position will report to the Global Head of Research.

AY Research has a presence in over 30 offices in the U.S. so this role requires someone who is a natural leader and relationship-builder as well as someone who is skilled at stakeholder management and building and mentoring a virtual team. The successful candidate will be supported by the US Research Strategy and Operations Director and the national Research leadership group, all of whom will be direct or matrix reports to the US Head of Research.

The successful candidate will have a strong client network and must be familiar with multiple asset-types, ideally with a strong background in economic and/or capital markets research.


Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to;

Leadership & Management; Exceptional team leader, capable of creating a strong sense of purpose and identity to bring together a virtual team. Leveraging this platform to develop and drive standardised outputs. Ultimate responsibility for creating and delivering the strategic vision for the team. Overall responsibility for the management and operational performance of US Research, including prudent budgeting and financial management.

US Market Spokesperson; Real Estate market commentator and thought leadership expert. Comfortable presenting to large audiences at industry conferences and client events, as well as speaking with journalists and on television. 

US National Research & Thought Leadership; Producing national-level market commentary and thought leadership (with appropriate assistance from other members of the US Research leadership team).

Alignment; Forging close relationships with business leaders, business departments and the Innovation, Business Development and Marketing and Comms teams to drive more successful, research-led client outcomes.

Recruitment; Involved in significant US Research hires, including some city-led recruitment for senior local Research positions.  Overall responsibility for the appropriate resourcing of Research across the US, working in partnership with local Managing Directors where appropriate.

Learning and Development; Identify, develop and monitor high-performance individuals across the network. Establish a career framework and skills assessment for all researchers, mandating feedback and mentoring at all levels to elevate the team and provide individual progression.

Data & Technology; Engaging with the Innovation Team in the development and implementation of a US Data Strategy and in the development and rollout of new analytical tools and processes.

Desired Skills and Experiences: 

  • 7+ years of experience with 2+ years in management capcaity
  • Completion of Master's or Bachelor's degree in Business or equivalent from an accredited university. 
  • Linguistic abilities in French or Spanish are not required but will be considered an asset
  • Commercial Real estate experience preferred

Avison Young is a collaborative, global firm owned and operated by its principals. Founded in 1978, the company comprises of more than 2,600 real estate professionals in 84 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.

We offer a competitive salary and benefits package. If you are interested in this opportunity, please submit your resume and cover letter. 


Our Equal Opportunity Commitment

Avison Young practices as an equal opportunity employer in all services locations around the world.  We are committed to building and maintaining a workforce diverse in experience, skills and knowledge with uniformity in service excellence, commitment and integrity.

The firm maintains a strict policy to ensure employment opportunities are equal and do not discriminate based on race, color, religion, creed, age, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, citizenship, disability, marital and civil partnership/union status, protected veteran or military service status, or any other elements protected by law.

For those requiring assistance with disabilities, Information relating to the need for accommodation and accommodation measures will be addressed confidentially.

Avison Young is committed to employing the best talent with the most fair and equitable recruitment practices. Apply with us TODAY!

We would like to thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

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