Director of Strategic Initiatives

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When you join Hines, you will work alongside innovative leaders who set the standards responsible for our reputation as an industry leader today, and you’ll be a part of shaping our future in the years to come.


As a Director of Strategic Initiatives with Hines, you will act as the right-hand to the VP- Investment Accounting (IA), working across the broader organization to advance new initiatives and goals of the Investment Management European Finance Team. The Director of Strategic Initiatives acts as an essential support structure for Investment Management’s senior leadership team, especially as the organization’s processes are established and fully implemented as well working closely with a broad set of Investment Management, Central and European leaders and team members. This person will perform a wide variety of tasks related to special initiatives that may include access to private and confidential matters that require using discretion, managing employee information, coordinating distribution of information and material with internal and external entities, processing requests for information, and preparing reports. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Ensure effective coordination and execution of the strategic objectives and daily tasks, including managing the volume of work and ensuring priorities are completed accurately and on a timely basis
  • Proactively identify challenges that may impact the successful completion of commitments and find solutions to those challenges
  • Assess inquiries directed to the VP-IA, determining the proper course of action and delegation to the appropriate individual(s)
  • Ensure all Luxembourg level staff issues are addressed properly, efficiently, and judiciously, and keep track of progress until resolved
  • Partner closely with the VP-IA’s Executive Assistant, who manages the day-to-day operations/logistics of the Luxembourg office
  • Develop meeting agendas for all team meetings and ensure follow-up and follow-through on all deliverables, working closely with Luxembourg leadership to ensure that the organization is delivering on its priorities and successfully executing against objectives
  • Drive mission-critical initiatives, including coordination and collaboration with internal and external stakeholders, to ensure timely and accurate completion
  • Act as confidential sounding board to the VP-IA for strategic and personnel matters
  • Serve as liaison between the VP-IA and key team members to ensure clear lines of communication, sharing of resources and information, and assisting with joint projects and initiatives as needed
  • Attend critical meetings alongside, or in place of, the VP-IA, as appropriate
  • Prioritize key client relationships including thinking through the right messaging and framing for specific meetings
  • Draft communications including emails, presentations, memoranda, and ensure the appropriate follow-ups are addressed in a timely manner
  • Conduct or delegate background research and analysis, and prepare briefing and advance materials to support the VP-IA’s range of activities and engagements with clients
  • Accurately reflect the VP-IA’s position in meetings
  • Steward critical new processes including the standardization of controls and processes across Luxembourg and more broadly Europe—to ensure that individuals execute on the specific processes and where necessary, iterate to further improve these processes as they become tested
  • Drive other special projects related to the process improvement initiatives, implementation of new tools and technologies, consideration of the use of third parties, and other strategic initiatives
  • Assist in brainstorming, design, and execution of new projects that could range across the portfolio of the VP-IA’s activities
  • Efficiently manage new or unplanned projects with agility and flexibility as they arise
  • Qualifications

    Minimum Requirements include:

  • University degree with an emphasis in accounting, business or economics
  • Eight or more years of relevant experience
  • Manager level experience with a Big 4 accounting or consulting firm or manager level experience with a rapidly growing real estate firm
  • Experience and understanding of AIFM reporting and regulatory requirements
  • CPA or ACCA qualifications (or equivalent) preferred
  • Advance knowledge of Microsoft Office
  • Excellent communication skills with confident fluency in written and spoken English. Other languages are not required, but other European languages would be beneficial
  • Impeccable organization and prioritization skills with keen attention to details
  • Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously; reliable and competent at prioritizing and adjusting timetables based on demand and other circumstances
  • Strong strategic mindset; ability to drive priorities from inception to completion effectively
  • Capacity to be proactive by anticipating needs and looking ahead
  • High energy and passionate commitment to the mission of Hines and its program areas
  • Strong interpersonal skills and customer service orientation to manage a broad range of relationships with care, to read situations well, and to treat others with respect and humility
  • Superb judgment and integrity; maturity to handle sensitive information with care and confidentiality
  • Understanding of the conceptual framework of real estate investment and investment management more broadly