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Jul 9, 2010

Employment Opportunity of the Day

Senior Director – Americas Region Real Estate and Facilities at Microsoft

Job Description

The Regional Director is responsible for directing the full life cycle of real estate activities (plan, design, build/lease, operate, maintain) for Microsoft’s Americas real estate portfolio. The Americas portfolio comprises ~ 4.9Msf of which 1.0M is owned and 3.9msf is leased. The portfolio spreads across 23 countries in 170 locations, housing 19,000 staff. The position reports into the General Manager for Global Real Estate, who reports through to the Finance executive leadership. The position has direct management responsibility (as of June, 2010) for over 23 FTEs and 600 vendors. The home location for this position is flexible, but must be within the United States or Canada. This individual will work proactively with BG leadership as well as Finance and Accounting (F&A) Controllers and other internal business groups to understand their business requirements and identify opportunities where RE&F initiatives can add value, and work collaboratively to develop regional-specific implementation plans. They will be responsible for achieving measurable year-over-year improvements in quality, service, and business satisfaction.
Major Responsibilities:
The Regional Director's primary responsibility is to ensure alignment of business and RE&F requirements consistent with achieving agreed upon annual objectives. Scope of responsibility includes: 1) participating in global RE&F operational planning, including defining the operational plans for all regional facilities consistent with business objectives, 2) overseeing the execution of Real Estate and Facilities management across the region,3) optimize the total RE&F expense in partnership with regional site services sourcing teams, 4) achieving continuous improvement in the quality and effectiveness of facilities managed and services delivered, and 5) delivering workplace build out and services that support and enhance the productivity our the employees housed in the facilities.
Key responsibilities:
1. Partner with the regional Vice Presidents, GM and Finance and Accounting (F&A) Controllers to ensure that occupation demand measurements and RE&F operational plans are in place and accurate for countries in the region.
2. Ensure alignment between the RE&F strategy and RE&F activities at both the regional and site levels.
3. Oversee the operational relationship with the RE&F supplier base.
4. Drive proactive planning and management the region's real estate portfolio.
5. Ensure that RE&F is in compliance with all statutory regulations and Microsoft policies and controls.
6. Oversee and ensure successful delivery of the RE&F services and projects within the region, including capital plans, forecasting, rhythm of business (RoB), and budgeting.
7. Oversee the breadth of facilities management services within the region, facilities helpdesk, health and safety, A/V, reception, and courier services, waste and cleaning, etc. Provide a safe working environment for all FTEs and vendors.
8. Manage, lead, and develop direct reports including: clearly communicating performance standards; ensuring that all team members have annual, measurable commitments and that all employees receive timely, annual performance reviews against those commitments; and ensuring that team members have updated career development plans and receive appropriate career coaching.
9. Set expectations of the Controllers and client group executives in the areas of real estate processes, schedule, workplace strategies, costs, etc. Deliver regional and oversee sub-regional business reviews.
10. Drive business initiatives for the improvement and development of Microsoft's overall business model. Ensure that real estate market opportunities are proactively pursued. Recommend and implement activities to capture operational and financial benefits for Microsoft.
Professional/Personal Skill Requirements
1. Personal:
a. B.S. in Finance, Engineering, Architecture or Construction/Project Management. MBA or other advanced degree preferred.
b. A degree of cultural awareness and demonstrated experience in working with and understanding various cultures.
c. Ability to analyze problems and opportunities, conclude direction and make critical decisions.
d. Willingness and capability to travel and to work on multiple projects in multiple countries simultaneously.
e. Strong communications (written and verbal) skills. Demonstrated experience in negotiations and influencing skills at a senior level including presentation to “C Suite” members. Strong relationship management skills; able to develop "trusted advisor" status with business group mid and senior level management tiers.

2. Industry:
a. 10 years of experience in management/leadership role in an operationally oriented line of business, preferably within a multinational corporate environment. Key areas of experience are executive client relationship management, strategic vendor management, financial management of significant operating and/or capital budgets, and management of cross-geographic and cross-team initiatives.
Experience managing corporate real estate and facilities functions is not required but will be viewed as a positive and will be balanced with meeting requirements noted in 2a.above.

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Microsoft is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) and strongly supports diversity in the workplace.

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