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Research Manager | Chicago, IL


Fast-growing commercial real estate firm seeks Research Manager for high-profile role that will gather/distill/provide value-add insights/intelligence and conduct market analysis to generate digestible, institutional-quality research content for internal/external audiences. Excellent opportunity for entrepreneurial/ambitious, analytically rigorous, creative/clear thinker with top-notch research/communication skills. Must demonstrate competence with advanced data collection/management/interpretation tools. Experience with commercial real estate helpful but not required given strong research/data background.



Work with Senior MD of Research/Communications to produce digestible/innovative research content that adds value to business and differentiates firm from competitors

Prepare quarterly reports for Chicago market (including suburbs and other relevant submarkets)

Source/capture/store/share statistical data to generate value-add insights and build compelling narratives

Surveil industry/non-industry media for critical stories/actionable intelligence/emerging trends

Compile/maintain user-friendly lease/sales comps database and compile/update tenants-in-the-market list

Maintain broker contact lists for marketing purposes/events

Track large vacancy increases/leasing agent changes/investment sales/buildings on the market/new development that may prove useful in identifying leads

Assist brokers on pitches with any required information



Advanced understanding of research methodologies; facility with data collection/management/analytics

Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

Experience with or ability to quickly learn CRE software (CoStar, CompStack, Real Capital Analytics, MSCI), workflow management software (Wrike), and CRM software (RealNex, Delius)

Ability to balance multiple projects in high-stakes work environment; high degree of professionalism with ability to confidently present complex information to internal stakeholders/external clients; strong problem-solving/decision-making skills; ability to work independently and as part of a team; able to give/accept/apply frank feedback