Head of Property

Ref: MON09296
Salary: Competitive salary & attractive benefits
Department: Property
Location: Notting Hill Village, London (W11)
Position type: Permanent
Hours / Duration: 37.5
Closing date: 23/02/2018

Looking to join a global retailer who values people?  Then look no further.  We are committed to developing our people, last year we made numerous promotions across the business and raised over £500K through our Monsoon Charity Trust.  We have a strong brand with many talented people in the business along with a loyal customer base who knows our heritage.  We put people first and pride ourselves in attracting, developing, retaining and inspiring our talent.

This is an exceptional opportunity for an established Head of Property to lead the development of the Property location strategy for Monsoon Accessorize in the UK and ROI. 

Reporting to the Chief Financial Officer, you will be responsible for managing the execution of the agreed strategy to include acquisitions, disposals, lease renewals, new and existing site tender submissions and rent reviews, ensuring that the best possible commercials and lease terms are achieved.  You will also lead, motivate and develop a team of Surveyors.  

What will you do as a Head of Property?

  • Responsible for property-related matters within the group, including the Group Head Office, Distribution Centre and the wider Retail estate.
  • Shape the acquisition and disposals strategy, ensuring optimum sales and profitability from all sites. Maintain jointly with the Retail team, a list of target sites and towns as relevant to each brand format.
  • Using own knowledge and that of external agencies, select the best and most cost effective store locations
  • Manage agenda for Property Board and bring sound business cases for approval based on negotiated terms and ensuring alignment of key internal stakeholders for all business case assumptions.
  • Own the Branch Review process and drive the execution of the agreed Property plan in relation to lease expiries, break clause options and rent reviews, storage leases and sublets.
  • Lead the negotiations with landlords and property agents, and ensure effective legal support is in place to deliver the best contractual lease terms and to maximise value to Monsoon Group.
  • Work with the Construction and Maintenance teams to ensure that issues are appropriately managed with landlords and minimise costs to Monsoon.
  • Manage rent reviews, service charges and business rates on all stores, with a combination of in-house and external resource as appropriate ensuring best practice and effective cost control.
  • Preparation and management of Retail Property budget, ensuring effective control of property and external supplier and agency costs. Maintain a view of risks and opportunities in relation to property costs. 
  • Obtain from external parties data relating to footfall, market share, opportunities and identify other measurement criteria that will enable the Company to evaluate sites in high street, shopping centres and transportation hub locations.
  • Recruit, manage and develop the resource within the team to provide operational resilience and to deliver the Property team objectives.

What will you need to succeed in this role?

  • MRICS qualified
  • Significant experience operating within the Retail property market with a strong network and market knowledge
  • Strong influencing and negotiation skills
  • Full understanding of the negotiation process aligned to lease arrangements
  • Ability to co-ordinate competing priorities, maintaining accurate and timely data and communication
  • Ability to work to tight deadlines and ensure key stakeholders’ expectations are managed accordingly
  • Results driven and self-motivated
  • Strong planning and organisational skills
  • Proven leadership skills – an effective coach and mentor
  • Experience of Retail Property strategy development
  • Experience of leading site tender submissions processes
  • Networking skills to develop and maintain key internal and external relationships

If you feel you have the potential to become a Head of Property, please apply now.

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