VP - Digital & Technology Innovation

CB Richard Ellis Dallas , TX 75201

Posted 1 week ago

CBRE is the world's largest commercial real estate services firm serving owners, investors and occupiers. The Commercial Real Estate Industry is being impacted by digital transformation and is experiencing significant venture investment. This creates incredible opportunities to drive digital enablement, explore and scale-up innovation and develop digitally enabled products to respond to threats and capture the opportunities emerging from digital disruption. CBRE seeks to advance digital and technology enterprise solutions and overall innovation capabilities.


The Company is seeking a talented VP of Innovation, with experience leading a focused team of software engineers that will work on creating prototypes and develop quick solutions based on an innovation pipeline. Providing guidance through their career progressions, this software engineering delivery leadership role, is also responsible for engaging with our stakeholders, including product management and business leaders.

You will be responsible for all aspects of product delivery for innovation initiatives in CBRE's Digital and Technology organization.

A successful candidate will be expected to be able to provide strategic thinking, business and technology leadership of key innovation initiatives and will need to have broad-based expertise spanning: customer experience design, develop hackathon-type custom solutions and prototyping, modern product delivery approaches such as design thinking, agile methodologies and a passion for innovation.

ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES:This individual will report into Global Head of Digital and Technology Enterprise Services and will:

  • Recruit, manage, retain, coach and develop a team of outstanding software engineering professionals providing software development leveraging multiple technology stacks based on an innovation pipeline.

  • Supporting our sales team by recognizing and discussing key issues with our clients to identify potential new products and solutions

  • Lead development of select SaaS based online/ mobile products which are key innovation priorities for the business

  • Grow/ stand-up a high-impact engineering team deeply technical, agile development practices

  • Set-up an innovation lab work with the business to identify areas where technology innovation can generate substantial upside; test and scale-up innovation.

  • Provide oversight and hands-on technical leadership for the delivery of software products and platforms involving a variety of technologies and ensure that the implemented solutions deliver on client expectations.

  • Champion a culture of innovation and nimble innovation pipeline management


  • Seasoned technology executive.

  • Led development/ launch of modern SaaS and mobile products

  • Led product and engineering teams

  • Experience in testing and scaling-up innovation working with the business

  • Prior client/ stakeholder/ vendor management responsibilities

  • Design thinking and innovation frameworks knowledge

  • Led hackathons and hosted innovation events

Tech orientation:

  • Deep technical expertise (e.g., mobile development, micro-services architecture and cloud deployment)

  • Led agile software development teams.

  • Experience managing an innovation team

  • Prior development experience can be any relevant stack (Python/Django, Java, node, etc.) but recent .Net, Sitecore, Azure and DevOps experience preferred.

Personal traits:

  • Relish working with small high-impact teams

  • Ambitious and results oriented sets a high bar and leads with example

  • Driven/ resourceful independent operator. Finds innovative solutions to address road blocks and makes things happen

  • Strong communication skills

  • Ability to operate at senior levels

  • Excellent written, verbal and presentation skills with ability to collaborate with technical and business stakeholders at all levels of the organization

  • Hands-on leader working with a team of developers, driving best practices, promoting innersourcing and constantly challenging the team to improve efficiency

  • Strong problem solving/analytical skills

  • Ability to effectively balance and prioritize work across a focused innovation team

  • Proven ability to navigate in Fortune 500 environments and previous experience working experience at an enterprise level of influence preferred

Education & Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree (BA/BS) in Computer Science or related field from a four-year college or university or a minimum of 12 -14 years of related experience, including 7 years of experience at the management level.

  • MS or MBA degree preferred

  • Expert knowledge of agile principles and innovation techniques is required.

Learn more at: http://www.cbre.com/about/tech-vantage

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