Research Director, Smart Buildings

London, United Kingdom (Hybrid)
  • careers
  • Research

Reporting to the Global Head of Research, the Research Director sets the commercial and research strategy for the Smart Buildings research team located across New York, Boston and in London. This individual will have excellent client facing skills, a deep knowledge of research methodologies and experience in managing analysts as well as research and consulting projects. The successful candidate will have the ambition, intellectual prowess and management skills to drive the team forward. As a senior employee, the RD for Smart Buildings sits on the management team at Verdantix.  



  • Significant work experience in a technology analyst firm, market research firm or consulting firm 
  • Educated to degree level with a preference for top-tier universities – desirable to have a relevant MSc, MBA or PhD 
  • Experience in conducting technology research, business analysis and modelling, technology analysis, and presenting to clients would be a plus. 

Skills/Specific Knowledge

  • Strong knowledge of some or all major technologies found in real estate management and smart buildings including Building Management Systems, Energy management solutions, IoT solutions, IWMS, smart workplace systems 
  • Strong knowledge of the world of real estate, its stakeholders, and major trends such as Net Zero Buildings and Smart Buildings 
  • Superior client management skills including communication, interpersonal and listening skills 
  • Excellent time management skills and organisational skills 
  • Perfect written English and fluent spoken English 


Specific Business Understanding

  • Intellectual ability to analyse diverse business problems and rapidly structure solutions through research activities
  • Proven ability and desire to manage the production of high-quality written deliverables for executive clients  
  • Commercial perspective and desire to help win new business through sales support, client meetings and networking
  • Vision and ego-strength to grow with the business and constantly enhance the client value proposition
  • Career goal to manage a team of highly capable analysts
  • Willingness to travel for client meetings on an ad hoc basis for short periods typically no longer than 3 days
  • World class sense of humour 
Main Activities
  • Grow the Smart Building research practice by delivering high impact, influential studies and establishing long-term relationships with C-level clients
  • Create the annual research plan to constantly expand the Verdantix proposition into new market segments and anticipate client needs
  • Deliver the reports in the research plan on time and to agreed quality levels
  • Provide feedback to analysts to improve the structure, key messages, language and business insights of written research deliverables
  • Manage analysts on a day-to-day basis to help them develop research skills, presentation skills, client facing skills and writing skills
  • Scope and design consulting projects with business analysis skills and conceptual thinking
  • Articulate the value of Verdantix research to new prospects in sales calls, meetings, conferences and networking events
  • Develop deep client relationships with individuals in roles like VP of Real Estate, Head of Facilities, Global Practice Leader and technology CEOs
  • Give speeches at industry conferences and client events to build awareness of the Verdantix brand



  • Competitive salary (with annual review)
  • Performance-driven quarterly bonus scheme
  • Pension with enhanced employer contribution 
  • Generous holiday entitlement, accruing an extra day with every year 
    worked (local capping applies)
  • Quarterly employee recognition scheme
  • Hybrid working option with the aim of promoting flexibility and work-life 
  • Private medical insurance including online GP service, mental health 
    support, discounted gym memberships 
  • Enhanced family-friendly benefits
  • Weekly ‘flexi-hour’ to extend a lunch break or finish early on your day of 
  • Cycle to work scheme - tax efficient purchase of a bike, bike accessories, 
    or both
  • Time off for volunteering when done through our partner OnHand: an app 
    for local volunteering and climate action
  • Multiple social events throughout the year, including Company Ramble & 
    Sports Day, plus regular team socials
  • Strong focus on learning and development with career plans for all
  • Fantastic colleagues with a great sense of humour!

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