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Director, Workplace Strategy and Technology

Scarsdale, NY

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Title and Summary

Director, Workplace Strategy and Technology

• The Real Estate Services RES team at Mastercard delivers an array of essential services to the core business, encompassing real estate transactions, workplace strategies, facilities management, and more. These efforts are globally coordinated to proactively plan, execute, and optimize the enterprise's occupancy needs, ensuring high-quality services and continuous improvement.
• As a cornerstone of this initiative, the Director of Workplace Strategy is tasked with leading the charge in real estate services, focusing on office occupancy strategies, space management, and optimization. This role is instrumental in leveraging Mastercard's strategic tools and data analytics to orchestrate space planning, design, and operational efficiency across the global portfolio, aligned with the company's workplace model and real estate strategy.
• Do you have experience in large scale corporate real estate management across diverse geographies? With expertise in workplace strategies, capacity management metrics, stakeholder engagement and workplace experience management that has had multiple operational & financial complexities? Do you embrace & recognize the importance of having a robust suite of technology products in an agile workplace environment, to meet business needs? Are you an effective communicator who is comfortable communicating with a program's sponsors / executive management, peer stakeholder teams & external supplier partners across geographies? Are you comfortable challenging the status quo and driving change?
Key Roles & Responsibilities:
Strategic office capacity Planning and Oversight:
• Lead Global Workplace Capacity Planning: Spearhead the strategic planning for Mastercard's office workplace capacity, aligning with evolving hybrid workplace models, business objectives, and enhancing employee workplace experiences. Develop and implement neighborhood seating strategies to enhance collaboration and workspace flexibility.
Technical Proficiency and Tool Utilization:
• Advanced Tools for Workplace Strategy: Leverage cutting-edge workplace strategy tools and software to enhance operational efficiency and workspace optimization. Influence the design of workspaces to maximize real estate lease utilization, ensuring alignment with Mastercard's strategic business requirements.
Data Analytics Integration:
• Occupancy Data Analysis and Strategic Engagement: Direct collaborations with Mastercard's data analytics divisions, including GBSC & Workday teams, to create and refine occupancy data analytics and dashboards. This initiative is aimed at improving space utilization and supporting strategic decision-making, with a particular focus on hybrid working models and maximizing real estate lease efficiency.
Stakeholder Management and Communication:
• Effective Stakeholder Engagement: Manage stakeholder relationships adeptly, delivering impactful presentations and clearly communicating real estate strategies and outcomes. Navigate the efficiencies of real estate services, aligning them with business objectives and enhancing the workplace experience across the board.
Financial Accountability:
• Budget Management and Optimization: Oversee the development and management of the operational program budget. Proactively optimize office capacity occupancy to ensure financial efficiency across Mastercard's real estate activities.
Change and Move Management:
• Leadership in Workplace Adaptation: Champion initiatives for workplace change management and office relocation programs, fostering adaptive workspace cultures and facilitating seamless transitions. This role is pivotal in optimizing space and resource utilization to meet evolving business needs.
Integration with Capital Project Management:
• Drive Optimization in Capital Projects:
• Scope Management: Initiate and manage project scopes in collaboration with transaction teams, ensuring adherence to global design guidelines, and implementing change control processes.
• Cost and Schedule Management: Oversee resource planning, task sequencing, budget estimation, and tracking, ensuring timely and cost-effective project delivery.
• Implementation of Global Workplace Design Guidelines: Ensure consistent application of Mastercard's global design standards across projects, regardless of location or scale.
• Scope Creep and Resolution Management: Manage and resolve scope deviations efficiently to maintain project integrity.
• Cross-Functional Collaboration: Work closely with RES peer functions including the Digital Experience team, IT/Networking, Corporate Security, Global Supply Chain, and Communications to ensure integrated project delivery and operational excellence.

Experience & Skillsets
• Comprehensive Expertise in Corporate Real Estate Principles: Deep knowledge of corporate real estate dynamics, including capacity planning, capital project management, facility operations, and transaction management within a diverse, multi-regional portfolio is essential.
• Executive Engagement and Presentation Capabilities: Demonstrated proficiency in engaging with senior leadership to independently present and debate program business cases, financials, design concepts, and other critical topics, ensuring persuasive and impactful communication.
• Analytical and Financial Acumen: A pronounced analytical mindset, comfort with a statistical approach, and robust financial insight are required. Candidates must possess the ability to strategically align financial considerations with operational goals.
• Proficiency in Data Analytics and Software Tools: Expertise in performing statistical data analytics is mandatory, necessitating fluency with MS Office suite, comprehensive CAFM systems, AutoCAD, occupancy analytics tools, and workplace business intelligence systems.
• Interpersonal and Conflict Resolution Skills: Exceptional interpersonal abilities to connect, build rapport with stakeholders, and navigate through conflicting viewpoints during the decision-making process are crucial.
• Understanding of Outsourcing and Supplier Management in Corporate Real Estate: A solid grasp of outsourcing practices, especially in relation to supplier and project management services within the corporate real estate sector.
• Communication and Presentation Excellence: Strong, articulate verbal and written communication skills, alongside notable presentation capabilities, are indispensable.
• Willingness to Travel: Openness to undertake both international and domestic travel, accounting for approximately 10-15% of the role's responsibilities.
• Multicultural Team Experience: Prior experience working within multicultural real estate teams across various geographies is required.
• Educational and Technical Qualifications: A degree or formal qualification in Computer Systems & Architecture, Interior Design, Engineering, or AWS is preferred. Proficiency in coding or program writing offers a competitive edge.
• Professional Accreditations: Credentials from recognized bodies such as GBCI, Green Star, BREEM, IFMA, BIFM, CoreNet Global, RICS e.g., LEED, Green Star, BREEM, FMP, CFM, MCR, MRICS are highly desirable across any or all disciplines.

In the US, Mastercard is an inclusive Equal Employment Opportunity employer that considers applicants without regard to gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, disabled or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. If you require accommodations or assistance to complete the online application process, please contact and identify the type of accommodation or assistance you are requesting. Do not include any medical or health information in this email. The Reasonable Accommodations team will respond to your email promptly.

Corporate Security Responsibility

All activities involving access to Mastercard assets, information, and networks comes with an inherent risk to the organization and, therefore, it is expected that every person working for, or on behalf of, Mastercard is responsible for information security and must:

  • Abide by Mastercard's security policies and practices;
  • Ensure the confidentiality and integrity of the information being accessed;
  • Report any suspected information security violation or breach, and
  • Complete all periodic mandatory security trainings in accordance with Mastercard's guidelines.

In line with Mastercard's total compensation philosophy and assuming that the job will be performed in the US, the successful candidate will be offered a competitive base salary based on location, experience and other qualifications for the role and may be eligible for an annual bonus or commissions depending on the role. Mastercard benefits for full time (and certain part time) employees generally include: insurance (including medical, prescription drug, dental, vision, disability, life insurance), flexible spending account and health savings account, paid leaves (including 16 weeks new parent leave, up to 20 paid days bereavement leave), 10 annual paid sick days, 10 or more annual paid vacation days based on level, 5 personal days, 10 annual paid U.S. observed holidays, 401k with a best-in-class company match, deferred compensation for eligible roles, fitness reimbursement or on-site fitness facilities, eligibility for tuition reimbursement, gender-inclusive benefits and many more.

Pay Ranges
Purchase, New York: $147,000 - $228,000 USD

O'Fallon, Missouri: $128,000 - $198,000 USD

Client-provided location(s): Harrison, NY, USA
Job ID: Mastercard-22331_R-217143
Employment Type: Other

Perks and Benefits

  • Health and Wellness

    • Health Insurance
    • Dental Insurance
    • Vision Insurance
    • Life Insurance
    • Short-Term Disability
    • Long-Term Disability
    • FSA
    • FSA With Employer Contribution
    • HSA
    • HSA With Employer Contribution
    • Fitness Subsidies
    • On-Site Gym
    • Pet Insurance
    • Mental Health Benefits
    • Virtual Fitness Classes
    • Health Reimbursement Account
  • Parental Benefits

    • Birth Parent or Maternity Leave
    • Non-Birth Parent or Paternity Leave
    • Fertility Benefits
    • Adoption Assistance Program
    • Family Support Resources
    • On-site/Nearby Childcare
    • Adoption Leave
  • Work Flexibility

    • Flexible Work Hours
    • Remote Work Opportunities
    • Hybrid Work Opportunities
  • Office Life and Perks

    • Commuter Benefits Program
    • Casual Dress
    • Happy Hours
    • Snacks
    • Company Outings
    • On-Site Cafeteria
    • Holiday Events
    • Some Meals Provided
  • Vacation and Time Off

    • Paid Vacation
    • Paid Holidays
    • Personal/Sick Days
    • Leave of Absence
    • Volunteer Time Off
  • Financial and Retirement

    • 401(K) With Company Matching
    • Performance Bonus
    • Relocation Assistance
    • Financial Counseling
    • Stock Purchase Program
  • Professional Development

    • Tuition Reimbursement
    • Promote From Within
    • Mentor Program
    • Access to Online Courses
    • Lunch and Learns
    • Internship Program
    • Work Visa Sponsorship
    • Leadership Training Program
    • Associate or Rotational Training Program
  • Diversity and Inclusion

    • Employee Resource Groups (ERG)
    • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Program