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Vice President, Global Head of Real Estate more...
Location:Pleasanton, CA
First posted:May 10, 2017 (last updated 30+ days ago)

Join our team and experience Workday!

It's fun to work in a company where people truly believe in what they're doing. At Workday, we're committed to bringing passion and customer focus to the business of enterprise applications. We work hard, and we're serious about what we do. But we like to have a good time, too. In fact, we run our company with that principle in mind every day: One of our core values is fun.

Job Description

Vice President Real Estate & Workplace

Workday  is a leading provider of enterprise cloud applications for  finance  and  human resources . Founded in 2005, Workday delivers financial management, human capital management, and analytics applications designed for the world's largest companies, educational institutions, and government agencies. Organizations ranging from medium-sized businesses to Fortune 50 enterprises have selected Workday.

Workday's employee-focused and fun culture has helped it be recognized as a top workplace for many years, recently being named #2 for Large Tech Companies, #1 for Ireland, #7 for Millennials and #6 for Diversity to name a few.  The company is headquartered in the Bay Area of Northern California with offices in more than 20 markets globally throughout Europe, Asia Pacific, Canada, and the United States.

About the Role:

Workday is looking for a seasoned real estate and workplace professional with demonstrated experience in leading global real estate and facilities in a fast-paced, diverse environment. This leader will have a deep understanding of the company's business strategy, initiatives and culture and will use that knowledge to develop and implement corporate real estate and workplace strategies and programs that support our, growing, multi-site, global organization.  This innovative individual will have a sense of humor and thrive in a highly dynamic environment.


  • Develop a thoughtful and comprehensive workplace, lease and space planning strategy based on short and long-term business needs, aligned with our Workday culture that promotes a productive, collaborative and fun environment for our employees across the globe.
  • Direct all aspects of the workplace function, focused on providing an exceptional office and site services experience for our Workmates across the globe.
  • Manage the Workplace Security & Safety function, focused on ensuring a safe - and welcoming - work environment for all employees globally.
  • Oversee and direct all capital expenditures for the construction and alterations of Workday office facilities, infrastructure and leased real property, including the negotiation and management of all global and domestic facilities leases.
  • O versee the development of thorough plans for the opening, expansion and ongoing maintenance of all future domestic and international offices.
  • Initiate audit and control systems to ensure statutory, policy and contractual commitments are met.
  • Oversee development of project estimates/budgets and present/review such with leadership to gain agreement to proceed with projects. 
  • Develop and implement systems to monitor project performance to plans, budget, schedule, design standards, project management reporting processes, quality control and commissioning, ensuring support of Workday's sustainability objectives. 
  • Ensure effective communication and customer service during all phases of a project, keeping team members, senior leadership, Workday employees, and external agencies well informed of project status and impact to their operations. 
  • Establish guidelines for office build outs, accommodating local needs and customs on a global basis.
  • Oversee the selection and contracting process for consultants and construction teams. 
  • Guide development of space program plans, soliciting input from department leaders and user groups, focused on effective space management and flexibility in configurations.
  • Build strong relationships and partner closely across functions, with particular emphasis on Information Technology, Finance, Information Security, Internal Audit, Legal and Human Resources.

Key Requirements

  • At least 10-12 years working in real estate & facilities, preferably in a fast-paced, high-tech company. Minimum 5 years' of international experience and managing/leading a team of individuals.
  • Bachelor's degree (BA/BS).
  • Exceptional judgment and strong interpersonal skills to be comfortable, effective and persuasive in dealing with employees, senior management and the board of directors.
  • Excellent communication and negotiation skills, including the ability to influence and partner with key stakeholders across the organization, and a track record of implementing organizational change by fostering collaboration and consensus building. 
  • A keen eye for detail in the day-to-day management of workspaces while having a strategic mindset with long-term Workday objectives.
  • Experience in overseeing planning, design, construction bidding/leveling process, renovation projects, and vendor governance within the design and construction.
  • Extensive experience with project management of office fit out and infrastructure construction. 
  • Knowledge of current and emerging trends in commercial real estate, regulations, technologies, techniques and approaches in workplace engagement, space planning and allocation.
  • Complete understanding of all commercial real estate contract obligations.
  • Experience working with internal and outsourced project managers and internal support groups and external service providers. 
  • Ability to travel and promote Workday's real estate footprint.

About Workday

Workday is a leading provider of enterprise cloud applications for finance and human resources. Founded in 2005, Workday delivers financial management, human capital management, and analytics applications designed for the world's largest companies, educational institutions, and government agencies. Organizations ranging from medium-sized businesses to Fortune 50 enterprises have selected Workday.

Workday is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace. Individuals seeking employment at Workday are considered without regards to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, marital status, ancestry, physical or mental disability, veteran status, or sexual orientation. Further, pursuant to applicable local ordinances, Workday will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

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