Senior Associate, Product Strategy & Design

Chicago, Illinois



Company Description


Founded in 1966, Heitman is a premier global real estate investment management firm with over $50 billion in assets under management. Heitman has three main business lines: direct real estate investment; the origination and servicing of debt secured by real estate and investments in publicly traded securities, including REITs, REOCs and other real estate companies. The Firm offers investment products and services across the risk/return spectrum, within each category.


Heitman is proud to be employee owned, and the firm’s real estate solutions are directed by some of the most experienced and innovative professionals in the industry. Headquartered in Chicago, with offices in Frankfurt, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Luxembourg, Melbourne, New York, Seoul and Tokyo, Heitman has 350 employees who offer specialized expertise — from a specific discipline to local insight.


This Opportunity


Heitman’s Product Strategy & Design (“PS&D”) Team seeks to drive organic revenue growth by enhancing product development and innovation and by bringing greater strategic discipline and insight to the products we offer our clients.  We keep abreast of evolving industry trends and ensure that Heitman has a robust product suite to support our clients’ needs through market cycles. We partner closely with all Heitman’s investment business globally, as well as the sales, client service, and marketing teams to deliver client solutions and achieve firm objectives. 


We focus on four key pillars i.e. 1) Innovation & Product Development, 2) Product Management & Oversight, 3) Product Marketing and 4) Strategy & Corporate Initiatives. Based out of Heitman’s Chicago office, the candidate and other associates on the team will be responsible for supporting the integral functions of the team. The position offers a wealth of opportunities to interact with businesses and groups across the firm as well as with senior investors, client representatives and other key stakeholders.


The responsibilities of a Senior Associate, Product Strategy & Design include, but are not limited to:

  • Acquiring a deep knowledge of Heitman’s global product suite
  • Participating in the quarterly product development process, including partnering with cross-functional teams and assisting with the coordination of various internal processes associated with evaluating new ideas from the product ideation phase through product development
  • Supporting the PS&D team in the execution of ongoing product management initiatives, including conducting franchise reviews to ensure that Heitman’s products are positioned optimally in the market
  • Understanding the market landscape and assisting in providing intelligence on investment themes, product trends, competitor offerings and pricing, and synthesizing the implications for Heitman
  • Developing relationships across the firm to collaborate with Heitman’s investment, sales, client service, and marketing teams on various product initiatives
  • Assisting in a range of cross functional product strategy projects and strategic initiatives
  • Building industry knowledge with an emphasis on developing an understanding of the real estate market


We are seeking individuals who meet the following criteria:

  • BS/BA degree. A degree in business administration, finance, marketing or economics is a plus
  • 0-4 years of experience in the asset management industry with knowledge of investment products and product development. Real estate, real assets or private markets is a plus
  • Strong organizational skills; pro-active, self-starter who takes ownership of projects, is detail oriented and can
  • prioritize and execute various projects in a fast-paced environment
  • Collaborative individual with strong relationship-building skills who can partner successfully with employees at all levels
  • Demonstrated desire to learn and an enthusiasm to continuously improve processes, quality of work output and one’s self and skills
  • Strong analytical skills and an ability to synthesize and summarize content as appropriate
  • Ability to communicate effectively in written or verbal form
  • Expertise in using MS PowerPoint, Excel and Word
  • Progress towards a CFA is a plus


The Heitman Difference Culture

Our culture recognizes the importance of our biggest differentiator — our people. Heitman’s collaborative work environment gives our professionals the opportunity to build something together. Something too appealing to ignore and too rewarding to leave.

Our culture is driven by our core values: Respect, Commitment, Innovation, and Integrity. We strive to maintain an inclusive and collaborative environment where all ideas are welcome. Among many other Heitman sponsored programs, we encourage our employees to get out into the community and volunteer with their favorite organizations – you’ll even get paid time off to do just that!


Heitman offers an excellent compensation and benefits package, including medical, dental and life insurance, 401K plan with employer match, and a generous vacation/sick plan.


Additional Information


Interested professionals should apply via our website at Please make sure to select “careers” under the About tab to submit your cover letter and resume. If you are a Heitman employee, please make sure to apply using your Heitman email address.


Equal Employment Opportunity: Heitman is an equal employment opportunity employer and complies with all applicable laws prohibiting discrimination based on race, color, creed, religion, sex, age, national origin or ancestry, physical, medical or mental disability or condition (including, without limitation, HIV and AIDS), developmental disability, handicap, denial of family and medical care leave, denial of pregnancy leave, domestic partner status, status as a victim of sexual or domestic violence (or familial relationship to such victim), veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, arrest records, citizenship status, criminal history that has been expunged, unfavorable discharge from the military, or any other basis protected by federal, state or local laws.