Senior Associate, Investment Research

Chicago, Illinois


Company Description

Founded in 1966, Heitman LLC is a global real estate investment management firm with approximately $40 billion in assets under management.  Heitman’s real estate investment strategies include direct investments in the equity or debt capitalization of a property or in the securities of listed and publicly traded real estate companies.   Heitman serves a global client base with clients from North American, European, Middle Eastern and Asia-Pacific institutions, pension plans, foundations and corporations and individual investors. Headquartered in Chicago, with offices in Los Angeles, London, Luxembourg, Frankfurt, Munich, Warsaw, Hong Kong, Seoul, Tokyo, and Melbourne, Heitman’s more than 325 employees offer specialized expertise – from a specific discipline to local insight.

Job Description

Our Chicago office is seeking a Senior Associate, Investment Research to join the firm’s Investment Research group. This position involves research into economic, capital markets, and property market trends in support of the firm’s investment strategies in private equity and debt and real estate securities. Research is an integral part of the investment process at Heitman and the focus of significant corporate resources.

The department is charged with:

  • Targeting market and property-level investment opportunities
  • Underwriting market assumptions for specific assets as part of the acquisitions, asset management and dispositions process
  • Framing investment strategies to take advantage of capital and property market opportunities

 The responsibilities of a Sr. Associate include, but are not limited to:

  • Collect and analyze data on property markets, capital markets and economic trends different markets
  • Support senior staff with translation of high level economic and market trends into relevant insights for portfolio performance and investment strategy
  • Create and maintain content and charts that convey economic or market trends in a compelling manner for client presentations
  • Work alongside the acquisition team on prospective property acquisitions, including assessments of local market conditions and trends, competitive properties and identification of risks/opportunities
  • Write the market summary for annual business plans for properties within the Heitman-managed portfolios
  • Contribute analysis and content for white papers and Thought Leadership pieces on market trends and their investment implications
  • Interact and work collaboratively with senior management and clients in person and on conference calls


We are seeking individuals who meet the following criteria:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in economics, statistics or a related field. An advanced degree or CFA designation a plus
  • 3 to 5 years in real estate research, consulting, finance or economics (Candidates with other backgrounds that demonstrate strong research and writing skills will also be considered)
  • Excellent organizational, analytical and written and oral communication skills
  • A highly developed ability to juggle multiple assignments simultaneously
  • Fluency in Excel, PowerPoint and data visualization
  • Comfort with creating, maintaining and manipulating databases
  • Intellectual curiosity and integrity
  • Willingness to work independently on short deadlines
  • Prior experience within the commercial real estate industry a plus

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.