ESG Manager

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

Heitman is seeking a sustainability manager to support our diverse Real Estate platforms. The role will work closely with the existing Head of Global Sustainability and other Real Estate Investment Professionals to understand the diversity of our investment holdings and the ESG risks and opportunities associated with investments.

The responsibilities of ESG Manager include, but are not limited to:

  • Support the development, execution and management of ESG for private equity, private debt and public equity globally
  • Help streamline ESG sustainability in the investment process for all products globally
  • Manage and help lead ESG sustainability programs for private equity funds
  • Enhance and determine standardized ESG reporting metrics to track fund performance
  • Evaluate portfolio and asset level ESG performance and recommend strategies for improvement as well as best practices.
  • Work with portfolio and asset management teams to set goals and implement ESG opportunities
  • Help develop materials to highlight the ESG achievements and practices for funds and the company
  • Manage external sustainability reporting including the GRESB Survey
  • Respond to investor inquiries concerning the company’s and funds’ ESG sustainability program


  • Bachelor’s Degree required in Business, Finance, Real Estate, Environmental Studies, or related discipline.
  • A minimum of 3 to 5 years of experience leading sustainability efforts and programs, preferably within a Real Estate organization.
  • LEED Accredited Professional LEED Green Associate and/or Certified Energy Manager designation, preferred.
  • Solid understanding of current Environmental, Social and Governance issues and trends
  • Strong communication and relationship management skills with the ability to develop credibility with internal clients and colleagues within all levels of the organization as well as external stakeholders
  • Creative thinker that enjoys all stages of program development and execution
  • Solid project management skills, including the development of work plans, responsibilities and timelines
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to manage multiple responsibilities while maintaining high quality standards
  • Strategic thinker that can leverage resources effectively and adapt their style as the situation requires
  • Highly motivated and self-disciplined with the ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Serves as an effective role model and exhibits strong leadership skills
  • Highly reliable with a strong sense of accountability 

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.