Vice President, People & Legal Business Partner
Job ID
Service line
Advisory Segment
Role type
Areas of Interest
People / Human Resources
Dallas - Texas - United States of America

CBRE’s more than 100,000 professionals provide exceptional outcomes for clients in 100+ countries by combining local market insight, broad services, specialized expertise and premier tools and resources.

CBRE offers a broad range of integrated services, including facilities, transaction and project management; property management; investment management; appraisal and valuation; property leasing; strategic consulting; property sales; mortgage services and development services.

We think it is important to do the right things in the right way.  Trust and professionalism are at the heart of our relationships and most certainly of our property projects.  Our RISE core values are our trusted guide.  

RISE:  Respect, Integrity, Service, Excellence

Corporate Functions - People and Legal People Business Partner

The Legal Department's mission is to deliver actionable counsel to drive the sustainable growth of our company. At the same time, we have the responsibility to be objective and the courage to be assertive when necessary to manage risk, always in service of the best outcomes for our clients, our shareholders and our people. We are committed to this mission and upholding CBRE's RISE values.

Our CBRE People team is comprised of global, regional and country teams dedicated to empowering our organization to RISE up and be at their very best, every day. We serve the needs of the company’s greatest asset—our people.

The Role

As a member of the Corporate Functions Senior People team, this Vice President, People Business Partner will have responsibility to ensure that we attract, retain and develop our talent in Legal and the People Organization. This will also include working in close partnership with Senior Leadership teams and our People Centers of Excellence.  

This leadership role will be a strategic partner in areas such as workforce strategy, employee engagement, total rewards, diversity, equity and inclusion, organizational change, talent management, recruiting and retention. They will partner with team members globally to ensure a vibrant and effective workplace.

The VP, People Business Partner will work across the People team matrix and work closely with the regional Corporate Functions teams, as well as the local country People Business Partners.

The Responsibilities

Form effective relationships with leaders and their teams, advising line management and providing People guidance. Typically supports the Chief General Counsel and the Global Head of People, Corporate Functions. 

Uses data and fact-based analysis to anticipate talent needs and provide insights to the business for competitive decision making

Attract, retain and develop members of the People team and provide mentoring and career development.

Challenge current/ traditional ways of thinking and define innovative ways of working to best serve CBRE employee needs as we continue our transformation.

Play a key advisory role on organizational structure, workforce planning and succession planning

Support leaders in proactively managing the talent pipeline to ensure we future proof the business to have the talent available to meet future growth and adapt to the changing environment. 

Promote ‘One People Team’ culture throughout the organization; act as a highly visible role model.

Manage and resolve employee relations issues. Escalate to Global People Corporate Function BP leader and/or Legal when needed.

Maintain knowledge of legal requirements related to day-to-day management of team members, reducing legal risks and ensuring regulatory compliance.

Coordinate and collaborate with relevant People Centers of Excellent and People Operations to ensure People processes, policies, and services are implemented, observed, and meet the needs of the business.

Motivate exceptional performance and teamwork across the organization.

Lead by creating strong relationships and trust, innovative People practices, and inspiring team and leaders towards outstanding people outcomes.

Candidate Profile

Strong business acumen and understanding of the business.

Exceptional communication skills and the ability to inspire both verbally and in writing.

Ability to interface with senior CBRE executives to influence People strategy, performance measures and cost efficiency and a proven track record of serving as a trusted advisor to senior level executives.

Strong execution skills and the ability to collaboratively drive change and implement within a complex organizational matrix with multiple stakeholders.

Ability to comprehend, analyze and interpret business data, analysis and documents.

Ability to respond effectively to the most sensitive issues and to maintain confidentiality.

Ability to make effective and persuasive presentations on complex topics to employees.

Ability to motivate and negotiate effectively with key employees and client groups to take desired action.

Ability to solve advanced problems and address a variety of options in complex situations.

Strong decision-making skills and comfortable working in a fast-paced, fluid environment

Agile working practices coupled with pragmatic thinking and decision making.

Experience working in global, publicly traded organizations.

Demonstrated business acumen and the ability to clearly define, implement, communicate end user centric solutions and influence key stakeholders to execute.

Uncompromising ethics.

Education and Experience

Bachelor's degree (BA/BS) from 4-year college or university and a minimum of 10 years of related global experience. Master’s degree (MA/MS) or other graduate degree a plus.

NOTE: An additional requirement for this role is the ability to comply with COVID-19 health and safety protocols, including COVID-19 vaccination proof and/or rigorous testing.