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Job Title:  Head of Property UK


London, LND, GB, SE1 2JP

Full Time/Part Time:  Full-Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term Contract
Hours per week:  37.5
The Body Shop

When Anita Roddick founded The Body Shop in 1976, she had a vision. Business as a force for good – that’s us. Over 40 years later, we’re proud to be pioneering cruelty-free beauty every step of the way. We’re the original ethical beauty brand. We’ve got a thing for empowering people and enriching our planet. We’re all about keeping it real, in every way possible. Our activist roots remain a huge part of everything we do, from our iconic window posters to our vegetarian products to our infamous campaigns. We’re never afraid to stand up and speak the truth. We like to do things a little differently around here. 


The Body Shop, along with Aesop and Natura, is part of Natura & Co, a global, multi-channel and multi-brand cosmetics group that is committed to generating positive economic, social and environmental impact. Group owner Natura is Brazil's number one cosmetics manufacturer. Sustainable development has been the company's guiding principle since it was founded in 1969. In fact, this is an incredibly exciting time for The Body Shop. We’re fighting for what we believe in now more than ever. No holding back. Breaking the mould has always come naturally to us, and we need someone who’s not afraid to mix things up. 

Your role in a nutshell
  • To provide strategic Property leadership, ensuring the property function can support the delivery of the business objectives and aligned to our Purpose
  • You recognize that our Purpose is what sets us apart, so you will lead the Property supply base in relation to occupational lease costs, providing clear direction & effective management to deliver a high-quality cost and profit focussed delivery of property services.
  • You will optimise commercial performance; reviewing business and sector trends and ensuring that we are capturing every opportunity to acquire and retain the best locations and relationship.
  • Strategic management of the UK Retail network, supporting the UK MD in developing real estate strategy and implementation
  • Responsible for executing and delivering new stores following negotiation by the UK MD, as well as implementing the strategic closure plan.
  • You will ensure we are a business as a force for good, using our B Corp status to inspire wider change and be part of our family. Ensure sustainability in buildings by landlords is an increased focus to improve our green commitments.
  • You will connect and collaborate with your colleagues in support functions, local and global, together with external partners and suppliers, to influence the support required to optimize the business performance.
More about the role
  • Accountable for delivering the real estate roadmap for the existing estate, controlling the occupational cost base, improving profitability and ensuring minimal business interruption whilst always considering the impact on our triple bottom line (People, Planet, Profit)
  • Lead with passion the delivery of lease and rent renegotiations with our lease advisory broker, CWM, and seek ways to improve cost savings and fees of the occupational management service provider, BNP Paribas Real Estate.
  • Support the Global head of Real Estate with delivering best practice across markets. Identifying ways to innovate, improve productivity & processes, minimize risk to cost exposure and leverage robust strategic development and market influence.
What we look for
    • Educated to degree level or equivalent in a real estate related field
    • Experience:
      • Expertise in identifying areas for improving profitability
      • Experienced within a fast paced, complex, analytically driven environment
      • Coaching and developing expertise and talent development skills
      • Negotiating
Talent Drivers
Collaborative Skills
Personal Conduct

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