Retail and Leisure Research Analyst, Savills, Manchester

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The role

We are currently seeking a research analyst for our Retail & Leisure Research team based in Manchester. This is an excellent opportunity to work with a dynamic property research consultancy team within a FTSE-250 listed property company, with a global network of offices. There has been a considerable expansion in the demand for the Retail Research team’s services within Savills in recent years and the successful candidate will directly contribute in taking the business a step further.

This position is well suited to a candidate who has recently completed a geography, science, statistical or economics based master’s degree, or PHD, or already had a few years’ experience in industry.

You will support retail property market analysis within a property research and consultancy department dealing primarily with the retail sector in the UK. Our retail capability supports a number of property areas, including retail & leisure development and investment, high street and out-of-town retail agency and retailer acquisition strategies, with requirements for both landlord and tenant. You must be highly motivated and ambitious, with a fine attention to detail. Note that there is a strong focus on analysing data using GIS and Excel methods and therefore skills in this area, or the ability to learn them quickly are very important.

The Savills Research team has gained a reputation for an innovative and pro-active approach to development research, which comes from a clear philosophy of market dynamics and an understanding of our client’s needs. This has been built on knowledge and information, both provided by the Savills network and researched by us in recent years, in conjunction with a significant external consultancy business. This market-led approach to our research is vital to our clients as it enables us to provide them with analysis, commentary and forecasting that has real value. At the heart of this process lies the team’s ability to generate innovative and fresh solutions, rooted in commercial reality.

Key responsibilities

  • Retail & leisure property research and consultancy
  • Supporting other members of the team in producing catchment analysis, demographic and expenditure reports, researching supply, mapping, compiling reports and managing property databases.
  • Preparation of analysis and reports for clients aimed at answering a wide range of questions relating to retail development, planning and investment.
  • Developing and commercialising new insights into the retail market.
  • Analysing and interrogating published data and in-house market intelligence.
  • Collaborating with research colleagues to establish market trends and drivers.

Candidate Profile

  • Degree qualified, with an aptitude for quantitative techniques, data manipulation, location analysis, an analytical approach to completing assignments and strong attention to detail.
  • Exceptional numeracy skills and a strong scientific approach to drawing conclusions from a variety of evidence.
  • Strong IT & Microsoft Office skills including Excel, Word and PowerPoint. A desire to learn how to use other packages, such as Access and GIS.
  • Training will be provided where necessary but we expect a high level of aptitude in order to implement new skills quickly and effectively.
  • Ability to draw key themes from data and construct an argument in a logical and accessible way.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills, with the ability to present your findings in a professional, logical and engaging way.
  • An interest in news, current affairs and the retail property market is an advantage.
  • Good time management, the ability to prioritise tasks and an ability to work on a diverse range of ongoing projects.
  • Personal skills suited to working with a professional team environment as well as for a range of clients.

The company

Savills UK Ltd is a subsidiary of Savills plc which advises on commercial and residential property, with a full listing on the London Stock Exchange. The company has undergone dynamic growth in recent years establishing itself as a powerful player on the international stage with offices and associates throughout the UK, Europe, Asia Pacific and Africa. Savills is currently ranked the number one UK property advisor by Estates Gazette, has an Investors In People Gold Rating and has consistently topped The Times Graduate Recruitment Awards.

Remuneration and application

Highly competitive salary with numerous benefits including healthcare and annual bonus.
Please apply ASAP to Tom Whittington with your CV and application. twhittington@savills.com