Manager, Research and Advisory Services

Based in: London

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Deadline Date: 6 June 2021

ULI is one of the world’s most respected and diverse organisations in the field of development, land use, and urban planning. Established in 1936, the Urban Land Institute is a not for profit education and research body with over 40,000 members across the globe – and over 1,100 here in the UK. 

Manager, Research and Advisory Services

ULI Europe is seeking a Manager, Research and Advisory Services, to support the development and execution of ULI Europe’s research and advisory services strategy. The successful candidate will work to guide and manage ULI Europe’s research and advisory services projects as well as contribute to the development of new projects. ULI Europe’s research team works to develop and deliver original, objective research on a wide range of issues related to land use, climate change and sustainability, real estate development and investment, and the built environment. Our work aims to meet the interests of ULI members, support the growth of the organisation in Europe, and enhance its visibility. Reporting to the Director, Research and Advisory Services, the Research Manager will work with ULI Global and European staff and members on the development and delivery of pan-European and country-specific projects. The role will be ordinarily based in the London office but currently will be conducted remotely.

The primary responsibility of the Research Manager will be to initiate new and lead on and contribute to the delivery of research projects and advisory services.

Project Management:

  • Develop and execute project management plans for research work.
  • Support research proposal creation through desktop research, corporate member meetings, and draft budgeting.
  • Contribute to the funding strategy and fundraising for projects, through desktop research, liaising with Business Development colleagues, creating and maintaining sponsor lists, and following up on queries.
  • Manage and liaise with research partners when external organisations/freelancers are commissioned to carry out ULI projects.
  • Support research projects and collaborate with ULI teams by critically reviewing documents, proofreading reports, and preparing blurbs and summaries of research material for event invitations, websites, and promotional material.
  • Develop meeting, roundtable, and project steering committee agendas and write up minutes.
  • Help prepare and process contracts with suppliers, researchers, and consultants.
  • Ensure that all ULI publications are delivered on time and to the highest possible standard.

Research and Writing:

  • Conduct research when carried out in-house, including desktop research, conducting literature reviews, developing surveys and analysing results, and preparing materials for research workshops and events.
  • Draft up, collect feedback, and edit research projects when carried out in-house.
  • Draft, collect feedback, and edit articles for internal and external publications on ULI Europe’s content programme and other topics of interest.

Advisory Services:

  • Contribute to the development of Advisory Services (both physical and virtual) panels and workshops in Europe by following market research as well as actively liaising with the National Councils on potential topics and approaches.
  • Contribute to the organisation, delivery, and report publication of Advisory Services panels and workshops in Europe from a research perspective, alongside the National Councils and the Americas Advisory Services team.
  • Make travel arrangements and manage travel-related communication for physical advisory events, create hotel specifications, and book accommodation.
  • Manage event logistical details including room setup, audio, visual, transportation, housing, and food and beverage.
  • Manage virtual event logistical details, including webinar setup and preparation and dissemination of information and preparation materials, in close collaboration with colleagues and panellists.

Staff and Member Engagement and Support:

  • Work with ULI members and staff around Europe to generate ideas for new research and involve them in existing research projects.
  • Support National Council staff to build their capacity to lead on developing and delivering research projects.
  • Work with ULI’s National and Product Councils to develop their programmes of work and the programming for their meetings.

Events and Webinars:

  • Proactively work with ULI Europe’s European Events, Product Council, and National Council teams for the pan-European rollout of new research.
  • Support the preparation of research-related events as required.
  • Speak at ULI and external events about the organisation’s work and research projects as required.



  • Excellent knowledge of contemporary urban issues.
  • Expertise in one or more of ULI Europe’s core research areas, which are: urban planning and development, real estate, sustainability, technology and innovation, investment and capital markets.
  • Approximately 5-7 years of previous work experience in an area relevant to the work of ULI.
  • Experience undertaking qualitative and/or quantitative research.
  • Project management experience.
  • Strong organisational skills and attention to detail.
  • Strong writing, editing, and proofreading skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, especially when dealing with senior stakeholders. Preferably experience in working with corporate sponsors.
  • Demonstrated excellence with verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, juggling multiple projects.
  • A collaborative attitude and positive approach to teamwork.
  • Fluent in written and spoken English.
  • Ability to travel abroad occasionally.


  • Experience in event, meeting, or conference planning.
  • An understanding of the urban real estate and investment industry.
  • Capacity to contribute to the development and direction of research projects.
  • Experience working with or for a not-for-profit organisation.
  • Experience working internationally.
  • Fluency in another European language.



  • Undergraduate degree and/or relevant work experience.


  • An advanced degree (master’s) in the area of urban and/or economics studies, urban planning, or real estate or a degree in a related discipline (e.g., law, environmental studies, urban planning, economics, finance, public policy, or international relations), with an urban focus.


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