Manager, Strategic Planning

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Date Posted: 1/25/2022

Location: Toronto - 20 Queen Office, ON, CAN

Reference No.: 2022-9274

Department: Strat Planning & Ent Risk

Position Type: Full Time

Job Grade: G

Role Summary:

As a member of the Strategic Insights and Risk Team, the Manager, Strategic Planning works with the Director, Strategic Planning & Risk to deliver analyses and insights around our current and future asset classes in support of the company strategic planning process and progress monitoring, as well as the Corporate Responsibility program. The role is important in uncovering and evaluating opportunities that drive growth and value, providing strategic advice and insight on major issues affecting, or likely to affect, the portfolio of various assets across the organization especially given CF’s constantly evolving strategy and asset mix. This role collaborates with various internal departments, at all levels of management, including Operations, Investments, Development, Data & Innovation, and Legal to create and execute strategic planning.


The Strategic Insights and Risk Team (SI&R) is part of CF’s Finance Group, and is an innovative corporate strategy group composed of 3 key areas:

  • Strategic Planning & Risk (SP&R) includes strategic plan development, monitoring and related insights, oversight for Corporate Responsibility (CR), and Enterprise Risk Management (ERM)
  • Strategic Initiatives (SI) includes development of portfolio and asset class strategies and tactics to support decision-making and enable strategic execution
  • Research & Insights (R&I) conducts proprietary research and analysis to support decision-making across domestic & international markets, leveraging customers and tenant insights, as well as internal and external demographic, traffic and sales data.


What you will deliver:

  • Work with the Director, Strategic Planning & Risk to facilitate the strategic & annual planning process through:
    • the collection of key organizational metrics that help monitor progress against the CF corporate strategic plan
    • a regular business environment refresh to help support, enhance, or adjust the current strategic plan
    • support as needed the annual corporate and department objective setting process
    • additional analyses and insights to support CF’s strategic plan development and monitoring
  • Work with the Director, Strategic Planning & Risk to facilitate the Corporate Responsibility Program management, related insights and positioning in the market, and look for opportunities to evolve the program across all relevant CF platforms by:
    • providing insights, industry trends and best practices that will inform defining, execution, and refresh of the corporate responsibility strategy
    • collaborating closely with business leads and other members of the planet, communities, people, partner areas of focus to support defining initiatives, near and long term targets, and resolve issues or interdependencies that could impede execution
    • monitoring best industry practices and peer strategies to help assess company’s corporate responsibility strategy as well as its near and long-term targets
    • synthesizing progress for senior management updates
  • Work with the Manager, Enterprise Risk to ensure alignment across strategic monitoring programs – i.e. ensuring ERM and Corporate Responsibility planning is integrated with and aligned to all facets of strategic planning as appropriate.
  • Support the above programs with proactive & reactive research, analysis, and insights that facilitate the delivery of CF’s strategic plan especially as it applies to the evolving future of all current and planned CF asset types. This could include analyses regarding growth opportunities, evolving asset type-specific trends, evolving corporate and social responsibility direction, new innovation concepts, and business model impacts from industry changes and new trends. To create these insights you will need to:
    • translate high-level project requirements into an outline of required research and analyses to satisfy the project’s deliverables; establish work plans, monitor progress against goals, and conduct status updates with the Director of Strategic Planning & Business Insights to adjust approaches as required
    • manage the day-to-day delivery of project/analysis insights, including scope definition, priority setting, research, analysis, insight synthesis, report creation and communication.
    • develop and manage financial models as they relate to scenario analyses, pilot concepts, and business model impacts
    • provide reliable and timely interpretation of analysis and financial models that is synthesized for various levels of decision makers, including senior management and the executive team
  • Support the facilitation of brainstorming workshops within the team and other CF department participants, often senior management as well as the executive team where needed to support strategic decisions
  • Collaborate with project team members from across the business to gain input on approach, analyses, and the feasibility of recommendations, as well as outline possible pilot approaches and/or rollout plans for further evaluation
  • Stay current on, and proactively share new industry trends or disruptors in commercial real estate across all asset classes, geographies and innovation concepts that CF currently owns and operates in or ones that may be future opportunities, and technology advances/changes impacting these industries and markets
  • Prepare and present memoranda and presentations for senior management, including the executive team


What your strengths are:

  • Demonstrated business expertise to ensure that high-quality results, insights and objective recommendations are provided to senior stakeholders on a timely and proactive basis that will impact the formulation of organizational strategies
  • Solid interpersonal skills and proven track record of influencing, excellent verbal and written communication, naturally curious and confident
  • Solid critical thinking and problem solving skills with the ability to fuse insightful thinking with disciplined execution to achieve innovative, industry-leading ideas and strategies
  • Rigorous analytical capabilities to ensure accurate, concise, and timely deliverables
  • Ability to thrive in a team environment inspiring collaboration and thoughtful debate
  • A motivated self-starter attitude with a strong work ethic and a high level of attention to detail
  • Strong organizational and prioritization skills
  • Ability to work independently, multi-task and manage priorities in a demanding and continually changing fast-paced environment, often with multiple or competing deadlines
  • Exhibits an excitement to try new things, a strong action orientation, decisiveness, and inquisitiveness about new opportunities for the future


What you need to succeed:

  • An undergraduate or post-graduate degree in Business/Commerce or Real Estate
  • A minimum 7+ years of work experience in a multi-sector real estate, consulting, retail, private equity, risk management, or investment banking firm in a financial analysis, internal consulting, corporate responsibility risk management or corporate strategy capacity
  • Successful track record of contributing to impactful strategy development projects with wide corporate implications is preferred
  • Demonstrated experience in data visualization
  • Highly proficient analytical/quantitative/financial modeling skills in Microsoft Excel, as well as presentation creation skills in PowerPoint; Tableau, ARGUS Valuation DCF software skills considered an asset
  • Possession of (or working towards) a CFA / MBA or other professional designation considered an asset
  • Retail, office, residential industry intelligence knowledge an asset

Why you should join us:

At Cadillac Fairview we have been transforming communities for over 50 years.  We are so much more than our properties.  We are building leaders at all levels.  We offer the challenge of interesting work, a great organizational culture, the opportunity to collaborate with the best in the business, and support for your growth and development.  We reward values-based behavior and superior results with a competitive rewards package that includes best-in-class benefits and pension.  Imagine a place where you can make a difference!


At CF our everyday actions and critical business decisions are guided by our CF Values. Achieving results is naturally important for us and we achieve results through behaviours that are consistent with our CF Values.


Are you someone who believes in our values?


  • Aim Higher – we strive to exceed expectations
  • Own Your Expertise – we empower ourselves and each other
  • Collaborate Effectively – we bring the right people together to get the right results
  • Engage with Empathy – we objectively consider the needs of others
  • Embrace Change – we drive, learn from, and adapt to change


At CF you’ll join a diverse community and award-winning team where your talent and commitment to excellence are welcomed, valued and respected.  We’re ready to meet you there – are you?


CF is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment.  If you need reasonable accommodation during the recruitment, assessment, and/or selection process, please notify your CF contact or email


CF currently has a vaccination policy that is a condition of employment.