Zoku’s ambition is to create a global network of Zoku’s, by focusing on large cities with an extensive creative community, that are innovative and tolerant and that have a large international network (with the likes of London, Paris, Milan, Berlin, Barcelona and Dublin). To make that happen, Zoku is turning these cities upside-down, following leads for greenfield developments as well as conversions of existing buildings and create value for our target audience and other stakeholders. While reporting directly to the Head of European Expansion, the Real Estate Development Director’s primary goal will be the closing of hotel development deals for Zoku in major European cities. The position is responsible for the identification, assessment and the entire acquisition process of new Zoku locations in Europe. The goal of the rollout team is to realize the international rollout ambition in target cities across Europe. The Real Estate Development Director will contribute to Zoku’s success by developing, managing and executing the strategy for new hotel developments.

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  • You will have to understand local market fundamentals of Zoku’s target cities and build credible business cases
  • You will source, analyse and evaluate the feasibility of sourced leads
  • You will attend relevant hospitality events and maintain a high profile within the industry
  • You will work on continuously improving Zoku’s rollout approach and propose and implement new processes
  • You will follow-up and own lead sources to build, foster and maintain an international network with key industry players
  • You will prepare feasibility analysis in coordination with internal & external resources
  • You will coordinate internal resources to prepare programme definition, space allocations and investment budget
  • You will co-lead the negotiations of development, lease and management agreements


Real Estate Development Director

Follow up on Development and Lead Negotiations

Feasibility Analysis

Sourcing Leads

Foster Relationships

  • Are willing to travel when needed
  • Have a relevant academic education (business, hospitality, real estate related)
  • Have an entrepreneurial spirit, and like to discover new things
  • Are reliable and stress-proof
  • Have strong communication skills
  • Have an international background, experience in guest relations/people management are seen as a plus
  • Are interested and have a passion for hospitality, real estate and innovation
  • Are pro-active self-starters with a getting-things-done mentality
  • Are highly communicative team players
  • You are fluent in English, and one other language (French, Spanish, or Italian)
  • You have a Bachelor or Master degree (or more) in Real Estate, Finance or Hospitality Management
  • You love to work, because we need you full-time
  • You have 3-4 years’ experience in a similar position
  • You have the relevant analytical and financial skills
  • You have an EU nationality or a valid working-residence permit
  • Base salary and incentives in accordance with experience
  • Full time – 40 hours a week
  • 25 holiday days
  • Lots of trainings on the job
  • Cool Benefits
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