Property newbie

If you’ve never worked in our sector before, you may have a few misconceptions about what we do. Here are few things you should know.

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1. We’re not a construction company.

British Land is a real estate investment trust. We focus on our portfolio, investing in places where we see the potential for strong demand from occupiers and good returns for investors. This means all the design and build of our developments is outsourced, as is the day-to-day management of our properties.

2. You don’t need property experience. You just need to be smart.

Many of the people who join us don’t have a background in property at all. We regularly hire from management consultancies, accountancy firms and other blue-chip companies. Provided you’re smart, savvy and switched on, our training and development will take care of the rest.

3. We’re surprisingly small (and friendly).

Our balance sheet may be big, but our headcount isn’t. Despite managing a portfolio of £18.8billion, we have circa 250 employees working here. That means you’ll be part of a close-knit and supportive team. People will know your name and take an interest in your development.

4. We pride ourselves on inclusivity.

As an organisation, we welcome people from a diverse range of backgrounds and orientations. We believe different perspectives make us stronger, not weaker.

5. Our work has meaning and impact.

You won’t just be playing around with numbers all day. You’ll be changing the landscape around you – quite literally – by commissioning some of the biggest developments in the UK. In recent years, we’ve been the brains behind everything from 5 Broadgate to 122 Leadenhall – the landmark building known as the Cheesegrater.

6. We’re not just about profits.

Although we have a duty to our shareholders, we’re serious about our responsibilities to our customers and the wider world. In a recent survey, our occupiers scored us 7.8 out of 10 for satisfaction – outperforming the industry average of 5.1. We have also reduced our carbon emissions across our portfolio by 36% since 2009.