Program Manager - Digital Strategy and Incubation

Position Summary

The Innovation Team at Berkadia is engaged in driving the evolution of transaction technology and the adoption of data-driven investment tools in the commercial real estate industry.  We are looking for a highly detailed, organized, and vocal team member who is eager to assist with product research and strategy, our Fintech / Proptech startup incubator, and technology rollouts.

In this role, you will directly support the leaders of Berkadia’s Transformation and Digital Client Solutions groups by working at the intersection of user-centered design and business strategy. You embrace open innovation, collaborating with customers, and rapid experimentation. You are forward thinking and can translate internal and external client needs into articulations of future-state solutions. You are a researcher at heart, constantly at the forefront of industry trends, emerging technology, and user experience. You are passionate about innovation, strategic growth, and project execution. The ideal candidate should demonstrate resourcefulness and thoroughness in conducting complex analysis, research, and projects. You will also need the ability to work independently, and possess strong written, presentation and oral communication skills.



  • Identify and gain deep familiarity of players and process across the commercial real estate ecosystem including gaining a clear understanding of how Berkadia operates and the role of other established firms and FinTech / Proptech players
  • Conduct dedicated market research and interviews to derive both macro trends and key user insights (problems, pain points, value propositions)
  • Identify and translate opportunities for market growth based on industry and market trends
  • Bring in creative thinking to ideate new concepts for digital product innovation
  • Work cross functionally to define pilots and success criteria, run pilots, and measure results
  • Create business cases to prove the return on investments in digital initiatives, target firms, or other assets
  • Create analytics (extrapolate key insights from research; be able to communicate essence of findings)
  • Take ownership for project planning and execution
  • Support business development initiatives creating proposals and presentations
  • Identify key trends and synthesize them with business imperatives to develop meaningful approaches as well as the vision and roadmap for innovation
  • Translate discovery results into clear articulations of future-state solutions and strategy narratives
  • Identify partnership or acquisition opportunities including technologies, target firms, industries, and assets
  • Assist in managing regularly scheduled demo day and network events
  • Actively engage with and track incubator portfolio companies by providing mentorship, analysis, and producing reports to support growth
  • Inspire project teams with lean, entrepreneurial thinking



  • 2-3 years of professional work experience, preferably in research and due diligence within financial services, venture capital and private equity, or management consulting
  • Experience in commercial real estate a plus
  • Comfortable with client interactions 
  • Expertise with Microsoft Office, specifically Excel and PowerPoint
  • Deep understanding of financial statements preferred
  • Proven ability to meet deadlines with consistent accuracy and attention to detail
  • Strong commitment, initiative, accountability, and ownership of tasks
  • Superior analytical and strategic-thinking skills, with excellent business judgment
  • Ability to gather and make sense of a vast amount of data
  • Strong written and verbal communication / presentation skills
  • Ample ability to thrive in a rapidly changing environment

 Employee Benefits 

  • 18 PTO days + 2 floating holidays & 10 paid holidays per year 
  • Generous tuition reimbursement towards a Masters or Bachelors degree
  • 401K match up to 6%
  • 12 weeks of 100% paid paternity/maternity leave 
  • Mentorship with industry professionals 




Berkadia, a joint venture of Berkshire Hathaway and Jefferies Financial Group, is a leader in the commercial real estate industry, offering a robust suite of services to our multifamily and commercial property clients. Powered by deep relationships and industry-changing technology, our people sell, finance, and service commercial real estate, providing support for the entire life cycle of our clients’ assets. Our unique ownership structure allows us to put the client’s interests first and creates a marketplace that delivers a superior experience.

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