Colliers International To Open West Auckland Office And Recruit for further growth

Colliers International to open West Auckland office and recruit for further growth

Colliers International has promoted Deborah Dowling to head its new West Auckland office. The business is currently operating out of the main Auckland offices, but will open in its new western base early next year.

Dowling joins the new business from the Colliers’ North Shore office, where she has built a successful track record as an investment sales and leasing broker since joining the company in 2005, and last year was awarded the company’s Auction Broker of the Year title.

Charles Cooper, Colliers International’s Auckland managing director, says the new office will be the company’s first to open in Auckland since launching its highly successful Highbrook industrial office in 2007.

“The decision to open the new office has been driven out of sheer demand for our services, and the need to address a clear gap in the market in the West Auckland area,” Cooper says.

“While we have had coverage of the West Auckland market for several years through investment sales and industrial brokers being active in the area, building a permanent physical presence is an important step and we envisage having a solid, high performing team based there, providing a cross-sector brokerage service.”

Cooper says the company is actively looking for people to join the new West Auckland office as brokers, along with its other business divisions across Auckland.

“We have experienced rapid growth across most of our divisions in recent years and we expect this to continue.”

“The property services company needs 50 extra people across Auckland’s CBD, Highbrook, North Shore and West Auckland offices in the next year,” says Cooper.

“In the next 12 months we need to ensure a high level of service for our significantly increased workload across the business – hence this demand for talented people. It’s a phenomenal increase in a short time-frame, but it is absolutely necessary to get the right people on board as soon as possible.”

"One key area of growth is in the company’s investment sales team across all its Auckland offices", he says.

“The Auckland investment sales market is the biggest commercial property market in New Zealand, covering a large area from the upper reaches of the North Shore, through the CBD fringe, across to West Auckland and down to Pukekohe. It includes over 1000 hectares of floor space across non-CBD, non-industrial, office and retail precincts."

Cooper says the company is also searching for a manager to lead its South Auckland investment sales team, which will be based at Highbrook alongside its award winning industrial team.

Colliers is also looking for staff fluent in Mandarin and/or Cantonese to join the company in a variety of roles.

“We are looking to grow our Asian client service capability into a range of service lines, so we are searching for suitable candidates for sales as well as many other property services and support roles like valuation, project marketing and property management.”

The company’s rapid growth comes off a record year in 2013, following previous records set in 2011 and 2012, says Cooper.

“We have been experiencing strong growth in the past few years which, combined with the launch of several new business divisions including rural & agribusiness, project services and building consultancy, has left us in the position of actively recruiting more people.”

“We are already the largest international commercial property services firm in New Zealand, with 13 different service lines, and we are looking forward to further, sustainable growth across all divisions.”

Colliers International is a past winner and current finalist in the Kenexa Best Workplaces Survey, as well as winning Auckland University’s Property Graduate Employer of the Year for 2014. The company places great importance on nurturing talent internally, providing development opportunities for individual advancement as well as celebrating successes, Cooper says.
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