TAS, a Toronto-based mixed-use real estate developer and investment manager, is deeply committed to the communities it operates within and holds a long-term investment horizon. Founded in 1983 as a custom home builder, TAS expanded into mixed-use developments in the early 2000’s and has since delivered five major projects. Its active pipeline now totals over 5.6 million square feet across 10 unique sites in the Greater Toronto Area. TAS builds vibrant projects that blend residential, commercial, cultural and community spaces to serve evolving needs for today and tomorrow. As a Certified B Corporation and a founding member of the SVX Social Impact Investment Platforms, TAS has purposefully differentiated by delivering its projects in a way that deeply aligns purpose and profit. The organization is committed to driving social, ecological, cultural and economic impact in support of, not in spite of, driving commercial value. The company prides itself on being an equal opportunities and diverse workplace, which has a 48% female and 65% BIPOC workforce. TAS is privately held, and its governance is overseen by an Advisory Board.
The company has undergone significant growth in recent years and particular attention has been paid to evolving its purpose and culture, professionalizing operations, and putting a strong governance structure in place. This growth is driving change in the organization, the structure of the company, and its capital requirements. This period of evolution for the organization has underscored the need for a seasoned Chief Operating Officer, a new role which will support and elevate the company in its next phase of growth. The current portfolio totals more than five and a half million square feet, in various stages of development and value-add redevelopment, delivering a diverse portfolio of commercial and retail spaces, alongside a mix of long-term rental and for-sale condominium units.
For more information on TAS’ current projects, visit here; for its legacy projects, visit here.
Reporting to the CEO and overseeing the development, construction, project management, sales and marketing teams, the Chief Operating Officer will be responsible for:
Driving operational excellence
Coordinating and optimizing the project cycle-time and its impact on the delivery of returns.
Streamlining operations, without compromising what differentiates TAS. Identifying the stages where value can be added, and maximizing the value of each square foot by improving design or reducing cost.
Delivering projects on time and on budget in a way that is scalable as the business continues to grow.
Championing innovation in development and project delivery.
Building and developing the team
Building a team unrivalled in differentiated mixed-use development; harnessing TAS's commitment to building its unique vision and enhancing communities.
Attracting top talent from within the industry and developing the existing team with respect to best-in-class development operations.
Being an inspiring and accessible leader to all TAS employees.
Encouraging and truly embracing diversity in all of its forms.
Establishing outstanding working partnerships
Initiating partnerships via TAS’s reputation and personal connections, as well as their own, and then strengthening these relationships through respect, true-partnership and excellent execution.
Further developing TAS’s reputation for being a trusted partner in the industry.
Internally, building trust and a track record of collaboration as a key long-term partner with her/his colleagues on the core leadership team.
Team Leadership and Development The COO will possess strong leadership and stakeholder management skills to drive ideas and change across the team. S/he will bring a compelling presence combined with a straightforward, collegial and open communication style. S/he will have built relationships across organizations and will be highly skilled at shaping the thinking and aligning a range of stakeholders. This person will be energized by building a strong team and coaching and mentoring people to be the best version of themselves.
Results Orientation The COO will be extremely performance-oriented, decisive and not afraid to challenge the status quo. S/he will thrive in delivering beyond expectations and in driving an ambitious growth agenda by developing and inspiring others. A mindset of continuous improvement and a relentless drive for achievement of stretch targets will be sought.
Collaborating and Influencing Skills The COO must establish credibility quickly and have the proven ability to manage a wide range of relationships, such as external partners and advisors, customers, colleagues and the Board. S/he will actively demonstrate openness to being challenged, and be willing to re-examine issues in order to reach new conclusions, as well to persuade using influence rather than authority.
Commercial Orientation Solid commercial judgment and an ability to think in terms of driving growth and profitability are key. The COO must be adept at developing business, identifying opportunities and acting swiftly, decisively and appropriately. S/he must also be able to identify and focus on key issues and understand the commercial and financial drivers of the business, while making judgments that are aligned with the company’s objectives.
The Chief Operating Officer will report directly to Mazyar Mortazavi, President and CEO of TAS. The COO is a member of the executive leadership team and will work closely with the EVP Investments, Khan Tran and the CFO, Richard Crofts.
PROCESS: Candidates should email their resume and cover letter together in one PDF document to: [email protected] quoting the position in the subject line. We thank all applicants, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.