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Director, Acquisitions

Position Title: Director, Acquisitions
Location: London

Your role

The Director of Investments and Acquisitions EMEA role offers a motivated and ambitious candidate the opportunity to leverage their skillset to contribute to the growth and success of one of the largest data centre operators globally. 

The role offers a wide range of responsibilities and while the primary focus is on organic growth opportunities through land acquisition for new data centre developments, it also covers the full spectrum of investment activities (corporate acquisitions, disposals, joint ventures). 

This is a strategic role at a pivotal time for Digital Realty offering high visibility internally and plenty of autonomy, whilst giving you a voice at the table and the opportunity to not only make a big impact on the business but fantastic scope for your own career growth and progression.

What you’ll do

  • Identify and lead land acquisition opportunities (greenfield, brownfield) to ensure Digital Realty can sustain and accelerate its development across EMEA.
  • Undertake financial and business case analysis to present to investment committee.
  • Spearhead and coordinate due diligence activities (technical, power, legal, accounting, tax).
  • Negotiate transaction documentation.
  • Work alongside local management team to identify key risks (e.g. permitting, power, regulatory).
  • Responsibility for acquisition budget.
  • Partner with our Business Development team to assess and implement new market entries.
  • Build network of relationships (real estate brokers, investment banks, developers, consultants, law firms) to source new investment opportunities.
  • Participate in broader M&A (business acquisitions, disposals) and joint venture opportunities.
  • Provide market intelligence to inform investment decisions.
  • Managing relationship and liaising with internal stakeholder: Design, Engineering & Construction group, EMEA Managing Directors, EMEA Portfolio Management Group, Tax, Accounting, FP&A, Legal, Treasury, Market Development

Additional Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Continuously improving standards for Investment & Acquisitions
  • Implement best practices and look for improvement in acquisition processes
  • Ensure continuous monitoring of new development projects until hand-over to Portfolio Management Group
  • Contribute to the shaping of Digital Realty strategy and investment priorities globally.
  • Help assessing financial viability of on-site power generation solutions

What you'll need 

  • A minimum of 9 years professional experience either in data centre, real estate, or infrastructure investment
  • or advisory.
  • Experience in land acquisition and/or real estate / infrastructure investment;
  • Proven transactional experience (land, real estate, infrastructure, M&A).
  • Understanding of data centre sector.
  • Exceptional analytical skills including financial and investment analysis.
  • Previous experience dealing with local public stakeholders and local utilities providers.


  • Strong organisational skills and ability to work on multiple projects concurrently.
  • Capable of working autonomously and take initiatives.
  • Strong business acumen with the ability to assess situation and outcomes rapidly, while spotting opportunities and risks presented by investment opportunities.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and tactfully with DRT personnel at all levels and across multiple geographies.
  • Able to succinctly and confidently communicate complex challenges to facilitate decision making.
  • Demonstrable ability to promote and establish teamwork via individual leadership within the Group;
  • Adapts to change, is open to new ideas and takes on new responsibilities in a high-pressure environment to meet ever changing needs.


  • Masters’ degree or equivalent qualification in one of the following subjects (business, finance, real estate).

Additional Requirements

  • Willingness to travel frequently across EMEA.
  • Fluency in English. Other European languages preferred (German, French, Spanish)


A bit about us

Digital Realty brings companies and data together by delivering the full spectrum of data center, colocation and interconnection solutions. PlatformDIGITAL®, the company's global data center platform, provides customers with a secure data meeting place and a proven Pervasive Datacenter Architecture (PDx™) solution methodology for powering innovation and efficiently managing Data Gravity challenges. Digital Realty gives its customers access to the connected data communities that matter to them with a global data center footprint of 300+ facilities in 50+ metros across 25+ countries on six continents. To learn more about Digital Realty, please visit or follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter.

What we can offer you

Our rapidly evolving business sector offers the opportunity to be part of a courageous and passionate team who work together to understand and meet the changing needs of our global customers. Join us and you’ll be part of a supportive and inclusive environment where you can bring your whole self to work. As part of our team, you’ll get to work with people from different business areas, challenge the way we do things and put your ideas into action. We’ll also give you plenty of development opportunities so you can build a rewarding and successful career with us. This is an exciting time to join our business so apply now and make your mark on our future.