Global Director, Design and Sustainability



Pleasanton, CA, USA
Posted on Tuesday, September 12, 2023

Your work days are brighter here.

At Workday, it all began with a conversation over breakfast. When our founders met at a sunny California diner, they came up with an idea to revolutionize the enterprise software market. And when we began to rise, one thing that really set us apart was our culture. A culture which was driven by our value of putting our people first. And ever since, the happiness, development, and contribution of every Workmate is central to who we are. Our Workmates believe a healthy employee-centric, collaborative culture is the essential mix of ingredients for success in business. That’s why we look after our people, communities and the planet while still being profitable. Feel encouraged to shine, however that manifests: you don’t need to hide who you are. You can feel the energy and the passion, it's what makes us unique. Inspired to make a brighter work day for all and transform with us to the next stage of our growth journey? Bring your brightest version of you and have a brighter work day here.

About the Team

The Global Real Estate & Workplace team creates and continuously improves Workday’s productive and safe office environments while supporting our core values and distinction as a great place to work. With this critical contribution to the company in mind, we partner with other Workday departments such as People & Purpose, Business Technology, and Finance to ensure that we are successful in delivering on this goal. We handle every aspect of workplace operations, space analysis and projects, building facilities and maintenance. We capture employee rapport, keep track of office utilization, recommend expansions and / or new locations and coordinate projects for office build-outs and control operating and capital expenses.

About the Role

Workday is looking for a versatile Global Director of Design and Sustainability to join our growing team. This full-time position is based out of our Pleasanton, California location. This position will report to our Global Senior Director of Design, Construction and Sustainability. We are looking for someone experienced, flexible, reliable, outgoing, and professional, with a positive work attitude. The ideal candidate will be the primary point of contact for all design and sustainability service providers to Workday globally, and a key part of the REW leadership team to establish and preserve excellent working relationships with site leadership.

What makes this an exciting opportunity is that you will join the worldwide industry leader in all things Financial, HR and planning systems, and with that you will have the opportunity to develop and implement industry leading solutions for how employees collaborate, ideate and build their careers in times of constant change.


  • Collaborate with Workday leadership and stakeholders.

  • Create a cohesive global design and sustainable vision for the Workday workplaces and working environment.

  • Oversee the Workday Global Design Guidelines development and implementation in future locations and refinement of existing workplaces.

  • Develop strategy with Workplace stakeholders on the future of the working environment and Workday workplaces.

  • Working with company goals, create a plan and oversee the sustainability certifications and implementation in the Workday built environments.

  • Evaluate current Workday workplaces, design and strategies and create a master plan for the future.

  • Identify Roadblocks for success.

  • Inspire and Mentor team members and enable career growth.

  • Build and developing your team

About You

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor degree in Architecture, Interior Design, Project Management or an equivalent combination of relevant work experience with at least 20 years of people leadership experience.

  • 20+ years’ experience in Architectural and Interior Design, Workplace Strategy, Project Management and Client Engagement.

  • Financial analysis experience and familiarity with accounting and financial concepts of real estate, capital projects and operations expenses

Other Qualifications

  • Strong proficiency with AutoCad, MS Office Suite and Google platforms, including MS Project and Visio. Ability to perform Internet based research. You will learn about Workday’s various systems including ProLease, iOffice, Service Hub and others.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills including significant oral, presentation and written communication skills and professional presence

  • Detailed understanding of industry standards, including workplace practices, corporate management, office technology, and environmental factors

Workday Pay Transparency Statement - United States

The annualized base salary ranges for the primary location and any additional locations in the United States (US) are listed below. Workday pay ranges vary based on work location. As a part of the total compensation package, this role may be eligible for the Workday Bonus Plan or a role-specific commission/bonus, as well as annual refresh stock grants. Recruiters can share more detail during the hiring process. Each candidate’s compensation offer will be based on multiple factors including, but not limited to, geography, experience, skills, job duties, and business need, among other things. For more information regarding Workday’s comprehensive benefits, please click here.

Primary Location: USA.CA.Pleasanton

Primary Location Base Pay Range: $184,500 - $277,000

Additional US Location(s) Base Pay Range: $156,200 - $277,000

Our Approach to Flexible Work

With Flex Work, we’re combining the best of both worlds: in-person time and remote. Our approach enables our teams to deepen connections, maintain a strong community, and do their best work. We know that flexibility can take shape in many ways, so rather than a number of required days in-office each week, we simply spend at least half (50%) of our time each quarter in the office or in the field with our customers, prospects, and partners (depending on role). This means you'll have the freedom to create a flexible schedule that caters to your business, team, and personal needs, while being intentional to make the most of time spent together. Those in our remote "home office" roles also have the opportunity to come together in our offices for important moments that matter.

Pursuant to applicable Fair Chance law, Workday will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

Workday is an Equal Opportunity Employer including individuals with disabilities and protected veterans.

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