Real Estate Manager

Portland, Oregon, United States


OIA Global Since its founding in 1988, OIA Global has grown into a $1 billion world-class logistics and packaging company that employs over 1,200 professionals in 28 countries. Our knowledge, solution design experience, and installed infrastructure give our customers the confidence and capability to extend their supply chains from emerging production areas to key commercial markets.


As Manager – Real Estate, you will manage all technical and operational aspects of the global real estate function.

This position collaborates on a day-to-day basis across functions with internal teams including Business Development, Operations and Engineering as well as Legal, Finance and Lease Administration and external partners including customers, landlords, developers, brokers and advisers to lead and complete new location development/searches and lease renewals. All With the objective to manage and support the global real estate portfolio.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Manage the OIA Global real estate portfolio

  • Managing over 68 warehouse and office properties totaling 1.3 million sq ft.
  • Establish key strategic relationships to leverage scale and provide competitive cost and service advantages

Manage all new real estate transactions, including renewals, blend and extends, acquisitions, relocations, dispositions, consolidations, build-to-suits and bid searches. Over 15 projects active at any given time.

  • Develop building specifications and standards to fit the requirement of the operation
  • Obtain real estate market surveys and reviews to establish acquisition baselines
  • Negotiate incentives and tax abatements with local, county and state municipalities
  • Negotiate leases to ensure economic and operating terms are aligned with company’s requirements
  • Drive excess real estate cost out of the P&L as identified
  • Identify and implement a lease administration tool and manage the global lease administration

Manage OIA Global business rules as it relates to real estate acquisitions and project CAPEX/ICAP approval process

  • Direct the Real Estate Steering Committee that meets monthly to review real estate projects
  • Ensure compliance with business terms and rules
  • Approve project CAPEX/ICAP submission prior to being forwarded to executive review by the CEO and CFO

Manage all OIA field real estate brokerage activities

  • Manage the real estate function
  • Manage all support functions provided by CBRE
  • Develop an integrated process to also provide brokerage support services on a local basis
  • Supervise activities and actions of the CBRE field support network team
  • Able to define and execute a full RFQ to secure new and competitive brokerage support services

Manage OIA subleases – primarily facilities that become unused due to changes in company operations

  • Manage listing of vacant facilities for sublease with CBRE
  • Negotiate early buyout of leases when possible
  • Negotiate sublease terms for sublease
  • Management sublease rent payments
  • Coordinate facility exit when lease expires

Implement energy savings measures

  • Develop standardized specifications for high efficiency warehouse lighting and motion sensors being implemented at all new locations
  • Where possible in deregulated states negotiate new wholesale energy contracts to reduce the utility cost
  • Explore creative approaches to energy conservation, including motion sensors and Energy Management Systems to reduce office lighting and HVAC energy consumption

Reduce and control facility repair expense

  • Negotiate favorable terms in facility leases to reduce OIA’s repair obligations
  • Establish, roll-out and maintain a standardized maintenance program by facility
  • Implement a standard facility condition inspection to set baseline condition of a new facility
  • Assist field in negotiation of facility repairs required by landlords

Required Skills and Abilities:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Strong working knowledge of MS Office with emphasis on Excel, Word, and Outlook
  • Ability to function autonomously, using independent judgment and discretion
  • Strong business judgment, integrity and ethics
  • Excellent strategic thinking and ability to work through ambiguous and unfamiliar scenarios
  • Strong interpersonal skills, forming close working relationships with vendors and both internal and external customers
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Detail orientation and strong ability to multi-task while maintaining superior quality results

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in business management, real estate, or engineering required, MBA preferred
  • 5+ years of commercial or industrial real estate management experience
  • Knowledge of high value negotiation and sourcing processes and methodologies
  • Must have strong financial acumen and fundamental knowledge of accounting and financial statements

Physical Requirements:

  • Prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer
  • Must be able to lift up to 15 pounds
  • The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

OIA Global is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or disability. We offer an exciting and growth-oriented work environment, and OIA employees enjoy competitive salaries and excellent benefits.

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