Real Estate Manager

Date: Sep 2, 2021

Location: Benton Harbor, MI, US, 49022-2692

Company: Whirlpool Corporation

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Real Estate Manager



Functional Overview:

As a Real Estate Manager your primary responsibilities will be interacting with the North American Region (the US and Canada) Operational Management and Business Units (BUs) to identify how real estate can help them achieve their operational goals.  You will translate their needs into a defined real estate strategy and help our outside real estate advisors undertake these activities to flawlessly execute these requirements. 



Job Responsibilities:

The Real Estate Manager, under the direction of the Senior Real Estate Manager for Global Transactions, is responsible for working with North American Region (NAR) representatives, acting as an extension for that Business Unit (BU).  A key objective for this position is to continually manage the balance between the goals and objectives of the Corporation with that of the BU and to orchestrate the tactical actions associated with the leasing, acquisition, and/or disposition activities for the Corporation. He/she will be an advocate for the BU in the execution of their real estate needs and will strive to carry out these initiatives in the most cost-efficient manner possible for the Corporation. The Real Estate Manager will provide/disseminate best transaction practices to the BUs, while making sure these actions are aligned with Corporation’s portfolio strategy.  He/she will maintain a general knowledge of real estate structuring and market dynamics in order to offer answers to business units as they request help.


  • Be a source of real estate and occupancy information for the BUs in order to be identified as Subject Matter Expert (SME).  Work closely with BUs to execute their goals to meet their real estate requirements while addressing their business strengths, challenges, and concerns.
  • Understand and help determine BU real estate requirements within the context of their business objectives and translate these objectives into real estate and occupancy solution(s).
  • Work with SMEs (e.g. construction, environmental and legal) along with BU leadership to execute specific business unit strategies.
  • Provide support and guidance to the Global Real Estate Portfolio Strategy Team in their role to maximize business unit efficiencies.  Help identify opportunities for both easy improvements (“low hanging fruit”) and long-term strategic portfolio improvements.
  • Manage (from the standpoint of customer accountability and quality control) internal and external service delivery teams for specific BU requirements. Verify that the BU understands the real estate process, and is satisfied with our department’s methodology and strategy, as well as being aligned on the expected results of a real estate project.
  • Develop/Agree on appropriate implementation plans that will include a mix of internal and external resources to effectively complete an assignment.
    • Operate and assist in maintaining a real estate project tracking system capable of providing real-time transaction updates
    • Identify transaction requirements and recommend a tactical implementation strategy
    • Coordinate field brokerage activities to deliver ensure flawless execution of all required activities
    • Document transaction recommendations based on appropriate financial and market analyses
    • Manage transaction project schedules, ensuring all materials and reports are delivered complete and on time
    • Prepare project activity and evaluate broker  reports
  • Encourage feedback, and make certain the BU understands the real estate, facilities management, and occupancy processes and is satisfied with both the method as well as the results.
  • Estimated Travel up to 25%


Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • 5+ years of experience in Corporate Real Estate
  • Experience with Sarbanes Oxley (SOX) controls and  experience with Real Estate Compliance


Preferred Requirements:

  • Innovative, assertive, and solution minded
  • Strong work ethic
  • Personable—able to work with potentially difficult people
  • Relationship building and a team player
  • Excellent presentation and communication skills
  • Independent, aggressive self-starter
  • Credentials may include Certified  Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) or Master of Corporate Real Estate (MCR) certifications
  • Intellectual curiosity concerning business drivers and impacts
  • Enterprise awareness, a business unit focused
  • Business unit advocate, yet allegiance lies with enterprise goals
  • Forward-thinking, able to visualize ideas
  • Strategically minded with a tactical focus
  • Strong interpersonal and negotiation skills
  • Proven ability to manage multiple, competing priorities simultaneously, and meet tight deadlines
  • Able to market oneself and to market the Global Real Estate mission
  • Ability to work successfully in a team environment and comfortable working in a fast-paced environment





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