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Chief Investment Officer, Commercial & Mixed Use


  • Industry:
    Real Estate
  • Position Type:
  • Functions:
    Financial Services Professional
  • Experience:
    20+ years
Job Description:
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Key Accountabilities

Manage, ensure and execute the master plan vision and three-year business plan for McWhinney commercial and mixed-use developments, assuming a leadership role in strategizing, originating, evaluating, and managing projects. This includes prioritizing the development initiatives given the flexibility across a wide and diverse spectrum (i.e. among industrial, office, build to suit (BTS), and large scale mixed-use portfolio).

Provide the leadership at both high and detailed levels to set and hold priorities, ensure timelines and budgets, and deliver projects with meaningful impact on the community.

Bring sophisticated, scalable processes and systems to McWhinney commercial and mixed-use development. Ensure the company is able to operate at a high level on multiple concurrent, visible and complex projects, often with community, development, financial and other partners.

Lead a dynamic commercial and mixed-use development team, including asset managers and property managers. Partner with in-house construction and leasing teams to ensure budgets, timelines, and strategies are met and exceeded. Work with finance group on equity and debt raises. And in concert with these divisions, drive the presentations for Investment Committee approval.

Oversee the development process soup to nuts: assist with the initial land purchase, including structuring, documenting, due diligence, and closing. Take projects from conceptual design through entitlements, pro forma analysis, construction management to lease up and stabilization.

Understand market supply and demand components of various product types being contemplated at McWhinney, including office, industrial, BTS, and mixed-use. Benchmark successful developments to ensure that McWhinney projects remain attractive (hip/innovative/exciting).

Represent McWhinney with local government jurisdictions and community groups, as well as interface with joint venture partners.

Follow and model McWhinney’s Purpose, Promise, Path and Principles, and seek new and creative ways to deliver these through development activities.


Setting Strategy / Skill Set

A real estate professional with 20 years of relevant real estate development experience including a proven track record managing full-cycle processes associated with large-scale commercial and/or mixed-use developments from site identification to opening. Product experience could include office, industrial, retail, and/or mixed-use but with a preference for complex mixed-use experience.

A creative and intelligent deal maker with strong negotiation and sophisticated financial and business acumen.

Experience with successfully creating and implementing innovative place making strategies.

An entrepreneurial and creative approach to developing new, innovative ideas that will stretch the organization and push the boundaries within the industry.

Executing for Results

The ability to set clear and challenging goals while committing the organization to improved performance; tenacious and accountable in driving results.

Comfortable with ambiguity and uncertainly; the ability to adapt nimbly and lead others through complex situations.

A leader who is viewed by others as having a high degree of integrity and forethought in his/her approach to making decisions; the ability to act in a transparent and consistent manner while always taking into account what is best for the organization.

Ability to overcome obstacles, supervise and execute projects to completion from a big picture perspective, while being able to understand the specific details of all aspects of the development team’s responsibilities.

Leading Teams

A proven leader with the ability to develop a compelling strategy, influence multiple stakeholders, inspire change, and creatively solve complex problems.

An experienced people leader with strong ability to build, engage, oversee, and mentor a multi- faceted team of developers, asset managers, and property managers.

High energy with outstanding communication skills and a reputation for being able to deal with all levels of an organization as well as related internal and external constituencies.

Dynamic personality with executive presence culminating in a reputation for performance improvement and driving cohesiveness of a strong team. Confidence to work independently, yet within a highly collaborative environment.

Operates with the highest level of integrity, and holds his/her self and team accountable for delivering on commitments and timelines.

 Relationships and Influence

A relationship-savvy professional with the interpersonal skills to successfully manage conflict, and interact effectively with all internal and external stakeholders as well as the range of personnel and executives within the McWhinney organization.

Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills, both oral and written, with the ability to boil down complex sets of circumstances into concise data points and defend resulting opinions in a non-confrontational manner and ability to present effectively to the Executive and Investment Committees.

Confidence and maturity to make prudent, careful decisions, and take on an ownership mentality

Creates a sense of purpose/meaning for the team that generates followership beyond his/her own personality and engages others to the greater purpose for the organization as a whole.

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