We power movements of sustainable and active lifestyles for the betterment of people and our planet. Founded in 1899, VF Corporation is one of the world’s largest apparel, footwear and accessories companies connecting people to the lifestyles, activities and experiences they cherish most through a family of iconic outdoor, active and workwear brands including Vans?, The North Face?, Timberland? and Dickies?. Our purpose is to power movements of sustainable and active lifestyles for the betterment of people and our planet. We connect this purpose with a relentless drive to succeed to create value for all stakeholders and use our company as a force for good.
We are currently looking for a Real Estate Manager – Europe, reporting to the Director of Real Estate. The position is based in our office in Stabio, Switzerland.
In this role you are responsible for reviewing, managing and negotiating leases, lease renewals, and the development of strategic planning and execution of new store expansion, portfolio management in the assigned region. To be successful in the role you are a goal oriented professional, determined to deliver on set targets while maintaining adherence to process and applicable timelines. As a manager, you ensure understanding and compliance with company and departmental policies/procedures and internal controls.
Manage the full spectrum of property assets: retails stores (380+), showrooms, offices and distribution centres; work directly with landlords and brokers to meet space needs/requirements; negotiate terms and conditions of leases; review offers to lease and lease agreements
Prepare and present the store opening case to the property board
Collaborate with lease administration on lease actions and lease execution
Coordinate store openings with the brands and other real estate activity related thereto; lease database management; key lease dates; communication of lease data to Store Construction, Brand Financial Planning and other key departments
Collaborate with Store Construction to ensure retail environments are opened on time, aligned with the vision from the brand and with the agreed financial parameters
Interface with external lawyers to review, negotiate and finalise lease documentation
Present overviews and various projects to senior leadership team
Ideally you have 5+ years experience in real estate leasing or management. Experience in retail is a plus
You are proficient in market strategy and site evaluation (qualification as a chartered surveyor is a plus)
Knowledge of lease language and related legal documentation
You are fluent in English
You enjoy negotiations and communication with various stakeholders, and are confident in dealing with people (internal and external) and aim to resolve issues diplomatically
You are resourceful with a high level of initiative and strategic thinking, and have a proven work ethic with utmost integrity
You are driven to excel, and possess an entrepreneurial spirit to continuously innovate and to achieve great results
Travel: 65 – 85% (primarily within Europe)
What’s in it for you?
A competitive salary and benefits program with a flexible, casual work environment
A supportive feedback-based culture where respect and integrity guide us in what we do
An inclusive international environment where people of diverse backgrounds, lifestyles and nationalities love working together
Be part of a company with iconic brands that operates in multiple countries
On site gym offering health and well-being initiatives
A discount card that offers you 50% off on all VF brands
If you like what you have read and want to join our team then we would like to hear from you!