VP Americas Division, Volvo Group Real Estate

The VP Americas Division, Volvo Group Real Estate is responsible for planning, controlling, and directing the real estate activities of the organization, such as site location and acquisition, building and land acquisition and disposition, and space leasing. May be responsible for property management. This role reports to the SVP of Volvo Group Real Estate and will be a member of the Real Estate Executive Management Team.
Volvo Group Real Estate is an integrated function in the Volvo Group, with strategic and operational responsibility for the Group’s properties and real estate assets as well as for facility management. We are responsible for the entire property lifecycle, from acquisition to divestment. We optimize the use and value of the Volvo Group's facilities, owned and leased. We act as a centre of expertise, generating economies of skill and scale in the real estate area. The Volvo Group values are our guiding stars in everything we do to develop an attractive workplace for the Volvo Group’s employees worldwide.
We are approximately 350 employees supporting Volvo Group in 60 countries worldwide. Our property footprint consists of some 1000 sites, both leased and owned. We manage all types of properties: dealers, workshops, offices, warehouses, production facilities and more.
In Gothenburg, Volvo Group Real Estate is leading the Campus Lundby program, creating a unique centre for development of transport solutions. Campus Lundby will be characterized by openness and room for internal as well as external partnerships, and thereby take an active part in the development of the City of Gothenburg.
The American Division is one of five Divisions belonging to Volvo Group Real Estate. Our head quarter is located in Gothenburg; your location will be in Greensboro. The portfolio you are responsible for consists of Volvo Group properties in US, Canada and South America. You will have 10 direct reports, and the total Americas team is around 50 employees. Your direct reports are located in North- and South America.
So, what is it that you will focus on?
You will lead our property portfolio and facility management function focusing on the plants, distribution centers, office buildings and people environment. Within the job you both have a daily operational delivery that requires a daily pulse in leading the organization and a tactical dialogue with peer colleagues from Business Areas, Group Functions and Truck Divisions for setting and executing on common plans, identify cost opportunities, and pro-actively act on driving the RE agenda for the business. Based on our target image, you will set the roadmap with actions to achieve results and service satisfaction. Our way of working encourages being out in the organization for Gembas to fully understand how work works and to coach and support people.
Furthermore, securing that your team follow implemented processes and that maintenance and cost savings plans are in place. We run a large number of real estate projects every year, together with your team you are responsible for driving and securing the quality of the projects. You have the responsibility for cost control, reporting and budgeting for your function.
Who are you?
As a person you are “Customer focused” and ensure accountability within your team. You drive for result, speed in execution, collaborate to get things done and are a strong “people person”, you are good at building effective and strong teams.
You value differences, and make sure everyone feels included. You are action oriented and know what to prioritize; it comes easy to work cross functional to achieve results and knows when to escalate in time. You also have an ability to demonstrate a clear vision, and people choose to follow you. Managing change and continuous improvement is a natural part of daily work. Your communication style gives you respect and trust within the organization.
At Volvo Group Real Estate we also have fun at work, we see mistakes as opportunities to grow, and we will all support you in your new position.
To be able to deliver in this position we think you should have some previous experiences…
We are searching for a person with a longer experience of senior management positions; maybe you also have experience from the Real Estate area. You should have experience from working on the international business arena within a global company or network. Previous experience from “Lean” or Volvo Production System (VPS) is important. Of course it is of great value if you have worked within these markets and have a good network and know what is important from a Real Estate perspective.
This position will also require some traveling both domestic, and also international for Management meetings. The job is located in Greensboro, NC.
Core Responsibilities
  • Responsible for all aspects of property and facility site management, including understanding of septic needs, long term maintenance, and appropriate zoning. Manage maintenance team and direct work to suit the needs of the business.
  • Responsible for ensuring effective financial analysis is created to support the real estate decision making process.
  • Supervise nation-wide lease administration activities, including negotiation of new leases, lease renewals and cost effective lease terminations as well as strategic oversight of our lease portfolio in order to maximize value to the organization.
  • Manage various facility projects.
  • Negotiate construction agreements and overseeing the contractual relationships with vendors/contractors to ensure vendor/contractor performance under these agreements. Responsible for sourcing and securing vendors/contractors in designated markets to ensure cost-competitiveness.
Education Required
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, or the equivalent combination of education, training and experience that provides the required knowledge skills and abilities.
  • A Master of Science or MBA is a plus.
Experience Required
  • Ideally 10+ years’ experience with full lifecycle recruiting for management, exempt and non-exempt positions.
  • Multi-state commercial real estate experience preferred.
  • Strong project management skills and experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to negotiate effective solutions.
  • Experience working in a highly matrixed organization.
  • Ability to work in a team environment, manage multiple clients, and provide consultative skills throughout the process.
  • Ideal candidate will be highly motivated with a strong sense of urgency.

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The Volvo Group is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of trucks, buses, construction equipment and marine and industrial engines under the leading brands Volvo, Renault Trucks, Mack, UD Trucks, Eicher, SDLG, Terex Trucks, Prevost, Nova Bus, UD Bus and Volvo Penta.

Volvo Group Finance contributes to realizing the vision of the Volvo Group by developing and providing a wide range of expert services from financial planning to accounting, business controlling, M&As, real estate services, financial reporting and investor relations. With Volvo Group Finance you will be part of a global and diverse team of highly skilled professionals who work with passion, trust each other and embrace change to stay ahead. We make our customers win.

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