Manager, Real Estate Planning

July 19 2022
Industries Public services (gas, water, electric)
Categories Architecture, Design, Govt., NPO, Social & Community Work, Project Management, Business Analysis, Project management, Business analysis, Property Management, Real Estate, Property Management, Real Estate, Public Sector, Urban Planning, Architecture, Real estate
Montreal, QC

Leads and implements the real estate Area Planning process, integrating regional operational and corporate business and real estate objectives.  Plans the facilities portfolio to optimize the use and performance of space; enhance the value of corporate real estate assets; and reduce portfolio space and minimize costs.  Develops and maintains long range capital investment plans to replace obsolete assets.

Acts in the role of the owner’s representative and protects the value of CPC’s real property portfolio by overseeing / planning the long-term use and provision of safe, efficient and cost effective space.  Acts as trusted Real Estate advisor for the region and ensures that all portfolio changes, including change in use of space, support existing operational requirements and are aligned with long-term corporate strategy.    

Identifies and prioritizes regional demand for facility change investment and develops real estate business cases for regional client and corporate real estate approval.  Conducts other real property assessments and financial evaluations, and makes recommendations for executive decision making.    

Approves or recommends approval of lease renewals and oversees the site search/selection, due diligence, and real property acquisition (lease and/or owned) and disposition processes.   

Job Responsibilities

Below are the main job requirements and responsibilities for the Manager, Real Estate Planning.

  • Leads and implements the real estate Area Planning process that integrates regional operational plans and CPC’s business / strategic objectives. Develops Area Plans that position and protect the value of the real property portfolio, optimize the use of portfolio space, maximize the value of capital investments, and reduce space and real estate operating costs.
  • Conducts property studies and assessments related to real property portfolio planning and major real estate investment projects. Provides reports and recommendations to senior management.
  • Acts as trusted real estate advisor to regional clients. Brings a sound understanding of regional operations issues in documenting functional user requirements, and integrates regional needs with corporate space and design guidelines for all proposed facility space changes.
  • Develops business cases for facility change-related initiatives in the region. Consults with regional clients, support groups and external real estate consultants to identify and evaluate space and obsolescence issues. Analyzes options, evaluates project feasibility, financial impact, operational risks and benefits, and recommends the optimal solution.
  • Obtains regional client approval and support on preferred business cases and functional program requirements and submits to corporate real estate for national funding approval. Keeps stakeholders apprised of business case progress during corporate approval process.
  • Leads and manages, through the service provider, the site search and selection process; coordinates with operations and support groups. Approves and ensures the completion of site selection documents.
  • Is the regional lead in support of the corporate due diligence (physical planning, geotechnical, environmental) process for all real estate property acquisitions and dispositions, owned and leased.
  • Acts as regional real estate owner’s representative. Ensures compliance to all corporate policies, processes, practices, and governance as well as legal obligations regarding any proposed change to CPC real property, including third party limited interests.
  • Updates and maintains the Asset Management facility change database, and communicates planned real property changes to the Manager, Facilities Management so that capital and repair investments are adjusted accordingly.
  • Reviews and approves lease renewals within the Region and ensures their timely execution. Ensures lease renewal decisions are aligned with short term operational and long term strategy.



  • Completed post-secondary, preferably in a related field  OR a combination of equivalent professional experience and training


  • 3 to 5 years of relevant functional experience
  • 2 or more years’ experience managing people
  • One or more years of experience in a unionized environment an asset

Other Candidate Requirements

  • Proficient computer skills and competent with Microsoft Office programs
  • Designation and or certifications programs may be required for certain positions (e.g. Finance & Engineering)
  • Excellent team building and leadership skills and experience
  • Sound organizational, analytical, judgement and decision-making skills with proven abilities in problem solving
  • Strong interpersonal skills with an ability to build and maintain relationships
  • Strong oral and written communication skills    

Other Information

  • Project assignment for 2 years with possibility of extension and/or permanency. 

  • This position requires intermediate level bilingualism both orally and in written (BBBB).

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Employment Equity

Canada Post will represent Canada’s diversity and provide a safe and welcoming workplace that embraces and celebrates our differences. We are committed to employment equity and encourage applications from women, Indigenous People, persons with disabilities and visible minorities.

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