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AECOM Senior Manager, Real Estate Advisory in Chicago, Illinois

Job Summary

AECOM is seeking a Senior Manager, Real Estate Advisory to be based in Chicago, IL; Arlington, VA; or Los Angeles, CA. The Economics + Advisory Practice has three core disciplines: Sustainable Economics, Urban Policy & Economic Development, and Real Estate Advisory. Our Real Estate Advisory team helps clients pursue real estate development that achieves civic goals. That includes making decisions about market demand, feasibility, and financial requirements as well as social impact, economic development, and equity. We pull ideas into focus and sharpen the boundaries of a preliminary plan or concept for regional and place-based economic development, urban revitalization, real estate, tourism, and culture.

Collaborating with other disciplines, our team develops strategies that respond to the market, attract financing, and enable implementation. We address challenges through clear communication, creative thinking, and structured, impartial analysis. Our global experience and comprehensive, integrated approach help us understand how multiple factors influence value and feasibility. It’s not just about the market, but also project design, public policies and regulations, site conditions, mitigation requirements, development and financing costs, phasing, and implementation challenges.


At AECOM, we believe infrastructure creates opportunity for everyone. Whether it’s improving your commute, keeping the lights on, providing access to clean water, or transforming skylines, our work helps people and communities thrive.

We take on the most complex challenges and pioneer innovative, iconic solutions that push the limits of what’s possible – the world’s longest cable-stayed bridge, record-breaking sports events, the largest greenfield port development mega project, life-sustaining disaster recovery programs, and the tallest tower in the Western Hemisphere.

On projects spanning transportation, buildings, water, energy, and the environment, we deliver professional services throughout the project lifecycle.

We are proud to be recognized for excellence:

  • Named one of Fortune magazine's "World's Most Admired Companies" for the sixth consecutive year

  • Ranked #1 in Engineering News-Record’s 2020 “Top 200 Environmental Firms”

  • Ranked #1 in Transportation and General Building in Engineering News-Record’s 2020 “Top 500 Design Firms”

  • VIQTORY 2020 Military Friendly® Gold Employer

About Buildings + Places

AECOM’s Buildings + Places practice includes architecture, interiors, building engineering, workplace strategy, business transformation, asset advisory, economics and development planning, master planning, urban planning, and landscape architecture in a dynamic, interactive, and creative work environment.

With a range of expertise from strategy and design through project realization, we create better outcomes to grow economies, protect natural systems, conserve natural resources, make societies more equitable and connect and engage people through innovative, sustainable design solutions.

Our teams have worked on signature projects such as the London 2012 Olympic Park and Legacy Framework, to the new plan for the LA2028 Olympics, to industrial facilities for GE and Rolls-Royce, to headquarters and workplaces for NASA, Unilever, Sony Music, DirecTV, Box, Inc. and many Fortune 500 companies.

Job Summary/Responsibilities

The Real Estate Advisory practice is looking for a project leader that can support integrated pursuits, identify opportunities, and develop a team of analysts. With an Americas practice, we are seeking candidates that can learn the nuances of new markets and provide subject matter expertise in a specific focus area. Potential focus areas include Higher Education Public Private Partnerships, Joint Development, Urban Regeneration, and Brownfield Redevelopment.

The selected candidate will join AECOM with the primary objective of managing delivery of real estate analysis and transaction support projects. Additional day-to-day tasks will require business development activities and the direction of project teams to ensure top quality and timely work products which satisfy clients’ needs.

The successful candidate will have deep expertise in some of the following topics and familiarity with the remainder: market and financial feasibility analysis; economic development strategies for redevelopment, innovation & upskilling, economic resilience; public-private partnerships and transaction support; housing and community development; public finance, including fiscal impact analyses and infrastructure financing strategies; and the economic justification of resilience and climate adaptation strategies.

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor's Degree in Real Estate, Economics, Business, or Planning or equivalent

  • 4+ years of work experience in real estate development, real estate consulting, financial consulting, or in a related field

Preferred Qualifications

  • 8+ years' experience preferred

  • Master's Degree in a related field

  • Experience working closely and collaboratively with many disciplines, including all aspects of the Buildings business, incorporating architecture, urban design, and master planning, as well as our urban infrastructure practice areas including transportation, water, environment, and energy

  • Demonstrated experience navigating and thriving in a multi-disciplinary work environment

  • Experience developing cashflow models from scratch in Excel reflecting complex multi-stakeholder investment structures (public-private partnerships, waterfalls, etc)

  • International experience appreciated

  • Experience presenting and developing content for proposals, interacting with clients, having leadership on discreet technical tasks, presenting professional work at meeting, workshops, and industry conferences

  • Experience with ArcGIS and other spatial analysis tools

What We Offer

When you join AECOM, you become part of a company that is pioneering the future. Our teams around the world are involved in some of the most cutting-edge and innovative projects and programs of our time, addressing the big challenges of today and shaping the built environment for generations to come. We ensure a workplace that encourages growth, flexibility and creativity, as well as a company culture that champions inclusion, diversity and overall employee well-being through programs supported by company leadership. Our core values define who we are, how we act and what we aspire to, which comes down to not only delivering a better world, but working to “make amazing happen” in each neighborhood, community and city we touch. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person’s potential, and we’ll help you reach yours.

Job Category Economics

Business Line B&P - Buildings & Places

Business Group Design and Consulting Services Group (DCS)

Country United States of America

Position Status Full Time

Requisition/Vacancy No. 255351BR

Additional Locations US - Arlington, VA - 3101 Wilson Blvd, US - Chicago, IL - 303 E Wacker Drive

Virtual: No

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.