Volvo Group Real Estate Manager in Gent (Oostakker), Belgium

As Manager Real Estate your role is to perform the Real Estate Services (RES) scope of supply, Property Management and Facility Management. You perform these areas of responsibility in a way that supports both the demands from AB Volvo, the RES Operation Plan, strategy and concept, the needs from the other business areas as well as existing legal requirements. You report to the Director Real Estate.

Scope and influence

  • Manage, control, develop and improve the total property- and facility management services at site level, including costs, through close co-operation with receivers/customer and suppliers.

  • Maintain and preserve the value of Volvo’s properties/facilities at site level, including costs, through close co-operation with receivers/customer and suppliers.

  • Secure that projects, activities and tasks are completed according to the Rea Estate Property- and Facility Management strategy and concept whilst, at the same time meeting the needs from receivers/customers.

  • Scope of responsibility is defined in the Real Estate matrix/criteria’s, e.g. it could be a large country or a major Volvo Group site or several small/medium countries.

Key responsibilities/Accountabilities

  • Lead and develop the area for Real Estate’s delivery

  • Personnel responsibility for the employees in the area

  • Proactively work with the receivers and stimulate an effective teamwork that drives the total property costs of the Volvo group down

  • Lead the work within the area in a process oriented way in line with the Volvo Group’s processes

  • Responsible for the budget within area of responsibility

  • Responsible for area finance including budgets and follow-up for income, costs and projects

  • Manage Specifications and negotiations of contracts for maintenance, consultants and services in cooperation with Volvo’s Purchasing Function

  • Monitor supplier performance

  • Participate in relevant forums with receivers and suppliers

  • Participate in cross Division/Real Estate Services forums

  • Communicate on a high level to all levels within the Volvo Group

  • Implement Volvo Group and Real Estate Policies, Guidelines, Procedures and Decisions

  • Responsible for investments and divestments

  • Responsible for the execution of Property- and Administrative projects

  • Responsible for Site Master Plan execution

  • Inspire and motivate personnel in line with Volvo Way

  • Direct a team, as well as determine team structure and rules together with superior manager

  • Ensure that all activities undertaken are focussed on cost efficiencies, adding value and aligned with the RE Financial Business Plan and Operational Plan.

  • Provide input to the Global Function/SME Networks regarding developments and opportunities with new technologies, quality, new products or services and other beneficial information.

  • Identify receiver needs & changes in demand; giving advice & developing proposals on real estate issues.

  • Manage Real Estate performance using defined KPIs.

  • Actively participating in developing the master plan of the Ghent site

  • Examples of forums: traffic safety work group, infrastructure work group, environmental work group

Key targets and results

  • Customer satisfaction with the performance of key responsibilities

  • Process efficiency and effectiveness measures

  • Delivery within the budget

  • Delivery of projects in time within the approved investment frame

  • Master plans in place

Personal profile

  • Educated in Engineering or Business Administration or similar

  • Minimum 3 to 5 years’ experience in real estate and facility management

  • Thorough knowledge in financial control

  • Proven leadership skills

  • Fluent in English & Dutch both spoken and written

Key Competencies

  • Leadership pipeline competencies

  • Customer focus

  • Managing diversity

  • Business acumen

  • Hiring and staffing

  • Creativity

  • Developing direct reports and others

  • Building effective teams

  • Presentation skills

  • Listening

  • Integrity and trust

  • Ethics and values

  • Managerial courage

  • Composure

  • Managing through systems

  • Organisation agility

  • Planning

  • Learning on the fly

  • Self-development

About us

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, Sunwin 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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Gent (Oostakker)

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Travel Required (Maximum)


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Real Estate

Volvo Group North America is an Equal Opportunity Employer E.O.E/M/F/Disability/Veteran