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Chief Engineer


Washington, DC

Company Description:

Our client is a NYSE traded public REIT that focuses on the acquisition, development, and management of Class A commercial properties across the country.  Based in Washington, DC and under the supervision of the Chief Operating Officer and Managing Director (MD) of Asset Management, the Chief Engineer job duties include, but are not limited to: reviewing plans and advising on mechanical plant issues during development, assisting Asset Managers with property inspections, cataloging building equipment, developing long-range capital plans, oversight of complex capital investment projects, providing guidance on repair/replacement decisions, and serving as a subject matter expert to on-site personnel.

Position Description:




  • The Chief Engineer will serve as a subject matter expert for the Asset Management Team by providing technical expertise in matters related to mechanical systems and building operations for a portfolio of properties in the Eastern half of the United States
  • Works collaboratively with the MD of Asset Management and Asset Managers to help achieve portfolio financial objectives and operational consistency
  • As required, assists other departments, including Property Management, Accounting, Acquisitions, Development, and Corporate Finance in support of their operations to achieve corporate objectives

 Strategic Capital Planning

  • In coordination with the MD of Asset Management and other engineering staff, develop multi-year capital investment plans for each assigned building
  • Annually, as part of the budget formation process, assist Asset Managers with the development of capital budgets for each assigned building

Asset Management

  • In coordination with Asset Managers, conduct physical inspections of assigned portfolio of buildings
  • In coordination with on-site personnel, generate equipment lists and catalogue specific operational information for all major mechanical equipment at each assigned building
  • Serve as a technical advisor / subject matter expert to Asset Managers and on-site personnel when troubleshooting operational issues
  • Review mechanical vendor contracts and ensure scopes of work achieve operational and budget objectives
  • Assist Asset Managers in identifying options for repair / replace decisions, and review specifications / scopes of work for replacement equipment
  • Assist Asset Managers with the project management of larger, more complex capital investment projects affecting base-building mechanical systems
  • In coordination with the MD of Asset Management and other engineering staff, develop, implement, and maintain compliance with OSHA requirements and ensure technical training of building engineers
  • Develop and maintain positive relationships with Property Managers, Building Engineers and vendors


  • Assist Development Team, as requested, by:
    • Participating in project design / construction meetings
    • Reviewing building plans
    • Providing guidance on equipment selection and operational considerations
    • Participating in commissioning activities and final acceptance of the project
  • Responsible for training building engineer on the operations of the building prior to tenant occupancy
  • Coordinate with vendors to ensure mechanical preventative maintenance scopes of services and schedules meet warranty requirements

Acquisitions and Dispositions

  • Assist with review of due diligence materials for potential acquisitions by:
    • Reviewing and commenting on third-party Physical Condition Assessments
    • Participating, as requested, in pre-acquisition property inspections
  • Assist Asset Managers in identifying properties for disposition and preparing any required operational due diligence information for potential dispositions


  • GED / High School diploma required
  • 10+ years of commercial real estate chief engineer / building engineer experience
  • Strong understanding of construction techniques, building systems, and equipment operations
  • Basic understanding of commercial real estate concepts
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent planning, organization, and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to function independently within a collaborative team-oriented setting
  • Attention to detail and ability to function under tight deadlines
  • Ability to work accurately and efficiently
  • Ability to handle multiple projects at one time
  • Strong sense of personal motivation and responsibility
  • Ability to clear GSA NACI & FBI LBI background checks


  • Undergraduate degree or additional education preferred
  • Basic experience using Microsoft Office Suite
  • Strong project management skillset
  • Experience with programmatic management of capital investment planning

Applicants will work effectively with co-workers, vendors, and others by sharing ideas in a constructive and positive manner; listening to and objectively considering ideas and suggestions from others; keeping commitments and keeping others informed of work progress, timelines, and issues; and addressing problems and issues constructively to find mutually-acceptable and practical business solutions.

To learn more about this position, contact: Matt McAulay | 704-770-6110 |