Development Assistant

Wesgroup Properties started as a family business in British Columbia more than 50 years ago and today is one of Western Canada’s largest private real estate organizations with a diversified portfolio spanning residential and commercial real estate in most asset classes. Wesgroup owns and manages over 3.0 million square feet of commercial property and has built more than 7000 homes in 100 communities.

Due to Wesgroup’s continued growth we are looking for a Development Assistant to provide administrative support to our Development team. The role is responsible is for the administration and management of contract documents and files for various projects for the development team and Vice Presidents.

This role will report to our Vice President, Development. The role of the Development Assistant will consist of, but not be limited to, the following:

Job Responsibilities:

  • Support the VP’s of Development in managing the development, implementation and monitoring of processes
  • Support the VP’s day to day schedule for meetings
  • Writing and managing RFP’s, contracts, addendums, change orders and purchase orders
  • Creating and managing multiple track sheets including costs, project statutes, schedules etc.
  • Scheduling meetings, managing recurring meeting agendas and minutes
  • Coordinating public engagement events
  • Administrative support, as required by the Development team, such as preparing correspondence, maintaining current and accurate files
  • Completing ongoing updates of template documents
  • Tracking municipal planning & policy engagement activities
  • Assisting in occasional front desk relief

Qualifications and Knowledge:

  • Minimum 1-2 years of experience in an administrative role is a requirement
  • Previous real estate or experience or knowledge of real estate development processes an asset
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Detail oriented and well organized
  • Analytical skills
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, notably excel
  • Adaptable and flexible with demonstrated ability to take initiative

We will provide a competitive salary and benefits package for the right candidate as well as a professional and rewarding working environment.

We thank all applicants for their interest however only those selected for follow-up will be contacted.

River District Community Operations Manager

Wesgroup is seeking a full-time River District Community Operations Manager to join our creative and highly skilled real estate asset management team. This position will be responsible for managing the commercial properties of the River District as well as marketing and community programming.

We are seeking a creative person with a customer-first mindset who possess the vision to manage a new mixed-use community development that, at completion, will have 14,000 residents.  Currently, the River District is home to about 3,000 residents and with completion of three properties in 2020, this will grow to about 4,500 residents in the near term.  The River District is a new vibrant riverfront community that requires an onsite manager capable of being the “boots on the ground” professional to oversee a team of staff and service providers to ensure the brand and feel is maintained at a high standard. This role reports to the Director, Commercial Property Management.

 

Job Responsibilities:

  • Ensure that all programs related to the overall operation of River District are implemented in a timely efficient manner by regularly reviewing the execution of areas such as, but not limited to, preventative maintenance, environmental management, roof maintenance and rehabilitation, health & safety, and marketing to ensure cost effective facility management in compliance with all relevant legislation;
  • Facilitate and coordinate on-going, open communications with tenants by attending various meetings as required by the tenants to understand and address their operational concerns to ensure their needs are being met and the organization assets are maintained appropriately.
  • From planning to execution, lead the community programming for the River District including but not limited to Chinese New Year, Easter, River District Town Centre fitness classes, Summer Savour, Octoberfest and Lantern festival, to name a few.
  • Ensure that preventative maintenance requirements for all mechanical/electrical systems and equipment is evaluated/documented and performed;
  • Enforce a level of uncompromising cleanliness, including management of vendor contracts to ensure cleaning and landscaping responsibilities are executed daily to the highest standard.
  • Conduct quality control walkthroughs to address immediate issues, pre-empt potential future issues and identify areas for improvement when required.
  • Assist with the development of annual operating budget for all categories of expense and recovery by conducting thorough studies of all previous years’ budget, repairs and upgrades and by controlling expenses in helping Wesgroup to stay competitive within the market;
  • Monitor operational expenses monthly by reviewing actual performance against budget approving all purchase orders and invoices and conducting a monthly variance analysis to determine reasons for variance and find methods to address the situation to ensure expenditures remain within prescribed budgets;

Qualifications and Knowledge:

  • Degree or diploma in real estate or a related field.
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience working in Property Management or Marketing.
  • Exceptional communication and organizational skills.
  • Enthusiastic, action-oriented attitude.
  • Social media / digital savvy including all Microsoft Office applications, social media channels, WordPress and Google Analytics.

 

We will provide a competitive salary and benefits package for the right candidate as well as a professional and rewarding working environment.

We thank all applicants for their interest however only those selected for follow-up will be contacted.

District Energy Systems Supervisor

About Wesgroup River District Energy

Wesgroup Properties started as a family business in British Columbia more than 50 years ago and today is one of Western Canada’s largest private real estate organizations with a diversified portfolio of residential and commercial real estate of 3.0 million square feet and has built more than 7000 homes in 100 communities.

Wesgroup’s continued growth now calls for the creation of a District Energy Systems Supervisor role. This is an exciting and unique opportunity as River District Energy (RDE) is a publicly-regulated district energy utility (DEU) with plans to connect approximately 7 million square feet of customer building floor area and to serve over 15,000 residents in Vancouver’s River District neighbourhood.

The District Energy (DE) Systems Supervisor is responsible for overseeing operations, maintenance and instilling proactive asset management practices. This role reports to the DE Utility Manager.

Currently, RDE supplies thermal energy (space heat and domestic hot water) to 8 buildings, totaling 1.25 million square feet of connected density. Each building has an Energy Transfer Station (ETS) with separate heat exchangers for space heating and domestic hot water, connected to two gas-fired temporary plants through approximately 2 km of distribution piping. The energy plants have 12.5 MW (43,000 MBH) combined capacity. The temporary energy plants will be replaced by a future Permanent Energy Center which will include a Low-carbon energy source and will offset GHGs from every car in the Community.

 

Job Summary

This is a versatile position that will responsible for running and maintaining the River District Energy (RDE) system, including all aspects of operations and asset management.

The District Energy Systems Supervisor will be required to demonstrate ownership in system operations and proactively manage all aspects of the system (facility maintenance, regulatory compliance, third-party contracts, daily operations, etc.) to ensure RDE provides reliable service.

Job Duties and Responsibilities

Operations

  • Understand and maintain safety operating requirements and regulations
  • Operate, inspect and service central heating plant(s), District Piping System and Energy Transfer Stations
  • Monitor gauges, plant operational data on the central control system HMI, level indicators, and alarm systems.
  • Respond to system alarms, investigate issues, troubleshoot, and liaise with system suppliers to ensure issues are properly resolved; assess warranty related issues, etc.
  • Control, monitor and manage maintenance of RDE’s automated and manual control systems.
  • Optimize economic and environmental performance by making operational adjustments as required.
  • Take corrective action as needed to ensure safe and efficient operations.
  • Perform standard plant and building maintenance including equipment repairs and replacing components. Test and calibrate instruments to ensure proper functionality.
  • Create and Maintain detailed logs and reports on inspections, monitoring and maintenance
  • Liaise with client representatives to ensure efficient building / RDE integration
  • Coordinate and supervise contractors on site.
  • Perform 24-hour emergency standby duties as required.

Asset Management & Maintenance Responsibilities

  • Plan, implement and/or perform periodic (weekly, monthly, semi-annually, annually) system preventive maintenance on pumps, strainers, valves, heat exchangers etc. and monitoring procedures
  • Update and maintain Asset Management documentation
  • Develop and maintain spare parts inventory
  • Raise asset management issues in a proactive manner
  • Develop and implement Preventive Maintenance (PM) plans
  • Ensure PM plan is being followed and delivered properly by contractors.
  • Develop, review and update standard operating documents

Other Duties

  • Provide Operations and Asset Management input in RDE’s permanent plant design process
  • Liaise with capital construction team to identify and resolve new asset deficiencies
  • Assist in the implementation of a leak detection system
  • Negotiate with suppliers for PM and other contracts
  • Prepare and maintain operating budgets
  • Perform other duties as required

Qualifications and Knowledge

  • Power Engineering Certificate Level 4 required
  • 5 or more years of education and/or experience related to thermal energy systems and utility operations preferred
  • 5 or more years of experience with mechanical and electrical systems, instrumentation automation, and communications systems
  • 2 or more years of experience related to District Energy Systems
  • Bachelor’s Degree or Technical Diploma related to facilities or mechanical operations/ management
  • Customer service focused
  • Desire to meet and exceed safety and regulatory standards
  • Ability to assess and analyze a variety of technical information, problems, and client needs, and take appropriate action in a timely manner to ensure a safe and comfortable environment
  • Ability to interpret, clarify, and convey information in graphic, written, and spoken formats to technical and non-technical individuals or groups
  • Thrive in a dynamic work environment, where knowledge sharing, and prioritization of tasks is required
  • Independent judgement and critical thinking when making decisions and performing duties.
  • Valid Driver’s license required
  • Access to own vehicle

We will provide a competitive salary and benefits package for the right candidate as well as a professional and rewarding working environment. We thank all applicants for their interest however only those selected for follow-up will be contacted.

Leasing Tenant Coordinator

Wesgroup is seeking a talented and outgoing Leasing Tenant Coordinator to join its Leasing team. This is an exciting and unique opportunity as Wesgroup is currently developing a number of mixed-use residential, commercial and industrial buildings across the Lower Mainland. The Tenant Coordinator is responsible for the coordination and tracking of lease requirements, including being an external representative with Tenants and working with multiple internal departments including leasing, construction, development and legal. The role reports to the Director of Leasing.

 

Job Responsibilities:

  • Coordination of Landlord Work between Leasing and Construction when negotiating leases
  • Providing regular reporting and communication to development, construction and leasing teams on the status of project, including the delivery of drawings, construction progress and acceptance
  • Possess a detailed understanding of Landlord Work requirements under leases and ensure that drawings and construction are coordinated with these items
  • Act as external representative with Tenant throughout construction process until key- handover and throughout deficiency process
  • Responsible for ensuring smooth handover from Landlord to Tenant of the building or suite
  • Attend site meetings, walkthroughs, inspections with the City, Consultants and Contractors
  • Assist with the technical review of detailed design plans, contract documents and technical specifications
  • Maintain documents and record drawings
  • Provide input to and coordinate with Wesgroup’s Development and Construction teams
  • Develop strong relationships with both internal and external stakeholders

 

Qualifications and Knowledge:

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred with a minimum of 2 years work experience in a role related to construction, leasing or project coordination/administration
  • General knowledge of construction practices/terminology and/ or building technology
  • Previous experience in finished product delivery and asset management handover considered to be an asset
  • Familiarity with legal documents considered to be an asset
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Highly detail oriented
  • Computer skills including MS Outlook, Powerpoint, Word and Excel
  • Proven ability to work in high pressured environments with tight deadlines
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to work in a team environment
  • Willing to take initiative and ownership with tasks
  • Must have access to own vehicle and possess valid BC drivers licence

 

We will provide a competitive salary and benefits package for the right candidate as well as a professional and rewarding working environment.

We thank all applicants for their interest however only those selected for follow-up will be contacted.

Sr. Development Manager

Due to continued growth, Wesgroup is now adding a Sr. Development Manager to its development team in Vancouver. This individual can expect to lead a wide variety of projects over time, from large master-plan projects such as River District, and high rise mixed-use residential, to boutique residential and commercial/ industrial projects. Wesgroup’s approach is to have one person clearly responsible for the successful execution of a project, understanding it strategically and as a business. The successful candidate will treat each project like their own business, seeking value and solving problems through an entrepreneurial mind set.

This role will report to the VP, Development. The role of Sr. Development Manager will consist of, but not be limited to, the following:

Job Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for leading the execution of multiple projects, including leading internal and external teams in delivering successful projects, taking responsibility for the design, approval and delivery, including financial viability of development projects
  • Representing Wesgroup in interactions with municipal staff and politicians in support of our applications and issuance of rezoning, development and building permits
  • Actively participate in industry and policy consultations, effectively communicating and reacting to impacts to Wesgroup projects and assets in real time
  • Lead public engagement activities, including being the public interface for Wesgroup with the community
  • Assisting with acquisitions due diligence and analysis, determining and making recommendations on the feasibility of multiple development scenarios
  • Project reporting, including the creation and management of business plans and development pro formas
  • Brings entrepreneurial spirit to development management, taking clear responsibility for the successful execution of a project, understanding it strategically and as a business

Qualifications and Knowledge:

  • 7+ years of relevant experience, including multi-family residential and commercial projects ideally with exposure to completion and delivery
  • Strong leadership skills with a proven history of leading/managing teams
  • Education and background in Real Estate, Commerce, Urban Land Economics, Architecture, Planning, Legal or Engineering
  • Experience managing projects through the full development cycle and be capable of managing several projects simultaneously
  • Experience in project completion, with demonstrated success on projects through construction and closing, including strata titling, air space parcels, etc.
  • Excellent understanding of the real estate market including general market analytics and trends, project launches and competitor awareness, and land regulation policies
  • Established network of contacts within the municipal, consultant and development communities
  • Excellent organizational, time management and prioritization skills including the ability to multi-task with competing priorities
  • Excellent understanding of business professionalism and the ability to work effectively under pressure within a fast-pasted team environment
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills (both written and verbal) are required, along with demonstrable success in leading project teams to a common goal
  • Excellent problem-solving skills and ability to balance multiple perspectives
  • Positive attitude and a desire to help others
  • Strong background in legal agreements
  • Strong computer skills and proficiency in MS Office applications including, Excel, Outlook and Word

We will provide a competitive salary and benefits package for the right candidate as well as a professional and rewarding working environment.  We thank all applicants for their interest however only those selected for follow-up will be contacted.

Development Manager

Wesgroup is seeking an experienced Development Manager to add to its development team in Vancouver. This individual can expect to lead a wide variety of projects over time, from large master-plan projects such as River District to smaller commercial/industrial projects. Wesgroup’s approach is to have one person clearly responsible for the successful execution of a project, understanding it strategically and as a business. Its entrepreneurial spirit drives it to find creative ways to solve problems and create value.

This role will report to the VP, Development. The role of Development Manager will consist of, but not be limited to, the following:

Job Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for leading the execution of multiple projects, including leading internal and external teams in delivering successful projects, taking responsibility for the design, approval and delivery, including financial viability of development projects
  • Representing Wesgroup in interactions with municipal staff and politicians in support of our applications and issuance of rezoning, development and building permits
  • Actively participate in industry and policy consultations, effectively communicating and reacting to impacts to Wesgroup projects and assets in real time
  • Managing the general scope of legal agreements typically associated with development projects
  • Lead public engagement activities, including being the public interface for Wesgroup with the community
  • Assisting with acquisitions due diligence and analysis, determining and making recommendations on the feasibility of multiple development scenarios
  • Project reporting, including the creation and management of business plans and development proformas
  • Brings entrepreneurial spirit to development management, taking clear responsibility for the successful execution of a project, understanding it strategically and as a business

 

Qualifications and Knowledge:

  • Minimum of 3-5 years of relevant experience, including multi-family residential and commercial projects ideally with exposure to completion and delivery
  • A fit with Wesgroup’s culture and organizational approach is paramount
  • Education and background in Real Estate, Commerce, Urban Land Economics, Architecture, Planning, Legal or Engineering
  • Excellent understanding of the real estate market including general market analytics and trends, project launches and competitor awareness, and land regulation policies
  • Established network of contacts within the municipal, consultant and development communities
  • Excellent organizational, time management and prioritization skills including the ability to multi-task with competing priorities
  • Excellent understanding of business professionalism and the ability to work effectively under pressure within a fast-pasted team environment
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills (both written and verbal) are required, along with demonstrable success in leading project teams to a common goal
  • Excellent problem-solving skills and ability to balance multiple perspectives
  • Positive attitude and a desire to help others
  • Strong background in legal agreements
  • Strong computer skills and proficiency in MS Office applications including, Excel, Outlook and Word

We will provide a competitive salary and benefits package for the right candidate as well as a professional and rewarding working environment.  We thank all applicants for their interest however only those selected for follow-up will be contacted.