Retail Big Box Leasing Specialist

Chicago, Illinois


Company Description

Founded in 1966, Heitman LLC is a global real estate investment management firm with approximately $44 billion in assets under management. Heitman’s real estate investment strategies include direct investments in the equity or debt capitalization of a property or in the securities of listed and publicly traded real estate companies. Heitman serves a global client base with clients from North American, European, Middle Eastern and Asia-Pacific institutions, pension plans, foundations and corporations and individual investors. Headquartered in Chicago, with additional offices in North America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific, Heitman’s more than 325 employees offer specialized expertise – from a specific discipline to local insight.

Job Description

Our Chicago office is looking for a Retail Big Box Leasing Specialist in the Asset Management group. This individual will participate in leasing responsibilities, reviewing LOIs and other general asset management support for a significant retail portfolio, which currently consists of a mixture of enclosed malls, lifestyle centers, and open air box & community centers across the country; these properties are leased and managed by joint venture operating partners or third party management and brokerage firms.

The responsibilities of a Retail Big Box Leasing Specialist include, but are not limited to:

  • Coordinate with, and provide leasing expertise to, the JV partners’ throughout the deal approval process for permanent leasing, including deal structure & economics, and all other material LOI and lease provisions.
  • Working with the SVP of Asset Management/Leasing Specialist to assist the management teams with the financial assumptions and merchandising plans for the properties.
  • Providing retail expertise to the firm and its various clients, partners, and third party managers.
  • Working daily with Heitman’s retail asset managers on such things as reviewing budgets, property valuations, leasing forecasts, annual business plans, and strategic planning in order to maximizing asset value.
  • Working directly with our JV partners, retail brokers, and third party leasing, marketing, management and development teams to achieve client and revenue objectives at the property level.
  • Assisting Heitman’s acquisition group with evaluating and analyzing potential new retail acquisitions.
  • Where appropriate, assist in managing national retailer relationships and deal making. While Heitman does not engage in any direct retail property management or leasing functions, we selectively do engage directly with retail tenants and/or their network of brokers and consultants.
  • Participate in property portfolio reviews, quarterly property valuations, and periodic internal retail presentations. We also regularly travel to the assets and meet with the teams on site.
  • Required travel is approximately 25% - 35%.


  • 5 – 12 years of commercial real estate experience, with at least five in a leasing capacity for open-air centers.
  • Possess an active network among relevant property management firms, brokerage groups, and national retail tenants
  • Ability to communicate effectively both internally within Heitman and externally with clients, JV partners, and third party teams.
  • Fully versed in financial and business analysis and ability to integrate regulatory, design, marketing, leasing, and operational variables into sound business decisions.

Additional Information

Interested professionals should apply via our website at Please make sure to select “careers” under the About tab to submit your cover letter and resume. If you are a Heitman employee, please make sure to apply using your Heitman email address.

Equal Employment Opportunity: Heitman is an equal employment opportunity employer and complies with all applicable laws prohibiting discrimination based on race, color, creed, religion, sex, age, national origin or ancestry, physical, medical or mental disability or condition (including, without limitation, HIV and AIDS), developmental disability, handicap, denial of family and medical care leave, denial of pregnancy leave, domestic partner status, status as a victim of sexual or domestic violence (or familial relationship to such victim), veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, arrest records, citizenship status, criminal history that has been expunged, unfavorable discharge from the military, or any other basis protected by federal, state or local laws.