Loan Originator, Private Real Estate Debt

Chicago, Illinois


Company Description

Founded in 1966, Heitman LLC is a global real estate investment management firm with over $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.

This Opportunity

Heitman is seeking a Loan Originator to join our Private Real Estate Debt Group. This position will be responsible for all aspects of debt originations and will work closely with members of the investment team.

The responsibilities of a Loan Originator include, but are not limited to:

  • Originate, structure, conduct due diligence and close mezzanine, preferred equity, and senior debt transactions. Specifically, the candidate will have a well-documented track record of negotiating and structuring complex loan structures, with experience in mezzanine and preferred equity structures.
  • Assess risks and opportunities, optimize portfolio balance in terms of both asset type and geographical diversity, maximize return on investments, and optimize cash flow.
  • Undertake a range of client facing responsibilities, including marketing and regular client communications.

We are seeking individuals who meet the following criteria:

  • Bachelor’s degree preferably in real estate, finance or economics
  • 5-7 years of experience in real estate lending or principal investment with a focus on value-add business plans
  • Track record of successfully originating senior bridge loans, mezzanine, structured finance and preferred equity positions
  • Strong contacts, relationships and standing in the investment community
  • Experience investing in multiple property types with a diverse investment background
  • Single asset and portfolio investment experience, familiarity with operating company investments, joint venture, mezzanine financing, entity level investing, and financial engineering
  • Financial modelling expertise
  • Development and value-add lending experience

Skills and capabilities

  • Excellent negotiation and business development skills
  • Strong deal management skills and exposure to large and complex deal processes across geographies and sector types
  • Entrepreneurial and open mindset
  • Strong financial acumen, with an understanding of mezzanine, preferred equity, and structured debt
  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Team playing attitude, sound investment judgment, and self-motivated
  • High level of flexibility and maturity

The Heitman Difference – Culture

Our culture recognizes the importance of our biggest differentiator — our people. Heitman’s collaborative work environment gives our professionals the opportunity to build something together. Something too appealing to ignore and too rewarding to leave.

Our culture is driven by our core values: Respect, Commitment, Innovation, and Integrity. We strive to maintain an inclusive and collaborative environment where all ideas are welcome. Among many other Heitman sponsored programs, we encourage our employees to get out into the community and volunteer with their favorite organizations – you’ll even get paid time off to do just that!

Heitman offers an excellent compensation and benefits package, including medical, dental and life insurance, 401K plan with employer match, and a generous vacation/sick plan.

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.