Manager, Commercial Property

Updated: about 1 month ago
Location: Bedford Park, SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Job Type: FullTime



About Flinders

Our bold vision, captured in our Strategic Plan: making a Difference: The 2025 Agenda, is to be internationally recognised as a world leader in research, an innovator in contemporary education, and the source of Australia’s most enterprising graduates.

To realise this ambition, we recently made a significant organisation change to a six College structure with a professional staff and services alignment.

We recognise the key to our success is exceptional people and we’re seeking an outstanding individual to join the team of our transformed university.

Employment Type:

Fixed Term (Fixed Term)

Position Summary

Fixed-term, full-time, available for 3 years
Compensation Grade:
Higher Education Officer Level 9
Salary Range:
$115,325 - $123,405 pa
Reporting to:
Associate Director, Strategic Planning and Sustainability
Flinders University currently manages a diverse commercial and residential property portfolio through a range of arrangements across metropolitan Adelaide, regional and remote South Australia as well as through the Northern Territory supporting our Rural and Remote Health programs.
Under limited direction, and in accordance with the strategic goals and objectives of the University, the Manager, Commercial Property will be responsible for optimising our portfolio ensuring pro-active, strategic and effective management to meet the University’s needs over the short, medium and long term.
The position will functionally be responsible to the Associate Director, Strategic Planning and Sustainability and will develop property strategies and comprehensive agreements to preserve the University interests in complex tenure arrangements and appropriately maintain and adequately manage the agreements operationally and financially.

Key Position Responsibilities

The Manager, Commercial Property is accountable for the effective and efficient management of the University’s real property portfolio, including:

  • Leading discussions with internal stakeholders to understand their short, medium, and long-term business needs and translating this into a property portfolio strategy to meet these needs.

  • Developing and presenting business cases to seek approval for the acquisition, refurbishment, or disposal of properties as required.

  • Leading discussions and negotiations (both with internal and external stakeholders) for the development of comprehensive and innovative real property and occupancy approaches to meet the University’s requirements.

  • Preparing new and managing existing leases, licenses, contracts, and agreements to ensure the University’s interests are protected and effectively managed across its property portfolio.

  • Providing strategic advice to senior university staff (including the Senior Executive Team) on matters associated with the real property portfolio.

  • Developing, maintaining, and reporting information related to the effective management of the real property portfolio, including record management, tenancy schedules, financial forecasts and facility management activities.

  • Developing annual revenue and expenditure budgets across the portfolio including outgoings reconciliation of University asset owned or operated premises.

  • Any other responsibilities in line with the level of the role as assigned by the Supervisor and/or the University.

Key Position Capabilities

  • Postgraduate qualifications and relevant experience or an equivalent combination of experience and / or education and / or training.

  • Extensive experience in property management and effectively managing university scale property portfolios.

  • Extensive experience in understanding business needs and developing and implementing property strategy(s) to meet these needs.

  • Demonstrated commitment to client needs, a track record in providing high quality client focussed service and the ability to build relationships with key client groups and colleagues to develop solutions and create opportunities.

  • Demonstrated commitment to operating with the highest ethical standards and ensuring the integrity and fairness in all decision-making processes.

  • Demonstrated experience in preparing, analysing, and assessing leases, licences, and legal property documents.

  • Demonstrated experience and knowledge of current landlord and tenant legislation, including Retail and Commercial Leases Act and the Law of Property Act.

  • High level oral, interpersonal, and written communication skills.

For application enquiries please contact: Dr Shane Jennings



Information for Applicants:

You are required to provide a suitability statement of no more than three pages, addressing the key capabilities of the position as outlined above. In addition, you are required to upload your CV.

A valid National Police Certificate which is satisfactory to the University will also be required before the successful applicant can commence in this position.

We are seeking to increase the diversity to improve equal opportunity outcomes for employees, and therefore we encourage female applicants, people with a disability and/or from Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders descent to apply.

Please note, late applications and applications sent via agencies will not be accepted.

Applications Close 11:59pm:

15 Sep 2021



About Flinders

Our bold vision, captured in our Strategic Plan: making a Difference: The 2025 Agenda, is to be internationally recognised as a world leader in research, an innovator in contemporary education, and the source of Australia’s most enterprising graduates.

To realise this ambition, we recently made a significant organisation change to a six College structure with a professional staff and services alignment.

We recognise the key to our success is exceptional people and we’re seeking an outstanding individual to join the team of our transformed university.

Employment Type:

Fixed Term (Fixed Term)

Position Summary

Fixed-term, full-time, available for 3 years
Compensation Grade:
Higher Education Officer Level 9
Salary Range:
$115,325 - $123,405 pa
Reporting to:
Associate Director, Strategic Planning and Sustainability
Flinders University currently manages a diverse commercial and residential property portfolio through a range of arrangements across metropolitan Adelaide, regional and remote South Australia as well as through the Northern Territory supporting our Rural and Remote Health programs.
Under limited direction, and in accordance with the strategic goals and objectives of the University, the Manager, Commercial Property will be responsible for optimising our portfolio ensuring pro-active, strategic and effective management to meet the University’s needs over the short, medium and long term.
The position will functionally be responsible to the Associate Director, Strategic Planning and Sustainability and will develop property strategies and comprehensive agreements to preserve the University interests in complex tenure arrangements and appropriately maintain and adequately manage the agreements operationally and financially.

Key Position Responsibilities

The Manager, Commercial Property is accountable for the effective and efficient management of the University’s real property portfolio, including:

  • Leading discussions with internal stakeholders to understand their short, medium, and long-term business needs and translating this into a property portfolio strategy to meet these needs.

  • Developing and presenting business cases to seek approval for the acquisition, refurbishment, or disposal of properties as required.

  • Leading discussions and negotiations (both with internal and external stakeholders) for the development of comprehensive and innovative real property and occupancy approaches to meet the University’s requirements.

  • Preparing new and managing existing leases, licenses, contracts, and agreements to ensure the University’s interests are protected and effectively managed across its property portfolio.

  • Providing strategic advice to senior university staff (including the Senior Executive Team) on matters associated with the real property portfolio.

  • Developing, maintaining, and reporting information related to the effective management of the real property portfolio, including record management, tenancy schedules, financial forecasts and facility management activities.

  • Developing annual revenue and expenditure budgets across the portfolio including outgoings reconciliation of University asset owned or operated premises.

  • Any other responsibilities in line with the level of the role as assigned by the Supervisor and/or the University.

Key Position Capabilities

  • Postgraduate qualifications and relevant experience or an equivalent combination of experience and / or education and / or training.

  • Extensive experience in property management and effectively managing university scale property portfolios.

  • Extensive experience in understanding business needs and developing and implementing property strategy(s) to meet these needs.

  • Demonstrated commitment to client needs, a track record in providing high quality client focussed service and the ability to build relationships with key client groups and colleagues to develop solutions and create opportunities.

  • Demonstrated commitment to operating with the highest ethical standards and ensuring the integrity and fairness in all decision-making processes.

  • Demonstrated experience in preparing, analysing, and assessing leases, licences, and legal property documents.

  • Demonstrated experience and knowledge of current landlord and tenant legislation, including Retail and Commercial Leases Act and the Law of Property Act.

  • High level oral, interpersonal, and written communication skills.

For application enquiries please contact: Dr Shane Jennings



Information for Applicants:

You are required to provide a suitability statement of no more than three pages, addressing the key capabilities of the position as outlined above. In addition, you are required to upload your CV.

A valid National Police Certificate which is satisfactory to the University will also be required before the successful applicant can commence in this position.

We are seeking to increase the diversity to improve equal opportunity outcomes for employees, and therefore we encourage female applicants, people with a disability and/or from Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders descent to apply.

Please note, late applications and applications sent via agencies will not be accepted.

Applications Close 11:59pm:

15 Sep 2021
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