Sr Director Corporate Real Estate Strategy & Services

San Francisco, California
05 Oct 2016
23 Nov 2016
Oil and Gas
Contract Type
Full Time

PG&E Corporation is a Fortune 200 energy-based holding company (NYSE: PCG) whose primary operating subsidiary is Pacific Gas and Electric Company (Utility), a public utility operating in Northern and Central California.

Based in San Francisco, PG&E Corporation is the parent company of Pacific Gas and Electric Company, one of the largest combined natural gas and electric utilities in the United States with operations that span power generation and procurement; electric transmission and distribution; and natural gas transmission, distribution and storage. The company's nearly 23,000 employees deliver safe, reliable, affordable and clean energy to nearly 16 million people throughout its Northern and Central California service area stretching from Eureka in the north to Bakersfield in the south, and from the Pacific Ocean to the Sierra Nevada in the east.

As a California utility, PG&E is at the forefront of changes in the utility industry to support the transition to a cleaner energy economy. The company is ranked among the nation's cleanest utilities and is one of the industry's largest investors in infrastructure modernization and technology to support the addition of more renewable resources, strengthen safety and reliability, and build a smarter, more resilient grid to meet customers' evolving energy-related needs. Thirty percent of the energy PG&E delivered in 2015 came from state-qualified renewable resources, and approximately 60 percent comes from sources that emit no greenhouse gases. The company is also a leading voice shaping clean energy policies at the state and national levels.

PG&E is an integral contributor to California's economy, supporting jobs, stimulating economic growth and contributing to the tax base in hundreds of communities from Bakersfield to Eureka. In total, the company's operations support an estimated 70,000-plus jobs and generate more than $22 billion in annual economic output in California. PG&E had approximately $60 billion in assets as of December 31, 2015, and generated revenues of approximately $17 billion in 2015.

Since a highly publicized and very unfortunate explosion that occurred in San Bruno, California along one of PG&E's natural gas pipelines in 2010, the company has taken full responsibility, making reparations, accepting penalties and fines. PG&E has redoubled its commitment to create and maintain a business culture centered on employee and public safety, integrity, ethics and compliance. Additionally, PG&E has made significant investment in its gas system and integrity management, resulting in certification and recertification by Lloyd's Register on two of the highest internationally recognized safety certifications (ISO 55001 and PAS 55).

To affirm its commitments to ethics and compliance, the company appointed a new senior-level officer over ethics and compliance reporting directly to both the CEO and the Audit Committee of the Board.

Pacific Gas and Electric Company is an Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity Employer that actively pursues and hires a diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, physical or mental disability status, medical condition, protected veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information or any other factor that is not related to the job.

Department Overview

CRESS provides real estate and facility management services for the company. We establish policy and standards for the entire Company's real estate portfolio, and delegate the responsibility to manage and operate some of the facilities to certain lines of business. CRESS directly manages and operates nearly 7 million square feet of common-use facilities throughout the service territory, including offices buildings, customer service offices, Contact Centers, service centers, RMC's, conference centers, and the General Office.

Position Summary

The Senior Director is responsible for establishing the vision and strategy for the corporate real estate function. He/She provides leadership, governance, and policy guidance to the company for all activities related to the delivery and performance of an eight million square feet portfolio, over 630 buildings, budget of $140+ million in operating expenses and $200+ million in capital spend annually. The Senior Director provides strategic guidance and consults with key stakeholders to align department plans with company strategies. He/She will partner with officers to ensure business requirements are accounted for when formulating the real estate strategy and in the delivery of services.


• Bachelor's degree in Real Estate, Finance, Strategic Planning, Business or related technical field or equivalent experience
• 10 years of senior level experience in real estate, finance, consulting or planning function

• Master's degree or equivalent in finance, strategic planning and analysis, real estate or a related technical field
• Progressive experience in leading a large, diverse real estate portfolio and team in a complex corporate environment
• Demonstrated experience in leading and influencing corporate strategy development and visioning at the C-suite level.
• Proven experience with developing and executing major enterprise-wide programs and/or strategies and driving best practices, service levels and performance record.
• Ability to effectively influence senior leadership to achieve understanding, acceptance, and commitment to support corporate real estate strategies.
• Demonstrated ability to set vision and strategy, create an engaging team environment, and lead and develop others.
• Exceptional leadership, collaboration, negotiation, conflict resolution and influencing skills.
• Excellent collaborator with the ability to solve complex and sensitive issues and the unique ability to balance strategic and tactical needs. • Strong client engagement emphasis, change management focus, business acumen, and financial skills.
• Ability to interact effectively at all levels to influence the proper strategy and portfolio planning for real estate at PG&E, especially at the officer level.
• Excellent ability to understand and solve diverse and complex issues through clarity of thought and critical thinking.
• Ability to develop and communicate clear goals, track and manage progress, and deliver consistent results.
• Exceptional verbal, written and presentation communication skills - demonstrating flexibility, and ability to understand and navigate the organization.

Leadership Qualities

PG&E expects its leaders to conduct themselves with the highest ethics and integrity and to embody specific leadership qualities.

Strategic Mindset
• Seeing ahead to future possibilities and translating them into breakthrough strategies.
• Operating effectively, even when things are not certain or the way forward is not clear.
A Leader in the Community and Industry
• Effectively building formal and informal relationship networks inside and outside the organization.
• Anticipating and balancing the needs of multiple stakeholders.
Demonstrates Safety Leadership
• A safety champion in words and deeds with respect to both employee and public safety
• Maintaining an environment of open dialog and free of retaliation
Influences and Inspires
• Using various- communications that convey a clear understanding of the needs of different audiences.
• Maneuvering comfortably through complex policy, process, and people-related dynamics.
Optimizes Team Performance-
• Building strong-identity teams that apply their diverse skills and perspectives to achieve common goals.
• Creating a climate where people are developed and motivated to do their best to help the organization
Values Diversity and Creates Inclusion
• Recognizing the value that different perspectives and cultures bring to an organization.
Fiscally Responsible
• Interpreting and applying understanding of key financial indicators to make better business decisions.
• Planning and prioritizing work to meet commitments aligned with organizational goals.
Leads Ethically and in a Compliant Manner
• Sponsoring and sustaining a high integrity speak-up corporate culture which prioritizes ethics, safety and compliance
• Building on necessary level of industry, company and subject-matter expertise, including laws and regulations
Provides a High Level of Customer Service
• Building strong customer relationships and delivering customer-centric solutions.


• Provides guidance and thought leadership to senior officers in all matters related to corporate real estate.
• Develops the enterprise's long-term strategy, and delivers real estate solutions, facilities services, policies and best practices that provides for a safe, engaging, productive, and sustainable work environment.
• Chairs the company's Real Estate Executive Committee and governs enterprise real estate decisions and investments to maximize enterprise value, minimize costs, and create an enabling collaborative work environment relevant to PG&E's long term business goals.
• Directs team, consultants and service providers in executing the real estate and facilities strategic and tactical goals with objective of improving revenue, maximizing operating efficiencies, and promoting the highest and best use of assets.
• Develops relationships with Officers using collaborative, cross-functional, strategic relationships to facilitate the accomplishment of enterprise-level goals.
• Serves as the primary face of corporate real estate strategy & services to Officer Team and lines of business leadership; lead client relationships, quality, and satisfaction.
• Leads and accountable for the operational plan, budgeting, finance, and corporate activities.
• Develops and influences senior leaders to implement a multi-year plan for the corporate real estate portfolio, in alignment with the company goals and ensures successful execution.
• Engages and promotes company values and manages relationships with lines of senior leadership as a primary point of contact and accountability for real estate and facilities services.
• Leads,mentors and guides leaders within the organization in establishing objectives, policies, programs and best practices that ensure successful risk informed real estate program management activities and efficient delivery of services to support long-term business needs.
• Leads the development of capital plans, budget plans and forecasts, including cost efficiency efforts in partnership with finance groups and vendors.
• Ensures that team leaders and service providers are in compliance with all statutory and reporting regulations and PG&E policies and controls, and risks are appropriately mitigated through risk based prioritization of facility investments.
• Promotes continuous improvement by championing good process, methodology, technology and training. Leads the implementation of lean processes and best practices within the corporate real estate organization
• Ensures the on-going leadership, monitoring, and management of vendors' performance in delivering excellent service and response.
• Leads the corporate real estate's General Rate Case efforts, and provides expert testimony. Publicly represent and advocate for PG&E with external stakeholders with corporate matters, especially related to corporate real estate.
• Ensures that continuous improvement & benchmarking are on-going activities to identify leading practices to be implemented at PG&E to support employee satisfaction, increased productivity, and lower costs.
• Provides leadership to directors and managers on the corporate real estate team to review forecasts and help provide portfolio and financial oversight, strategic vision, leadership and support.