What started off as a 3 van rental company in Portugal, brought to reality in 2013, has become Europe’s largest campervan rental company.
With a fleet of 1.000+ vehicles, Indie Campers currently operates over 40 locations across Portugal, Spain, France, Italy (+ Sicily & Sardinia), Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium, Croatia, the UK, Ireland, Iceland, Austria, Sweden and opening more destinations at any moment.
Aiming to provide travellers with the ultimate road trip experience, Indie Campers offers the opportunity to start a journey in one location and end it in any of our other depots across Europe.
As Real Estate Development Manager you will be responsible for propelling our growth across Europe and U.S. by developing the best strategy to add dozens and potentially hundreds of real estate spaces to our portfolio .
You will drive supply growth of operational depots and parking locations by working with our local team of Operational Area Managers and local teams to identify top-of-the-funnel purchase and lease opportunities for Indie Campers, negotiate purchase prices / leases, manage deal closings, develop the spaces to match our brand and customer requirements and asset manage the properties in Indie Campers’ portfolio.
Your primary role is to source, negotiate, close, set up and administer Indie Campers locations by collaborating with our Operations team, as well as external partners such as property owners, landlords, developers, real estate agents and administrative consultants to sign as many units as possible across the locations targeted for our operational growth.
What you ll do
Grow Indie Campers’ portfolio of rental stations and parking locations across Europe and U.S.
Lead the prospecting, qualification, pitching, and closing of new real estate opportunities.
Build relationships and pitch Indie Campers to many of the largest landlords, property owners and developers in each region and country across Europe and U.S.
Oversee and guide the negotiation and structuring of deals by performing market analysis, deal prospecting and underwriting, and aligning public policy stakeholders.
Work closely with the Operational Area Managers and local teams to develop and implement a real estate growth / acquisition and development plan, while assuring timely and accurate implementation of our key operational requirements, as well as compliance with local / national requirements.
Establish and leverage local real estate knowledge and a network of contacts in the market to source landlords, property owners, real estate developers with suitable opportunities where Indie Campers business model can operate at full potential.
Develop and manage relationships with a network of landlords, property owners, real estate developers and real estate agents, including lead sourcing, deal structuring, ongoing correspondence, troubleshooting, lease compliance and regulatory compliance.
Collaborate in designing and negotiating financing solutions with key financial partners (e.g. local banks, real estate investment funds) adequate to Indie Campers real estate strategy and business model economics.
Map out and become knowledgeable in local and national public policy and existing commercial business, hotel and rent-a-car regulations, alongside commercial and industrial property code / legislation.
Work cross functionally with other teams to guarantee full alignment with operational requirements and grow our brand equity across Europe by guaranteeing an outstanding at-premises customer experience and engaging in community relations so as to grow Indie Campers’ public image.
Who you are
3+ years of real estate development / management experience at a leading real estate development fund or real estate management company.
Proven ability to structure and close complex real estate deals, ranging all aspects of real estate development, including conceptualization, prospecting, underwriting, equity structures, financing, permitting, title and regulatory set up, construction, and exits.
Experience managing and motivating large real estate teams.
Fluent in English (mandatory)
High degree of emotional intelligence, with the ability to present a value proposition and handling objections while inspiring trust.
Ability to build powerful networks across multiple geographies and types of partners.
Ability to understand and push through the regulatory and public policy environment.
Self-driven, analytical, pragmatic, with an entrepreneurial drive to find solutions with a frugality mindset.
Strategic thinker who understand what it takes to get things done and achieve rapid growth, while guaranteeing quality outcome at scale.
Great negotiation skills and the ability to rally both internal and external stakeholders to move forward complex deals.
Ability to thrive in a fast-moving, rapid growth environment.