Director, Real Estate and Facilities

Corporate Support Charlotte, North Carolina


Position at CTE

Join the CTE Team

As a family-owned company under our third generation of leadership, we have built our business based on the principles of trust, integrity and a desire to help our customers and employees succeed.

Since 1926, we’ve supported the strength of our communities by supplying equipment for critical infrastructure and commerce, and by funding programs that advance social and economic vitality. Being around for nearly 100 years means we change and pivot to capture opportunities and avoid challenges. We make smart investments in our company and continuously improve as part of our vision to be a trailblazing company that’s built to last.

We’re looking for hard-working, team-oriented professionals who enjoy working on new challenges every day. We believe our employees are the key to our success, and we’re committed to providing a work experience that helps our team grow to their full potential.

Join a leading solutions provider and be a part of a group of highly skilled technicians, sales and support team members who exist to serve as a trusted partner to our customers, communities and fellow employees.


To support our existing footprint and enable future growth, CTE is looking for a Director of Real Estate and Facilities to help drive execution and influence strategy. The Director of Real Estate & Facilities will be responsible for the development, management, and execution of all Real Estate and Facility strategies across the CTE footprint, inclusive of 30+ owned and leased locations. Key deliverables include life cycle planning, building maintenance services, capital forecasting, and project management for facility renovations and expansions. The Director will play an integral role in executing a campus modernization in advance of the company celebrating the milestone of 100 years in operation and provide a legacy for future generations of CTE employees.

Essential Functions

  • Establish and deliver a strategic playbook for real estate and facilities management that balances total cost of ownership with the needs of the operating divisions.
  • Drive execution of key projects, anticipate and mitigate risks, and operate with an “on time, on budget” mindset that is reinforced with direct reports and third-party vendors.
  • Negotiate a wide variety of real estate transactions such as new leases, renewals, amendments and subleases including drafting and preparation of agreements and related documents.
  • Develop a strong working relationship with vendors, including general contractors, architects, sub-contractors, brokers, and service providers (maintenance, landscaping, security, etc).
  • Maintain and reinforce internal business partnerships while maintaining healthy levels of tension over balancing business requirements with corporate goals and strategy.
  • Manage the forecasting, prioritization, and capital expense approval process for all real estate projects.
  • Accountable for implementing continuous improvement projects, including but not limited to; operationalizing lease management database, maintaining site assessments, establishing and enforcing CTE facility standards, and delivering on various security initiatives.
  • Oversee lease administration; manage and monitor key/critical dates such as renewal and termination options.
  • Manage real estate financial obligations and annual cap-ex budget; review of annual TICAM and operating expenses for lease compliance on a per location basis.
  • Serve as Project Owner on major capital projects and communicate progress to key stakeholders in a transparent, consistent manner.
  • Understand various obligations as stated in the leases; pursue landlords for compliance (as needed); recommend and coordinate legal action as necessary.
  • Recommend updates to facility layouts that support a more collaborative and productive environment for office, warehouse, and shop employees.
  • Perform due diligence on properties which are part of potential business acquisitions; manage efforts to successfully integrate acquired (leased or owned) facilities.
  • Effectively present information to Senior Leadership Team; present lease deals and large project Capex for approval.
  • Ability to complete an RFP for multiple projects in a timely manner.
  • Actively coach and develop team to meet goals and perform tasks efficiently at a high level.
  • Other duties as assigned

Supervisory Responsibilities

This job has supervisory responsibilities.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualifying individuals to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience

  • Bachelor's degree in Business, Real Estate, Engineering or other qualitative field or equivalent work experience is required
  • Minimum 8 years progressive experience in management of real estate, facilities, leases, and construction.
  • Strong understanding and competency negotiating different types of leases either directly or with broker assistance.
  • Conduct/obtain market surveys and assessments; ability to determine fair market rate to be used in negotiations and analysis.
  • Capable of creating Capital budgets on an annual and per project basis.
  • Working knowledge of architectural, electrical, and mechanical systems.
  • Capable of analyzing quotes for mechanical, electrical, lighting, plumbing, roofing, asphalt, concrete and general facility repairs to determine the appropriate solution and the best value.
  • Capable of writing scope of work for major projects such as a store remodel.
  • Provide project management for large capital projects.
  • Understanding of store/office signage, including use of materials, permitting, etc.
  • General understanding of property and liability insurance.

Skills & Abilities

  • Possess excellent project management skills with the ability to mitigate risks before they compromise timelines.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills – effectively communicates across all levels of the organization.
  • Exhibit diplomacy to effectively balance formal and informal lines of communication and build consensus within dynamic, competitive teams.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, peers and others in the organization.
  • Ability and willingness to make tough decisions based on facts and assumptions.
  • Ability to delegate, make decisions, and hold people (employees and third parties) accountable for agreed upon job goals.
  • Skill in prioritizing, assigning, reviewing and evaluating work
  • Broad general management skills. Including knowledge of business systems, business processes, management, budgeting, and business office operations.

Language Skills

Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.

Analytical / Reasoning Ability

Ability to identify cause-effect relationships and interrelated business activities. Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

Workplace Requirements

The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical Demands

While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to sit. The employee must frequently lift, carry, push, pull and /or otherwise move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment

While performing the duties of this Job, depending on site location, the employee may be exposed to moving mechanical parts and equipment. The employee may occasionally be exposed to high, precarious places, fumes or airborne particles; outside weather conditions and vibration. The employee may occasionally be exposed to wet and/or humid conditions; toxic or caustic chemicals; extreme cold; extreme heat and risk of electrical shock. The noise level in some work environments is occasionally loud.

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status. If you are unable to complete the application without an accommodation, please call 704-731-7701 for assistance.