Careers

The John Buck Company posts career opportunities on an ad hoc basis across all roles and practice areas of the firm. We are continually looking for professionals who seek a dynamic and challenging work environment and who share our entrepreneurial spirit and passion for real estate.


M.B.A. Recruiting:
The John Buck Company recruits students from top graduate programs for both full-time employment and internships throughout the year.

All inquiries should be sent to careers@tjbc.com

Controller

SUMMARY:

The successful candidate will be one of the leaders of the accounting team. Reporting to the SVP – Finance & Accounting, the Controller will lead and manage the firm’s corporate accounting and fund accounting function and oversee a team of 6 professionals. The Controller will have significant interaction with senior executives of the firm. Responsibilities include:

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Oversight of all corporate accounting functions, including corporate accounting and reporting, system administration, accounts payable and treasury management/cash transactions reporting, and corporate FP&A
  • Oversight of private fund accounting reporting, including preparation of fund financials, quarterly valuation process, fund capital calls and distributions, fund analytics, Advisory Board reporting, lender compliance reporting, and investor related requests
    Review partnership agreements and ensure compliance with documents, as well as understanding of waterfall and promote calculations
  • Oversight of year end audit and tax filing process with auditors and tax preparers for fund and corporate entities
  • Manage corporate accounting staff of 6 professionals. Develop and train accounting professionals and serve as a trusted mentor and leader for the team
  • Oversight and completion of annual budget, reforecasting, and cash flow projections for corporate entities
  • Management of internal departmental reporting and P&L maintenance by department
  • Work with external accounting firms to plan, review and complete annual audits, reviews, and tax return filings for fund and corporate entities
  • Assessment and redesign of corporate accounting processes, as necessary
  • Manage treasury management function for all entities
  • Assess corporate accounting software and recommend any changes required.  Lead new software implementation project if such a project is deemed necessary
  • Serve as a trusted adviser to CFO and to SVP on all accounting, tax, audit and process improvement matters
  • Proactively research technical accounting and reporting matters and stay abreast of pending changes in relevant technical guidance
  • Assist with special projects as requested

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from a strong undergraduate program
  • 7+ years of private fund GAAP and tax (partnership/pass-thru) accounting experience with public accounting firm and/or real estate private investment fund
  • Previous experience managing a team required
  • Real estate and familiarity with private investment funds and general partner structures required
  • An understanding of commercial real estate a plus
  • Ability to review, analyze, and quickly digest complex legal documents
  • Expert-level Excel proficiency in v-lookups, pivot tables, charting, and modeling
  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment and exhibit initiative and flexibility
  • Ability to problem solve and initiate change to accomplish goals
  • Ability to work independently to determine solutions to issues and formulate thoughtful, relevant questions
  • Ability to communicate succinctly and clearly with all levels of the organization.
  • CPA is preferred

 

EMPLOYER’S RIGHTS:

This job description does not list all the duties of the job.  Incumbents may be asked by their supervisors or managers to perform other duties.  The employer has the right to revise this job description at any time.  The job description is not a contract for employment, and either the incumbent or the employer may terminate employment at any time, for any reason.

 

COMPANY SUMMARY:

Founded in 1981, The John Buck Company (JBC) has established a track record and reputation as a premier, vertically-integrated real estate operating company focused on major U.S. urban markets. Since inception, JBC has made principal investments in assets comprising more than $6.7 billion of gross value, and acquired, developed, or redeveloped over 42 million square feet of office, residential and mixed-use properties. The company has evolved from the developer that transformed Chicago’s Wacker Drive and Michigan Avenue to become a national development, investment, and asset management firm that produces superior returns for its fund investors and capital partners. In turn, JBC has utilized its operating platform to provide world-class property management, development, and construction services for its clients.

 

PLEASE SEND YOUR RESUME TO CAREERS@TJBC.COM TO APPLY.

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Manager of IT Systems Support

SUMMARY:

The Manager of IT Systems Support is responsible for the oversight and supervision of all IT project initiatives, deployments, end  user support, and  the upkeep of the technology infrastructure within the organization. This position will report directly to the Chief Information Officer.  This individual must  possess  the ability  to quickly  adapt and  understand the technical  make up and  requirements of the organization, effectively supervise technical staff, possess exceptional troubleshoot skills, research and  recommend new technological initiatives, and  provide outstanding customer service for all of company employees and contractors.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Work closely with the Chief Information Officer to assure all support initiatives, projects, and systems align with business objectives
  • Provide technical oversight, assistance and mentorship for the IT support staff
  • Responsible for providing desktop and technical support to internal and external clients
  • Setup and configure hardware (e.g. desktops; laptops, servers, media equipment)
  • Upgrade/Update computer software for all internal and external end user desktops and servers
  • Coordinate resolution plans of malfunctioning equipment with appropriate vendors
  • Create tickets using IT ticketing system, and  accurately update tickets with all pertinent actions and data  within  the specified  time limits
  • Coordinate and project lead new office startups and operations
  • Diagnose and repair  LAN/WAN issues
  • Develop and  implement system redundancy and disaster recovery  upgrades, maintenance, monitoring
  • Manage and  maintain Cisco routers, switches, ASA security appliances, and  wireless controllers
  • Perform complex  level upgrade/installation plans within scheduled maintenance periods
  • Install, test and confirm physical  and virtual connectivity for any and all network devices
  • Perform equipment checks remotely using monitoring tools in accordance with established policies and  procedures         ·
  • Perform server  and security audits and ongoing reviews of infrastructure
  • Create and  maintain’as-built’ diagrams/ documentation, as well as, process and procedure documentation
  • Works closely with the Chief Information Officer to ensure successful execution of all IT initiatives.
  • Identify and analyze business needs  and  recommend technical solutions.
  • Establish strong working relationships with third  party  providers.
  • Develops business-relevant metrics to measure the efficiency and effectiveness of  IT systems.
  • Design, plan, and install  new systems and  upgrade of current systems.
  • Work closely  with   the  Chief  Information Officer  and   other   departments to  identify, recommend, develop, implement, and  support  cost-effective technology solutions for all aspects  of the organization.
  • Must be highly  organized and  detail  oriented with  excellent communication skiiis, both written and  verbal.
  • Must be able to learn  new  skills and  deal  with  constant change, work  in small  and  large groups, and  communicate technical  information to a non-technical audience.
  • Manage all aspects  of the company’s IT infrastructure, including servers, hardware, data center, network, business continuity, and  managed service providers.
  • Design, plan, and install new systems and  upgrade of current systems.
  • Evaluate and make recommendation technological advances required and ensure effective risk management for the Information Systems.
  • Support global network integration and  IT systems planning, including cloud  strategy planning and  implementation.

This position is ideal for someone who is

  • Passionate about Technology
  • Dependable — more reliable than spontaneous
  • Thrives in a high-pressure environment
  • Innovative — prefers working in unconventional ways or on tasks that require creativity
  • Autonomous/Independent– enjoys working with little direction
  • Achievement-oriented– enjoys taking on challenges, even if they might fail

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Minimum of 5+ years of Information Technology Experience
  • Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology! or Computer Science preferred
  • Certifications MCP, MCSE (MCP+I), CCNA, CCNP a plus
  • Demonstrated experience with information system disaster recovery planning and testing, auditing, and risk analysis
  • Significant understanding of IT Infrastructure technologies including network, server (Windows), endpoint, mobile, storage and  how security relates to the overall  IT
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and interpersonal collaborative skills to be able to communicate security and  risk-related concepts to technical  and  non-technical  audiences
  • Ability to lead and manage technical, related projects
  • Strong vendor management skills
  • Accountable – establishes and meets aggressive expectations
  • Positive leadership style
  • Hands on experience with Windows Servers (2008/2012/2016)
  • Experience with deployment of server, workstation, networking hardware and virtualized environments
  • Excellent understanding of network protocols, VLANs, DNS, structured cabling, Active Directory,  Group  Policy, VPN  Technologies  and  VOIP are  required.   Background  in enterprise level networking, required.
  • Experience with administration in a Microsoft Windows operating system, Exchange and Cisco environment are required.
  • Good understanding of Microsoft SharePoint implementation and management.
  • Requires proficiency with the Microsoft office products.
  • Strong technology skills in working with Cisco WAN, SD WAN and LAN environments.
  • Must be flexible to work  on multiple  tasks with  the ability  to prioritize  and  use  time management techniques as necessary
  • Some travel required

 

COMPANY SUMMARY:
Founded in 1981, The John , Buck Company (JBC) has established a track record and  reputation as a premier, vertically-integrated real estate operating company focused  on major   U.S.  urban  markets. Since  inception,  JBC  has  made   principal  investments  in  assets comprising more than $6.7 billion of gross value, and acquired, developed, or redeveloped over 42 million square feet of office, residential and  mixed-use properties. The company has evolved from the  developer that  transformed Chicago’s Wacker  Drive  and  Michigan   Avenue to  become  a national development, investment, and asset management firm that produces superior returns for their fund  investors and capital partners. In turn, JBC has utilized its operating platform to provide world-class property management, development, and  construction services for their clients.

 

EMPLOYER’S RIGHTS:
This job description does not list all the duties  of the job.  Incumbents  may be asked  by their supervisors or managers  to perform  other duties.   The employer  has the right to revise this job description at any  time.   The job description is not a contract  for employment, and  either  the incumbent  or the employer may terminate employment at any time, for any reason.

 

PLEASE SEND YOUR RESUME TO CAREERS@TJBC.COM TO APPLY.

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Senior Portfolio Analyst

SUMMARY:

This position will be a highly visible role that interacts with all levels of the organization and works closely with the SVP – Finance & Accounting and CFO. This position is a multi-faceted role that will be involved in all matters related to the investment funds such as accounting, portfolio management, development analysis, investor relations, compliance, and corporate FP&A.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Prepare quarterly and year end fund financial statements.
  • Coordinate valuation process for quarterly report.
  • Prepare fund capital call and distributions amounts.
  • Assist with the preparation of fund analytics including IRR and other return calculations
  • Perform investment and fund performance projections
  • Prepare reports and analyses for Advisory Board meetings
  • Assist with the preparation of fundraising pitchbooks and presentations
  • Assist with various one-off investor requests
  • Review fund partnership agreements and ensure compliance with documents.
  • Review fund loan agreements and prepare quarterly lender covenant compliance calculations, as well as monitor fund covenant compliance.
  • Assist/Coordinate with auditors and tax preparers for year end Fund financial statements and tax returns.
  • Prepare financial statements and ad hoc reporting for pre-development and development investments.
  • Assist with corporate FP&A projects as needed.
  • Assist with special projects as requested

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Finance from a strong undergraduate program.
  • 3+ years of relevant experience with a multi-national CPA firm or a real estate investment firm.
  • Real estate and familiarity with private investment funds and general partner structures preferred.
  • Ability to review, analyze, and quickly digest complex legal documents.
  • Expert-level Excel proficiency in v-lookups, pivot tables, charting, and modeling.
  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment and exhibit initiative and flexibility.
  • Ability to problem solve and initiate change to accomplish goals.
  • Ability to work independently to determine solutions to issues and formulate thoughtful, relevant questions.
  • Ability to communicate succinctly and clearly.
  • CPA is preferred

 

EMPLOYER’S RIGHTS:

This job description does not list all the duties of the job.  Incumbents may be asked by their supervisors or managers to perform other duties.  The employer has the right to revise this job description at any time.  The job description is not a contract for employment, and either the incumbent or the employer may terminate employment at any time, for any reason.

 

PLEASE SEND YOUR RESUME TO CAREERS@TJBC.COM TO APPLY.

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