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Acquisitions Analyst - Real Estate

Acquisitions Analyst - Real Estate


What You'll Do

We’re looking for an Acquisitions Analyst to join our Principal Real Estate team. In this role, you’ll provide analytical support for acquisitions and dispositions in real estate private equity transactions!

  • Evaluate equity investment opportunities across multiple product types (industrial, apartments, office, retail, and alternatives) using sensitivity analysis, variance analysis, or preliminary valuations of prospective acquisitions/dispositions
  • Perform due diligence and support the preparation of supporting documentation including presentations and develop written investment committee memos
  • Develop an understanding of products, programs and clients’ needs through available training programs and involvement in ongoing acquisition/disposition activities
  • Assure quality information reaches laterally between the acquisition/disposition team and the appropriate Asset Manager, including valuation inputs, and other information necessary
  • Under the direction of senior team members, conduct ongoing research relating to acquisitions, including pricing trends, portfolio construction and related developments to provide quality control of the statistical database

Principal Real Estate, a top-10 global real estate manager with approximately $100B in assets under management, is the dedicated real estate investment group within Principal Asset Management. With over 60 years of experience our comprehensive, specialized capabilities across all four quadrants of commercial real estate-—private equity, public equity, public debt, and private debt gives us a unique perspective on real estate space and capital markets.


Principal Asset Management offers global asset management expertise across a diverse set of traditional and alternative asset classes. Check us out at!

Who You Are

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent (preference for degrees in finance, mathematics, economics or real estate)
  • Working knowledge of valuation modeling techniques and valuation software products
  • Strong quantitative financial background and statistics including basic finance concepts such as time value of money

Skills That Will Help You Stand Out

  • Highly motivated and self-starter
  • Real estate experience preferred (including full time or internship experience), but not required
  • Proficient in Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint
  • Ability to quickly and accurately analyze large quantities of information and communicate results, including views on financial and non-financial aspects of transactions
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Successfully completed trainee/internship program
  • Argus Enterprise software knowledge

Salary Range Information

Salary ranges below reflect targeted base salaries. Non-sales positions have the opportunity to participate in a bonus program. Sales positions are eligible for sales incentives, and in some instances a bonus plan, whereby total compensation may far exceed base salary depending on individual performance. Actual compensation for all roles will be based upon geographic location, work experience, education, licensure requirements and/or skill level and will be finalized at the time of offer.

Salary Range (Non-Exempt expressed as hourly; Exempt expressed as yearly)

$71250 - $85000 / year

Time Off Program

Flexible Time Off (FTO) is provided to salaried (exempt) employees and provides the opportunity to take time away from the office with pay for vacation, personal or short-term illness. Employees don’t accrue a bank of time off under FTO and there is no set number of days provided.

Pension Eligible


Additional Information


This role will be based out of our World Headquarters located in Des Moines, IA.

Work Environments

This role offers the ability for in-office or four days in-office and one day remote. You’ll work with your leader to figure out which option may align best based on several factors.

Work Authorization/Sponsorship

At this time, we're not considering applicants that need any type of immigration sponsorship (additional work authorization or permanent work authorization) now or in the future to work in the United States. This includes, but IS NOT LIMITED TO: F1-OPT, F1-CPT, H-1B, TN, L-1, J-1, etc. For additional information around work authorization needs please use the following links.

Nonimmigrant Workers and Green Card for Employment-Based Immigrants

Investment Code of Ethics

For Principal Asset Management positions, you’ll need to follow an Investment Code of Ethics related to personal and business conduct as well as personal trading activities for you and members of your household. These same requirements may also apply to other positions across the organization.

Experience Principal

At Principal, we value connecting on both a personal and professional level. Together, we’re imagining a more purpose-led future for financial services – and that starts with you. Our success depends on the unique experiences, backgrounds, and talents of our employees. And we support our employees the same way we support our customers: with comprehensive, competitive benefit offerings crafted to protect their physical, financial, and social well-being. Check out our careers site to learn more about our purpose, values and benefits.

Principal is an Equal Opportunity Employer

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status.

Posting Window

We will accept applications for 3 full days following the Original Posting Date, after which the posting may remain open or be removed based upon applications received. If we choose to post the job again, we will accept additional applications for at least 1 full day following the Most Recently Posted Date. Please submit applications in a timely manner as there is no guarantee the posting will be available beyond the applicable deadline.

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