Kansas City Southern Railway Manager – Real Estate Contract Services in Kansas City, Missouri

Manager – Real Estate Contract Services

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Job Description


The Manager Real Estate Contract Services will lead a team responsible for the managing of corporate real estate assets by negotiating contracts/leases/sales/acquisitions, documenting contracts, map reviews, property inquiries, legal descriptions, and maximizing the value of the corporate real estate portfolio through revenue generation and management. Responsible for ensuring all agreements accurately reflect negotiated terms and comply with corporate policies. Oversees coordination of services between appropriate organizational departments.


  • Bachelor’s Degree and 10 years’ experience with real estate contracts, language terms, and negotiations; or equivalent combination of education and experience

  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience with real estate appraisal and determination of market values and rents of corporate real estate assets

  • Experience managing compliance with federal regulatory requirements and specifications

  • Experience using, reading and interpreting GIS, maps, legal descriptions and determination of title

  • Experience assessing real estate impacts of environmental conditions, protections and regulations

  • Strong understanding of contracts, terminology, and basic contract law


  • Experience directly in the rail industry strongly preferred

  • Strong understanding of real estate transaction closing documentation

  • Basic understanding of mineral rights/leases


  • Familiarity with and ability to interpret legal descriptions and boundary surveys, real estate law and terminology

  • Strong analytical, comprehension, verbal and written communication, prioritization, time management and problem solving skills. Must be able to effectively manage team independently

  • Ability to read and interpret technical journals, financial reports and legal documents

  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc.)

  • Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of an organization

  • Ability to write reports, business correspondence and procedure manuals

  • Proficient keyboard skills (typing, data entry, etc.)


  • Oversight of contract negotiations, property valuations, possessing a strong understanding of ROI, FMV, Book Value, Gain/Loss on Sale, tax assessments and Tax Deferred Exchanges

  • Manage title/closing process for real estate transactions including obtaining and interpreting legal documentation related to title, deeds, easements, financing, contract terms and commitments, etc.

  • Oversight of economic development opportunities for KCS as it relates to corporate real estate assets

  • Engage with all relevant internal departments to ensure proper representation of Real Estate interests and matters

  • Work directly with internal legal department to develop appropriate agreements for use and protection of railroad property, including leases, sales, rights of entry, encroachments, etc.

  • Participate in development of processes and procedures, standards and tools aimed toward improving departmental function and efficiencies

  • Participate in professional organization(s) based on area of expertise and/or company focus to maintain association with other real estate professionals within the industry to remain current in relevant trends and issues.

The duties listed are representative of the job; however, it in no way states or implies that these are the only duties a person may be required to perform. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or is an essential function of the position.

We are proud to be an EEO/AA employer/Veteran/Disabled. We maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing.

Job Location

Kansas City, Missouri, United States

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