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Principal Investment Analyst – Private Debt Origination (Construction Team) in Des Moines, Iowa

When it comes to private debt—particularly core mortgages and subordinated debt—the scale of Principal Real Estate Investors offers a distinct advantage. We’ve become a go-to resource for borrowers and peer lenders in the commercial mortgage market because we can participate anywhere along the debt spectrum—which ultimately benefits our investors.

Our debt platform is vertically integrated and incorporates underwriting, closing, appraisal, engineering, research, and servicing. This range of capabilities helps us control the timing and quality of every aspect of a deal we make.

As an Investment Analyst on the Principal Private Debt Origination team, you’ll provide analytical support to the Construction team in the area of commercial real estate transaction analysis and execution. Success in this position requires the ability to make effective decisions to achieve results without close supervision in a team environment.

How you’ll spend your time:

  • Work with a team of product-line experts to provide analytical support for evaluating construction investment opportunities on a national scale across multiple product types (industrial, apartments, office and retail) using sensitivity analysis, variance analysis, or preliminary valuations. Assist senior team members with the preparation of necessary supporting documentation.

  • Work with standardized investment reporting tools including discounted cash flow models.

  • Develop an understanding of products, programs and clients’ needs through available training programs and involvement in on-going construction loan origination and servicing activities.

  • Perform due diligence, prepare presentations, and develop written investment committee memos for new investment opportunities.

  • Effectively manage and coordinate time and responsibilities.

  • Work with internal risk assessments.

  • Utilize research databases to gather competitive intelligence, compare and position commercial real estate debt investments.

  • Build relationships with clients or end users to support marketing efforts.

  • Work with investment team and client portfolio managers to respond to client requests, including monthly reporting and investment commentary.

  • Perform other job-related duties or special projects as required.

We’re looking for someone with:

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent (preference for degrees in finance, engineering, real estate or another construction related program).

  • Real Estate experience preferred (including full-time or internship experience), but not required.

  • Working knowledge of valuation modeling techniques and valuation software products.

  • Strong quantitative financial background and statistics including an understanding of basic finance concepts such as time value of money

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

  • Ability to take initiative and work independently in a fast-moving environment while managing multiple requests to strict deadlines.

  • Organize and maintain client relationship management records

  • May include minimal travel to meet clients and/or inspect properties.

Preferred Experience:

  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.5 or above and progress towards MBA.

  • Previous experience with Argus is helpful.

Success in this position requires the ability to make effective decisions, achieve results without close supervision and in a team environment, and the ability to read, interpret, and analyze loan documents. Ability to work effectively in a deadline driven environment while managing multiple priorities is essential.

Work Authorization/Sponsorship

At this time, we're not considering candidates that need any type of immigration sponsorship now or in the future or those needing work authorization for this role. (This includes, but is not limited to students on F1-OPT, F1-CPT, J-1, etc.)

Investment Code of Ethics

For Principal Global Investors 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.

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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.

Requisition ID: 2021-30057

Enterprise Segment: PGI

Business Area: PGI Real Estate

External Company Name: Principal Financial Group

Street: 801 Grand Ave

Remote: No

FLSA Status: Exempt