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Land Manager

Posted 45 days ago
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Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh, Scotland, ScotlandContract
Sectors:Offshore WindJob Reference: BH-6567
Gavin Hawes
Consultant
Gavin Hawes
Our client is looking for an experienced Land Manager who will be primarily responsible for negotiating Heads of Terms and Options and Leases (and any other alternative structure) to deliver full land assembly packages for the development of our clients offshore wind sites. This role will also be responsible for co-ordinating all issues arising for active sites and associated leases.
 
Main Accountabilities
  • To provide ongoing advice to the project and wider business management on:
  • The status of land agreements and land rights.
  • Risks of land agreements and rights.
  • Requirements for land agreements and rights.
  • Take a lead role in delivering land rights and any associated land matters.
  • Represent the company in negotiating viable and cost-effective land deals that allow renewable energy projects to progress from initial site search through to agreed Heads of Terms in a timely manner so that external legal firms are then able to assist in concluding legal contracts.
  • Negotiate and secure land assembly packages for the development of the sites.
  • Provide support to the wider team in their efforts to develop a successful business plan and to provide specific help with land.
  • Identify and make initial approach to landowners on behalf of the company for any proposed development site.
  • Instruct and effectively manage land agents, consultants, and external solicitors in relation to securing land agreements and maintaining existing operational agreements.
  • Represent the company professionally, establishing and maintaining good relationships with landowners, tenant farmers, land managers, forestry managers or others who own and manage land to ensure they are well informed of developments and progress.
  • On occasion, be required to represent the Company at liaison meetings, consultations, and landowner meetings etc.
  • Work with the wider team members to achieve both individual and corporate Key Financial and Non-Financial targets.
  • Work closely with the Communications & Stakeholder team, sharing information, proactively reporting relevant concerns, and taking part in communications briefings and events (related to community and land engagement)
  • Provide onsite land management support to the wider team during any survey and construction periods
Experience/Requirements
  • Educated to degree level (ideally rural surveying, estate management or a relevant discipline).
  • Professional Qualification and/or experience preferably related to land / property, legal or energy.
  • Specialist knowledge of working with land agreements is essential, as is familiarity with property law, and Compulsory Purchase Orders.
  • Maintain Chartered Surveyor status or demonstrate progression towards chartered ship (desired).
  • Sound knowledge of sustainable land management practices.
  • Up to date understanding of the energy markets and issues pertinent to the valuation of land for renewable energy projects (desired).
  • A good understanding of the farming and forestry sectors is highly desirable.
  • Comfortable dealing with business-to-business and business-to-customer transactions.
  • Flexible and adaptive approach to work; comfortable with regular travel.
  • Confident and experienced negotiator.
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