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Land Transaction Manager

Posted 43 days ago
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Swindon, Wiltshire, South West, EnglandPermanent
Salary: CompetitiveSectors:Offshore WindJob Reference: BH-7035
JOB ID: #7035
 
Land Transaction Manager
 
Location: Swindon, UK
 
This role is within our Clients Offshore Wind Development and Consents Team.
 
There is a need to recruit a Land Transaction Manager (LTM) to manage land acquisition activity on current and future offshore wind projects. The role will deliver and maintain necessary land agreements with landowners and ensure the delivery of other required third party agreements with interested parties to the project.
 
Key responsibilities of the Land Transaction Manager will include:
 
  • Responsible for negotiation of all legal agreements to secure identified land for survey works, construction & operations activities including land for electrical infrastructure, habitat management and access. Includes securing any additional land requirements as a result of required infrastructure changes.
  • Exercise the compulsory acquisition rights granted as part of the DCO as required at the construction phase.
  • Oversee all external support for land acquisition and compulsory acquisition process, including real estate lawyers, CPO lawyers and external land agents
  • Responsible for novation of all relevant land agreements to the OFTO
  • Work closely with the Onshore Consent Managers and Project Development Manager to provide land transaction advice that might affect onshore scheme definition/routing etc in order to minimise project risk.
  • Work in collaboration with the agricultural liaison officers .
  • Negotiate land and crossing agreements to maintain a project’s commercial position and minimise overall project risk.
  • Responsible for ongoing relationship management with landowners throughout the development phase, through construction and subsequently operations.
  • Liaises with National Grid (Electricity and Gas), Network Rail, UKPN, Cadent Gas, The Crown Estate, utility providers, Highways departments & local authorities.
  • Reports functionally into the Project Development Manager for the project. General line management is through the Team Lead for Consents – North Sea
  • Travel to site required for meetings with landowners and land agents. Attendance at public meetings as required by the project.
 
Key pre-consent responsibilities of a Land Transaction Manager at our client include:
 
  • Identification and implementation of an optimum land transaction strategy for the project.
  • Work collaboratively with the project team to design the project, taking all relevant land considerations into account.
  • Support the project’s external land agents and the real estate lawyers.
  • Support the consent team to submit the DCO application, including for the compulsory acquisition rights
  • Deliver and maintain necessary land agreements
  • Develop positive working relationships with landowners and their agents.
  • Ensure HSE compliance by external parties visiting site
  • Ensure land risks are identified and appropriately controlled
  • Proactively share relevant lessons learnt and best practice between projects in the wider portfolio
  • Complete land transaction input into the examination process, including responses to relevant exam questions and written reps
 
 
 
 
Knowledge and Skills:
 
  • Degree or equivalent in relevant field, such as estate management, planning, legal or commercial negotiation;
  • Appropriate qualification/ membership e.g. RICS
  • Experienced manager (several years) with demonstrable experience in negotiating legal agreements for the acquisition of land preferably with first–hand experience of the CPO process;
  • Demonstrable experience in management of people, budgets, programmes, risks and report writing;
  • A thorough understanding of land transaction agreements and the consenting process and associated issues;
  • Experience of renewable energy, utility, or offshore industries advantageous, particularly: electrical infrastructure issues associated with an offshore wind farm or linear development;
  • Good communication skills in English and proven abilities in stakeholder management;
  • Well organised and able to coordinate multiple people and work streams
  • Experience in working on projects and in teams where interfaces between a range of technical disciplines exist;
  • Be highly motivated and have the ability to work to project deadlines;
  • Have great communication and interpersonal skills.
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