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Land Tenure Manager

WestWind Energy

Closing date 6 July 2022

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Employment Type

Full Time

Seniority Level

Mid-Level

Salary

$120,000 - $140,000

Technology Type

Wind

Location
Gisborne
State
VIC

WestWind Energy is a company that has successfully developed renewable energy projects in Australia since 2004. Our mission is to be a driver of change towards a sustainable energy future for our planet. We do this through the development of cost effective, renewable energy generation and storage solutions refined through technical excellence, commitment to communities, and cohesive company values. The company offers a modern workplace in beautiful regional Gisborne and fosters a strong team culture.

We are honest, open, ethical and fair. We do what we say we will do, and people trust us to adhere to our word.

For a wind farm project to become a success it is crucial that the landowners and WestWind Energy work together collaboratively and harmoniously. We follow a very thorough and detailed process when developing a wind farm, to ensure project viability and to generate the best possible result for the community, including landholders.

Landholder relationships and securing land tenure is fundamental for the successful development of renewable energy infrastructure. This role leads a dedicated team of land tenure officers and will play an integral part of the development team through the negotiations and securing of land tenure contracts for wind farm infrastructure and electricity easements.

Our landholder relationships are key to our success and the successful applicant must be able to demonstrate experience in establishing rapport and maintaining positive relationships that facilitate constructive negotiations and signing of tenure agreements for our project.

We are a small business doing big things and work closely and collaboratively together. This role will work hand in glove with the development team and will have career opportunities throughout the WestWind business. The role will require approximately 50% travel in regional Australia, specifically across Western Victoria, QLD and NSW.

TASKS AND ACTIVITIES

  • Lead and motivate a small team.
  • Develop and implement land tenure processes and strategies.
  • Pull land titles and identify ownership and contact information for owners of land for powerline easements and wind farm project infrastructure.
  • Maintain land tenure data and conduct regular audits to ensure ongoing data accuracy.
  • Progress reporting to management on status of negotiations.
  • Build and maintain strong working relationships with key external stakeholders including land owners /occupiers, and near neighbours.
  • Work closely with key internal stakeholders to ensure timely land access for project developments.
  • Ensure that WestWind Energy’s core values are demonstrated in all dealings with the community and key stakeholders.
  • Manage internal and external resources to deliver successful land and planning outcomes for major projects
  • Negotiate and execute commercial agreements to acquire land tenure (easement, leasehold, license, freehold, other) agreements.
  • Mentor direct reports and team members to support development goals.

REQUIRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

  • Basic understanding of agri-business and infrastructure scale development
  • Ability to read and understand contracts.
  • Open Driver's license
  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience in sales, land access, community engagement, or hospitality.
  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience in a management role.
  • Efficient scheduling of appointments and documentation of results / outcomes of meetings
  • Presentation skills and working knowledge of Powerpoint
  • Ability to read and present maps and navigate in regional areas
  • Able to identify landholders and their contact details and addresses
  • Ability to work under pressure and with minimal supervision
  • High standard of written and verbal communications
  • Can-do solution focused attitude
  • Ability to work in a high paced environment and to manage competing priorities
  • Ability to communicate technical concepts to non-technical people,
  • Demonstrated emotional intelligence, and ability to establish rapport to build relationships with land holders, consultants, community members and other stakeholders, including regulatory bodies, statutory authorities and local government
  • Attention to detail
  • Basic GIS system experience desirable but not required.
  • Demonstrated use of initiative

Please note that WestWind provides the flexibility to work from a home office, but extensive travel to sites is an inherent requirement of this role. Proof of COVID19 vaccination status, or relevant exemption will be required.

West Wind Energy is an equal opportunity employer and we are committed to diversity and inclusion. We welcome applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds and people with disability. We will provide reasonable adjustments for individuals with disability throughout the recruitment process. If you identify as a person who requires adjustments to the application, recruitment, selection and/or assessment process to ensure equitable access, please advise us on the details below.

For further information on this role, a copy of the position description, or if you need support to access our application process fairly, please contact Suzanne Symon on 0426 167 223 or email [email protected]