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Land Manager

Hamilton, Scotland

£ Competitive

An exciting opportunity for an experienced land manager to join a dynamic and close-knit team. You will primarily be responsible for negotiating Heads of Terms and Options and Leases to deliver full land assembly packages for the development sites within the Renewables forward programme. You will also assist in the search for new sites across the UK (onshore wind, solar and energy storage) to build a pipeline of renewable energy projects.

EMPLOYEES BENEFIT FROM:

• Annual bonus depending upon Company and individual performance
• Continuing professional development, including training opportunities
• Generous annual leave increasing with length of service, plus public holidays
• Cash allowance in lieu of a company vehicle
• Company pension scheme
• Health and wellbeing discounts
• New car discounts with certain dealerships

KEY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

1) Take a lead role in delivering land rights and any associated land matters
2) 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.
3) Negotiate and secure land assembly packages on development sites for the company across Scotland, or specific areas in England and Wales, as may be agreed from time to time with the Development Director, which fulfil the requirements of the company as set out in the Renewables Business Plan or by the Renewables Board from time to time.
4) Negotiate on behalf of the company must be agreed with the Senior Land Manager and always be subject to the approval of the BRL Board.
5) Provide support to the Senior Land Manager and the wider team in their efforts to develop a successful business plan and to provide specific help within land and business development areas.
6) Identify and approach landowners and agree site and individual negotiating strategies.
7) Instruct and effectively manage land agents, consultants, and external solicitors in relation to securing land agreements.
8) 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.
9) Advise BRL how best to manage their land assets, ideally including environmental responsibilities and obligations.
10) Provide professional advice on how emerging renewable energy regulations and practices may affect land strategies
11) Agree and review the site finding strategy and requirements with the Senior Land Manager and the Business Development Manager on a regular basis.
12) Assist with any due diligence activity on land and property matters in relation to any acquisition and/or sale opportunities
13) Keep and maintain up-to-date records including the maintenance of internal systems
14) Liaise with the wider BRL team members to support delivery of projects.
15) Conform to the Banks Quality Project Management System as it relates to the job.
16) On occasion, be required to represent the Company at liaison meetings, consultations, and landowner meetings etc., out with normal working hours.
17) Work with the wider BRL team members to achieve both individual and the Company’s Key Financial and Non-Financial targets.

KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATORS:

1) Achievement of a portfolio of land assembly packages which are viable and commercially sound
2) Delivery of prospect and project milestones on time
3) Ensure commercial value of prospects and projects are always maximised
4) Ensure all sites have a clear and robust land strategy
5) Ensure enough resources are made available to the land negotiations and projects to avoid delay or reduction in quality

KEY CONTACTS:

The role will report directly to the Senior Land Manager. The role fundamentally involves contact with the BRL team and Project Secretaries, specifically to ensure all land goals are progressed to deliver targeted key review stages and milestones.

The role will require regular community liaison with a broad range of external stakeholders such as landowners and agents, legal advisors, consultants, and local authorities.

WORKING ENVIRONMENT:

The role will be based at the Banks Office in Hamilton with visits to the Banks Head Office in Meadowfield, Durham required.

Extensive travel will be required across Scotland and potentially Northern England.

QUALIFICATIONS, KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:

ESSENTIAL:
• Professional Qualification and/or experience preferably related to land / property, legal or energy
• Educated to Degree level (ideally rural surveying, estate management or a relevant discipline)
• Specialist knowledge of working with land agreements
• Familiarity with property law
• Up to date understanding of the energy markets and issues pertinent to the valuation of land for renewable energy projects
• Excellent written English and report writing skills
• Ability to use GIS packages (and other standard PC packages) and read and interpret maps
• Clean full driving licence

DESIRABLE:
• Sound knowledge of sustainable land management practices including a good understanding of the farming and forestry sectors is highly desirable

PERSONAL QUALITIES/COMPETENCIES:
• Customer orientation, integrity and the ability to lead through influence
• Confident and experienced negotiator
• Customer champion – good listener, consistently delivers on their commitments and promises, and knows when to accept and when to challenge.
• Ability to demonstrate strong attention to detail.
• Good judgement, showing logical decision making, and a hands-on approach.
• Logical planning ability. Ability to concentrate on different tasks at the same time.
• Ability to work with minimum or no supervision.
• Ability to role model actions and behaviours consistent with the company values.
• First class communication skills with the ability to liaise with senior management and technical functions.
• Confident, a self-starter, with the ability to operate in a dynamic challenging environment.
• A good team player capable of delivering excellent results under pressure and to strict deadlines
• A positive ‘can do’ enthusiastic attitude towards addressing the technical challenges facing Banks Group
• Professional approach
• Flexible & responsive
• Comfortable with regular travel, sometimes at short notice
• An ability to convey complex concepts clearly to a wide range of people and personalities
• Comfortable dealing with business-to-business and business-to-customer transactions

IMPORTANT DATES:

The deadline for applications is 6 August 2021. Interview process comprises of first stage interview which will be held w/c 9 August 2021. Successful candidates will be invited for second stage interview.

To apply, please send a CV and covering letter detailing your relevant experience to: Human Resources, The Banks Group, Inkerman House, St John’s Road, Meadowfield, Durham, DH7 8XL, or by email to: applications@banksgroup.co.uk For further information contact The Banks Group Human Resources Department on 0191 378 6100.

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