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AES Project Manager, Land Acquisition in California

Are you ready to be part of a company that's not just talking about the future, but actively shaping it? Join The AES Corporation (NYSE: AES), a Fortune 500 company that's leading the charge in the global energy revolution. With operations spanning 14 countries , AES is committed to shaping a future through innovation and collaboration. Our dedication to innovation has earned us recognition as one of the Top Ten Best Workplaces for Innovators by Fast Company in 2022. And with our certification as a Great Place to Work , you can be confident that you're joining a company that values its people just as much as its groundbreaking ideas.

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The AES Clean Energy land team is seeking a Land Acquisition Project Manager with experience in land and/or right of way acquisition in the energy industry. The position will be responsible for managing land campaigns and landowner negotiations primarily in Western US. This position will play a key role in the Company’s rapidly expanding solar and battery storage portfolio. The successful candidate will have a keen understanding of all aspects of a successful land acquisition campaign including but not limited to real property conveyances, title, title curative, and encumbrances. Sound judgment, ingenuity, excellent problem solving, communication skills, and a proactive attitude will position the successful candidate to earn a rewarding opportunity with this fast-growing company.

Core Competencies :

Candidates need excellent problem solving, communication and interpersonal skills, along with patience, a positive attitude and the ability to work in a demanding team environment. They should also possess the following competencies:

Thorough understanding of the process for obtaining land and easements necessary for energy development.

Ability to work within strict deadlines.

Understanding of basic real estate legal principles, title, and contract terms is required.

Competence with basic mapping software (Google Earth). GIS skill helpful but not required.

Exceptional analytical and time management skills.

Excellent communication skills including negotiation skills and conflict resolution.

Understanding of land use constraints with respect to zoning, environmental, local customs, and geotechnical issues.

Strong attention to detail, with the ability to understand issues at a global level.

Independent thinker able to thrive in a fast paced and dynamic environment.

Validated ability to produce error-free work under deadlines.

Team player with strong initiative, able to work autonomously to complete tasks.

Confidence public speaking, cold-calling, and negotiating with landowners and community representatives.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities :

Duties will include the following (other duties may be assigned):

  • Manage the relationships with and budgets of external land agents and or outside legal counsel to ensure agreements required for site control are in place to meet project deadlines

  • Work with solar development team and land agents to ensure all parcels are leased or acquired for successful buildout including solar field sites, substations and other project improvements needed.

  • Acquisition of easements for transmission/distribution/generation ties.

  • Communicate frequently with all project team members to ensure layouts are understood and site control is proceeding as needed.

  • Ensure land contracts support the economics and schedule of the projects.

  • Landowner communication needed to support permit development

  • Provide accurate and up-to-date land acquisition status to internal and external partners on a regular basis.

  • Review the land status on project acquisitions to determine the degree of completeness and level of work needed to complete land acquisition.

Desired Skills and Expertise:

Experience acquiring real property or land leases in the energy industry—including the acquisition of rights of way.

Experience with Google Earth and other GIS software tools.

Work effectively with accounting systems

Excellent analytical, planning, and organizational skills

Applicants with active AAPL or IRWA memberships a bonus

Education :

Bachelor’s In Energy Management/Landman, Business, Engineering, GIS or related field.

AES is an Equal Opportunity Employer who is committed to building strength and delivering long-term sustainability through diversity and inclusion. Respecting all backgrounds, differences and perspectives enables us to improve the lives of our people, customers, suppliers, contractors, and the communities in which we live and work. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and/or expression, race, national origin, ethnicity, age, religion, marital status, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical condition, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable law. E-Verify Notice: AES will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) with information from each new employee's I-9 to confirm work authorization.

The expected salary for this position, at commencement of employment, is between $100.000 and $127.500/Annual; however, base pay offered may vary depending on multiple individualized factors, including market location, job-related knowledge, skills, and experience. The total compensation package for this position may also include other elements such as annual bonus, in addition to a full range of medical, dental, vision, life, financial, and/or other benefits (including 401(k) eligibility and various paid time off benefits, such as vacation, sick time, and parental leave), dependent on the position offered. Details of participation in these benefit plans will be provided if a candidate receives an offer of employment. If hired, employee will be in an “at-will position” and the Company reserves the right to modify base salary (as well as any other discretionary payment or compensation program) at any time, including for reasons related to individual performance, Company or individual department/team performance, and market factors.

Accelerating the future of energy, together

Our people are our energy and have transformed AES into the type of energy company that the world needs today and in the future. Coming from all walks of life, our people share a passion for improving lives by advancing the energy sector through innovation, collaboration and action.

We are working in an industry that requires new thinking and ways of working together to create solutions that are both economically and environmentally viable, not just one or the other.

We are looking for passionate people to join us in our mission to accelerate the future of energy.

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