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Consumers Energy Right of Way Agent in Lansing|Saginaw|Kalamazoo|Flint|Midland|Battle Creek|Royal Oak|Alma|Bay City|Cadillac|Owosso|Sparta|Traverse City|Hamilton|Livonia|Norton Shores|West Branch|Hastings|Kentwood|Big Rapids|Clare|Fremont|Boyne City|Benzonia|Clinton Township|Temperance|Greenvi, Michigan

Join a diverse and dynamic team that makes and delivers the most valuable services in the world: electricity and natural gas. At Consumers Energy, our customers are at the heart of everything we do. Our employees work around the clock to provide service to our customers in honor of our history and to fulfill our promise to Michigan - Count on Us! Consumers Energy, the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy and headquartered in Jackson, Michigan, provides natural gas and electricity to nearly 6.8 million of Michigan's 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.

Department Summary

As a member of the Real Estate team, this individual is responsible for obtaining the land rights necessary for construction, operation and maintenance of electric and natural gas utility assets. Serves as a single point of contact between the Right of Way team and CEM personnel within their assigned areas of responsibility. Analyzes existing land rights and determines the rights necessary for the successful completion of distribution projects.

Job Description/Responsibilities

  • Negotiate with private landowners for the acquisition of various land rights for construction, operation and maintenance of existing and new facilities, including but not limited to, easements, temporary workspace agreements

  • Research, analysis and interpretation of existing real estate documents found within the company’s document management system

  • Communicate with internal customers as to the scope and dynamics of the existing land rights.

  • Review easements and exhibit drawings prepared by Document Specialists

  • Effectively direct and manage a limited number contract resources

Requirements/Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in the applicable field of study. Less than a Bachelor’s degree may be acceptable if accompanied by extensive Company or industry experience in positions that demonstrate required abilities and performance.

  • The following skills will set you apart from others:

  • Real Estate Knowledge

  • Excellent negotiation skills

  • Ability to read and map legal descriptions

  • Advanced knowledge and understanding of real estate transactions

  • Ability to prioritize work – This position supports multiple groups with varying priority levels.

  • Adjusts to changing priorities, and work well under pressure with minimal supervision.

  • Read and determine the impact, rights and restrictions contained in legal documents and contracts associated with land rights.

  • Ability to interpret survey drawings, engineering, construction and plan and profile drawings, title, abstracts.

  • General knowledge of gas and electric distribution construction techniques

  • Able to use MS Word, Excel, Lync, Outlook

The following skills may set you apart from others:

  • SR/WA (Senior Member Right of Way Association) designation - Specialty certification.

  • Proven leadership skills - Ability to successfully lead individual and team performance.

  • Knowledge of utility/pipeline construction methods

Essential Functions:

General technical analysis supports the planning, technical analysis, general management, negotiations, transactions, customer services and auditing of a wide variety of technical and business functions and technical processes of specific operating and support areas throughout the company. Duties and who this individual reports to will fluctuate between projects, departments and offices. Lead and/or assist with technical support for the plans, reports, impacts, contracts, schedules, estimates, data collection, observation, and field investigation. Provide technical, non-engineering support services with accuracy, on time and under budget. Use computer assisted applications software and equipment to prepare technical support documents. Understand and follow company established standard procedures for file structure and standard procedures for projects. Become familiar with business and technical plans and related material for each project and be able to utilize the information appropriately. Assists in client contact and communication. Utilize effective communication skills to answer inquiries from coworkers, clients, or the public. Public involvement may include producing reports, graphics, presentations, and other visual material as well as occasional speaking or meeting with stakeholders. Attend internal and external meetings. Provide technical support services in a legal and ethical manner.

The position will be filled at the level commensurate with the successful candidate’s education experience.

Hours and Travel:

This position requires the individual work upward of 50 hours per week with 60% of time spent in the office or specific field locations.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; stand; walk; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms. The employee frequently is required to talk or hear. The employee must frequently lift and move up to ten pounds and occasionally lift and move up to seventy-five pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. The noise level on the construction site is often loud.

Position will be filled at the appropriate salary grade based upon the skills, knowledge, and experience of the selected candidate.

All qualified applicants will not be discriminated against and will receive consideration for employment without regard to protected veteran status, disability, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin.

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