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Land Manager

  • Sector: Oil & Gas
  • Location: Minot - North Dakota
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Date posted: 13/09/2013
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The Role:
This position will have responsibility for approximately 600,000 net acres, drilling activity of about 180 wells per year, and managing a team of 10 office based employees/contractors and field contractors as needed.

This is a fairly autonomous role, with the direct manager being in Houston. Business decisions are often made in North Dakota with the construction or drilling teams as needed. Community and Landowner relations are an important part of this role, as problems often get escalated here when others have not been able to resolve issues around road use, site reclamation and other landowner issues. There will be a large amount of interface with the North Dakota General Manager and Operations Manager. There are opportunities for process improvement with the overall workflow from initial contact from landowner, through GIS mapping of project progress to handoff to Land Administration of any agreements signed.

The primary customers for this role are land team in Houston and the construction project teams in North Dakota.


•Provide leadership and management to Hess personnel and contract agents throughout North Dakota
•Manage the process of negotiating and obtaining surface access as needed for drilling, completions, facilities, pipelines, gathering lines, construction and other related oil and gas activities
•Key activities will include the management of land budget, supervising negotiations, ensuring project deadlines are met and that project progress is communicated regularly to project owners. Communicate project status including meeting deadlines and spend/budget targets
•Obtain permits from regulatory bodies, railroads, highways, etc.
•This position will be responsible for managing the efforts to obtain surface access to land for well sites, facilities and pipeline construction, including supervision of the APD process.
•Ensure that all pre-spud surface related issues have been resolved in a timely manner, including title, road access, surface use agreements, ROWs and any related or similar agreements
•Manage surface owner relationships and relationships with external bodies such as township and county boards
•Work closely with Houston mineral land and legal groups, including verification of “on-lease” rights already owned by Hess pursuant to existing agreements
•Supervise and mentor junior staff members within the department
•Actively seek ways to improve efficiency of work processes and policies
•Manage process of delivering completed “handoff package” to construction or facilities teams that outline surface rights, restrictions, stipulations related to the rights obtained
•Manage spend of above: Create budgets, ensure spend reports, forecasts and accruals are accurate, and approve invoices for land department activities
•Also required are ensuring execution, compliance with, recordation of and receipt by Hess of surface agreements, leases, easements and rights-of-way. The position requires the supervision, coaching and mentoring of junior staff members within the department.

Essential Skills / Qualifications:

•Project Management - Ability to manage multiple deadlines and requirements of multiple internal and external customers and stakeholders, Ability to manage project objectives, project time lines and success criteria
•Negotiation - Ability to comprehend construction related activities and tailor negotiations to circumstance. Proactive in building trust, exploring options, clarifying understanding and managing expectations. Ability to plan, manage and close the negotiation process including implementation of the agreement/contract
•Approvals - Develops and represents business cases requiring resource and/or financial commitment using management processes for approval and signature
•Critical thinking - Identifies the main issues, problems and opportunities. Uses analysis to draw appropriate conclusions and judgment in choosing a course of action. Strong attention to detail.
•Collaboration - Applies a range of appropriate behaviors to achieve effective results includ
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