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Green Gen Cymru - Wales - Associate Land Manager

Job Description:

ABOUT GREEN GEN CYMRU

POWERING A POSITIVE ENERGY FUTURE FOR WALES

At Green Gen Cymru, we’re acting now to build and operate a green energy network for Wales, that will make sure 100% renewable energy can flow to our homes, hospitals, schools, businesses, and communities.

We’re playing a pivotal role in providing a reliable and robust distribution network that will tackle the energy crisis, climate crisis, as well as the cost-of-living crisis. It will also empower rural communities through investment, jobs, and skills, enabling communities to live modern electric lives.

We want to make sure Wales has the energy it needs in a Net Zero world.

There’s endless potential for renewable energy in Wales – particularly from the wind that blows across our hills and mountains. But the green energy is stuck in the windy areas of Wales, and we need to get it to the homes, hospitals, schools, businesses, and communities that need it. To respond to this challenge and meet Welsh Government’s target for 100% renewable electricity in Wales by 2035, we’re developing a stronger, more resilient renewable electricity network that is greatly needed in Wales – distributing clean, green energy.

We want to build a positive, clean future for us all.

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT AS A GREEN GEN CYMRU COLLEAGUE

  • Full flexibility with the option to work from home or in the office as needed.
  • Flexitime with the ability to work core hours and take time back in lieu throughout the week.
  • Fridays are allocated as ‘no meeting’ days to ensure down time at the end of the week.
  • 28 days annual leave, plus bank holidays.
  • Private Medical Insurance from day 1 with cover for immediate family including spouse or partner and children, including direct mental health pathways and support.
  • Annual pay review and discretionary bonus.
  • Employer pension contributions up to 7%.
  • Electric car scheme via salary sacrifice.
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Tech scheme – discounts on latest technology including laptops, phones ipads for personal use
  • Life assurance cover and income protection.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Suite of enhanced policies and provisions to support colleagues through all the moments that matter.
  • Regular team socials, activities, sporting events and charity fundraisers.

THE ROLE

SALARY: Up to £55,000 per annum, depending on skills and experience

REPORTS TO: Senior Land Manager

LOCATION: Wales

The Associate Land Manager will support development of new grid connections comprising overhead lines, substations and underground cabling , providing the critical land consent aspect of achieving Financial Investment Decision for allocated projects. The role provides close support to the Green GEN Cymru team of Land Managers for all land assembly matters in the development and delivery of major infrastructure projects that will enable renewable energy to be exported to market from new renewable schemes across Wales.

This is an enormously exciting opportunity to join a high-performance team and play a key role in its continued success that will suit a newly-qualified or about-to-be qualified RICS (or similar) surveyor.

MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Working as part of the Land Management team, support the Land Managers and Senior Land Manager secure land rights for new electrical overhead lines (OHL’s), substations and underground cable (UGC) infrastructure in Wales, including online and offline elements.
  • Positively engage with project managers, designers, support staff and directors to ensure that strategically important programme milestones are achieved, with risks and issues identified and mitigated at an early stage.
  • Provide guidance on development of land acquisition strategy including identification of opportunities to outperform milestones.
  • Support arranging access to land for non-intrusive and intrusive environmental and engineering surveys as required for the development of Green GEN Cymru projects.
  • Manage a team of externally appointed land surveyors and agents that will engage directly with landowners and occupiers on behalf of Green GEN Cymru to achieve necessary agreements.
  • Assist and support in the compilation of a Book of Reference and Land plans to accompany a CPO
  • Ensure that contractors work to the relevant timescale, quality and commercial standards to ensure our high customer standards are maintained.
  • Maintain accurate budgets and cost reporting for sharing with project teams and internal finance colleagues.
  • Support relationship management with external professional support teams of Solicitors, Land agents, etc.
  • Support strategically important relationships with key stakeholders, taking proactive steps to positively influence discussions. Provide and support escalation process for challenging engagements.

WHAT WE LOOK FOR IN RETURN

Knowledge & Skills

  • An appropriately qualified professional (RICS or similar) with a proven track record of success within a similarly challenging role. We will also consider candidates close to achieving professional registration for this role.
  • Comprehensive understanding of farming and land management practice.
  • Knowledge & Understanding of Compulsory Purchase Orders, Development Consent Orders and Developments of National Significance
  • Strong commercial acumen with the skills to lead on commercial contracts and negotiations.
  • Ability to develop strong relationships with landowners to further Green GEN Cymru’s interests.
  • A good strategic thinker who can assesses situations quickly and will resolve issues confidently and decisively.
  • Able to function well within an entrepreneurial team environment whilst at the same time fostering a team culture.
  • Highly numerate with strong analytical skills.
  • Intellectually curious with a broad business skillset.
  • Resilient: remains calm and effective under pressure.
  • A proactive self-starter who is looking to learn.
  • Someone who is passionate, determined and who is looking for an opportunity to make their mark.

Experience & Qualifications

  • Stakeholder management skills with the ability to drive business initiatives forward and to embrace change, efficiencies, and new innovations.
  • Experience of commercial negotiations with internal and external parties.
  • Experience of managing and 3rd party suppliers.
  • Experience in presenting to a project team, building their confidence in the land function, and processes/controls.
  • Experience of successfully managing a small team.
  • Demonstrable track record of experience and success in the Welsh market.
  • Clean driving licence.
  • Energy sector experience is not an essential requirement but is a clear advantage.
  • Welsh language skills would be useful but are not essential.

WHAT DOES OUR CULTURE MEAN TO US AND YOU?

At Green Gen Cymru, we are committed to having a workplace that encourages and promotes diversity, equity and inclusion. This means taking account of social or personal challenges that some colleagues may face and making available, the right workplace environment, resources and opportunities, which allow all of us at Green Gen Cymru, to THRIVE.

  • Our culture and the way we do things is centred around ‘belonging’. We believe that everyone should be able to be their true authentic self at Green Gen Cymru and encourage this through promoting an inclusive environment which values and encourages different perspectives, thoughts, ideas and backgrounds, to ensure a truly innovative and exciting place to work.
  • We do not accept any discriminatory attitudes or behaviours. Every single colleague and potential colleague who wishes to join us, should feel confident in equality of opportunity and be free from any bullying, discrimination or harassment on the basis of age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, gender identity, or marriage and civil partnership.
  • We hope and encourage all suitably qualified individuals to feel comfortable and energised to join our dedicated team and contribute to Wales’ shift towards sustainable energy solutions.
  • If this sounds the right role for you and you would love to be a part of making sure Wales has the energy it needs in a Net Zero world, please send your CV to careers@windward.energy * by 14.7.2024.

*Windward Energy is the parent company to Green Gen Cymru, Bute Energy and Haldane Energy

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