Surface Landman Sr

Mariner Energy   •  

Midland, TX

Industry: Energy & Utilities


8 - 10 years

Posted 71 days ago

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Manages all surface-related land functions in support of multi-rig drilling programs and production activities in Texas and New Mexico. Conducts title research and performs title curative as it relates to surface ownership. Interprets, executes and maintains Apache’s surface contracts to ensure compliance with obligations. Demonstrates proficiency in all aspects of surface land management and negotiation. Assists with complaints, grievance resolutions and other surface owner disputes and makes recommendations regarding damage claims settlements. Proactive in addressing community and stakeholder issues.

Specific Responsibilities:

The Sr. Surface Landman, for Apache Corporation will be a member of Apache’s [Position Family] team at the company’s [Location], office reporting to the [Title of Hiring Manager].

This role will be primarily responsible for the following:

  • Acquires drill sites, easements, surface leases, access roads, frac pits, water use and other rights needed for drilling and production activities.
  • Acquires fee property
  • Manages surveyors and conducts pre-construction on-site evaluations
  • Negotiates and drafts complex surface agreements
  • Negotiates damage settlements
  • Serves as company liaison with landowners, local, county, state and federal regulatory agencies
  • Supports field operations personnel with landowner issues related to ongoing operations
  • Represents the Company in handling complaints, arbitrating disputes or resolving grievances that may arise during negotiations with landowners and business activities with regulatory agencies
  • Directs the efforts of contract personnel and mentors less-experienced personnel

Job Qualifications

Professional Qualifications & Experience:

The successful candidate will have the following qualifications and experience:

  • 4-yeardegree in Law, Petroleum Land Management, Energy Management, Energy Commerce or other relevant degree
  • AAPL membership required; RPL or CPL preferred
  • Minimum of 7 years of in-house surface land experience with a major and/or large independent oil & gas company
  • Ability to speak and understand oilfield terminology
  • Understanding of land and legal documents
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong negotiation and conflict-management skills
  • Working knowledge of current rules and regulations for Texas and New Mexico

Behavioral Competencies and Personal Characteristics

The successful candidate will exhibit the following behavioral competencies and personal characteristics:

  • A “Team of Teams” mindset with the objective of aligning your vision, mission, and strategy with the company’s overarching vision, mission, and strategy;
  • A natural desire to work with a sense of urgency and a contrarian spirit;
  • A solid grasp of economic, industry and competitive landscapes;
  • The capability to change and generate process improvements for greater effectiveness and efficiency;
  • Strength of character, including the highest levels of honesty, integrity, ethics, professionalism, trust, and loyalty;
  • An approachable, likeable personality;
  • An entrepreneurial mindset with a strong track record of agility and ability to thrive in a dynamic environment;
  • A hands-on employee who can also see the big picture;
  • An employee who leads by example, with the energy and ability to work collaboratively across the entire organization;
  • The agility and flexibility to work in a fast-paced company culture;
  • Confident, while checking ego at the door, and fearless in the face of speaking up to challenge norms or convention;
  • Self-aware with excellent communication skills, both written and oral; and

Highly intelligent, intellectually and emotionally, with excellent analytical, strategic, business judgment, and problem-solving skills.