The primary job duties and responsibilities are to:
Develop and establish our land strategy as well as set policy and direction for the success of the land department, including importantly, the development of all land personnel;
Act as a key advisor to executive management in influencing the strategic direction of the business;
Build rapport and maintain mutually successful relationships with lessors, lessees, government officials, and industry partners to enhance business opportunities and the Sweetwater profile in the community;
Use deep experience and functional knowledge to provide direction to land team members involved in complex negotiations and contract writing;
Provide consultation to Land team and develop strategies to expedite contract development and due diligence process;
Lead troubleshooting efforts in identifying and remedying legal inconsistencies identified by Land team;
Negotiate and analyze land contracts, including leases, deeds, purchase and sale agreements, unit agreements, easements, surface agreements, title opinions, etc.;
Accurately prepare contacts and pursue negotiations with third parties for potential trades, acquisitions and divestitures;
Lead internal and external due diligence;
Review and validate data required for review by purchasers for any divestment activities; and
Perform all land work ethically and in accordance with the American Association of Professional Landmen (AAPL) ethics code.
Bachelor's degree in Business, Energy Management, or Law;
Approximately 15 to 20 years of land negotiation experience;
Demonstrates knowledge of surface rights, title curative, rights-of-way, mining lease documents, and courthouse research;
High level of interpersonal and communications skills, both written and verbal;
Ability to multi-task and prioritize work and to adjust to changing priorities;
Leadership qualities and broad industry experience working with technical services, accounting and legal staff in a team environment;
Ability to process information quickly and recommend creative solutions;
Strong computer skills in Word and Excel;
Experience with negotiations with landowner and royalty claimants; and
The ability to protect land claims, execute and update rights.
Preferred qualifications include:
Master of Business Administration or Juris Doctor degree;
Wyoming, Utah and Colorado land experience;
Experience in both mineral and surface rights;
Experience with trona or coal;
Certified Professional Landman (CPL);
Federal land and unit experience; and
Familiarity with land administration information systems (e.g. Quorum, Tobin, DocuSign, iMaps, etc.)
This role is expected to have a 20% to 50% travel commitment.
As many as two to three individuals including a mid-level land manager and a land administrator.
About Sweetwater Management LLC
Sweetwater Royalties is a base metals and industrial minerals royalty company with more than four million mineral acres and one million fee surface acres in Wyoming, Utah and Colorado (the “Land Grant”). The Land Grant assets date to the Pacific Railroad Act of 1862 and provide value through a diverse array of natural resources, primarily trona. Sweetwater provides its partners with opportunities to develop the natural resources on the Land Grant assets, access to grazing, and entry to the renewable energy sector. Sweetwater Royalties LLC is a privately held company established by Orion Mine Finance.