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Southern Company Sr. Land Management, Agent in Naperville, Illinois

Sr. Land Management, Agent


Job Summary

The position is a utility land rights professional supporting construction and maintenance of natural gas infrastructure. Sr. Land Management Agent responsibilities include the following: researching property titles, determining ownership or extent of ownership, advocating for Company’s rights, issuing encroachment agreements, negotiating easement terms and price, preparing assessments, securing road jurisdiction and special use permits, disposing of land assets, as well as arranging payment to grantor. Sr. Land Management Agent regularly serves the company as a subject matter resource in conceptualizing, developing and resolving matters of land rights.

Job Responsibilities

  • Application of real estate principles and practices including abstracts, appraisals, conveyances, eminent domain, encroachments, encumbrances, legal issues, permits, surveys, title, valuation and zoning.

  • Perform real estate investigations determining a property’s ownership, restrictions, encumbrances and rights (including in-field/out-of-office research).

  • Process applications of external parties to use or to cross company rights-of-way and properties. Of particular importance is identifying utility relocation projects where costs should be reimbursable from others.

  • Examination of engineering drawings, GIS records and other documents to determine the location and extent of existing land rights or those of land rights to be acquired, also for accuracy of land rights being documented.

  • Identification of roadway agencies requiring permits and the extent of those permits as well as the communication of such permit requirements and status to other company personnel.

  • Creation or completion of correspondence and documentation for permitting, land acquisition, encroachment and other land rights matters including ensuring that documents are fully processed and satisfy company and/or agency requirements.

  • Negotiation with property owners in acquiring rights-of-way, real property and permits.

  • Work with property developers to define property rights requirements when planning utility infrastructure for new business.

  • Execute standardized legal instruments for real estate transactions.

  • Serve as land rights resource for collaboration with other parties in a team setting in the routing and locating of natural gas infrastructure.

  • Representation of company at public, agency and industry forums and events.

  • Tracking and reporting status of land rights and permitting processes to team members and leadership.

Desired Qualities & Abilities

  • Strong work ethic

  • Excellent communication skills

  • Maintains positive relationships with teammates and stakeholders

  • Tech savvy

  • Attention to detail

  • Effective instructor

  • Working Conditions & Physical Requirements

  • Up to 10% overnight travel including air travel.

  • Occasionally requires prolonged or repeated standing, stooping, walking, and climbing stairs.

  • Occasionally requires working outdoors in either undeveloped, in-construction, or industrial environments.

  • Occasionally requires lifting materials of up to 25 pounds.

Senior Land Management Agent



  • Bachelor’s Degree in business, engineering, economics or related field and certifications/licensure/registration in real estate, right-of way professional, titles, appraiser, GIS, Professional Engineer (PE), Project Management Professional (PMP) or related field.

Preferred: MBA, Master’s Degree, or Juris Doctor of Law

Specific Skills & Knowledge

  • Advanced skills in Microsoft Office Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Power BI

  • Proficient in GIS applications

  • Excellent business writing & presentation skills

  • Proficient in real estate and land rights practice, principles, and law

  • Instructor in reading and interpreting legal descriptions

  • Instructor in examining engineering drawings, GIS records and other records for land rights information.

  • Instructor in land rights negotiation skills

  • Capable leader of land rights teams

  • Proven collaborator with varied and diverse teams

Required Experience

  • Ten years’ experience or more in title research, right-of-way acquisition, land rights negotiations, and agency permitting, in natural gas infrastructure or similar in a professional office environment.

Southern Company Gas provides for the energy needs of millions of U.S. households and businesses. As the largest natural gas-only distribution company in the United States, with more than 150 years of history behind us, we're working to ensure that Americans have access to an abundant, safely delivered supply of natural gas for decades to come. We offer our customers a wide range of energy services under one umbrella: seven regulated utilities as well as non-regulated businesses that offer retail, wholesale and storage services.

Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is America's premier energy company, with 46,000 megawatts of generating capacity and 1,500 billion cubic feet of combined natural gas consumption and throughput volume serving 9 million customers through its subsidiaries. The company provides clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy through electric operating companies in four states, natural gas distribution companies in seven states, a competitive generation company serving wholesale customers across America and a nationally recognized provider of customized energy solutions, as well as fiber optics and wireless communications. Southern Company brands are known for excellent customer service, high reliability and affordable prices that are below the national average. Through an industry-leading commitment to innovation, Southern Company and its subsidiaries are inventing America's energy future by developing the full portfolio of energy resources, including carbon-free nuclear, 21st century coal, natural gas, renewables and energy efficiency, and creating new products and services for the benefit of customers. Southern Company has been named by the U.S. Department of Defense and G.I. Jobs magazine as a top military employer, recognized among the Top 50 Companies for Diversity by DiversityInc, listed by Black Enterprise magazine as one of the 40 Best Companies for Diversity and designated a Top Employer for Hispanics by Hispanic Network. The company has earned a National Award of Nuclear Science and History from the National Atomic Museum Foundation for its leadership and commitment to nuclear development and is continually ranked among the top energy companies in Fortune's annual World's Most Admired Electric and Gas Utility rankings. Visit our website at

Southern Company is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.

Job Field: Real Estate & Land Management

Job Type: Standard

Primary Location: Illinois-Metro Chicago-Naperville

Operating Company: Nicor Gas

Job Type: Standard

Travel (Up to...): Yes, 25 % of the Time

Work Location(s):

G O Naperville - 1844 W Ferry Rd. (1844NapervilleCODE)

1844 W Ferry Rd.

Naperville, 60536

Req ID: GAS2002343

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