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Land Acquisition Manager - Germany

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Location: Remote in Germany 

The client is a global leader in solar energy solutions, with expanding operations in Asia, Europe, and North America. Established in 1997, the company has enhanced its competitiveness and efficiency by vertically integrating its business structure. This integration has allowed the company to maintain its reputation as a top-tier manufacturer of high-quality PV modules for commercial, industrial, and utility applications, as well as a leader in developing diverse PV utility projects (including planning, implementation, and operation for both off-grid and on-grid applications).

The client seeks highly qualified, experienced, diligent, and enthusiastic professionals to contribute to strategic solutions. Join a dynamic, challenging, and stimulating work environment and actively support the expansion strategy of the project development team in Germany by developing and expanding PV and battery storage projects.

Responsibilities

- Actively identify and develop suitable locations for open-space solar systems and battery storage across all federal states, focusing on areas with viable grid connections.
- Lead efforts to identify new sites based on the client's greenfield strategy.
- Negotiate options, lease agreements, and acquisitions for identified locations.
- Handle negotiations related to easements, licenses, and leases for transmission lines.
- Conduct thorough due diligence and research on project background information, resource and site assessments, connectivity issues, feasibility studies, environmental and risk assessments, and secure sites through land option agreements.
- Monitor progress on planned greenfield projects, including regional spatial plans, land use plans, and development plans.
- Establish and maintain relationships with project stakeholders, such as local land agents, brokers, property owners, community representatives, and local and state authorities, to facilitate property search and permitting processes.
- Perform property examinations and assess historical, financial, and legal aspects for easements.
- Support the project development team by planning, scheduling, and tracking project milestones and deliverables using appropriate tools and refining existing processes.
- Prepare and submit progress reports, proposals, requirements documents, and presentations. Proactively manage changes in project scope, identify potential issues, and develop contingency plans.
- Participate in meetings with government and regulatory representatives to advocate for favourable decisions and secure growth opportunities for the company.

Qualification

- Ideally, at least 3 years of experience in developing solar or wind projects, or equivalent experience in site acquisition for various real estate development projects.
- Strong written and verbal communication skills with excellent negotiation abilities.
- Previous experience in identifying and acquiring greenfield properties.
- Proven ability to maintain relationships with property owners, government agencies, and communities; adept at negotiating agreements with property owners and possessing a comprehensive understanding of planning processes and grid connection procedures.
- Sales experience, confident demeanour, dedicated work ethic, and enjoyment of independent field work.
- Collaborative team player with flexibility, resilience, empathy, a proactive attitude, and a track record of overcoming challenges.
- Possession of a Class B driver's license.
- Knowledge and understanding of economic, regulatory, and demographic factors influencing greenfield project development, including search areas, development activities, commercial factors, and financing requirements.
- Bachelor's degree or higher in engineering, business, law, renewable energy, geography, finance/investment/real estate, or equivalent experience in project development.
- Proficiency in German is essential, with ideally a working knowledge of English.

Jorel Bautista

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