Southern Company Supervisor, Land Management in Naperville, Illinois

Supervisor, Land Management


Job Summary:

Working independently with guidance in only complex situations, this position has supervisory responsibility and oversees the acquisition of rights of way, obtains permits and licenses, settles claims and trespasses, grants encroachments and rights of way in regard to gas infrastructure construction and maintenance, buys and sells real property, and is responsible for the hiring of leased workers. Position researches property titles to determine ownership, protect land rights, negotiate easement terms and price, prepares assessments and arranges payment to grantor. Position regularly performs as a subject matter resource and is competent in developing improved approaches and practices and directing and developing others.

Functional Expertise:

  • Apply working knowledge of real estate practices and principles including, abstracts, appraisals, conveyances, eminent domain, legal issues, permitting, surveys, title, valuation, and zoning

  • Perform Real Estate investigations summarizing property ownership, restrictions, and rights. Identify those utility relocation projects where costs should be reimbursable by others.

  • Ensure thorough and accurate documentation is prepared for management of real property - appraisals, easements, licenses, plats of survey. Ensure documentation meets standard legal requirements.

  • Reviews civil drawings to ensure and aid in preserving or acquiring land rights including easements and permits

  • Ensures accuracy and completeness of annual railroad, DOT, PHMSA and related process and fee payments

Business Acumen:

  • Lead negotiations, or supervise field agents performing negotiations, for acquiring rights of way, real property, and permits.

  • Assist in development of project budgets for real estate and permit acquisitions. Perform valuation analysis.

  • Provide support to business development personnel in performing real estate valuation and due diligence when evaluating potential projects or property acquisitions for non-regulated ventures.


  • Evaluate and assist in selection of proposed pipeline project routing alternatives. Recommend alternatives that minimize real estate requirements and permitting impacts.

  • Represent the company at public zoning meetings to obtain construction approvals.

  • Review engineering designs and permitting applications to ensure real estate and permit requirements are understood and adequately incorporated into project plans.

  • Execute standardized legal instruments for managing real estate transactions - easements, licenses, purchase agreements.

Driving Results:

  • Oversee railroad and other agency permitting process. Ensure permits are filed in a timely manner and follow up on permitting delays. Provide reporting for permits in process.

  • Manage applications for crossings of company rights of way. Engage asset protection, system integrity, legal, and operations when reviewing proposed applications.

  • Communicate crossing requirements to applicants and collect crossing fees.


Required : Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent education and substantial work experience

Preferred: Bachelor’s Degree - Business, Engineering, Law, Science, Real Estate

Related Work Experience:

Required : 8 years of relative work experience in pipelines, utilities, transportation, title research, or similar right of way management experience


Certifications / Licenses:

Preferred: SR/WA designation from the International Right of Way Association

Registered Appraiser

Specific Skills & Knowledge:


  • Strong knowledge of Real Estate practice, principles, and law

  • Recognized as a subject matter expert

  • Interprets internal or external business issues and recommends solutions / best practices

  • Takes a broad perspective to identify solutions

  • Excellent communication skills including professional writing ability

  • Strong negotiation skills

  • Proficient in MS Office

  • Attention to detail

  • Ability to read and interpret legal descriptions

  • Supervisory Experience


Working Conditions/Physical Requirements:

Occasional Traveler (5-20% travel): The incumbent will be required to travel on occasion. Trips may require air travel and/or overnight stay away from home for one or more nights.

• This position occasionally requires prolonged standing or walking – sometimes in a construction environment.

• This position occasionally requires the incumbent to reach above shoulder-level.

• This position occasionally requires the incumbent to bend, kneel, crouch, or crawl.

• This position requires the ability to lift 10-25 pounds.

• The incumbent works in an office environment.

• The incumbent may work near or with moving mechanical parts.

• The incumbent may be exposed to fumes, airborne particles, or chemicals.

• The incumbent may be exposed to varying outdoor weather conditions.

• The incumbent may/will be exposed to varying outdoor weather conditions.

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: Engineering

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: GAS2001790