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Director of Land Operations

Company: U.Group
Location: Fort Worth
Posted on: February 22, 2021

Job Description:

The Director of Land Operations is a key member of the Purple Land Management ("PLM") management team and works with the VP of Land, VP of Technology & Innovation and Operations support and land teams to ensure that PLM's delivery and quality of service is excellent throughout the entire of the Land department. This position has overall responsibility for the PLM Land teams' development and institutionalization of land practice and procedure to ensure that all customers' needs are met with a superb level of accuracy, timeliness and within the scope, budget and project bounds set forth by each customer, and for the proactive development of SOP's that will allow for future project platforms and efficiency tools in-creation to further maximize efficiencies, revenues and project margin opportunities. Further, this position will require the identification of outsourcing opportunities which may allow PLM to further enhance our collective ability to deliver more quickly, more efficiently, and while appropriately leveraging our landman team's talent and capabilities.--

  • RESPONSIBILITIES Develop and Enforce Departmental SOP's:
    • Ensures Land Department SOP's are in-place and followed, ensuring high level of accuracy, timeliness and adherence to project scope / budget(s) for all PLM Land customers.
    • Project kick-off / update / check-in / wrap/completion meetings with land team(s)
    • Ensures project budgets / timelines are managed and met
    • Host Project / Customer meetings (internal & external).--
    • Enforce timely and accurate landman billing / labor tracking, company-wide
    • Manage and maximize landman efficiencies and ensure that Employee utilization is maximized.--
    • Manage all customer facing broker reporting / cost tracking activities to ensure full visibility to cost vs. productivity tracking for all customers' projects.--
    • Manage and enforce market pay scale ensuring that all landmen are hired at market appropriate rates, and assigned to appropriate projects that are appropriate to landman capabilities and project cost / pay rates.--
    • Ensure Project Management Best Practices are utilized and that customer communication is monitored for consistency and high level of customer service.-- Manage & Maximize Landman Utilization, Productivity & Quality of Work Product
      • Landman performance stats and rankings
      • Conduct performance evaluations for Director level, Regional Office managers
      • Recommend hiring, termination or talent-upgrades / needs department-wide
      • QC work product to ensure accuracy and deliverability per project SOP's / Best Practices
      • Avoid Write-Offs and Title Errors through best practices/processes
      • Review / monitor / recommend adjustments to landman talent pool to maximize margins and ensure appropriate assignment of talent across all projects.
      • Coach and Monitor Project Managers & working landmen - address both project specific needs as well as personnel issues (or direct to HR).--
      • Ensure thoroughness, completeness, and consistency of work product--
      • Monitor all local and field landman assignments to ensure field / support teams are properly allocated and are positioned to create efficiencies for remote workforce.--
      • Responsible for identifying new opportunities for outsourcing of workflow(s) which lead to increased efficiencies or margin.--
      • Responsible for identifying new opportunities for PLM partnership with vendors which may add complimentary or diversifying workflow to company's business offerings.-- Develop and Manage Mentorship / Quality Assurance Program:
        • Recommend or implement training initiatives which foster career advancement opportunities and which support the expansion of PLM landman capabilities ---
        • Help facilitate 'Lunch & Learn' trainings on a regular cadence--
        • Maintain Landman Training Library.--
        • Maintain and update landman onboarding packets for landmen onboarded across all experience / capabilities levels - Ensure consistent onboarding and expectation setting is encompassed in the mentorship / peer-review program Staffing & Talent Deployment:
          • Constant management of talent deployment, department-wide.
          • Ensures proper allocation and assignments of Employee and Contract landmen to ensure that project vs. landman capabilities are appropriate in order to ensure high level of service with controlled and high-performing company performance metrics (cost of labor, margin, etc.).--
          • Institutionalizing consistent method for onboarding / offboarding and managing Hiring Managers' priority focus-area.--
          • Institutionalizing and mentoring regional managers to manage project costs and margin in 'real time.'--
          • Monitors competitor / hiring activity to identify market trends and ensure that land talent is sourced at appropriate rates.-- Daily Operational Responsibilities Include:
            • Enforcing BPM's & Process at local level - further development of SOP's (project rulebook) to ensure evolution with new project needs or internal technologies .--
            • Landman performance statistics and rankings. Celebrating top performers and upgrading low performers where appropriate
            • Complete Performance evaluations for regional managers
            • QC & enforcement of work product quality.--
            • Managing, enforcing and further development of all Landman talent recruitment, interviewing, onboarding and offboarding processes.
            • Recommendations for hire, termination or talent-upgrades based on cost, value, and landman capabilities vs. project matrixes
            • Enforcement of successful / timely project deadlines.--
            • Has final say as to personnel / talent adjustment necessary to ensure deadlines are hit.--
            • Title Errors (Write-Off's) avoidance through process and 'project rulebook' enforcement.--
            • Project kick-off meetings
            • Management of Project / Product library
            • Ensuring all land crews are applying technology initiatives from Corporate appropriately and consistently.
            • Ensuring appropriate and consistent messaging to all landmen
            • Monitoring and coaching Project Manager customer interaction to ensure thoroughness, completeness and consistency of quality service.--
            • Ensures thorough research and signs off on all new project bids.--
            • Ensuring timely submission of landman billing and customer invoicing
            • Timely (daily) billing enforcement of landmen and project cost capture
            • Reviews / approves landmen billing and may approve landman time-off or other company-paid landman needs
            • Participates in the support of Sales or Customer Development activities on as-needed basis.--
            • Preparing, reviewing and/or signing-off on New Project cost proposals, department-wide. Experience:
              • 7+ years of Oil and Gas Industry, Broker experience
              • Track record of successfully managing landman teams and delivering for multiple customers simultaneously across multiple basins
              • Track record of sustained customer satisfaction and high / improved margin reported
              • Experience selling services/professional services, not just products
              • Experience training / mentoring teams to ensure excellence of work performed and maximization of practiced efficiencies
              • Track record of successful and accurate project costing / bidding across multiple basins
              • Familiarity with basic cost / margin reporting and talent management required to ensure appropriate allocation of capabilities vs. cost department-wide Knowledge & Skills:
                • Fundamentally a process enhancement and enforcement manager
                • Comprehensive knowledge and understanding of Oil and Gas practice, specific to Land Services (Broker) side activities, inclusive of all most common project types (Title, Leasing, Right of Way, Due Diligence).--
                • Well-developed leadership, communication, organization and analytical skills
                • High attention to detail and an acute thoroughness to completeness and follow-up
                • Bachelor's degree required - Petroleum Land Management degree preferred Capacity & Character:
                  • Aptitude for serving as the professional complement to a high-energy entrepreneurial approach that needs to scale; fit with the casual, fun culture
                  • Demonstrated "business wisdom:" The ability to frame hypotheses based on experience, then reframe based on new data (as opposed to repeating a rigid formula from the past) to ensure the company is always "moving forward."
                  • Ability to build and maintain a diverse set of relationships with multiple types of people on the broader team: translates between ops, sales and technology
                  • Open, informal, self-aware, genuine and versatile leader who can influence without often resorting to authority
                  • Courage and decisiveness balanced with humility
                  • Learner, interested in his/her own development Company Description Purple Land Management, LLC ("Purple") is one of the nation's largest tech-enabled provider of land services that negotiates the buying, selling, and leasing of mineral rights, determines and cures title, prepares mineral ownership reports, and performs other related services required for oil and gas operators to drill and produce wells. Overdrive, Purple's proprietary software-as-a-service ("SaaS"), allows customers to track lease, well, and contract data in a web-based geographic information system ("GIS") mapping platform powered by ESRI, a leader in GIS mapping software. Based in Fort Worth, Texas, and founded in 2010, Purple has the financial support of Satori Capital, a Texas-based multi-strategy investment firm founded upon the principles of conscious capitalism. Satori's private equity business partners with leadership teams of companies that operate with a long-term perspective, commit to their mission or purpose, and create value for all stakeholders. Compensation:--Commensurate with experience Career Path:--Opportunity for promotion based on performance and the team's needs Start Date: Immediately Work Authorization: Candidates must already be authorized to work in the United States.

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