• Surface Landman Sr

    Job Locations US-TX-Midland
    Posted Date 3 weeks ago(11/20/2018 5:09 PM)
    Requisition ID
    # of Openings
    Land Administration
  • Company Overview

    Apache Corporation, founded in 1954, is one of the world's premier independent oil and gas exploration and production companies. With operations in the United States, Egypt and the United Kingdom (North Sea), the company has a presence in domestic and international basins.  Apache is proud of its portfolio that includes exploration in conventional, unconventional, onshore and offshore operating areas. 

    At Apache, there is a world of opportunity. With a history of using sound financial practices and an abundant inventory of near-term and future development projects, the company is admired across the industry for its ability to navigate in a rapidly changing world. Apache succeeds in recognizing opportunity and acting quickly. The growth of the company comes from the coordinated efforts of its diverse and accomplished workforce.

    • Our vision is to be the premier exploration and production company contributing to global progress by helping meet the world’s energy needs.
    • Our mission is to grow in an innovative, safe, environmentally responsible and profitable manner for the long-term benefit of our shareholders.
    • Our strategy is to deliver top-tier returns by maximizing recovery and minimizing costs through continuous improvement.

    Apache is proud to have been named a Top Workplace in Houston and San Antonio and is one of the world’s most admired companies by Fortune. Our global team is brought together by a shared sense of ownership, team of teams approach and the knowledge that best answers win.


    Apache provides a challenging and rewarding work environment, supported by a premier total compensation package that includes competitive base salaries and benefits along with performance-driven incentives.


    For additional information about Apache, please visit:


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    Key Duties/Responsibilities


    Manages all surface-related land functions in support of multi-rig drilling programs and production activities in Texas and New Mexico. Conducts title research and performs title curative as it relates to surface ownership. Interprets, executes and maintains Apache’s surface contracts to ensure compliance with obligations. Demonstrates proficiency in all aspects of surface land management and negotiation. Assists with complaints, grievance resolutions and other surface owner disputes and makes recommendations regarding damage claims settlements. Proactive in addressing community and stakeholder issues.


    Specific Responsibilities:

    The Sr. Surface Landman, for Apache Corporation will be a member of Apache’s [Position Family] team at the company’s [Location], office reporting to the [Title of Hiring Manager]. 


    This role will be primarily responsible for the following:


    • Acquires drill sites, easements, surface leases, access roads, frac pits, water use and other rights needed for drilling and production activities.
    • Acquires fee property
    • Manages surveyors and conducts pre-construction on-site evaluations
    • Negotiates and drafts complex surface agreements
    • Negotiates damage settlements
    • Serves as company liaison with landowners, local, county, state and federal regulatory agencies
    • Supports field operations personnel with landowner issues related to ongoing operations
    • Represents the Company in handling complaints, arbitrating disputes or resolving grievances that may arise during negotiations with landowners and business activities with regulatory agencies
    • Directs the efforts of contract personnel and mentors less-experienced personnel

    Job Qualifications

    Professional Qualifications & Experience:

    The successful candidate will have the following qualifications and experience:


    • 4-year degree in Law, Petroleum Land Management, Energy Management, Energy Commerce or other relevant degree
    • AAPL membership required; RPL or CPL preferred
    • Minimum of 7 years of in-house surface land experience with a major and/or large independent oil & gas company
    • Ability to speak and understand oilfield terminology
    • Understanding of land and legal documents
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
    • Strong negotiation and conflict-management skills
    • Working knowledge of current rules and regulations for Texas and New Mexico

    Behavioral Competencies and Personal Characteristics

    The successful candidate will exhibit the following behavioral competencies and personal characteristics:

    • A “Team of Teams” mindset with the objective of aligning your vision, mission, and strategy with the company’s overarching vision, mission, and strategy;
    • A natural desire to work with a sense of urgency and a contrarian spirit;
    • A solid grasp of economic, industry and competitive landscapes;
    • The capability to change and generate process improvements for greater effectiveness and efficiency;
    • Strength of character, including the highest levels of honesty, integrity, ethics, professionalism, trust, and loyalty;
    • An approachable, likeable personality;
    • An entrepreneurial mindset with a strong track record of agility and ability to thrive in a dynamic environment;
    • A hands-on employee who can also see the big picture;
    • An employee who leads by example, with the energy and ability to work collaboratively across the entire organization;
    • The agility and flexibility to work in a fast-paced company culture;
    • Confident, while checking ego at the door, and fearless in the face of speaking up to challenge norms or convention;
    • Self-aware with excellent communication skills, both written and oral; and

    Highly intelligent, intellectually and emotionally, with excellent analytical, strategic, business judgment, and problem-solving skills.

    Core Values and Leadership Attributes

    The successful candidate will lead by example through the embodiment of, and by embracing, Apache's Core Values and Leadership Attributes:

    Core Values:

    • Expect top performance & innovation;
    • Seek relentless improvements in all facets;
    • Invest in our greatest asset, our people;
    • Foster a contrarian spirit;
    • Drive to succeed with a sense of urgency;
    • Safety is not negotiable & will not be compromised;
    • Conduct our business with honesty & integrity;
    • Treat our stakeholders with respect & dignity; and
    • We derive benefit from the earth & take our environmental responsibility seriously.

     Leadership Attributes:

    • Responsible irreverence;
    • Focus on team accomplishments over personal gain;
    • Decisive, invested, committed;
    • Safety is not negotiable & will not be comprised;
    • Fire in the belly;
    • Lead by example, be an ambassador for Apache’s values;
    • Sees the big picture, translates into action;
    • Sound judgement and emotional maturity;
    • Best answers win;
    • Working managers; and
    • Effective communicators.


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