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Right of Way Supervisor

Date: Jul 12, 2019

Location: Jackson, MI, US

Company: Consumers Energy

Join a diverse and dynamic team that makes and delivers the most valuable services in the world: electricity and natural gas.  At Consumers Energy, our customers are at the heart of everything we do.  Our employees work around the clock to provide service to our customers in honor of our history and to fulfill our promise to Michigan - Count on Us!  Consumers Energy, the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy and headquartered in Jackson, Michigan, provides natural gas and electricity to nearly 6.8 million of Michigan's 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.


Department Summary

The Real Estate Acquisition Group is responsible for acquiring all land rights for the construction, operation and maintenance of Consumers Energy electric and gas utility assets throughout the state of Michigan. The land rights routinely acquired include,  but are not limited to easements for electric pole lines and gas mains; and fee property acquisitions for electric substations, gas compressor stations, renewable generation assets and corporate office buildings. 


Job Description/Responsibilities


As a member of the Real Estate team, the Right of Way Supervisor manages team members responsible for obtaining the land rights necessary for construction, operation and maintenance of electric and natural gas distribution utility assets.


Areas of responsibility include but may not be limited to; Serves as a single point of contact between the Real Estate Acquisition Team and the Distribution Engineering and Operations personnel.

Creates strategy, process and procedures related to the acquisition of land rights for Distribution projects.

Leads and develops a team of high level staff and contractors to acquire all real estate interests in support of distribution projects for Consumers Energy.



  • Bachelor’s degree in an applicable field.
  • Less than a Bachelor's degree may be acceptable if accompanied by extensive Company or industry experience in positions that demonstrate required abilities and performance. 
  • 6-9 Yrs. Experience in Right of Way Industry (electric / pipeline specific)
  • Michigan Real Estate Salesperson License – Required to perform certain real estate transactions.  Not essential pre-qualification, but must be able to obtain within 1 yr.


The following skills may set you apart from others:


  • SR/WA (Senior Member Right of Way Association) designation - Specialty certification.
  • Proven Leadership Skills- Ability to lead, coach & mentor employees
  • Knowledge of utility/pipeline construction methods for distribution facilities
  • Expert Witness Testimony Experience


Essential Functions

  • Advanced Knowledge of Property Rights / Property Interests - Developing sound business decisions and programs related to complex property rights.
  • Strong knowledge of real estate law & transaction experience – Fundamental knowledge base
  • Strong Communication Skills - Ability to lead, motivate and influence others.  Ability to communicate at multiple levels across the organization, including senior management.
  • Advanced Negotiation Skills - Negotiation of complex transactions with key clients / landowners or governmental entities.
  • Ability to read and interpret real estate documents and legal descriptions.
  • Analytical Thinker / Problem Solving Skills - Ability to identify key transaction elements, understand potential impacts and develop sound solutions.
  • Action Oriented – Ability to quickly analyze and move to resolution to meet project deadlines.
Position will be filled at the appropriate salary grade based upon the skills, knowledge, and experience of the selected candidate.
All qualified applicants will not be discriminated against and will receive consideration for employment without regard to protected veteran status, disability, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin.

Nearest Major Market: Jackson Michigan
Nearest Secondary Market: Ann Arbor

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