Project Manager - Land

Number of employees

20

Baton Rouge, LA/Wichita, KS, USA

Posted on: 2024-04-01

Category: renewables

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Employment type:

Full time

Experience required:

Intermediate

Salary

Salary not provided

About the company:

Charm Industrial is working to return the atmosphere to 280 ppm CO₂. We design, build and operate a fleet of mobile fast pyrolyzers that convert ag and forest biomass residues into bio-oil for use in carbon removal and direct-reduced-iron steelmaking.

In 2020 our Chief Scientist and co-founder Shaun Meehan had two breakthroughs (bio-oil intermediate and bio-oil sequestration) that kickstarted the company. Within 10 months we completed our first carbon removal injection and in 2021 we completed more than 5,000 tons of CO₂e removal for customers like Stripe, Shopify and Microsoft. 


About Charm

Our mission is to reverse climate change and return the atmosphere to 280 ppm CO₂, profitably. We convert waste biomass into carbon-rich bio-oil and inject it into permanent, underground storage as carbon removal, or reform the bio-oil to produce syngas for fossil-free steel.

Our carbon removal pathway took off in 2020 with initial purchases from customers like Stripe, Shopify & Microsoft. In 2021 and 2022 we delivered thousands of tons of carbon removal via off-the-shelf pathways, and also deployed our first R&D prototype pyrolyzer of our own. In the next 18 months, we'll build and deploy the next pyrolyzer revision, demonstrate our fossil-free ironmaking pilot, substantially expand our operations in Colorado and put thousands of tonnes of CO₂e underground.

We're looking to expand our team of ambitious creative and hands-on engineers, fabricators, operators, and forward-thinking humans. We value psychological safety and collaboration. We take calculated risks and don't sweep mistakes under the rug; instead, we pin them to the wall and learn from them. We value that everyone’s unique backgrounds and perspectives shape their work. We encourage you to read our company values.

Come help us reverse climate change. Gigatons or bust!

About the Role 

The operations team is looking for an excellent Project Manager to be responsible for injection permitting projects. As Charm expands injection operations across the country, we’re building teams of local resources to help us build relationships in the community and execute on our operational goals. The ideal candidate is a proactive, organized and deliberate communicator who excels when connecting the dots and driving work towards completion. Also, an excellent candidate would have experience drafting and negotiating contracts in partnership with a legal team. Additionally, this role requires someone with strong stakeholder management skills who can help Charm build long lasting relationships to enable us to sequester gigatons of carbon! This role will require up to 40% travel, reports to the Director of Injection Operations and will work closely with Charm’s operations team. 

What We Offer

· Stock options
· Health benefits (medical, dental, vision)
· Traditional and Roth 401(k) with a 50% match on contributions up to 6%
· Paid time off, including parental leave
- A yearly professional development stipend
· Healthy snacks and lunches for onsite employees
- A sweet workplace with lots of space inside and out
· A chance to pivot into a role in climate!

Visa Sponsorship Policy

Since we are a small startup, certain accommodations for visa sponsorship may not be within our capability. At this time, Charm Industrial is only sponsoring E3 and TN visas.

Our Commitment

Charm Industrial is an equal opportunity employer with a firm commitment to growing our team in an inclusive way, regardless of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, medical condition, age, or veteran status. The consequences of climate change inherently affect some more than others, and we need a diverse team to help us save our little planet most effectively & justly. We are excited about all of those who choose to apply, and for those who end up joining us, to see how you better us as a team and company. We are more than the sum of our parts.

Responsibilities:

  • Develop and maintain a detailed schedule that provides clarity for internal stakeholders on the path to a successful permit approval, work cross functionally to understand the critical risks in the schedule
  • Draft surface and subsurface access agreements with support from counsel and third party consultants on expedited timelines
  • Clearly communicate the terms and boundaries of the access agreement to land consultants and landowners, including representing Charm in person, as needed
  • Iterate on the terms of the access agreements in order to win the assets of highest interest 
  • Develop a robust understanding of the competitive landscape and use this knowledge to inform geographic strategy, e.g. are there others leasing land rights in Charm's regions of interest?
  • Work with injection operations teammates and third party consultants, to complete regulatory paperwork and other activities for permit applications
  • Build relationships with local consultants, vendors, landowners, and contractors and coordinate with Charm HQ to ensure timely, quality work is completed
  • Requirements:

  • 5+ years project or program management experience, especially first-of-kind processes with diverse stakeholders 
  • Ability to distill and communicate complex issues to a wide range of audiences
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; this means very high communication bandwidth over email, slack, text, phone, docs, etc. at various levels of formality and relational finesse
  • Experience with stakeholder engagement and mapping
  • Ability to prioritize responsibilities in an ambiguous environment
  • Proficiency in task management tools such as Jira, Trello, Smartsheets, Google Drive
  • Meticulous attention to detail, maintaining a high standard of accuracy and thoroughness.
  • Bonus (but not required):

  • Experience with oil and gas mineral and/or agriculture or land leasing agreements, contract development, negotiation and deals 
  • Experience in EPA UIC permitting or any kind of local, state or federal permitting 
  • Experience with community engagement or community organization
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