Manager, Search Experience

Posted Date: Mar-16-2017

Job ID: 6479

Job Type: Full Time

Job Function: eCommerce / Online

City: Kent

State: Washington

What's cool about this job

As a key member of REI’s Digital Retail management team, you will lead a highly engaged commerce focused team with ownership over REI’s site search program and developing REI’s strategy for leveraging its capabilities.  But that’s not all!  Your role also includes capturing customers further up the commerce funnel, optimizing REI’s natural search rankings by leading REI’s natural search and UGC program team.  You will manage the prioritization of REI’s investments across these programs to improve REI customer and member commerce experiences.

• Identifies and communicates key responsibilities and practices to ensure the organization promotes a successful attitude, confidence in leadership, and teamwork to achieve business results.
• Supports the implementation of company programs, procedures, methods and practices to promote REI key messages.
• Challenges and inspires employees to achieve business results.
• Ensures employees adhere to legal and operational compliance requirements.
• Oversees training and development of employees directly and indirectly managed and makes effective staffing decisions.
• Conducts and ensures the completion of performance reviews.
• Provides coaching, direction and leadership support to employees in order to achieve department, company and customer results.
• Establishes and maintains visibility within the department.
• Monitors operational statistics, reports trends, variances and issues, and takes appropriate action.
• You will lead highly engaged Search team, managing REI’s site search platform and developing a comprehensive strategy for fully leveraging its capabilities to ensure REI customers benefit from what it has to offer.  
• Your role includes capturing customers further up the funnel, optimizing REI’s natural search rankings by leading REI’s natural search program team.  
• You will ensure REI’s product development teams have a full pipeline of capabilities and optimizations to push REI higher in natural search rankings and land those customers successfully on
• Accountable for program governance over the search tool administration, roadmap, and vendor relationship.
• Manages prioritization of Search portfolio investment to maximize benefit to REI customers and members.
• Participates in REI’s annual portfolio and budgeting process and ensures the portfolio aligns with and delivers on REI’s digital strategy across multiple divisions.
• Demonstrated ability to lead innovative site search solutions, enhancing digital retail customer experience.
• Develops and maintains strong professional relationships with key individual stakeholders and partner teams throughout REI.
• Partners with divisional leaders from IT, Marketing, Merchandising, Customer Support, Adventure Travel, and Retail to ensure balanced support for corporate initiatives.
• Maintains collaborative relationship with the Information Technology team supporting REI's digital touch points.

Bring your passion and expertise

  • 5+ years’ experience in leading technical product or program teams
  • 3+ years leading site search
  • Expertise with multiple site search platform integrations
  • Experience working with LucidWorks Fusion is ideal
  • Experience in effectively presenting, communicating, and influencing senior leadership
  • Knowledge of the search industry and customer search journey
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience in retail business administration, marketing or related field.
  • Builds capacity of individuals and teams through effective employee development, involvement, communication, and supervision efforts.
  • Creates a strong, mutually supportive work spirit and culture where people can do their best.
  • Uses business knowledge, innovative thinking, and sound judgment in the solution of problems or the pursuit of business opportunities.
  • Establishes trust and inspires others.
  • Makes effective organization and people decisions in a manner consistent with REI's values and ethics.
  • Delivers on commitments and holds others to same.
  • Champions the organization and advocates solutions in the overall Company's best interest.
  • Uses business knowledge, innovative thinking, and sound judgment in the solution of problems or the pursuit of business opportunities.
  • Consolidates information from various sources including feedback from others to reach sound decisions.
  • Considers the ultimate impact of decisions and actions on internal and external customers. 
  • Fosters change in company direction.
  • Effectively plans and executes changes.

Why you'll love it here

Real. Alive. Connected. These are a few words that describe life at REI. Whether it’s in our careers or in the great outdoors, we aspire to adventure in all ways! At REI we value our customers; we work hard to earn our reputation for quality and integrity every day. Our commitment remains the same as when we started out in 1938: to inspire, educate and outfit for a lifetime of outdoor adventure. Join a passionate community of people who believe in one simple truth: an outdoor life is a life well-lived. Get ready to harness your creativity, customer focus and enthusiasm for living life outdoors—we can’t wait to meet you!

Oh yeah, did we mention perks? At REI, we understand that benefits matter – we offer a competitive benefit package for all employees which includes: 
A workplace built on respect, integrity, and balance 
Healthcare coverage for full-time employees
A competitive bonus/ incentive program 
REI Retirement Plan 
Generous gear and merchandise discount 
Paid time off 
Professional growth and development opportunities 

At REI we offer an enviable work environment that has been recognized on the "100 Best Companies to Work For" list since the award's inception – 20 years in a row! Sure, we work hard, but it’s balanced with time off to play—a strategy that works for us as we continue to grow and thrive. Want to enjoy a workplace where you can be yourself, be heard and be respected while having a job that challenges you? This is the place.

With more than 140 retail locations (and growing), REI offers unique competitive benefits to its more than 12,000 employees, including healthcare, gear and apparel discounts, free equipment rentals and challenge grants to help employees reach personal outdoor goals, generous retirement plan contributions, public transit subsidy, adoptions assistance, paid sabbaticals, and more.

REI is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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