Director Advanced Materials


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Seattle HQ
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Your Job Map 
This job contributes to REI’s success by researching and developing a unique, high performance and customer valued materials that will advance toward REI’s sustainability commitments.  The Director, Advanced Materials role is accountable to define the REI Co-Op Brands materials strategy, successfully driving REI’s climate commitments and carbon reduction goals as well as defining advanced materials and compounds in service of progressing brand innovation and customer first technical solutions.  This role will also collaborate with leaders across the Co-Op to translate the material strategy and trends into product plans to drive the commercialization of best-in-class materials to market.  The role will influence Senior Leadership and network of industry experts to promote REI’s mission and fuel education and investment in service of sustainability and innovation objectives relative to materials. Models and acts in accordance with REI’s guiding values and mission.

Leading the Way
  • 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.

Your Planning & Navigating Requirements 

  • Lead with a sustainability mindset, focus on innovative technologies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions in support of REI’s strategy to halve emissions over the next decade.  
  • Continuously engage supply partners to decarbonize REI’s materials portfolio. 
  • Leverage extensive network of industry experts to discover new technologies that can be applied to REI designs for improved environmental performance and differentiation.
  • Lead the continuous transition to more sustainable chemicals in manufacturing with an emphasis to how material design affects product performance end-of-life recycling opportunities.
  • Engage with external thought leaders and companies developing innovative recommence and recycling solutions.
  • Inform the Product Impact Standards for the 1,300 brands retailed at REI.

  • Lead the research and development of new innovative material technologies in close partnership with external partners for application to product strategy direction.
  • Accountable for remaining connected with pioneering innovations across the materials, manufacturing, and mechanical design industry; sharing technology innovations with team members and partners across the company.
  • Develop collaborative relationships with REI suppliers in order to influence/leverage multigenerational product development plans to meet material needs anticipated in future product designs.

  • Develops overall materials strategy roadmap incorporating execution and delivery of novel materials and process solutions in partnership with cross-functional teams, manage budgets, schedules and milestones.
  • Collaborate with product design and operations on material selection, design feasibility and assembly techniques of new product designs. 
  • Provides cross-functional team leadership, working closely with partners in Sustainability, Product Strategy, Product Design and across the Operations teams to accomplish your goals. 

Bring your passion and expertise
  • Master’s degree or PhD Sustainable in Material Science, Materials, or related discipline, preferred expertise in polymers, metals composites.
  • 12+ years of relevant professional experience driving materials design/development.
  • 7+ years of experience leading, inspiring, and developing creative teams including hiring / performance management.
  • Demonstrated expertise in sustainability, biocompatibility - including successful introduction of new materials into products.
  • Excellent creativity, communication, presentation, problem solving, and time-management skills.
  • Ability to travel up to 10% of the time, including international travel.
  • 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.
  • 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.

REI hires, trains, and promotes regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, veteran status, and other protected status as required by applicable law. We remain deeply committed to making the Co-op a place where everyone can feel safe and be themselves. Join us.

At REI we offer an enviable work environment that Fortune Magazine has recognized on the "100 Best Places to Work" list since the award's inception – 23 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 160 retail locations (and growing), REI offers unique competitive benefits to its more than 15,000 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

Posting Range
$120,000 to $265,000 per year
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