Enterprise Backbone (ERP) - Finance Business Sponsor

Posted Date: Oct-14-2021

Job ID: 21944

Job Type: Full Time

Job Function: Finance

City: Seattle

State: Washington

Store: Seattle HQ

Remote Eligible: No



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What's cool about this job

This job contributes to REI’s success by being the leader accountable for the planning, development, management, execution and implementation of the large cross-divisional and multi-year program named “Enterprise Backbone (ERP)”. This program entails significant technological and business process transformation for the co-op and is a critical foundational enabler for both the co-op’s ongoing operations as well as its planned strategic initiatives. This role is primarily responsible for ensuring the program delivers the agreed upon business benefits and acts as the representative of the organization, playing a vital leadership role. Models and acts in accordance with REI’s guiding values and mission.


  • Provides business context, expertise and guidance to the program manager and program/project teams
  • Champions the project cross-functionally to ensure capacity, funding and prioritization for the project
  • Acts as an escalation point for decisions and issues that are beyond the authority of the program manager
  • Acts as the link between the program, the business community, and strategic level decision making groups
  • Ensures the validity of the business case by clearly defining and managing scope confirming the viability of the business proposition
  • Ensures ongoing alignment to business objectives
  • Closely partners with program technology sponsor
  • Regularly engages with the project team and other key stakeholders to stay informed of trends and events within the program (and ensure the project remains viable)
  • Defines project success criteria that align with the business objectives
  • Prioritizes the initiative and ensures it is launched and initiated properly
  • Partners closely with initiative program manager to review and manage program budget
  • Serves as a voice for the program and ensures appropriate organizational priority is given to it throughout 
  • Assembles and provides on-going support for the program organization
  • Identifies roles and reporting structure; leads and supports hiring efforts as necessary to build appropriate support levels
  • Serves as an escalation point for issues and other matters and obstacles that are beyond the control of the project manager
  • Provides business case analysis/ROI review sufficient to facilitate go/no go decisions regarding progress and phases
  • Ensures risks and changes are managed properly and sufficiently and makes associated decisions including resource reallocation, prioritization and scope modifications
  • Establishes control mechanisms and reviews; ensures measures are operating sufficiently to provide clear communication and early detection of program delays
  • Ensures the program delivers the intended value through establishment and management of OKRs and corresponding metrics
  • Evaluates progress and status addressing roadblocks and resource constraints as needed
  • Champions the project throughout the entire org
  • Provides research and context sufficient to facilitate go/no go decisions
  • Is responsible for the overall quality, value, and benefits for the program, from process to the end product
  • Reviews and guides change management planning, ensures change management is sufficiently prioritized to facilitate program success

Bring your passion and expertise

  • 10+ years of relevant and progressive Accounting/Finance experience, with a preference for a background including both public accounting and industry experience (Retail experience a plus)
  • 3+ years of previous leadership experience in a mid to large corporate environment
  • B.A. degree in Accounting/Finance Process improvement mindset, prior experience driving change and transformational efforts
  • Ability to consistently think and act broadly and strategically
  • Ability to drive decision making based on key outcomes and business capability delivery
  • Demonstrated effective leadership and motivational skills
  • Ability to successfully negotiate with partners/leaders and positively navigate opposing points of view 
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate and deliver effective presentations to senior leaders and groups of varying sizes, including small stakeholder groups up to large divisional meetings
  • Strong understanding of financial systems; SAP experience preferred
  • Experience successfully working with cross-functional teams
  • Strong interpersonal skills – able to communicate with all areas of REI and influence others in a collaborative work environment
  • Actively participates and collaborates with others on one's own team and across REI for the achievement of program goals 
  • Uses business knowledge, innovative thinking, and sound judgment in the solution of problems or the pursuit of program/business opportunities
  • 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
  • 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

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

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1. In making a determination pursuant to section seven hundred fifty-two of this chapter, the public agency or private employer shall consider the following factors:

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(b) The specific duties and responsibilities necessarily related to the license or employment sought or held by the person.

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(f) The seriousness of the offense or offenses.

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(h) The legitimate interest of the public agency or private employer in protecting property, and the safety and welfare of specific individuals or the general public.

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