Renewable Energy Manager

Posted Date: Jan-18-2022

Job ID: 22374

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

REI believes the climate crisis is the biggest threat to the future of life outside, and as we execute against our commitment to more than half our carbon footprint by 2030, this role will be instrumental in designing and managing critical components of the co-op’s climate strategy. Specifically, this role will oversee the design and implementation of the next generation of REI’s renewable energy strategy, from development to procurement and management. This role will be responsible for developing and managing energy strategies in pursuit of the continued achievement of our 100% renewable electricity goal, while driving broad impact across our organization and throughout our membership community. The role will require knowledge of a variety of sustainability topics, the ability to partner across diverse business divisions, and an inquisitive mindset. The ultimate success of this role will be dependent on strategic and collaborative engagement with a broad group of internal and external stakeholders.  

At REI Co-op, we believe time outside is fundamental to a life well lived and exist to inspire and enable a life outside for everyone. To deliver on that promise, we are working with our 15,000 employees, 20M members and the broader outdoor community toward a reality where everyone has the opportunity to be themselves, to access opportunities and find their place in the outdoors.

Bring your passion and expertise

Your Planning & Navigating Requirements 

• Collaborates with Finance, FP&A, Tax, Accounting, Legal and other internal stakeholders to design and execute new renewable energy agreements or capital projects.
• Collaborates with our supply chain energy manager in pursuit of renewable energy procurement with our manufacturing partners, with a specific focus on Asia and Central America.
• Creates avenues for REI to engage members and the communities within which we operate in the procurement and adoption of renewable energy.
• Partners with our Real Estate and Facilities teams to provide guidance on general maintenance or expansion of our portfolio on-site solar arrays, including data acquisition and reporting. 
• Integrates racial equity and “just transition” principles into the design and implementation of REI’s renewable energy strategy.
• Collaborates with industry-leading organizations to identify opportunities to reduce emissions in REI’s manufacturing (international) and operations (domestic)
• Partners with divisions across the Co-op to analyze the business case and governance structure for broad impact and sustainability goals.
• Partners with teams across the Co-op to embed and scale climate and sustainability goals within divisional business plans and budgets. 
• Leverages a design thinking and strategic mindset to work collaboratively across REI to define division-level sustainability priorities, problem definition and solutions in support of enterprise-level sustainability goals.

  • 7+ years of experience in corporate sustainability
  • 3+ years of experience in strategy, product design, merchandising, or manufacturing
  • Experience with renewable energy procurement across a diverse and geographically distributed footprint, including specific experience with renewable energy procurement (e.g. power purchase agreements) development (e.g. community or on-site solar) and finance.
  • Demonstrated track record of successful strategy design, project execution, and ongoing management to deliver sustainability outcomes, engagement, and communication
  • Knowledge of energy management, energy measurement, and carbon accounting
  • Experience providing guidance and support to brands and/or other stakeholders on meeting climate and/or sustainability goals 
  • Experience crafting the business case and plan for enterprise-level ESG goals, including strategic and financial analysis of energy strategies
  • Experience developing documents and presentations for external distribution 
  • Operates with a high degree of independence and accountability
  • Produces deliverables promptly and proactively anticipates future needs
  • Proven ability to identify, analyze and objectively problem solve with prompt and meticulous follow-through
  • Strong oral communication skills and effective execution with individuals as well as in front of a wide audience 
  • Actively participates and collaborates with others on one's own team and across REI for the achievement of business goals.
  • Flexible in one's viewpoints and positions in order to support the direction taken by others at REI.
  • 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.
  • Works smart by setting effective work goals, establishing priorities, and planning well in order to produce quality work.
  • Executes effectively by using resources efficiently, meeting deadlines, and keeping others informed of work plans and progress toward goals.
  • Clearly conveys and accurately receives information by a variety of methods and in various situations.
  • Builds rapport with all kinds of people inside and outside the organization.
  • Acts upon opportunities and involves and influences others in the accomplishment of worthwhile organizational goals.
  • Challenges the status quo, champions change and influences others to change.
  • Undergraduate degree (BS or BA) in an environmental or business-related field or equivalent combination of education and experience

    Preferred if You Have:

  • Expertise in apparel, footwear, bicycle, or accessory supply chain manufacturing 
  • Graduate-level degree (MBA, MEM, MESc,)


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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