Strategic Initiative Manager

Posted Date: Oct-28-2021

Job ID: 21973

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

The Strategic Transformation Management Office (STMO) serves as the central function overseeing critical enterprise-wide transformation priorities and initiatives critical to successfully execute REI’s 3-year strategic transformation plan in service to our 2030 vision, objectives and goals. The STMO drives clarity, discipline and accountability on objectives, outcomes, initiatives and associated milestones and critical paths/roadmaps required to manage and deliver on our 3-year strategic, annual, and quarterly plans. It also serves as a center of excellence fostering best-in class planning and initiative/program management practices across the co-op. The Strategic Initiative Manager contributes to REI’s success by providing exceptional end-to-end leadership and management over specific priorities and initiatives within the STMO. This role is accountable for developing and leading the overarching priority and underlying initiatives, working with cross-divisional business leaders and stakeholders to inform timeline dependencies, deliverables, and potential risks to ensure initiatives deliver intended objectives, with high quality, and strategic business value. This includes the development and management of initiative charters, SOW’s, success metrics, schedules, budgets, communication plans, status tracking reports, Steering Committee updates, successful initiative delivery and initiative close-outs. To be successful, the ideal candidate requires exceptionally strong leadership and organizational skills in addition to possessing a strong business acumen and financial savvy to consistently facilitate successful outcomes of complex strategic initiatives. This role also requires a resourcefulness with the ability to manage ambiguity to drive results and accountability across multiple senior leader stakeholders, initiative teams and third-party partners as necessary.

  • Provides end to end initiative leadership and management for a portfolio of high priority, enterprise-wide business critical initiatives ($100MM +)
  • Builds strategic partnerships at the senior leadership level to help identify portfolio vision, set governance, create roadmaps and drive cross-divisional stakeholders towards initiative goals
  • Contributes to the development of executive reports providing oversight, guidance, and feedback. Facilitates steering committee meetings to review initiative status, drive alignment & facilitate decision making
  • Provides input into product growth strategies and positioning and develops a framework to enable operationalizing the plan
  • Identifies change management and business readiness needs and advocates for resources
  • Develops and maintains comprehensive documentation of all initiatives (charter development, vendor management, schedules, communication plan, steering committee governance, budget tracking, and initiative close-out etc)
  • Indirectly manages a cross functional team of sr. leaders and contributors to deliver an integrated plan and approach to support shared initiatives
  • Recognizes the importance of building relationships and trust across peer group and senior leaders
  • Identifies and tracks all issues and communicates all initiative risks, with an accompanied mitigation plan and steps needed for responsible resources (initiative team members)
  • Ensures smooth transition of completed initiatives into operations, including coordinating with all key initiative stakeholders to ensure appropriate training and support
  • Effectively builds consensus with senior leaders, key stakeholders, and initiative team members
  • Ability to be professionally assertive in order to influence outcomes, advocate for initiatives, and ensure accountability

Bring your passion and expertise

  • Bachelor’s degree in related discipline: Business, Management, Communications, Marketing, Project/Program Management certification or related field
  • 7+ years of demonstrated experience as a Project/Account Manager or related role, managing large business critical initiatives working across multiple stakeholders including c-suite senior leaders
  • Experience working in a multi-channel retail company with revenue of $2B+ 5+ years of demonstrated experience leading process improvements efforts and implementing innovative solutions to solve business problems
  • Possesses a strong understanding of financial investment strategies and risk management techniques
  • Highly organized, able to manage multiple concurrent initiatives with varying scope and complexity delivering on commitments and holding others to same
  • Inherently approaches initiative obstacles with an entrepreneurial mind, and ability to lead teams/work forward
  • Demonstrated strong leadership skills and proven ability to straddle big picture strategy and downstream tactics
  • Ability to build and foster strong relationships within and outside of the organization from individual contributors to senior leadership
  • Ability to consolidate information and feedback from various sources and build consensus with senior leaders, key stakeholders, and initiative team members to resolve issues and reach sound business decisions
  • Advanced skills in Microsoft Office business applications
  • Demonstrated knowledge and application of Project Management principles and methodology
  • Skilled and fluent across print, digital, and web environments
  • Demonstrates excellence in both written and verbal communications Intellectually curious
  • Culturally plugged in
  • Problem solver Strong senior leadership presence and persuasive speaking skills 
  • Demonstrates skill in dealing with uncertainty and ambiguity – persistent in producing outcomes when details are in flux and deals with problems that don’t have a clear solution
  • Actively participates, collaborates, influences, and leads with others on one's own team and cross-divisionally for the achievement of business goals
  • Uses business knowledge, innovative thinking, and sound judgment in the solution of problems or the pursuit of business opportunities
  • Considers the ultimate impact of decisions and actions on internal and external customers
  • Executes multiple demands effectively by using resources efficiently, meeting deadlines, and keeping others informed of work plans and progress toward goals
  • Works smart by setting effective work goals, establishing priorities, and planning well in order to produce quality work
  • Clearly conveys and accurately receives information by a variety of methods and in various situations
  • Acts upon opportunities and involves and influences others in the accomplishment of worthwhile departmental goals
  • Challenges the status quo, champions change and influences others to change
  • Flexible in one's viewpoints and positions in order to support the direction taken by others at REI

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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