Sustainability Program Manager

Posted Date: Jan-25-2022

Job ID: 22697

Job Type: Full Time

Job Function: Finance

City: Seattle

State: Washington

Store: Seattle HQ

Remote Eligible: No

Please visit the Covid-19 Hiring Updates before applying

What's cool about this job

REI is committed to becoming a fully inclusive, antiracist, multicultural organization. To fulfill our brand promise of enabling a life well-lived outside for everyone, we are seeking candidates who demonstrate shared values of diversity, equity, inclusion, and antiracism.

This job is part of REI’s sustainability team, which operates globally and helps lead the co-op’s efforts to fight for the future of the outdoors. This role contributes to REI’s success by guiding how sustainability integrates into the products created and sold under our own Co-op Brands. We are transforming our business in order to fight the climate crisis, which we view as the biggest threat to the future of the outdoors. REI views our own brands as an embodiment of the co-op’s values and a powerful tool in the fight against climate change. As the co-op executes against our commitment to more than halve our carbon footprint by 2030, this role will be responsible for partnering with the Co-op Brands team to achieve key business and sustainability outcomes that reduce carbon emissions. This will involve highly collaborative engagement with a broad group of internal and external stakeholders. Models and acts in accordance with REI’s guiding values and mission.

  • Serves as the Sustainability Team’s primary liaison to the Co-op Brands team in integrating sustainability and climate action into product strategy and the product creation process.
  • Works closely with cross-divisional business partners to successfully project manage and execute key sustainability and carbon reduction initiatives within the Co-op Brands division. Primary areas of focus include materials, circular product design, and manufacturing.
  • Supports the implementation of supply chain traceability processes for Co-op Brands products and materials.
  • Works with key partners to develop and implement processes for generating product, brand, and supply chain sustainability analytics and reporting. Primary objectives are to track the division’s ongoing progress against key goals, and to generate data to be included in REI’s annual carbon footprint.
  • Guides REI’s efforts to support research and reduction of microfiber shedding in textiles-based materials and products.
  • Serves as the primary liaison at REI’s headquarters to REI’s Global Head of Supplier Sustainability and Supply Chain Sustainability team, helping advance outcomes related to human rights, sustainable chemistry, and other key topics.
  • Develops and delivers communications and trainings to the Co-op Brands division to elevate their knowledge on topics related to sustainability and climate action.
  • Provides support to the Communications team in fielding and resolving customer inquiries and complaints.
  • Supports the Co-op Brands team in advancing sustainability initiatives related to key topics including packaging, chemicals management, fair labor, animal welfare, innovation, and others. This may involve working with a variety of stakeholders, including Merchandising, Marketing, Communications, Strategy, Legal, Digital Retail, and others.
  • Represents REI in relevant industry forums and multi-stakeholder initiatives (e.g. Outdoor Industry Association, Bluesign, Sustainable Apparel Coalition, Textile Exchange, The Microfiber Consortium, etc.).
  • Provides organizational support to the Sustainability team, including maintenance of team SharePoint site, management of generic communications channels, and other team systems and processes.
  • Contributes to Sustainability team planning, with an emphasis on initiatives impacting the Co-op Brands division.
  • Identifies, analyzes, and objectively problem solves with prompt and meticulous follow-through.
  • Serves as a resource for colleagues and may direct the work of other staff members.

Bring your passion and expertise

  • 5+ years of professional experience in corporate sustainability

    • 3+ years of experience in product design, manufacturing, supply chain, operations, and/or strategy

    • Undergraduate degree (BS or BA) in an environmental or business-related field or equivalent combination of education and experience

    • Graduate-level degree (MBA, MEM, MESc,)

    • Experience collaborating with product and supply chain teams on shared initiatives, including the ability to manage and guide complex projects to successful completion

    • Knowledge of how to reduce environmental and climate impacts across product design and manufacturing, with emphasis on materials, manufacturing, and circular design

    • Experience establishing and operating supply chain traceability processes, including systems for tracking and managing data across supply chain tiers

    • Experience using data and analytics to inform business decisions and processes

    • Knowledge of environmental life cycle assessment (LCA) methods and environmental product ratings

    • Experience contributing to external multi-stakeholder initiatives

    • Experience developing documents and presentations for external distribution

    • Ability to travel internationally

    • Ability to communicate diplomatically in cross-cultural situations

    • 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 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 effectively 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 various stakeholders 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

    Great if You Have:

    • Knowledge of materials science and green chemistry
    • Have traveled internationally for business

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

ARTICLE 23-A, Section 753

§753. Factors to be considered concerning a previous criminal conviction; presumption.

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:

(a) The public policy of this state, as expressed in this act, to encourage the licensure and employment of persons previously convicted of one or more criminal offenses.

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

(c) The bearing, if any, the criminal offense or offenses for which the person was previously convicted will have on his fitness or ability to perform one or more such duties or responsibilities.

(d) The time which has elapsed since the occurrence of the criminal offense or offenses.

(e) The age of the person at the time of occurrence of the criminal offense or offenses.

(f) The seriousness of the offense or offenses.

(g) Any information produced by the person, or produced on his behalf, in regard to his rehabilitation and good conduct.

(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.

2. In making a determination pursuant to section seven hundred fifty-two of this chapter, the public agency or private employer shall also give consideration to a certificate of relief from disabilities or a certificate of good conduct issued to the applicant, which certificate shall create a presumption of rehabilitation in regard to the offense or offenses specified therein.