Website Microsoft

Location: Redmond, WA

Overview

As the environmental challenges facing the world grow, so too has Microsoft’s commitment to ensuring that the company’s activities are in-line with the best available science and the expectations of leading stakeholder communities. The CELA Environmental Sustainability (ES) team coordinates overall science-based, measurable, and scalable sustainability investments and outcomes across the company – engaging with business groups on the environmental impacts of business operations and positive environmental outcomes resulting from technology and policy development.

On Microsoft’s Environmental Markets team, we seek a high-performing, curiosity-driven individual to join our groundbreaking carbon removal team. The ideal candidate will have procurement contracting and/or carbon/climate expertise, and can navigate an exciting, rapidly evolving space that is mission-critical for achieving net zero targets. The role will focus on originating high-quality, innovative, carbon removals projects – and negotiating the transactions that will get those projects built – towards enabling Microsoft to meet its ambitious goal of becoming carbon negative by 2030.

Responsibilities

  • Strategic sourcing: Execute all phases of sourcing strategy for natural and/or engineered carbon removal solutions, ranging from direct offset procurement to strategic origination partnerships, and including identification, evaluation, and prioritization of opportunities through negotiation, execution, and monitoring
  • Scientific/technical integrity: Develop subject matter expertise in carbon removal approaches and review external and internal proposals for carbon removal, working closely with third-party advisors to ensure scientific/technical integrity throughout the procurement process.
  • Verification: Stay abreast of improvements to third-party verification, including both traditional standards-based verification and cutting-edge technology-based verification approaches
  • Market awareness: Track and analyze relevant global trends related to carbon removal, including technical innovations, deployment cycles, and regulatory developments.
  • Communications: Produce related communications (e.g., slide decks, white papers) for internal and external audiences, and represent Microsoft at industry-related events

Basic Qualifications

  • 4+ years in procurement contracting and/or environmental attribute industries or comparable energy/commodities experience, or substantively equivalent work.
  • Bachelor’s Degree AND 3+ years experience in corporate social responsibility, philanthropies, corporate affairs, or related area
    • OR 5+ years experience in corporate social responsibility, philanthropies, corporate affairs, or related area.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced degree in business, economics, finance, sustainability, environmental science, or equivalent experience
  • Experience negotiating long-term purchase agreements (e.g. offtakes) for environmental market products & services
  • Knowledge and proven experience in carbon markets
  • Experience working with carbon removal or other environmental attribute suppliers
  • Experience in carbon removal or adjacent climate change topics
  • Ability to analyze markets and industries to determine new opportunities and inform strategic direction
  • Ability to lead innovative programs across stakeholders in corporate procurement, legal, and finance to align compliance and execution.
  • 7+ years experience in corporate social responsibility, philanthropies, corporate affairs, or related area.In-house counsel experience
  • 3+ years experience managing a corporate social responsibility or related program.
  • 3+ years experience working in or with a large, matrixed organization.

To apply for this job please visit careers.microsoft.com.