Program Manager, Water Positive

Microsoft

Redmond, WA, USA 🇺🇸

Atlanta, GA, USA 🇺🇸

Washington, D.C., USA 🇺🇸

New York, NY, USA 🇺🇸

Boston, MA, USA 🇺🇸

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. Microsoft’s Corporate, External and Legal Affairs team (CELA) coordinates overall science-based, measurable, and scalable sustainability investments and outcomes across the company – engaging with business groups to set goals related to reductions in the environmental impacts of business operations and positive environmental outcomes resulting from technology and policy development.   

In 2020, Microsoft made a commitment to be water positive by 2030. This commitment is made up of 5 core pillars: reduce water use intensity, replenish more water than we use in high priority locations where we operate, provide people with access to water and sanitation services, drive innovation and data digitization, and engage in water policy.  The Sustainability Water Program Manager provides direct accountability for Microsoft’s world leading commitment with an emphasis on managing Microsoft’s replenishment and water access portfolios.  

This position requires extensive subject matter expertise on water, particularly identifying, investing in and tracking progress against replenishment and water access and sanitation projects. This role entails cross-group coordination at all levels of the company, strong data analysis skills, robust business acumen, the ability to synthesize complex business problems and devise and execute on plans which address big challenges and opportunities in the water management and stewardship spaces. 

Responsibilities

Replenishment:

  • Manage replenishment portfolio and oversee solicitation and review of new replenishment projects, including due diligence, contracting, educating potential suppliers, and managing monitoring, verification and reporting.  

Water Access:

  • Manage water access and sanitation portfolio, from identification and due diligence to reporting and verification.  

Reduction:

  • Support efforts to improve data maturity and provide education and support on water-related topics across the company, with a focus on guiding stakeholders in reducing their water use and making progress against the company’s water positive commitments. 
  • Evaluate supply chain water risks and support our suppliers in optimizing water use, managing water risk, and achieving their water commitments.  

Data Management & reporting:

  • Conduct annual water risk assessment, support in development and review of new water methodologies, manage tracking and reporting of data and overall progress against key pillars of water positive commitment.  

Environmental justice: 

  • Embed environmental justice considerations into programmatic activities, where relevant.    

Special Projects:

  • Drive high-impact cross-team projects as needed to meet the changing business environment and ensure the team is achieving its commitments.
  • Successful project management, including work with strategy consultants and other external agencies, on strategic efforts requiring hands-on experience across multiple functional disciplines and business organizations. 
  • Establish team rhythm of business: coordinate regular reviews of water replenishment and access pipeline and progress against annual objectives and key results (OKRs).
  • Keep track of budget to ensure appropriate use of program funding and achievement of annual objectives.
  • Contribute to water program strategy and develop presentations to inform internal and external stakeholders on team progress and market developments. 

Qualifications

Required/Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in relevant field (e.g., Liberal Arts, Business Administration, Management, Computer Science) AND 4+ years experience in financial management, business planning, operations management, strategy, project management, human resources, or business-related roles
    • OR equivalent experience.
  • 4+ years of experience in a leadership role at a technology or engineering organization, non-profit, or governmental agency 
  • 4+ years of experience leading environmental sustainability programs with diverse stakeholders, with a specialization in water initiatives   

Additional or Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in relevant field (e.g., Liberal Arts, Business Administration, Management, Computer Science) AND 6+ years experience in financial management, business planning, operations management, strategy, project management, human resources, or business-related roles
    • OR Master’s Degree in relevant field (e.g., Liberal Arts, Business Administration, Management, Computer Science) AND 3+ years experience in financial management, business planning, operations management, strategy, project management, human resources, or business-related role
    • OR equivalent experience.
  • Demonstrated experience with corporate water sustainability efforts, including reduction and replenishment activities and driving the development of cross-company water management plans 
  • Understanding of global water- related policies, regulations, standards, and literature 
  • Demonstrated xperience building excel models and conducting analyses using large datasets 
  • Demonstrated experience delivering mutually satisfying agreements in negotiations with others by listening to their objectives and acting as the company’s representative to find common ground    


 

Business Management IC4 – The typical base pay range for this role across the U.S. is USD $91,800 – $178,800 per year. There is a different range applicable to specific work locations, within the San Francisco Bay area and New York City metropolitan area, and the base pay range for this role in those locations is USD $117,900 – $195,000 per year.

Certain roles may be eligible for benefits and other compensation. Find additional benefits and pay information here: https://careers.microsoft.com/us/en/us-corporate-pay

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IHE Delft MSc in Water and Sustainable Development