Senior Sustainability Program Manager


Location: Austin, Texas

Job Type: Full time


Microsoft’s Cloud Supply Chain & Provisioning (CSCP) business unit is responsible for key aspects of the cloud supply chain, from planning and execution to capacity provisioning, decommissioning and dispositioning of datacenter assets worldwide. CSCP also has responsibility for managing and executing the cloud sustainability strategy, ensuring that the cloud supply chain is continually optimized to support Microsoft’s environmental commitments for a sustainable future.  


This role will play a critical role in this transformation, helping evolve and implement our sustainability impact assessment strategy, particularly as part of our Design for Sustainability program. This role will drive life cycle assessment work across our cloud IT infrastructure, identify opportunities for interventions to drive carbon reduction and increase circularity, collaborate across teams to harmonize sustainability impact assessment methodologies and calculations. The role will work closely with hardware design engineers and architects to manage and solve complex challenges at the intersection of sustainability, leading edge technology development, within a world class cloud hardware & supply chain organization.

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Roles and responsibilities: 

Develop and manage initiatives to assess the sustainability impact of Microsoft’s cloud IT infrastructure, including conducting Life Cycle Assessments and other product impact evaluations such as product circularity

Build tradeoff & what-if scenario models assessing sustainability impacts of hardware design proposals

Support engineering efforts to build a scalable solution for sustainability impacts assessment across the cloud business, including providing recommendations and insights on tool development and procurement to enable more sustainable designs and decisions

Bring life cycle & hardware expertise to teams of data scientist and engineers, providing insights around complex environmental challenges and tradeoffs related to carbon accounting, embodied emissions, circularity, and other sustainability related impacts

Advocate and engage hardware engineering teams to drive product design changes that contribute to corporate sustainability strategy and goals

Support in the creation of a framework for measuring sustainability impact of hardware design, material, and supplier selection

Collaborate with sourcing, manufacturing and supply chain teams to work on supplier interventions programs reducing carbon emissions & waste


Required skills and qualifications: 

Masters (PhD preferred) in Environmental Engineering or similar field

5+ years experience working in corporate sustainability, environmental product assessment, carbon accounting, life cycle assessments, environmental impact reporting, Program Management, Asset Management, Supply chain processes, Sustainability, Circular economy,

Strong understanding of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector, cloud hardware, and the cloud supply chain

Expertise with life cycle assessment methods, modeling approaches, data, and applications like GaBi, SimaPro, or equivalent

Ability to evaluate environmental impacts of novel materials and technologies using limited and/or imperfect data, including quantification of uncertainties.

Deep understanding of product life cycles, including material science and flows, from sourcing to manufacturing to end-of-life recycling

Familiarity with environmental indicators and impacts, particularly with respect to carbon, water, energy, and resources

Comfortable navigating, transforming, and managing large and complex data and developing insight to support sustainability initiatives

Preferred skills and qualifications: 

Experience developing parameterized process-based models for engineering and/or manufacturing processes; knowledge of electronic component production (semiconductors, printed circuit boards, etc.), raw material production (aluminum, steel, plastics, etc.), mechanical part production (machining, stamping, injection molding, etc.) and/or industrial engineering is preferred

Demonstrable program management skills, including ability to direct multiple programs

Strong technical and analytical experience in the context of supply chains and sustainability

Strong understanding of circular economy models, and an established network of sustainability practitioners and institutions

Ability to work independently when required, and as part of a team

Proven ability to write white papers, and detailed process documentation

Strong organization and communication skills

Ability to think strategically beyond day-to-day execution

Ability to meet Microsoft, customer and/or government security screening requirements are required for this role. These requirements include, but are not limited to the following specialized security screenings: Microsoft Cloud Background Check: This position will be required to pass the Microsoft Cloud Background Check upon hire/transfer and every two years thereafter.


Microsoft is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations and ordinances. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please send a request via the Accommodation request form.

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