Full Time March 3, 2023

Program Management Lead – Carbon Removal, Microsoft


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.

As the Program Management lead for the Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR) program, you will play a key role in coordinating a team of buyers in the purchase of carbon removal. CDR purchased under this program will be applied to Microsoft’s emissions as we work toward being carbon neutral on an annual basis and carbon negative by 2030. You will collaborate with the CDR team and stakeholders across Microsoft as we build a portfolio of high-quality carbon removal and help develop the CDR industry, which the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has determined is an essential part of mitigating the worst effects of climate change. You will apply an existing skillset in program and project management and personal commitment to meaningful climate action to a quickly developing industry, ensuring that the CDR program has the right infrastructure to rapidly scale.

Microsoft’s mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. As employees we come together with a growth mindset, innovate to empower others and collaborate to realize our shared goals. Each day we build on our values of respect, integrity, and accountability to create a culture of inclusion where everyone can thrive at work and beyond.

  • Maintain critical team processes for purchasing carbon removal and retiring carbon credits, including developing clear documentation and implementing improvements to increase efficiency 
  • Oversee solicitation and review of new carbon removal projects, including request for proposal (RFP) process, educating potential suppliers, and managing internal resourcing and due diligence 
  • Establish team rhythm of business; coordinate regular reviews of application 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 program strategy and develop presentations to inform internal and external stakeholders on team progress and market developments 

Required/Minimum Qualifications 

  • 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 
  • 3+ years in program or project management 

Preferred Qualifications 

  • 7+ years’ experience in corporate social responsibility, philanthropies, corporate affairs, or related area 
  • 3+ years’ experience managing a procurement, sales, or similar program 
  • 3+ years’ experience working in or with a large, matrixed organization 
  • 2+ years’ experience in carbon markets, renewable energy, or other sustainability field 
  • Advanced degree in business/MBA, economics, finance, sustainability, environmental science, or equivalent experience 
  • Deep interest in sustainability and familiarity with carbon removal 
Compensation and Benefits 

Corporate Social Responsibility IC4 – The typical base pay range for this role across the U.S. is USD $101,200 – $194,800 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 $130,000 – $213,200 per year.

Microsoft has different base pay ranges for different work locations within the United States, which allows us to pay employees competitively and consistently in different geographic markets (see below). The range above reflects the potential base pay across the U.S. for this role (except as noted below); the applicable base pay range will depend on what ultimately is determined to be the candidate’s primary work location. Individual base pay depends on various factors, in addition to primary work location, such as complexity and responsibility of role, job duties/requirements, and relevant experience and skills. Base pay ranges are reviewed and typically updated each year. Offers are made within the base pay range applicable at the time.

At Microsoft certain roles are eligible for additional rewards, including merit increases, annual bonus and stock. These awards are allocated based on individual performance. In addition, certain roles also have the opportunity to earn sales incentives based on revenue or utilization, depending on the terms of the plan and the employee’s role. Benefits/perks listed here may vary depending on the nature of employment with Microsoft and the country work location. U.S.-based employees have access to medical, dental, and vision insurance, a 401(k) plan and company match, short-term and long-term disability coverage, basic life insurance, and wellbeing benefits, among others. U.S.-based employees also receive, per calendar year, up to 10 scheduled paid holidays, and up to 80 hours Holistic Health Time Off. Additionally, hourly/non-exempt employees accrue up to 120 hours paid vacation time, and salaried/exempt employees have Discretionary Time Off (DTO).

Our Commitment to Pay Equity

We are committed to the principle of pay equity – paying employees equitably for substantially similar work. To learn more about pay equity and our other commitments to increase representation and strengthen our culture of inclusion, check out our annual Diversity & Inclusion Report. ( https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/diversity/inside-microsoft/annual-report )

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Position Posting

Policy, Carbon Credits, Documentation, Project Management, Team Management

$130000 - $213200

2-5 years


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