Market Development Specialist - Environmental Sustainability

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Location:Redmond, Washington
Job Type:Full Time

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 part of our Sustainability Markets program, this position will design market-based solutions in carbon, water, waste, and ecosystems and will establish partnerships to support underfunded climate solutions. This position requires extensive cross-group coordination, strong financial acumen, a deep understanding of carbon markets and climate finance, excellent communication skills, and the ability to develop compelling data-driven insights and cross-industry initiatives.


Market formation analysis:

Identify gaps in market formation path from current state to widespread availability of target solutions to meet volume and price requirements across Microsoft’s sustainability priorities, leveraging external advisory studies

Structure investment proposals for emerging technologies within cost and return profiles

Model the supply-demand gaps in environmental solutions to identify the feedback effects of pricing, demand, and available funding in the adoption of select new technologies

Program roadmap design:

Contribute to designing Microsoft’s long-term, holistic sourcing plan to meet corporate sustainability commitments, in support of Microsoft operational and strategic goals

Position Microsoft as a leader in adopting and scaling market-based environmental solutions within its carbon, water, waste, and ecosystem programs

Map technology adoption plans, with visibility into the cost curve advancement needed for competitive procurement

Partner engagement:

Engage with partners to drive market formation for mainstream technology adoption

Design strategies to address gaps where no market exists, where policy change is required, or where there are barriers to entry

Shepherd partner companies through technology qualification process


5+ years of experience in economic analysis or investment strategy

3+ years of experience in sustainability, climate, or energy industry

Bachelor’s degree in economics, finance, sustainability or equivalent experience

Preferred qualifications:

Advanced degree preferred

Excellent business acumen and entrepreneurial, self-directed spirit

Growth mindset with problem solving skills

Experience in working with investment managers, policymakers, and sustainability professionals

Clear understanding of climate finance mechanisms and investment vehicles

Ability to relocate to Puget Sound area is preferred. Remote candidates will be considered.

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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