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28 Feb 2024

Full-Time Sustainability Reporting Specialist (Multiple locations)

First Solar, Inc. – Posted by brooke.weis Perrysburg, Ohio, United States

Job Description

*This position can be located at one of our following locations: Perrysburg, Ohio; Tempe, Arizona; Trinity, Alabama; or Santa Clara, California. 

Basic Job Functions:

The Sustainability Reporting Specialist is responsible for coordinating the annual corporate sustainability data collection, management, analysis, reporting, and assurance process. The individual will support the creation of First Solar’s annual sustainability report and ESG disclosures (GRI, CDP, TCFD), manage greenhouse gas emissions accounting, respond to customer surveys and ESG rating agency questionnaires, ensure compliance with emerging sustainability reporting standards and regulations, support product registration and compliance with the EPEAT ecolabel, and help communicate First Solar’s approach to Responsible Solar internally and externally. This position requires an experienced and detail-oriented individual who can function independently and across functions of the organization.

Education/Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree required (master’s degree in sustainability or relevant degree preferred).
  • 4+ years relevant experience in sustainability or ESG reporting required.

Required Skills/Competencies:

  • Technical knowledge and experience with relevant ESG reporting frameworks, including Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), Sustainability Accounting and Standards (SASB), Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) and CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project).
  • Experience with GHG accounting and analysis in accordance with carbon accounting protocols (e.g., GHG Protocol).
  • Knowledge of global sustainability reporting standards and regulations.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong analytical skills and attention to detail.
  • Self-starter with a track record of demonstrated ability and motivation to learn.
  • Excellent project management and strong organizational skills.
  • Proficient use of all Microsoft Office suite programs.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Maintain metrics and support compliance related to First Solar’s corporate and product sustainability commitments, standards, and reporting (e.g. EPEAT, RBA, RE100).
  • Drive ESG-related data collection to support annual sustainability reporting and responses to ESG questionnaires and rankings (e.g. CDP, Ecovadis, Dow Jones Sustainability Index).
  • Execute greenhouse gas (GHG) accounting process, including data collection, calculation, climate scenario analysis and assurance.
  • Develop and/or collect required supporting documentation for reporting requirements.
  • Manage internal or third-party validations and verification of sustainability data.
  • Conduct ESG peer benchmarking and reporting gap analyses to identify opportunities for improvement.
  • Monitor latest developments in sustainability reporting standards and regulations to ensure alignment and compliance.
  • Maintain and update sustainability messaging and data points to support customer requests and RFPs.
  • Support engagement with ESG rating agencies (e.g. MSCI, ISS ESG, Sustainalytics).
  • Develop and maintain documentation of processes and procedures around data collection and management.
  • Coordinate with government affairs, communications, environmental health & safety, supply chain, legal, product management, and sales teams.
  • Coordinate internal global sustainability ambassador program, including the creation of supporting materials and presentations.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Job description subject to change at any time.

Reporting Relationships:

  • Reports to Global ESG and Sustainability Director.
  • This position will not have direct reports.

Travel:

  • 0% – 5% (On occasion/as needed for training, etc.)

Estimated Salary Range:

  • $75,100 – $125,000 Annually

US Physical Requirements:

Office Physical Requirements:

All positions in our office require interaction with people and technology while either standing or sitting. To best service our customers, internal and external, all associates must be able to communicate face-to-face and on the phone with or without reasonable accommodation. First Solar is committed to compliance with its obligations under all applicable state and federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination. In keeping with this commitment, it attempts to reasonably accommodate applicants and employees in accordance with the requirements of the disability discrimination laws. It also invites individuals with disabilities to participate in a good faith, interactive process to identify reasonable accommodations that can be made without imposing an undue hardship.

Potential candidates will meet the education and experience requirements provided on the above job description and excel in completing the listed responsibilities for this role. All candidates receiving an offer of employment must successfully complete a background check and any other tests that may be required.

Equal Opportunity Employer Statement: First Solar is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values and respects the importance of a diverse and inclusive workforce. It is the policy of the company to recruit, hire, train and promote persons in all job titles without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity. We recognize that diversity and inclusion is a driving force in the success of our company.

How to Apply

Please send resume to [email protected] OR apply via this link or through our First Solar careers page at firstsolar.com/careers.  The posting number is 1016856.    

Job Categories: Sustainability. Job Types: Full-Time. Salaries: See posting for details.

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