Technical Product Manager - Climate Intelligence

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30+ days ago

Are you passionate about the energy transition? Are you a software engineer with a builder mindset? Do you have experience developing blockchain technologies and related complex systems? If yes, then join our growing Climate Intelligence team!

RMI is leading the Energy Transition by creating market and technological solutions to impact Climate Change. RMI is seeking a Technical Product Manager to support its Climate Intelligence Global Program. RMI staff bring a variety of skill sets, and we welcome candidates with diverse educational and work backgrounds.

Individuals from underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply!

Program Overview:

RMI’s Climate Intelligence Program focuses on curating emissions and climate data while also translating this data into actionable insights and tools for those best positioned to reduce emissions. We collaborate with a global network of businesses, financial institutions, and policymakers to deliver data and insights that are accurate, actionable, and real-time, ultimately enabling emissions reductions in some of the largest industrial sectors. Our work focuses not only on quantifying the risks of climate inaction, but also on identifying emerging opportunities to reduce emissions.

As part of the Climate Intelligence Program, the Horizon Zero project team seeks to demystify carbon accounting practices and to develop tools and insights that drive decarbonization. In recognition that accurately tracking global supply chain emissions is necessary to make climate disclosures robust enough to drive business decisions, strategies, and to reflect their increasingly financially material nature, the Supply Chains initiative has launched a project, termed Horizon Zero, to develop a blockchain-based GHG (greenhouse gas) emissions reporting platform. The aim of this initiative is to develop an expanded accounting protocol using blockchain and automated sensing – as opposed to manual calculation, estimation, or self-disclosure – to represent, value, and transact emissions attributes.

Position Overview:

Our Managers are creative project leaders who guide and manage team members to craft visionary yet practical solutions for our industry partners and research. As a manager at RMI, you will be a primary project manager, and work closely with and under the direction of RMI’s Principals and Managing Directors to design and execute projects. In this role, you will also be the lead subject matter expert within the Program regarding digital solutions.

Your role in the team will include contributing to the creation of a digitally native system for supply chain accountability. You will be conceiving, designing and implementing an open-source, blockchain-based, traceability platform and a GHG emissions attribution protocol. This platform and protocol will be usable by anyone to define, track, and trace emissions, report disclosures, trade differentiated commodities (i.e., physical goods + digital attributes), and their associated credit certificates (GHG emissions offsets and insets).

In the day-to-day, this will take the form of deep research into existing GHG emissions accounting and disclosure tools, collaborating with internal and external GHG accounting experts, and working closely with a team of software developers to create data solutions for supply chain emissions traceability.

Your core responsibilities as a Manager include the above, and:

  • Manage projects to yield breakthrough insights and results
  • With senior guidance, shape project strategies from inception to conclusion: determine change models, research methods, timelines, resource plans, communications plans, and stakeholder engagement.
  • Determine how results will be measured and be accountable for project results, rigorously challenging and QC-ing findings from RMI teams and partners.
  • Act as the lead relationship manager with project partners and stakeholders, validating technical concepts and activating the market.
  • Research and evaluate hardware and software technology options and weigh the cost/benefit analysis of collaborative opportunities.
  • Manage and guide more junior staff (particularly Associates and sometimes Sr. Associates) and sometimes play the role of an individual contributor. Develop solutions to effectively address key questions and challenges posed by our research goals and clients.
  • Work with Principals and Managing Directors to provide mentorship, professional development, and project reviews of more junior staff.
  • Coach and motivate project team members and resolve any issues throughout project life cycle, including writing project-level reviews for junior staff.
  • Work with Principals and Managing Directors to provide mentorship, professional development, and project reviews of more junior staff.
  • Oversee teams that number between 2 to 25 contributors (internal and external).
  • Provide thought leadership
  • Lead and contribute to research efforts and publications.
  • Regularly contribute to external interviews, videos, and publications to share project insights.
  • Represent RMI as an industry expert at key conferences and other public speaking events.

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Stay abreast of the latest developments at the nexus between digitization/blockchain and climate change mitigation.
  • Contribute to strategy-level conversations about initiatives and RMI.
  • Support the development and implementation of a strategy for the Digitization portion of the Horizon Zero project.
  • Exercise developed expertise in digitization and be conversant in GHG accounting and market activation.
  • Represent RMI externally at mid-level technical events and to small- to mid-sized groups.
  • Participate in business development and sometimes have a significant role in that area.
  • Work hand-in-hand with our development team to develop funding strategies.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelors degree, equivalent, or higher, in computer science, data science, sustainability, product design/development, energy, environment, economics, engineering, or other related discipline.
  • 5+ years of experience working on Enterprise-grade software applications.
  • Excellent time management, organization, entrepreneurship, and drive.
  • Demonstrated understanding of Project Management processes, strategies and methods.
  • Experience managing internal staff and external relationships.
  • Experience with current blockchain technologies and landscape.
  • Familiarity with the smart contract development: Solidity / Ethereum, Web3.js or Ethers.js library.
  • Familiarity with open-source implementations of Ethereum: GETH, OpenEthereum, Quorum.
  • Experience and familiarity with decentralized storage platforms such as IPFS, libp2p.
  • Experience working with large codebases.
  • An interest in decentralized and privacy technology and Web3.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with energy, climate science, and the supply chains of one or more sectors including metals (steel, copper, aluminum), plastics, methane, sustainable aviation fuel, and/or cement.
  • Familiarity with, or interest in, the basics of carbon accounting, and the ecosystem of national, corporate and product level emissions reporting.
  • Experience with, or understanding of the following: JavaScript, Node.js, Java, Rust, Python, React/Vue/Angular, PostgreSQL, MongoDB, CI/CD pipelines (CircleCI), AWS and Azure infrastructure services, Docker, Kubernetes.
  • Theoretical background in distributed systems, such as consensus algorithms, as well as cryptographic fundamentals.
  • Cryptography, including multi-party computation or zero knowledge proof systems.
  • Open-source contributions.


The position will remain remote through the COVID-19 pandemic. Once the COVID-19 situation improves, it is expected/preferred that this role will be based out of one of our offices in Oakland, CA, Washington, D.C., New York City, Boulder, or Basalt, Colorado. This will be discussed further throughout the interview process.

Important Note: As a U.S. federal contractor, RMI must comply with requirements outlined Executive Order Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors. This Executive Order requires that all federal contractors and subcontractors mandate and verify that all U.S. based employees are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are based in the U.S., you will be required to provide proof of full vaccination status as a condition of employment. You may request an accommodation for medical or religious reasons. If you are based outside of the U.S., this requirement does not apply.


RMI compensates based on the level and requirements of the role. Salary within our ranges may also be determined by your education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities, as required by the role, as well as internal equity and alignment with market data. Typically, new Managers based in the U.S. join at the minimum to mid salary range of $103,000-$121,000. You would also have an additional 10% bonus target!


We offer a comprehensive benefits package including:

  • Medical, dental, vision insurance
  • 403b retirement options (5% match immediately)
  • Life, AD&D, short-term and long-term disability
  • Professional and personal development (including LinkedIn Learning access)
  • Generous paid time off
  • Parental leave
  • Commuter and wellness benefits
  • Casual work environment


Increasing the diversity of thought, perspectives, ideas, and opinions within RMI is a critical change element supporting our long-term sustainability and mission to build a clean, prosperous, and secure energy future.

We strive for a level of diversity that reflects the communities we serve. Achieving this—regardless of ability, race, ethnicity, ancestry, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, veteran status, socioeconomic class, educational institution, or other social identities—is critical to the success of each RMIer and collectively as an organization. This ensures that we:

  • Have a diverse array of thinking that comes from diverse backgrounds and cultures, enabling us to solve some of the world’s greatest challenges.
  • Strive for a culture of inclusion and belonging by treating others with dignity, respect and appreciation enabling them to feel welcomed, supported, and valued.
  • Effectively connect, communicate, and build long-lasting relationships with decision makers, stakeholders, and constituents within diverse communities.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran

About RMI

RMI is an independent nonprofit founded in 1982 that transforms global energy systems through market-driven solutions to align with a 1.5°C future and secure a clean, prosperous, zero-carbon future for all. We work in the world’s most critical geographies and engage businesses, policymakers, communities, and NGOs to identify and scale energy system interventions that will cut greenhouse gas emissions at least 50 percent by 2030. RMI has offices in Basalt and Boulder, Colorado; New York City; Oakland, California; Washington, D.C.; and Beijing.

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