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Vice President, Sustainability

Date Posted: Mar 4, 2020

Location: Houston, TX, US

Company: NRG

Job Description

NRG is the leading integrated power company in the U.S., built on the strength of our diverse competitive electric generation portfolio and leading retail electricity platform. A Fortune 500 company, NRG creates value through best-in-class operations, reliable and efficient electric generation, and a retail platform serving residential and commercial businesses. Working with electricity customers large and small, we implement sustainable solutions for producing and managing energy, developing smarter energy choices and delivering exceptional service as our retail electricity providers serve almost three million residential and commercial customers throughout the country.

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Lead the implementation and execution of company-wide sustainability strategy for NRG as well as advance external solutions and standards for new and existing NRG customers.  A top priority will be the collaborative development and execution of an effective strategy for NRG’s residential and small Business customers.  Enhance recommendations for sales efforts that will advance the solutions NRG provides to commercial, industrial, and corporate entites seeking to enhance their sustainable energy goals.  Ensure that all sustainability initiatives enhance NRG’s business performance and lead to shareholder value while also supporting the NRG brand and company image.  Develop programs, in collaboration with Human Resources and other corporate functions, initiating internal initiatives at our offices and other locations.


Essential Duties/Responsibilities: 

  • Lead the effort to implement an integrated sustainability strategy, with associated goals designed to drive business results, reduce risk and ensure continuity and enhance brand value
  • Partner with customer facing parts of the organization to provide insight and direction to sales teams regarding sustainability/renewable trends and provide guidance in developing outreach to prospective customers who could benefit from our products and solutions
  • Partner with sales teams to develop concrete solutions for customers that will increase the likelihood of a sustainable solution purchases from NRG and, in so doing, enhance the image of the customers and help them meet their clean energy goals
  • Keep senior leadership and Investor Relations abreast of sustainability trends, priorities and strategies including key ESG initiatives
  • Collaborate with the Company’s internal groups (e.g., plant operations, engineering, environmental, legal, supply chain, marketing, etc.) to develop an integrated and coordinated sustainability plan
  • Build sustainability metrics into short and long-range business planning, capital planning and operations planning
  • Coordinate annual reporting events includingNRG’s annual Sustainability Report, CDP questionnaires and industry surveys as well as engaging with key investor rating and rankings organization
  • Collaborate with Corporate Communications and Marketing to ensure NRG is represented in sustainability networks and related industry events
  • Secure and leverage senior level commitment and support for integrating sustainability considerations into core processes and decision-making
  • Serve as the internal leader and subject matter expert for sustainability, monitoring emerging trends, programs and issues, and communicating and educating others on relevant topics
  • Provide guidance on the company responses to questions or statements of position on climate related matters including potential policy positions
  • Identify and prioritize areas for institutional sustainability efforts and recommend strategies for proactively addressing relevant environmental, social and governance risks and opportunities in the short, medium and long term
  • Collaborate with key internal stakeholders to develop internal and external communication strategies to publicize the company’s sustainability effort and promote broad awareness of initiatives including the annual Sustainability Report
  • Ensure appropriate internal controls and measurement systems are in place to support sustainability efforts
  • Measure and monitor progress against key strategies, objectives and performance targets
  • Present semi-annual updated to the Board of Directors on priorities and intiiatives



  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university required; Master’s Degree preferred



  • Minimum of 10 years experience developing sustainable programs and initiatives for large corporations.


Additional Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 

  • Exposure to the retail energy business and to wholesale power generation strongly preferred
  • Strong network within sustainability, environmental and other related communities required
  • Working knowledge of GRI, CDP, SASB, TCFD
  • Excellent communication skills, including written, verbal and presentation skills, with a demonstrated ability to work closely with internal business units
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment
  • Teamwork and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a wide variety of internal and external stakeholders
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks and assess priorities effectively
  • Strong problem solving and analytical skills
  • Ability to lead a team and manage others
  • Consistent demonstration of sound judgment and professionalism


Position to be based in Houston, TX. Relocation is not preferred, but will be considered for execeptional candidates.

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Level, Title and/or Salary may be adjusted based on the applicant's experience or skills.

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