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Xylem Intern - Sustainability Project Management - Spring 2021 (Jan-June) in Detroit, Michigan

Xylem |ˈzīləm|

1) The tissue in plants that brings water upward from the roots;

2) a leading global water technology company.

Xylem, a leading global water technology company dedicated to solving the world’s most challenging water issues, is the leading global provider of efficient, innovative and sustainable water technologies improving the way water is used, managed, conserved and re-used. Our international team is unified in a common purpose: creating advanced technology and other trusted solutions to solve the world’s water challenges. We are committed to creating an organization of inclusion and diversity, where everyone feels involved, respected, valued and connected, and where everyone is free to bring their authentic selves and ideas.

If you are excited and passionate about helping us #letssolvewater, we want to hear from you! For more information, please visit us at www.xylem.com ​.

We Offer You More Than Just “A Job”

  • Professional Development – To advance the capabilities of our people, we offer a wide variety of experiences to support our employees’ professional growth and continuous learning.

  • Total Rewards – We offer comprehensive programs for compensation, benefits, recognition, learning and development, work-life integration and corporate citizenship.

  • Watermark – Watermark is our corporate social responsibility program working to provide education and access to safe water to ensure healthy lives, gender equality, and resilient communities. Employees have the opportunity to learn and volunteer on various water-related projects.

  • Employee Networks – Our Employee Networks provide a professional, supportive network for employees from diverse backgrounds, including Women’s, LGBT+ and Allies, Veteran’s, People of Color and Allies, Emerging Leaders, and Working Parents Networks.

The Role: Sustainability is core to Xylem’s strategy. A critical component of our sustainability strategy is our yearly Sustainability report, which updates key stakeholders on our progress across the company. The report summarizes sustainability metrics from the previous year, including progress towards Xylem’s 2025 Sustainability goals, important updates from the year, and context regarding initiatives in place across the company. The report also aligns to external frameworks such as GRI and SASB. It is critical that information included in the report is accurate, timely and understood by the report creation team.

Information for the Sustainability report is gathered from across the company including operations, supply chain, product management, human resources and many others. This role will serve as project manager for collecting and validating data inputs, working with the report development team to input into report form, and maintain a project execution plan.

This role will often be interfacing with senior leaders across the company, which will provide unique exposure opportunities and requires a heightened level of professionalism and communication skills.

Essential Duties/Principal Responsibilities:

Project Management:

  • Drive delivery of the final Sustainability report on time

  • Track project milestones and track key stakeholder progress

  • Submit weekly progress updates to core report team

  • Communicate proactively with all work streams to anticipate problems, create solutions, and implement efficiency improvements

  • A key eye for data validation and adherence to reporting framework structures

  • Apply a sense of urgency, commitment and focus on the right priorities to ensuring delivery targets are achieved

Marketing & Communication:

  • Support the creation of content and creative materials associated with the report

  • Clear communication skills, including support of writing various pieces of sustainability report

  • Communication with key stakeholders to ensure timely return of required inputs and reviews

  • Interfacing with external consultants, driving key deliverables

Minimum Qualifications: Education, Experience, Skills, Abilities, License/Certification:

  • Deeply passionate about sustainability issues and strong interest in the water industry

  • Committed to develop strong leadership and communication skills to engage team members, resolve timeline or productivity issues, and keep the team focused on achieving project goals

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and high emotional intelligence to manage relationships with various stakeholders

  • Prior project management experience desired

  • Organized and attention to detail required

  • Familiarity of sustainability reporting frameworks and ratings desired

  • Currently attending an accredited University studying engineer, business, marketing, sustainability or other applicable programs

  • Minimum Junior in standing

Physical Demands:

(The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.)

  • Regularly required to sit or stand, reach, bend and move about the facility

Work Environment:

(The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.)

  • Part-time remote work from January through June 2021

  • A minimum of 15 hours a week is expected

Xylem is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.