• LOCATION: London
  • BASIS:  Full-time, Permanent
  • LEVEL:  Associate
  • SALARY:  £24-32k p.a.

Job description

This is a great opportunity to join the team responsible for implementing the annual PRI Reporting and Assessment (R&A) – the largest global reporting project in Responsible Investment for institutional investors. Full details on the R&A activities can be found here: https://www.unpri.org/signatories/reporting-for-signatories.

This associate role is an entry level position and will mostly be operations-focused and requires good project-management skills. The associate will be responsible for supporting the Reporting & Accountability Head and the team in maintaining and developing the Reporting & Assessment Framework. This includes assisting the team to ensure that our operations run smoothly and that we deliver projects on time. The successful candidate will work with asset class specific question development within the Reporting Framework in cross-collaboration with other specialist teams. The Reporting Framework Review is currently one of the major projects that the Reporting & Assessment team is working on. The associate role will support this project.

Other responsibility areas include providing reporting support to investors, conducting analysis of feedback and reported data, and supporting Reporting & Assessment team members with other reporting-related projects.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Support the team deliverables and report to the Head of Reporting & Accountability.

  • Supporting development and publishing of the Reporting Framework content, with particular focus on the Reporting Framework Review as a first step in a more long-term content development process.

  • Supporting in the development and refining of Reporting Framework modules, as well as co-ordinating with teams across the PRI to ensure consistency of approach.

  • Maintaining a robust documentation and governance process for Reporting Framework module development.

  • Supporting signatories in reporting their RI activities – helpdesk phone and email, meetings, presentations, and guidance documents.

  • Preparation of R&A presentations or other outputs both independently and in collaboration with other teams.

  • Performing gap analyses and cross referencing other responsible investment initiatives to ensure alignment with the wider industry.

  • Qualitative and quantitative analysis of PRI data that feeds back into the development and improvement of the Reporting Framework

  • Assisting with the testing and maintenance of reporting tools.

Core Competencies:

PRI expects roles at a ‘Associate level’ within the organisation to demonstrate skills across the following core competencies:

Analytical

  • Incorporates the fullest range of information available into analysis and decision making

  • Uses appropriate technical processes/systems to develop and evaluate options in an effective and time-efficient manner

  • Assimilates data to draws out relevant insights and findings from analyses

  • Identifies opportunities and risks to feed into decision making

  • Presents analyses in an appropriate format providing clear and concise recommendations

Business Awareness

  • Understands, and always works towards, the mission and the aims of the PRI

  • Is curious about what is happening in other parts of the PRI

  • Is Signatory centric – seeks to understand, listen and respond to Signatory needs

  • Understands own teams’ objectives and seeks to internalise them in own activities

  • Understands who does what at the PRI and uses the knowledge to complete activities

Collaborative

  • Approachable, credible and willing whenever engaging with colleagues

  • Actively and appropriately seeks input from others

  • Focuses on interacting with colleagues in an positive and open manner

  • Listens to what colleagues are saying, considers from different perspectives and tailor’s responses accordingly

Communicative

  • Writes succinctly and clearly tailoring level of detail to the requirements of the end user

  • Communicates clearly and precisely and able to convey thinking comprehensively

  • Provides regular, clear and concise communications to manager, colleagues or other relevant people to keep updated on activities

  • Structures and prepares well-written, logical outputs with limited guidance and editing

Developmental

  • Demonstrates self-awareness: actively seeks feedback from others and acts upon it

  • Explores new ideas with an inquisitive mind

  • Questions the status quo and suggests new ideas

  • Seeks out opportunities to drive continuous improvements in ways of working

  • Open-minded attitude which welcomes change and new ideas

Structured

  • Prioritises and organises time effectively, focussing on the key organisational priorities

  • Develops ways of working and processes to execute and improve efficiency across the PRI

  • Methodically tackles problems, working with colleagues where necessary

  • Takes account of the needs of other colleagues and/or Signatories when considering how to execute a piece of work

  • Promotes and utilises effective project management skills

Technical Competencies & Experience:

  • Strong project management, structured, able to manage a varied workload and deliver to strict deadlines under pressure;

  • Able to understand and solve problems logically and in a structured manner;

  • Personable and polite, collaborative and able to deal with stakeholders with tact and diplomacy;

  • Strong attention to detail, but with the ability to see the bigger picture;

  • Ability to learn quickly and master a complex brief;

  • Excellent written communication and verbal presentation skills;

  • IT/system skills (Microsoft Office) (CRM, Sharepoint, social media, webcasts, etc. preferred)

  • Language skills, other than English, are desirable

  • Must be eligible to work in the UK. Degree in a relevant field such as finance, sustainability, climate change is advantageous. Second degree preferred, but not essential

  • Interest in environmental, social and governance issues in institutional finance.

  • Experience or affinity with the financial industry (reporting, engagement, voting, ESG incorporation); financial analyst experience would be advantageous;

  • Experience in qualitative and quantitative data analysis, especially in working with large datasets would be advantageous;

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