- LOCATION: Sweden
- BASIS: Full-time
- LEVEL: Senior Specialist
- SALARY: £55,000-70,000p.a. based on experience
- REPORTS TO: Director Northern Europe and MEA, Signatory Relations
- CLOSING DATE: 31 October 2019
The ‘Co-Head of Nordics’ will be part of the Nordic Signatory Relations (SR) team, currently composed of one other colleague. The role will ideally be based in Sweden and cover Sweden and Norway but there will be flexibility on regional market coverage for the right candidate. They will work closely with the other Co-Head to develop relationship management strategy for the region and input regional insights back into the PRI.
The role will involve working towards enhancing Responsible Investment awareness and providing investors with tools to implement the six Principles into their investment process. It involves contributing to PRI’s recruitment and signatory coverage in the region. There will be scope for regular domestic and occasional international travel primarily for signatory meetings, industry events and internal meetings. The successful candidate will work closely with other PRI colleagues in the UK.
- Awareness: raising awareness about the materiality of ESG issues for investment processes among asset owners, investment managers and service providers.
- Signatory servicing and Stakeholder relationships: Enhance Nordic signatory implementation and satisfaction, through successful new signatory on-boarding, signatory review meetings, reporting and assessment sessions, development sessions and other PRI-supported events. Strengthen relationships with key targeted stakeholders in the Nordics, to support the development of responsible investment locally.
- Outreach: Target for recruitment to the PRI public and corporate pension plans, sovereign wealth funds, insurers, endowments/foundations, as well as key asset managers and consultants.
- Other projects: Assist on strategic and/or ad hoc projects that are consistent with overall Signatory Relations team or PRI objectives as needed.
- Events: Represent PRI at relevant events to help raise the organisation’s profile in the region and help showcase relevant recent research, initiatives and guides.
- Signatory Relations team: Aid overall team effectiveness by contributing to Signatory Relations monthly team meetings, for example with respect to asset owner recruitment and coverage.
- Collaboration with other PRI teams: Develop strong working relationships with PRI’s other teams on regional market-related issues, especially Reporting & Assessment, Investment Practices and Stewardship.
- Provide coaching and mentoring to more junior members of the global team, including sharing technical knowledge and expertise where appropriate
- Support the Director of Northern Europe, MEA in delivering against the team’s business plan and budget
- Provide regular reporting to the Director of Northern Europe, MEA and Chief Signatory Relations Officer as required
PRI expects roles at a ‘Senior Specialist level’ within the organisation to demonstrate skills across the following core competencies:
- Looks for opportunities to add value by sharing specialist knowledge and insights
- Broadens the view to consider all possible options even if they initially seem unlikely solutions
- Can effectively capture and structure ill-defined or vague problems and is comfortable handling uncertainty (in own work and that of team members)
- Considers examples outside of the PRI in offering alternative solutions or guidance
- Demonstrates an understanding of the business, including its finances, mission and its culture
- Identifies and utilises key relationships (both internal and external) for successful execution of project or piece of work
- Knows when and how to challenge senior managers
- Applies industry knowledge and understanding of external influences, coupled with an appreciation of PRI mission and strategy to inform decisions
- Demonstrates ability to build good working relationships at all levels
- Drives collaboration within projects or work programmes to deliver high quality outputs
- Aligns expectations with senior managers to reach agreement
- Promotes knowledge sharing across the organisation
- Flexes style and approach based on colleagues’ level of understanding and preferences
- Independently delivers well-structured, logical outputs that deliver maximum impact with minimum editing
- Presents advice or recommendations within the context of the recipient’s area of focus to gain buy-in
- Improves the knowledge of senior managers by making complex specialist principles easy to understand
- Appreciates the impact of their communication on others, modifying behaviour and communication style to work in different situations
- Shares specialist knowledge openly with others, creating opportunities for others to learn, grow and succeed
- Builds an environment within the PRI which values forward thinking, creative solutions and innovation
- Is active in specialist networks as a means of furthering own knowledge and applying at the PRI
- Uses good questioning skills in a way that causes others to think about their approach
- Prioritises where contributes own time based on the value it would deliver
- Uses project management and oversight of individual work processes to improve organisational performance
- Continuously monitors external developments to incorporate into own work activities
- Translates project objectives into own work plans
Technical Competencies & Experience:
- Experience in the asset management and/or financial sector, preferably within the Asset Owner community.
- Strong interest in responsible investment, sustainability, environmental, social and governance issues, and their overall impact on long term investment outcomes and society.
- Business development and relationship management skills, preferably within the financial sector, or within other service-based industries, such as management consulting.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English; demonstrable experience in leading meetings and pitches to investment executives at all levels and their trustees/Boards.
- Good team player, with experience working internationally and a strong partnership ethos; willingness to work both independently and closely with London-based colleagues to deliver mutually agreed solutions supporting PRI’s agenda.
- Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification; Master’s degree in one or more relevant fields and/or a recognised investment qualification preferable.
- At least intermediate knowledge of relevant IT (e.g. Excel, Word, PowerPoint and/or Salesforce).
- Knowledge of a Nordic language is preferred.