- LOCATION: Toronto
- BASIS: Full-time
- LEVEL: Head
- SALARY: CAD$ 85,000-105,000 p.a.
The ‘Head of Canada, Signatory Relations’ will be responsible for enhancing Responsible Investment awareness and providing investors with the tools to implement it in their investment process in the Canadian market. The role involves the management of PRI’s recruitment and signatory coverage, as well as the coordination of PRI’s other activities in Canada. It offers scope for regular domestic and occasional international travel primarily for signatory meetings, industry events and internal meetings. As a ‘Head’ of the Canada team, you will be responsible for managing and coaching staff, leading on recruitment processes as required, and promoting a culture of learning and development across the wider Canadian team. Currently the Canadian team includes one staff person based in Montreal.
- Provide oversight and management of direct reports, supporting their development and managing their performance effectively to help the team fulfil their potential.
- Support the Director of the Americas in delivering against the team’s business plan and budget
- Ensure direct reports meet agreed deadlines, acting as a point of escalation for team performance and quality issues
- Provide regular reporting to the Director of Americas and Chief Signatory Relations Officer as required
PRI expects roles at a ‘Head level’ within the organisation to demonstrate management skills across the following core competencies:
- Ensures decision makers have all relevant and available information in a timely manner before decisions are made
- Evaluates risks, issues and opportunities assessing probability and consequences on both short- and long-term basis
- Simplifies issues and actions down to key factors and components for ease of use in decision making
- Can effectively capture and structure ill-defined or vague problems and is comfortable handling uncertainty
- Reflects broader understanding of the PRI’s financial, legal and people frameworks in decision making
- Understands (and utilises) how the different teams within the PRI contribute to the PRI mission and Signatory value
- Understands where the key decision points and points of influence are, advising team members how to act accordingly
- Prioritises the delivery of PRI objectives within the team
- Identifies any conflicts in PRI priorities taking appropriate action where required
- Develops collaborative working relationships breaking down silos and promoting collaborative working by team members
- Identifies and leads initiatives for building team profile internally and promotes links with other teams
- Recognises and acts on non-verbal communication, understanding what is and what is not said in a conversation
- Proactively develops partnerships that do not currently exist in areas of mutual benefit
- Takes a creative and inclusive approach to problem solving that broadens the teams thinking
- Uses the most effective influencing style to challenge or build consensus (across teams, within teams or upwards)
- Appreciates the impact of their communication on others, modifying behaviour and communication style to work in different situations
- Translates complex data that is potentially challenging for the audience and presents it in a way that enables understanding
- Role models continuous, balanced and honest feedback to others
- Builds a collaborative team environment which values the sharing of forward thinking, creative solutions and innovation
- Delegates responsibility to more junior team members to develop their capabilities
- Coaches less experienced team members/ colleagues to help them to be more successful
- Creates opportunities to develop and train the team to improve their skills and knowledge
- Translates project objectives into team work plans
- Judges how to balance team capacity and where to prioritise effort
- Embeds project management processes in team, leading by example and clearly defining team roles, responsibilities and expectations
- Regularly monitors progress within the team, addressing and resolving issues as they arise
Technical Competencies & Experience:
- Significant past experience in the asset management and/or financial sector).
- Advantageous knowledge and experience would include understanding of the institutional investment space in Canada and globally and a background in investment.
- Strong interest in responsible investment, sustainability, environmental, social and governance issues, and their overall impact on long term investment outcomes and society.
- Proven 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 and French; demonstrable experience in public speaking, giving presentations and leading meetings with investment executives at all levels and their trustees/Boards.
- A collaborative and consultative approach to working with others, working closely with London-based colleagues to deliver mutually agreed solutions supporting PRI’s agenda.
- Good team player, with experience working internationally with a strong partnership ethos; Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification; Master’s degree in one or more relevant fields and/or a recognised investment qualification desirable.
- Well-developed people management skills and experience
- Excellent written communication and verbal presentation skills
- A collaborative and consultative approach to working with others
- Excellent networking, relationship management and interpersonal skills
- IT/system skills - Microsoft Office, CRM (PRI uses Salesforce), social media, webinars, etc.
- As this is a global role, international travel may be required.
- Language skills, other than English, are desirable, especially French (as mentioned above).