• LOCATION:  Netherlands
  • BASIS:  Full-time - Permanent
  • SALARY:  70,000 - 80,000 Euro
  • CLOSING DATE: 6:00pm, 30th Jan 2022 GMT

Job description

The Head of the Netherlands will have overall responsibility for enhancing Responsible Investment awareness in the Dutch market and for providing investors with the tools to implement it in their investment processes.  The role involves the management of the PRI’s recruitment of new signatories and the coverage of our existing signatory base in the region as well as the coordination and local implementation of global PRI initiatives to drive progressive signatory action.  It offers scope for regular domestic and occasional international travel primarily for signatory meetings, industry events and internal meetings.

In addition, the Head will work closely with the Director for the NEMEA (Northern Europe, Middle East & Africa) region to provide strategic direction and support within and across PRI teams

Core Responsibilities:

The Head of the Netherlands will have the following core responsibilities;

  • Raise awareness of Responsible Investment amongst regional asset owners, investment managers, service providers and other PRI stakeholders
  • Signatory relationships: develop engagement with Dutch signatories through successful new signatory on-boarding, signatory review meetings, reporting and assessment sessions and other PRI-supported events
  • Outreach: Target the recruitment of new signatories amongst public and corporate pension plans, sovereign wealth funds, insurers, endowments/foundations as well as key investment managers and consultants
  • Strengthen relationships with key targeted stakeholders in the region to support the development of responsible investment locally
  • Collaboration with other country heads and relationship managers within the NEMEA region and across other regional teams such as Continental Europe.
  • Drive strategic and/or ad hoc projects to develop and enhance the understanding of key Dutch market issues and players amongst colleagues
  • Events: Represent PRI at relevant events to help raise the organisation’s profile in the country

In addition they should;

  • Provide coaching and mentoring to more junior members of the regional team, including sharing technical knowledge and expertise where appropriate
  • Support the Director of NEMEA Signatory Relations in delivering against the team’s business plan and budget
  • Provide regular reporting to the Director of NEMEA Signatory Relations and Chief Signatory Relations Officer as required

Core Competencies:

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

Analytical

  • 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

Business Awareness

  • 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

Collaborative

  • 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

Communicative

  • 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

Developmental

  • 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

Structured

  • 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:

Over and above the core competencies expected of roles at a ‘Senior Specialist’ level, the following role specific technical competencies and experience are preferred;

  • Significant past experience working in the asset management and/or the financial sector
  • Ideally with knowledge and experience of the Institutional investment space in the Netherlands and more broadly and with a background in investment
  • Demonstrates a strong interest in responsible investment, sustainability, environmental, social and governance issues and their overall impact on the 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
  • Language Skills: professional command and excellent written and verbal communication skills in English and Dutch would be highly desirable
  • Demonstrable experience in public speaking, giving presentations and leading meetings with investment executives at all levels and their trustees/Boards
  • Excellent networking, relationship management and interpersonal skills, extensive network in Responsible Investment and/or ESG related fields
  • 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. Committed to fostering an inclusive environment
  • 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
  • IT/system skills - Microsoft Office, CRM (PRI used Salesforce), social media, webinars, etc.)
  • International travel may be required

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