- LOCATION: Switzerland
- SALARY: 120,000 - 130,000 CHF
- CLOSING DATE: 5:00pm, 29th Nov 2020 GMT (Europe/London)
The Head of Switzerland Relationship Manager, 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 Swiss market. The role involves the management of PRI’s recruitment and signatory coverage, as well as the coordination of PRI’s other activities in the country. It offers scope for regular domestic and occasional international travel primarily for signatory meetings, industry events and internal meetings.
- Support the Director of Continental Europe in delivering against the team’s business plan and budget
- Raise awareness on Responsible Investment among local asset owners, investment managers, service providers, and other PRI stakeholders
- Signatory relationships: develop engagement with Swiss signatories through successful new signatory on-boarding, signatory review meetings, reporting and assessment sessions and other PRI-supported events.
- Outreach: Target for 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 country, to support the development of responsible investment locally.
- Collaboration with other PRI teams: assist on strategic and/or ad hoc projects developed and enhance understanding of key Swiss market’s issues and players amongst colleagues
- Events: Represent PRI at relevant events to help raise the organisation’s profile in the country.
- Collaborate with Relationship Managers in Continental Europe
- Collaborate with the person in charge of PRI’s Francophone Programme
- Provide regular reporting to the Director of Continental Europe and Chief Signatory Relations Officer as required
PRI expects roles at a ‘Senior Specialist level’ within the organisation to demonstrate management 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
- 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
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 Switzerland 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.
- Language skills: professional command and excellent written and verbal communication skills in English, French and German.
- 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 uses Salesforce), social media, webinars, etc.
- As this is a global role, international travel may be required.