• LOCATION: London, UK
  • BASIS: 12 month FTC with possibility of extension
  • SALARY: £40,000 - £50,000
  • CLOSING DATE:  5:00pm, 29th Nov 2020 GMT (Europe/London)

Job description

Stewardship is one of the most powerful mechanisms by which investors and their agents can contribute to the achievement of the PRI’s mission: the creation of a sustainable financial system which benefits the environment and society as a whole. The role is an exciting opportunity to contribute to work that will encourage and enable PRI signatories to fully realise the potential of stewardship to drive real-world outcomes on topics including climate change and the SDGs.

This role will primarily support the PRI’s stewardship activities on climate change, with a particular focus on the Climate Action 100+. CA100+ is an investor initiative to ensure the world’s largest corporate greenhouse gas emitters take necessary action on climate change to align their businesses with a net-zero emissions world.

The role may also extend to coordinating with other PRI climate/policy initiatives such as the Investor AgendaUN AOAIPR (where relevant/needed).

The role will report into the Head of Stewardship, Climate Change who oversees the PRI’s activities on CA100+.

Core responsibilities:

  • Support coordination of the PRI CA100+ Global Engagement Working Group, which includes 40 companies in North America, Europe, Latin America and Africa across a range of sectors (Aviation, Chemicals, Construction & Heavy Industrials, Consumer Products & Paper/Timber, Energy, Mining and Shipping).
  • Manage and/or contribute to other CA100+ initiative-wide projects (as needed), such as benchmarking, sector work/research, signatory accountability, webinars, progress report, etc.
  • Convene and facilitate regular engagement group meetings/calls to track the progress of engagements, discuss issues and share information.
  • Facilitate the CA100+’s periodic reporting processes, in conjunction with the other networks, to ensure investor accountability.
  • Work to identify and implement improvements to collaborative engagement processes, including shareholder resolutions and proxy voting.
  • Contribute on an ad hoc basis to projects relating to the Active Ownership 2.0 programme and to PRI’s work on addressing system barriers to effective stewardship.
  • Conduct and/or disseminate relevant company/sector research, guidance, and other analysis for investors to use in company engagements both within and beyond CA100+.
  • Work closely with other PRI climate engagement staff to ensure that various initiatives (both inside and outside of the CA100+) are aligned and coordinated.
  • Build relationships with investors to maintain and expand expertise of engagement practices, best practices and needs.
  • Speak publicly at events, both digital and in person, on CA100+, stewardship and the PRI’s work more generally.

Analytical

  • Proactively offers impartial specialist knowledge, insights or input
  • Uses business/ specialist knowledge and analysis to identify issues, applying fact-based insight to develop and evaluate solutions or solve issues
  • Maintains a professional and impartial stance in assessing all information which feeds into decision making
  • Balances rigour with pragmatism in conducting analyses that are fit for purpose
  • Effectively reviews and quality-checks all analyses

Business awareness

Focuses on maximising Signatory or operational value and driving PRI outcomes

  • Actively keeps up to date with developments both within the organisation and within area of specialism
  • Balances the internal needs of the PRI and that of Signatory Organisations to deliver outputs
  • Understands how own area of specialism drives value to the PRI and meets its mission

Collaborative

  • Builds consensus and trust with all that engage with
  • Is responsive to feedback proactively following up to ensure any issues are resolved
  • Where requested, engages with colleagues to gain a broader understanding of issues and seeks to respond to or resolve them
  • Provides specialist knowledge and insights to colleagues where requested

Communicative

  • Translates specialist information or provides technical expertise in a clear and understandable format
  • Clarifies matters by absorbing and understanding relevant information and feeding them back in concise terms
  • Uses effective listening and questioning to enhance understanding of complex issues
  • Engages the recipient using their language, tailoring communication style for the audience

Developmental

  • Actively seeks opportunities to enhance specialist knowledge/ experience
  • Constantly reviews own work with the aim of improving outputs
  • Applies knowledge or experience to question practices and suggest alternatives
  • Actively seeks and shares feedback wherever possible, as a means of improvement
  • Uses best practice identified through external networks or evolutions in the field of specialism

Structured

  • Has a strong sense of execution and delivery, working to agreed deadlines, involving relevant colleagues and allowing enough time for review and quality assurance
  • Regularly monitors and reports on progress of work, providing regular updates as appropriate
  • Takes a methodical approach to how specialist or technical knowledge is acquired and, distributed (where necessary)
  • Captures knowledge at the end of each project/ process/activity, to use and share

Technical competencies & experience:

  • Investor and/or company engagement experience: good knowledge of responsible investment and understanding of asset owner and investment manager perspectives is preferred.
  • Experience of working on climate change and/or environment related issues is preferred. Regional and/or sector knowledge relevant to the PRI CA100+ Global Group (see job description above) is also beneficial.
  • Excellent project management skills, with ability to multi-task, prioritise and manage multiple timelines. Experiences of report writing is beneficial.
  • Strong facilitation skills. Diplomacy, tact, and ability to build consensus.
  • Good networking, relationship management and interpersonal skills, including the ability to influence a diverse range of stakeholders from varying cultures and backgrounds.
  • Practical experience in investment management or related industry is advantageous.
  • A collaborative and consultative approach to working with others, committed to fostering an inclusive working environment.
  • Good knowledge of relevant IT (e.g. Excel, Word, PowerPoint and CRM software).
  • Excellent written communication and verbal presentation skills.
  • Fluent English. Other languages relevant to financial markets desirable.
  • Willingness and ability to travel, including internationally.

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