ABOUT SUSTAINALYTICS

Sustainalytics has been a leading independent provider of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) research for the last 25 years. Our insights are used by clients to make better informed investment decisions, engage with companies in relation to their business activities and drive change.

Sustainalytics is a growing organization with 700 employees and 17 offices globally. We have a flexible and supportive working culture and empower our employees to progress and develop quickly in an entrepreneurial environment.

For more information, visit www.sustainalytics.com

Under COVID-19 circumstances, all Sustainalytics employees are now working from home. More than ever, ESG factors are critical to building a more ethical and sustainable global economy. Our teams need passionate colleagues to join us in delivering quality research products to our clients worldwide.

Our recruitment and selection process is continuing via phone or video meetings. New team members are onboarded and start their first day with the company from the safety of their homes.

We rely on virtual team meetings and management practices, as well as a remote buddy program, to support a smooth integration in our virtual offices.


THE METHODOLOGY & PORTFOLIO RESEARCH TEAM

The Methodology & Portfolio Research team is a team with strategic importance for the company. The team’s mandate is to lead the development of methodologies and related features across all Sustainalytics research products and to maintain and continuously improve existing research methodologies. This also includes the production of client and market facing research reports with a focus on the investment use cases of our products. These reports focus on linking the outcomes of our ESG assessments in the various products with relevant financial measures, including corporate financial performance and portfolio risk and return, and covering all relevant asset classes.


POSITION PURPOSE & GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

The main purpose of the position is to strengthen the team’s capacity to produce research reports that are of key importance for the marketing of our products. This comprises pure methodology reports as well as white papers. The latter present our methodologies in the context of typical client use case and aim to demonstrate the value add of our products. Typically, both types of reports are quant driven, i.e. contain lots of empirical analyses and tests. The second purpose of the role is to contribute to or lead important methodology development projects.

The successful candidate is a structural thinker and has strong writing and communication skills. A further requirement is having a strong quantitative background, with a solid understanding of financial markets and of the rationale for ESG integration. A minimum of 5 years work experience in relevant roles is desired.

Furthermore, the position requires strong collaborative skills. The successful candidate will work closely together with all types of stakeholders, in particular product managers, research analysts, client teams, and IT developers.


KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Produce Methodology and White Paper research reports (including framing/narrative development, research & analysis, writing, review);
  • Present research and findings in multiple forms (internally and externally);
  • Scoping and conceptualization of methodologies;
  • Working with product managers on obtaining multi-stakeholder approval for proposed methodological solutions;
  • Working with dedicated quant analysts on testing and validation of methodological solutions;
  • Collaboration with research teams on methodology maintenance projects (e.g. indicator development, model parameter reviews).


COMPETENCIES/QUALIFICATIONS

  • A demonstrated track-record of conducting relevant research, including multiple types of risk/return analyses;
  • A clear and actionable understanding of core financial concepts including: alpha, factor exposures, smart beta, passive vs active management, asset allocation, diversification and tracking error;
  • An understanding of ESG research and how it can be applied in the investment process;
  • Familiarity with industry research tools, such as Morningstar Direct, Bloomberg and FactSet;
  • Excellent research, analytical and communication skills, both written and oral as well as strong presentation skills
  • Ability to work independently and within an ambitious team environment.
  • Experience with MS Excel (advanced); Python would be helpful;
  • Deep knowledge of ESG investment approaches/good understanding of financial markets, products and research methodologies;
  • 5 years of relevant experience in the investment space; with 2-3 years of relevant experience in ESG related areas considered helpful;
  • Structured thinker with strong analytical and conceptual capabilities as well as affinity to and good understanding of quantitative methods and analyses;
  • Organizational and project management skills, ideally with experience in agile project management techniques;
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral as well as strong presentation skills;
  • A Master’s degree in finance, economics, business administrations, etc.;
  • A CFA designation would be considered an asset.


ADVANTAGES

  • Apply investment and financial skills in the fast-growing ESG research and analytics industry;
  • Develop and nurture your career in a fast-growing company;
  • Be part of a deeply innovative team that values a unique blend of creativity, quantitative rigour and entrepreneurial thinking and that is of key strategic importance for the company;
  • Contribute to Sustainalytics’ mission of creating a more just and sustainable world;
  • Work for a company that recognizes the importance of employee diversity and training and giving back to the communities in which we do business.


APPLICATION & INTERVIEW PROCESS

In keeping with our ongoing efforts to represent the diversity of our community, we strongly encourage people from diverse groups to apply. Sustainalytics is committed to providing accommodations for individuals with disabilities, upon request.

All applications will be treated with the highest level of discretion and will be accepted until COB Friday, 3rd October 2020.

Sustainalytics thanks all applicants for their interest, however only those applicants requested to participate in the interview process will be contacted.

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