Senior Research Analyst, Sustainable Investment

Employer
London Stock Exchange Group
Location
London, United Kingdom
Salary
Competitive
Posted
Jul 19, 2019
Closes
Jul 25, 2019
Ref
6158066
Job Function
Other
Industry Sector
Finance - General
Employment Type
Full Time
Education
Bachelors
Senior Analyst, Sustainable Investment

Background

FTSE Russell is a leading global multi-asset provider of benchmarks, analytics, and data solutions, with over $16 trillion in assets under management benchmarked to FTSE Russell indexes. For over 30 years, leading asset owners, asset managers, ETF providers, and investment banks have chosen FTSE Russell indexes to benchmark their investment performance and create investment funds, ETFs, structured products and index-based derivatives. FTSE Russell indexes also provide clients with tools for asset allocation, investment strategy analysis and risk management. It competes on a global scale with investment banks, fund managers, exchanges, data vendors and the media. Its major competitors are MSCI, and S&P Dow Jones. FTSE Limited is incorporated in the UK and is owned by The London Stock Exchange Group.

The Business Need

FTSE Russell has been a leader in Sustainable Investment (SI) since the launch of the FTSE4Good Index Series in 2001 and is a founding signatory of the UN Principles for Responsible Investment. Its pioneering suite of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) data & index products support asset owners and managers in investing in the transition to a more sustainable global economy. FTSE Russell is looking for a Senior Analyst to join its SI team in London to help develop its Green Revenues and other SI methodologies and engage with clients and project partners globally.

Key Functions and Responsibilities

Reporting to the Head of Innovation and Standards, Sustainable Investment, the individual will develop cutting-edge green and climate metrics and deliver high-profile reports to guide investors in equities, but also across other asset classes such as fixed income. The role requires keen insight into the complexities of categorizing and measuring 'green' business activities of companies. It involves managing concurrent research projects to demanding deadlines and regular interaction with external parties, including FTSE Russell's global client base, various project partners, and other stakeholders across the sustainable investment space.

IP & Methodology Development
  • Analysing complex data and conceptual problems to develop market-leading methodologies for defining and measuring 'Green Revenues' and other sustainability indicators.
  • Delivering incisive research & analysis around key trends in the Green Economy in equities and fixed income, various industries and regions including China.
  • Collaborating in multi-stakeholder research projects on the Green Economy and providing analytical support for clients and internal stakeholders.


Market & stakeholder engagement
  • Ability to deliver high calibre presentations and written reports tailored to multiple audiences at relevant market events.
  • Support to high-level independent stakeholder committees overseeing FTSE Russell's Sustainable Investment data.
  • Effective engagement with companies on Green Revenues and other sustainable investment issues (including possible board/senior management presentations).
  • Seeking input and coordinating policy engagement with clients, NGOs, business associations, governments, academics and other subject matter experts.


Qualifications/Experience

The successful applicant will have a deeply analytical mind, with an acute eye for detail while at the same time being a confident communicator and effective project manager. It is expected that with limited supervision the candidate will be able to deliver all key aspects of the role identified above. Familiarity with the Sustainable Investment landscape in London or other financial centres is highly desirable.
  • Master's degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline (e.g. sustainability, finance, science). CFA is an asset.
  • Ca. 5 years of demonstrable work experience (financial services; government/intergovernmental organizations/international NGOs with a focus on green finance).
  • Demonstrable expertise in developing criteria/taxonomies for categorizing and measuring 'green' business activities of companies for investment purposes.
  • A proven track record of authoring high profile reports for investors and/or policy audiences, and experience in interacting with senior executives, high-level experts and policymakers.
  • Sustainable investment expertise in a non-equity asset class (e.g. fixed income or real estate) is required.
  • Experience in Asian markets (China or Japan in particular) and relevant language skills are highly desirable.
  • Very strong analytical skills, as a minimum expert use of Excel, and other standard Microsoft applications. Experience with other data analysis tools is an asset.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English are essential and experience in communicating with senior executives is desirable.


Type of Person

This needs to be someone who can juggle a large variety of different projects and be able to prioritise and schedule them effectively. They should be;
  • Highly motivated, organised and disciplined in managing work flows.
  • Ability to function well in a diverse multinational team.
  • Proactive in identifying and managing challenges as they arise.
  • Able to grasp new concepts quickly and incisively; to analyse and present data/evaluative comment in a structured and consistent manner.
  • Someone who enjoys communicating externally and producing high quality written reports.
  • A self-motivated and enthusiastic individual with excellent attention to detail.
    • Able to adapt to new challenges in a positive manner.
    • Strong interpersonal skills: able to work within a team, with managers and staff throughout FTSE, as well as at executive and director level with companies.


General

This is a full-time role based in London with occasional travel.

People are at the heart of what we do and drive the success of our business. Our colleagues thrive personally and professionally through our shared values of Integrity, Partnership, Innovation and Excellence are at the core of our culture. We embrace diversity and actively seek to attract people with unique backgrounds and perspectives. We are always looking at ways to become more agile so we meet the needs of our teams and customers. We believe that an inclusive collaborative workplace is pivotal to our success and supports the potential and growth of all colleagues at LSEG.

A career with London Stock Exchange Group offers you the opportunity to be at the centre of the financial community. As well as competitive salaries and a range of attractive benefits, we maximise each employee's potential through personal development plans, training, coaching and mentoring.

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