Head of Proxy Voting & Corporate Governance

Employer
Morgan Stanley
Location
New York, USA
Salary
Competitive
Posted
Jan 09, 2022
Closes
Feb 08, 2022
Ref
13272730
Job Function
Other
Industry Sector
Finance - General
Employment Type
Full Time
Education
Bachelors
Morgan Stanley is a leading global financial services firm providing a wide range of investment banking, securities, investment management and wealth management services. The Firm's employees serve clients worldwide including corporations, governments and individuals from more than 1,200 offices in 43 countries.

As a market leader, the talent and passion of our people is critical to our success. Together, we share a common set of values rooted in integrity, excellence and strong team ethic. Morgan Stanley can provide a superior foundation for building a professional career - a place for people to learn, to achieve and grow. A philosophy that balances personal lifestyles, perspectives and needs is an important part of our culture.

Department Profile

Morgan Stanley Investment Management (MSIM) is one of the largest global asset management organizations of any full service securities firm, with 45 offices serving clients in 19 countries. MSIM's professionals worldwide provide outstanding long-term investment performance. We offer clients a diverse array of equity, fixed income, liquidity and alternative investments, including merchant banking strategies.

MSIM defines Sustainable Investing as a spectrum of practices that uses environmental, social and governance (ESG) information and criteria to deliver returns for clients and shape bespoke investment solutions. We are committed to ESG-informed investment decision making and we leverage our influence as an investor to drive better investment performance alongside improved sustainability practices and outcomes. MSIM offers a variety of sustainable investing options, from funds that integrate ESG factors as an intrinsic part of the investment process, to thematic Sustainable Funds that seek to achieve attractive financial returns alongside positive impact. The firm aspires to ESG integration leadership and excellence in offering client solutions in the fast-growing sustainable investing industry.

Team Profile

The MSIM Sustainability team is responsible for the execution of MSIM's sustainability strategy globally, producing sustainability data, tools and research in support of our investment teams. The Sustainability team also includes a dedicated Proxy Voting & Corporate Governance team. We are seeking an individual to manage this team, located in New York and Mumbai, reporting to the MSIM Global Head of Sustainability. This role entails working closely with investment teams on the coordination and implementation of compliance policies, processes and legal decisions, and managing MSIM's corporate governance-related activities, including oversight of proxy voting and reporting. Using industry and firm knowledge, this individual will develop and enhance MSIM's Corporate Governance controls and processes so that they are in compliance with standards according to national and international requirements, and as instituted by MSIM Fund Board of Directors.

Primary Responsibilities
  • Coordinate the annual update of MSIM's voting policies, in consultation with MSIM's investment teams, and other relevant stakeholders
  • Gather consensus around key ESG themes to inform our approach to shareholder resolutions, mindful of our fiduciary as well as stewardship responsibilities
  • Manage the MSIM proxy voting team to ensure a smooth process for proxy voting season
  • Production of reports to clients, and providing relevant updates both internally and externally, including to regulators
  • Elevate and address emerging challenges and industry trends in proxy voting and provide advice on strategic decisions to investment teams and MSIM management
  • Support the investment teams in their issuer engagement activities and client dialogue where requested and needed, including preparation for and attendance of meetings
  • Development and implementation of proxy voting infrastructure and technology, to meet the needs of investment teams and clients
  • Provide oversight to all respective areas to ensure that controls and processes are in place and followed in accordance with the policies and regulation
  • Participate in industry activities relating to the Legal/Compliance and Governance areas to ensure adherence to best practice


Qualifications:

  • Relevant bachelor's degree, with a demonstrated interest/experience in ESG issues and themes (e.g. human rights, diversity, climate change) is required. An advanced degree is an advantage (e.g. ACCA, MBA, CFA or similar).
  • Knowledge of Corporate Governance analysis and/or Voting activities in the ESG space.
  • Minimum 10 years' experience working in related or relevant field is preferred (e.g. corporate governance, fund management, corporate law, strategy consulting).
  • Fluency in English is required

Morgan Stanley is an equal opportunities employer. We work to provide a supportive and inclusive environment where all individuals can maximise their full potential. Our skilled and creative workforce is comprised of individuals drawn from a broad cross section of the global communities in which we operate and who reflect a variety of backgrounds, talents, perspectives and experiences. Our strong commitment to a culture of inclusion is evident through our constant focus on recruiting, developing and advancing individuals based on their skills and talents.

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