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ESG Controversy Research Manager

S&P Global
Zurich, Switzerland
Closing date
Mar 22, 2023

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Job Function
Industry Sector
Finance - General
Employment Type
Full Time
The Role: ESG Controversy Research Manager

The Department: S&P Global's ESG Research & Analytics department is dedicated to developing innovative ESG analytical solutions and overseeing the renowned Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA). The department is responsible for developing the methodology to analyze corporate sustainability performance systematically and accurately, and for managing our proprietary database, comprising one of the world's most complete datasets on corporate sustainability. The Media & Stakeholder Analysis (MSA) is an integral part of the CSA, and enables S&P Global to monitor companies' sustainability performance on an ongoing basis by assessing current controversies with potentially negative environmental or social impacts which may pose reputational, or financial consequences for companies. We are considered a leader in ESG analytics, providing essential intelligence to corporates and financial institutions.

The role: We are looking for an ESG Controversy Research Manager to join our growing and dynamic ESG Research & Analytics department. We are looking for an experienced and motivated individual who is passionate about sustainability and ESG controversies screening and is committed to driving sustainable business practices through direct engagement with corporates and through financial markets. As a team player, you will contribute to the unique culture and energy of the department as it continues to grow.

The impact: Developed over 22 years, our work contributes to the creation of the iconic Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) and the S&P 500® ESG index, among many others. Our work is also used by investors to execute their respective responsible investment strategies such as in the creation of impact and thematic funds. The work intelligence produced by our department is leveraged throughout S&P Global's ESG products across its divisions.

What's in it for you: As an ESG Controversy Research Manager, you would be dedicated to driving the optimization and continuous development of S&P's MSA methodology and to the development of S&P ESG controversies commercial products. The role provides a unique opportunity to engage with a variety of internal and external stakeholders, and to act as a though leader bringing S&P's MSA process and methodology to the next level. Being part of the ESG Research & Analytics department, you will have close interactions with the analysts developing the CSA methodology.

• Responsibility for further developing S&P's Media & Stakeholder Analysis (MSA) methodology.
• Leading workflow redesign with the aim of driving quality, efficiency, and process improvement.
• Manage the broader ESG Research department on the ongoing monitoring of ESG controversies.
• Drive the development of new products catering to the investor community that wish to incorporate controversies into their workflows.
• Engage with various internal and external stakeholders to understand their needs for ESG controversies and how these flow into their respective products.
• Engage with companies which respond to MSA inquiries through feedback calls and management meetings.
• Develop alternative approaches/challenge the status quo to the ongoing monitoring of news and ESG controversies with a focus on industry sectors.
• Project coordination with internal stakeholders with a strong acumen to drive the development and implementation of IT solutions.
• Work in close collaboration with the MSA Lead and MSA Operational Lead.

What We're Looking For:

Basic Qualifications:
• Extensive work experience in the field of ESG research, ESG ratings, corporate sustainability, or reputational risk management.
• A complete master's degree
• Proven experience in process optimization and digitalization
• Experience in negative ESG controversies screening and reputational risk assessment
• A sound understanding of global sustainability reporting frameworks and trends is a plus
• Strong project management and organizational skills
• Strong analytical skills and an acute attention to detail
• Proficient in the use of MS Excel and other IT tools
Soft skills:
• Strong interest in corporate sustainability
• Customer-focused and strong interpersonal skills
• Constructive and energetic attitude
• Ability to work independently yet towards team goals
• Reliable and able to go the extra mile when required
• Business-oriented with an attention to costs and efficiency

Grade level (for internal purposes) 11

Location: London, UK


Equal Opportunity Employer
S&P Global is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race/ethnicity, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, marital status, military veteran status, unemployment status, or any other status protected by law. Only electronic job submissions will be considered for employment.

If you need an accommodation during the application process due to a disability, please send an email to: and your request will be forwarded to the appropriate person.

US Candidates Only: The EEO is the Law Poster describes discrimination protections under federal law.


20 - Professional (EEO-2 Job Categories-United States of America), RESECH202.2 - Middle Professional Tier II (EEO Job Group), SWP Priority - Ratings - (Strategic Workforce Planning)

Job ID: 283451
Posted On: 2023-03-16
Location: Zurich, Switzerland

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