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Director or senior VP, Sustainable Data Research and Innovation Team - EII

London, United Kingdom
Closing date
Apr 6, 2023

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Job Function
Industry Sector
Finance - General
Employment Type
Full Time

About this role

Job Purpose/Background

BlackRock has made sustainability its standard and investments in ESG data and technology are a key component of this effort. For this purpose, the ETF and Index Investments ("EII") division is seeking a Director to join the EMEA Sustainable Data, Index Research, and Innovation team, reporting to the Global Head of Index Innovation & Index Research. This team focuses on developing proprietary intellectual property, building innovative Sustainable product offerings, and furthering the research capabilities across the index space. Through this lens, the team also develops metrics and analytics to inform product innovation and enhancement as well as support sustainable governance for our index products, which incorporates regional regulatory requirements and labels.

Development Value

This is an opportunity to join an exciting and fast-growing segment within the asset management industry. The successful candidate will be given an opportunity to be involved in shaping and evolving sustainable and transition products in collaboration with a number of teams in the organization (investment research, sales, marketing, risk management, fund platform, index providers, investment strategy, Sustainable, Factors and Thematic teams, amongst others).

Key Responsibilities and Requirements:
  • Build out index research analytics and testing infrastructure (in conjunction with PAG and BIS)
  • Design framework and develop methodology alongside evolving regulatory environment to support iShares product suite
  • Assess sustainable analytics and metrics in collaboration with regulatory governance colleagues
  • Partner with Engine and Product teams on global initiatives related to sustainable index methodology to ensure global coordination, commercial viability, and product governance
  • Conduct research and due diligence on new data and index sources
  • Support the index research agenda on sustainable benchmarks
  • Communicate and deliver presentations to stakeholders across the firm on data, index research, regulatory, and innovation strategy
  • Collaborate with colleagues across Product Strategy, Innovation, Portfolio Consulting, Risk Management, Product Engineering and Legal teams
  • Support discussions on additional data sources from index providers to be used by BlackRock and the Aladdin community
  • Become subject matter expert across sustainable product characteristics, especially through lens of various sustainable metrics
  • Analyse industry trends across data, index research and innovation

  • Degree in a quantitative discipline is strongly preferred
  • 8+ years experience in a product, analytics, or data role
  • Strong research background and academic credentials
  • Basic programming skills (Python, R)
  • Knowledge of index construction methodologies and terminology
  • Good knowledge of fixed income preferred
  • Working knowledge of investment risk management tools is strongly preferred
  • Knowledge of sustainable investment and ESG data (MSCI/Sustainalytics as a minimum) preferred

  • Attention to detail and ability to pick up and digest new information quickly
  • Good communication skills, including written and presentation skills
  • Highly organised and able to adhere to tight deadlines
  • Ability to work effectively in a collaborative environment and manage a variety of stakeholders
  • Commercial awareness and ability to understand client needs and identify solutions
  • Proven track record operating in a fast-paced environment
  • Sense of initiative and enthusiasm to join the fastest growing segment of the BlackRock's business
  • Self-motivated and dedicated to excellence

Our benefits

To help you stay energized, engaged and inspired, we offer a wide range of employee benefits including: retirement investment and tools designed to help you in building a sound financial future; access to education reimbursement; comprehensive resources to support your physical health and emotional well-being; family support programs; and Flexible Time Off (FTO) so you can relax, recharge and be there for the people you care about.

Our hybrid work model

BlackRock's current hybrid work model is designed to enable in-person connections and collaboration that is core to our culture, while supporting increased flexibility for all employees. In line with local health guidance and regulations, employees are required to work at least 3 days in the office each week, with the flexibility to work from home up to 2 days a week. Some business groups may require more time in the office due to their roles and responsibilities. The health, safety and well-being of our people will always be our top priorities; we will continue to monitor local conditions and health advisories in making decisions about our work environments.

About BlackRock

At BlackRock, we are all connected by one mission: to help more and more people experience financial well-being. Our clients, and the people they serve, are saving for retirement, paying for their children's educations, buying homes and starting businesses. Their investments also help to strengthen the global economy: support businesses small and large; finance infrastructure projects that connect and power cities; and facilitate innovations that drive progress.

This mission would not be possible without our smartest investment - the one we make in our employees. It's why we're dedicated to creating an environment where our colleagues feel welcomed, valued and supported with networks, benefits and development opportunities to help them thrive.

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BlackRock is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to age, disability, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation and other protected characteristics at law.

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