Location District of Columbia
Job-type Permanent
Salary $Competitive
Reference 16541

Acre is proud to be working with a long-time leader in responsible investing. Their mission is to deliver superior long-term performance to their clients and to enable them to achieve positive impact through their investments. We're seeking an experienced individual with a background in fundamental research to contribute to the firm's investment thesis on the real estate sector. In this role you will contribute original research and will focus on companies in the commercial real estate sector though will have cross-sector exposure and responsibilities.

The firm has approximately $40 billion of mutual fund and separate account assets under management as of last September. The company itself has a storied history in responsible investing that goes back over four decades. Today, their funds comprise one of the largest and most diversified families of responsibly invested mutual funds, encompassing actively and passively managed U.S. and international equity, fixed and floating-rate income, and multi-asset strategies.

We are seeking an ESG Investment Research Associate who is passionate about the impact company behavior has on society, the environment and on corporate performance and have experience integrating ESG considerations in the investment process. An ideal candidate will bring passion for, and a basic understanding of, governance topics and environmental and social issues, along with an understanding of how these issues can impact an investment thesis. S/he will be able to communicate views clearly, will be credible with company management teams as well as clients, will enjoy acting as an individual contributor within a highly collaborative investment culture, and will thrive by building strong relationships with colleagues.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Maintain models which reflect their materiality matrix for the purpose of differentiating companies and securities based on their ESG performance, identifying ESG key performance indicators that have proven to be most impactful on stock and fixed income prices and integrate into research framework

  • Use information from data vendors and the firm's proprietary research to analyze, score, rate and rank companies on their ESG performance

  • Seek and evaluate sources of information regarding the environmental, social and governance policies and performance of corporations and other issuers of securities

  • Develop expertise within the real estate sector and relevant peer groups

  • Contribute to the team's proprietary knowledge of ESG factors and materiality

  • Use the information that is an output of the firm's models to support engagements directly with issuers of securities in order to improve their ESG performance and enhance the firm's returns on the security

  • Assist in creating a productive, collaborative and innovative team culture, including facilitating the team's professional development

  • Contribute to original research

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor's degree in Finance, Economics, Business or related fields in the Sustainability space; Master's degree a plus.

  • At least 2-3 years of experience in the investment management industry and/or commercial real estate industry, preferably with experience in ESG investing.

  • Experience working with large data sets.

  • Passion for aligning financial returns with societal impact.

  • Advanced MS Office (Word/PowerPoint/Excel) skills.

  • Excellent verbal and writing skills in English.

  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills.

  • Strong work ethic and positive attitude.

  • Self-motivated, work individually or as part of a team.

  • Ability to work under pressure to meet tight deadlines.

  • Experience with financial tools and databases (e.g., Bloomberg, FactSet, MSCI)

If any of the above matches your skillset and ambitions, please apply to directly or email Jordan Locke at jordan.locke@acre.com.