Our client, an investment firm, is seeking a Head of Responsible Investment to lead a team of in-house responsible investment professionals in London.
The successful candidate will be responsible for helping drive and execute the firm's RI/ESG strategy and related activities.
This individual will have a developed and nuanced understanding of the ESG landscape, industry or subject matter expertise.
Manage a small, growing team of colleagues working on engagement, regulatory initiatives, and projects to enhance RI integration
Representing the firm's RI propositions in relevant forums and implementing their stewardship activities through engagement with investee companies
Collaborating with a broad range of internal stakeholders to build and develop sustainability within the group and internal and external RI reporting
Monitor RI / sustainability developments to ensure the firm is kept abreast of evolving ESG policies and standards related to biodiversity, transition to net-zero and modern slavery
Manage relationships and represent the firm in respect of RI with external vendors and industry associations groups, to stay on top of ESG developments
Accountable for engagement with investee companies in accordance with voting practice
Understand the evolving RI data and infrastructure options and support the identification of relevant opportunities
Expand voting practices and lead the group's stewardship and engagement strategy
Extensive experience working at a senior level with or within wealth and/or investment management firms
Previous experience working in sustainable finance with a deep understanding of and interest in sustainability issues, including the integration of sustainability and ESG factors into business strategy and investment processes
Experience in leading and developing a stewardship and engagement function and related activities
Knowledge of key industry trends and best practices, with experience advising and implementing current and emerging ESG and sustainable finance frameworks and standards (e.g. UN Principles for Responsible Investment, UK Stewardship Code)
Desirable experience and knowledge would also include some of the following EU/UK emerging requirements: EU Taxonomy, EU Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR), TCFD for climate-related disclosures (including pending FCA regulatory proposals for sustainable finance requirements and disclosures), and Net Zero climate-related ambitions for the UK financial services sector.
This is a fantastic opportunity to be a pioneer of how ESG/sustainability can add value for investors in a newly established role working closely with one of our client's most successful investment teams. For more information, email or apply today.