Our investment client is a dynamic company specialising in socially responsible investment (SRI), as well as a stable and prosperous socio-economic environment that safeguards the interests of civil society today and in the future.
As part of Climate 100+, they have 1§§led on specific engagements and are therefore part of an international dialogue on corporate change.
They are a market leader in Switzerland and increasingly in Europe.
You will be responsible for:
Leading the Proxy Voting and Engagement department
Leading the activities related to ESG ratings of listed companies in Switzerland
Leading operational engagement activities with Swiss listed companies
Participate in extended management tasks
Leading a team of 6 Analysts, you will be responsible for ensuring the high quality of services and compliance
Providing voting recommendations for investment clients.
Carrying out ESG evaluations, ESG research and engagement activities with companies.
Reviewing the proxy reports and research of the Analysts, issuing recommendations to pension fund members, validating voting recommendations, chairing committees, and inputting on voting guidelines.
This individual will have the scope to be an activist on the E & S.
The ideal candidate will ideally have the following skills:
University degree in business administration or equivalent
Proven experience in proxy voting, engagement and corporate governance activities of listed companies
In particular, it is essential that this individual has strong knowledge of 'Corporate Governance' as they can learn 'E' and 'S' over time
This individual will be familiar with the proxy voting process (i.e. understanding what goes into an annual report, shareholder returns, how a company is run, the content of AGMs etc.).
Experience in team management
Fluent English is a necessity, and French would be preferable. Otherwise a desire to learn French fluently over time.
A good command of German would be desirable but not essential.
ESG integration experience would be helpful.
Ideally familiar with the Swiss equity market, but this is not a necessity.
They must have an appreciation for the importance of this role and the potential for influence as a proxy advisor.
This is a position that allows you to bring your creativity, leadership and passion for sustainability and governance to a committed company and a highly motivated team. You will be an important part of the management team, participating in the development and evolution of the firm.
If you are independent, resilient and outspoken with a passion for qualitative ESG analysis and team management experience, this is the job for you!
This would suit someone who is motivated to influence and change corporates, convince at AGMs, and work towards benefiting their investment clients.