Institutional Shareholder Services, Inc.

Compensation Specialist – Research Lead

Job Locations CA-ON-Toronto
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ISS is looking for an experienced compensation specialist to join our corporate governance team in Toronto.  Executive compensation issues continue to be at the forefront of proxy season shareholder considerations.  This is a subject matter expert position on the team with the opportunity to work with other global governance compensation experts and institutional investors to advance pay-for-performance methodologies and executive compensation analysis in a profile role which can lead to leadership opportunities within ISS.


The executive compensation specialist will be primarily responsible for all compensation and equity plan proposal policy development, interpretation and policy application for proxy analyses in the Canadian market. With the continued increase of shareholder advisory votes on executive pay in Canada, there continues to be increased shareholder focus on all of the various elements of executive compensation arrangements and how they relate to company performance. This analyst role is responsible for reviewing policies and procedures on executive and director compensation, maintaining a full understanding and knowledge of ISS’ proprietary compensation models and methodologies, and reviewing analyses with compensation related issues. The analyst also aids other research analysts and clients with inquiries regarding compensation. The analyst will also be responsible for applying Canadian corporate governance policy and completing analysis for all corporate governance related issues for an assigned set of core company meetings in a deadline driven fast paced environment.  This role includes contributing significantly to projects and supporting completion of non-core analysis, non-meeting research and client service efforts as required.


Summary of essential job functions


  • Be a resident subject matter expert for Canadian Research staff in all areas of executive compensation.


  • Analyze high profile/contentious proxy statements with executive compensation issues.


  • Complete written analyses detailing ISS vote recommendations and rationale for general corporate governance items as well as compensation issues. Support research staff in their analyses and review staff’s work with ISS' proprietary compensation models and other quantitative methodologies, as well as qualitative analytical content.


  • Lead or participate in policy formulation relating to executive compensation, and further development of compensation models and methodologies.


  • Answer client and company inquiries and explain ISS' compensation policies and methodologies as necessary.


  • Interface with technology to ensure that Canadian Research has the tools to run all quantitative methodologies and that procedures are accurate, thorough, and up-to-date.


  • Train research staff on executive compensation policies and methodologies as needed.


  • Support compensation related data collection growth and efficiency.


  • Degree in business or economics or equivalent experience; compensation related professional designation of CCP or CEP preferred
  • At least 2 years of analytical review and/or assessment of executive compensation programs
  • Prior experience with a compensation consultant is preferred
  • Strong understanding of financial and operational performance
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Excel
  • General knowledge of corporate governance standards and expectations in the market
  • Strong analytical, verbal and written skills
  • Team player, dedicated to personal and team development
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to prioritize multiple tasks
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a challenging and deadline driven fast paced environment


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