Institutional Shareholder Services, Inc.

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Custom Research Analyst

Custom Research Analyst

Job ID 
2017-1465
Job Locations 
BE-Brussels
Category 
Research

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Overview

Why work for ISS?

For more than 30 years now, Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (ISS) has been the world’s leading provider of corporate governance and responsible investment solutions for asset owners, asset managers, hedge funds, and asset service providers. Institutional clients turn to us to apply their corporate governance views, identify environmental, social and governance risks, and manage their complete proxy voting needs on a global basis.

ISS is a global company, with more than 1000 employees spread across 19 offices in 13 countries. A career in ISS gives you international experience in working with market-leading experts that enable investors to incorporate corporate governance & responsible investment in their policies and practices.

The ISS Way

At ISS, our values are not as much imposed as they are inspired. We talk about ideals in terms of how it brings our people together in a culture that upholds the interests of our colleagues, shareholders and clients. Everyone at ISS is a champion of Integrity, Collaboration, Empowerment, Flexibility, Diversity and Client Service. When you join ISS, you are expected to exemplify these Values through your actions and aspirations in the workplace.

Position Overview

ISS is seeking a talented and motivated senior custom research analyst to join its Custom team based in Brussels. ISS' Custom Research team partners with clients to fully optimize their corporate governance program through the provision of governance expertise as well as customized deliverables. Custom Research Analysts, working as members of regional teams, help clients develop and/or implement customized guidelines that reflect the clients' unique corporate governance philosophy. Using Policy Engine, a data-driven automation tool for base policy automation, in conjunction with analyst expertise on the subject of corporate governance, the Custom Research team provides clients with customized vote recommendations based on their respective proxy voting guidelines.

As part of providing end-to-end management of client policies, the team keeps clients apprised of new trends and emerging proposals that have garnered increased interest in the investment community and assists clients in developing and implementing policies on these new issues. To this end, the team provides clients with tailored reports, including an annual custom policy matrix that captures voting instructions and procedures on proxy issues that are expected to be seen on ballots in the upcoming year, and policy gap analyses to identify areas in client policy that do not effectively address any particular corporate governance issue.

Responsibilities

  • Issue insightful, grounded, well-reasoned proxy vote recommendations and rationale based on client-specific proxy voting guidelines
  • Gather corporate governance data based on information in the company’s public documents
  • Actively work with clients to help them to update, develop or formulate their proxy voting guidelines
  • Complete various client-specific projects
  • Research policy-related issues, and support teammates in their completion of client projects as needed
  • Contribute to seasonal reviews, client calls, and client-focused research reports.
  • Lead or participate in engagement with institutional investors and other market players.
  • Answer internal and external queries on research analyses, and discuss policies and vote recommendations as appropriate
  • Participate in and actively contribute to ISS policy formulation and update efforts
  • Work with Corporate Technology to develop, enhance and test current and new applications that will benefit our clients, the department and the company as a whole
  • Work closely with Sales and Account Management counterparts to ensure overall positive client experience

Qualifications

  • Master degree in Law and/or Finance, Economics or equivalent through experience
  • Relevant experience preferable with 3 to 5 years in corporate governance/capital markets
  • Strong computer literacy with previous experience and excellent knowledge of MS Office
  • Strong analytical abilities and comfort with ambiguity
  • Excellent problem solving and judgment skills
  • Excellent English and French writing and oral communication skills, and the ability to formulate and support a position on an issue
  • Organizational skills, attention to detail, a self-driven work ethic, and the ability to prioritize multiple tasks in a high-pressure, deadline-driven environment
  • Ability to work within a team-oriented environment and communicate with various internal and external parties
  • Willingness to work long hours and weekends primarily during peak weeks (March, April, May, June), but on an as-needed basis throughout the year as well
  • Good understanding of business technology, and experience working with technology in an operational context