Institutional Shareholder Services, Inc.

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Desktop Support Specialist

Desktop Support Specialist

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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 (RI) solutions for asset owners, asset managers, hedge funds, and asset service providers. Institutional clients turn to us to apply their corporate governance views, identify governance risks, and manage their complete proxy voting needs on a global basis.


We are truly 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 in a manner that informs your actions and aspirations in the workplace.

Position Overview

The Desktop Support Specialist is a key contributor to ISS’s global customer support organization. The position is a critical component to delivering high quality services to ISS and joins our IT team providing in-house technical. The position will provide global remote support as available to other ISS offices across US, EMEA and APAC. Our principles are based on collaboration, best practices, standards, efficiency, and commitment to effective service delivery and responsiveness to the needs of the business. This role incorporates the traits of a highly engaged communicator, technical expert and a problem solver. A successful Desktop Support Specialist team member is people-orientated and enjoys the challenge of resolving functional/technical questions and/or issues in a timely manner with in person interactions, on the phone, through chat vehicles, and remote connections.


The ideal candidate must be able to quickly and independently analyze each situation presented to determine the best approach for meeting the business needs while complying with established guidelines and policies. The ideal candidate should be able to think on his/her feet and be confident handling those issues without having to escalate them to management for handling. Solid technical expertise, willingness to learn and excellent customer care skills are essential for this role.


  • Foster an engaging, proactive and collaborative service department that is closely partnered and clearly communicates with the business and across IT departments.
  • Serve as the “Face of IT” to the customer community, providing a positive experience and reflecting a positive image of IT overall.
  • Support multiple office locations internationally - must be willing to travel internationlly (approximately 20% travel required).
  • Build, configure, and troubleshoot Windows 7/10 desktop and laptop hardware, load software, and conduct audits for unlicensed software utilizing SCCM for imaging, software installation and inventory management.
  • Support Office365, SharePoint, Exchange Online, and MDM for mobile phones,
  • Accept user calls, manage submitted tickets and work queue, respond to work queues for most of the work day, resolving issues in accordance with Service Level Agreements.
  • Clearly and effectively communicate service status consistently with users, other IT teams, and business owners as required.
  • Set up and maintain AV equipment in main areas and conference rooms.
  • Troubleshoot basic network, software, and printing issues.
  • Work with vendor support to resolve technical problems with desktop computing equipment and software.
  • Maintain and track hardware inventory and standards, working with procurement to purchase new hardware and software.
  • Deploy and configure desktop and software Cisco phones.
  • Work collaboratively with 1st/2nd/3rd level support team to ensure that customers receive timely service. Serve as a liaison between other support teams and the customer as required.
  • Document IT desktop procedures as directed.
  • Interacts with office staff, department heads and corporate services to ensure that checks are made for customer satisfaction, and satisfactory closedown/QA of incidents.
  • Apply a “business” focus to all assignments and responsibilities, measurement of results, and associated reporting.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • 4-6 years’ experience in building, installing, configuring and recovering PCs and laptops, including Dell, Lenovo, Toshiba, HP, Apple.
  • Working knowledge of SCCM Imaging and Deployment.
  • 4-6 years’ experience with 1st and 2nd level customer support and interaction, demonstrated excellent written and verbal communication skills, and telephone manner.
  • 3-4 years’ experience managing Microsoft’s Active Directory, Microsoft Office 2010 and newer, Office365, Exchange Online, and SharePoint;
  • Powershell scripting would be a plus.
  • Knowledge of, and ability to support, iOS, blackberry and Android phones.
  • Knowledge of structured Service Desk functions and software (Service Now, Jira, Remedy); ITIL certification a plus.
  • Ability to provide Total Call Ownership to include handling various customers’ personality styles, escalating issues as appropriate and providing the necessary follow up before incidents are closed.
  • Show initiative when attempting to resolve incidents and requests to provide the best service possible; learn new concepts and business processes rapidly, and with enthusiasm to deliver high quality service.
  • Strong critical thinking, analytic and problem-solving abilities.
  • Able to remain calm and focused in a fast paced, high pressure, and time oriented environment.
  • Ability to coordinate and prioritize effectively and efficiently.
  • Able to demonstrate a high degree of flexibility, including flexibility in working hours to support employees and customers across multiple time zones.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience.
  • A+, MSCE, or other recognized certification would be a plus.
  • Other languages such as French or Dutch would be a plus