Institutional Shareholder Services, Inc.

Research Analyst - Weapons & Sanctions (Fixed-term)

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About ISS-Ethix

Established in 1999 and acquired by Institutional Shareholder Services Inc, (ISS) in 2015, ISS-Ethix works closely with investors to align responsible investment policies and practices with shareholder interest. ISS-Ethix offers expertise across a full range of environmental, social and governance issues, having worked with leading asset owners and asset managers over the past 15 years to design tailored solutions and develop products.

For more than 30 years now, 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.

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

This person will assist the Weapons & Sanctions team in Stockholm for a fixed-term period of 7 months and will be focused on conducting research into corporate involvement in a wide range of defense industry-related activities for ISS’s Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) research and investment products. This includes conducting research on companies and relevant corporate activities, independently and in collaboration with the rest of the team drafting research reports on these companies, and in general contributing to the maintenance of high-quality ESG products focusing on the defense industry.

The candidate will report to the ‘Weapons & Sanctions team lead’ which reports directly to the Head of Responsible Investment Research.


  • Conduct desktop research and provide research support for our defense industry-focused products; this mainly includes research into corporate involvement in specific activities such as the production of military equipment, internationally banned and controversial weapons, exports of military equipment to problematic recipients, etc.
  • Write research reports on these companies’ activities. These research reports can be of varying lengths and incorporate different degrees of detail
  • Participate in and contribute to team processes focused on strengthening our ESG product offering



Professional skills:

  • Bachelor level degree, preferably on a topic related to political science, international relations, or conflict studies
  • Previous experience or education related to the defense industry, disarmament, and/or non-proliferation are highly desirable
  • Fluency in English
  • Previous research experience
  • Solid writing and research skills, including the ability to produce basic analysis
  • Broad interest in the business and financial world
  • Interest in ESG, responsible investment, and sustainability is desirable

Personal skills:

  • Attention to details
  • Ability to work towards deadlines
  • Excellent written communication and interpersonal skills
  • Methodical and thorough approach to work
  • Good at managing tasks and prioritizing
  • A desire to show initiative


The Financial Sector Union of Sweden (Finansförbundet) is a trade union for employees in the financial sector in Sweden. You are welcome to contact the local representative of Finansförbundet at ISS-Ethix on However we won't accept any applications sent to this e-mail address!


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