Institutional Shareholder Services, Inc.


    Job Locations AU-Sydney
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  • Overview

    ISS is currently seeking a senior research analyst and manager for a full-time role in Corporate Governance Research based in Sydney to cover the Australian and New Zealand markets.


    The responsibilities of the role will be primarily focused on ASX300 companies and working with the Head of Australian and New Zealand Research to undertake analysis and prepare research reports and vote recommendations for institutional shareholders of companies in the S&P ASX300 Index. It will also involve senior-level contact with institutional investor clients, and dialogue and engagement with ASX300 companies and their directors and representatives.


    The role will include management responsibilities within the team, and working closely with other ISS professionals and experts, locally and in other ISS offices around the world.


    • Working closely with the Head of Australian and New Zealand Research, to undertake governance research and proxy analysis for shareholder meetings of ASX300 companies, including making voting recommendations in accordance with ISS voting guidelines.
    • Review research and vote recommendations prepared by other analysts.
    • Conduct analysis of special situations and M&A requiring reporting and vote recommendations to shareholders.
    • Utilize ISS' data analytics tools and expertise in corporate governance where required as part of undertaking research.
    • Participate in dialogue and engagement with ASX300 companies and their directors as part of the research process.
    • Manage/supervise junior research analysts, including contributing to their training and development, both for direct reports and for others requiring knowledge of Australian and/or New Zealand governance and proxy voting matters.
    • Interact with institutional investor clients regarding ISS research reports and on company meeting-specific issues, and on governance practices and approaches more generally.
    • Monitor developments in Australian and global corporate governance trends and practices.
    • Collaborate with other ISS experts in preparing ad hoc reports on topical and controversial issues in the Australian and international investment markets and in corporate governance practices locally and globally.
    • Participate and conduct research as part of ISS' policy development processes and contribute to debate on governance and policy-related matters globally.
    • Contribute to ad hoc intelligence reports on research topics of interest and corporate governance practices.
    • Develop market expertise in Australian corporate governance practices, investment and shareholder issues gathered through fundamental company research and engagement with company directors, executives, institutional investors, and government/regulatory/listing authorities.
    • Work with ISS' global data, product and analytics teams as part of the data capture and research function.
    • Take initiative with assigned projects and be creative in providing solutions.


    • Minimum 5 years of experience in investment or financial research/analysis, law, corporate governance, executive compensation, investment or business report writing, or other business-related area.
    • Understanding of corporate governance issues, corporate transactions and capital markets.
    • Strong analytical and research skills, with a good understanding of financial and investment issues.
    • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Finance, Accounting, Law, Economics, Journalism or other relevant area. Postgraduate qualifications would be well regarded.
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with strong eye for detail and analysis, and a keen sense of judgment.
    • Excellent organizational and management skills, capable of both team and process management.
    • Goal oriented, with capability to handle multiple priorities and work under tight deadlines.
    • Ability to work independently, take initiative, and interact and contribute in a specialist tight knit Australian research and business team, and within the global ISS organization.


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