Institutional Shareholder Services, Inc.

  • Custom Research Analyst

    Job Locations UK-London
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  • Overview

    ISS is seeking a talented and experienced Corporate Governance Research Analyst to join its Custom Research team based in London. 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. Join ISS' Custom Research team to become an authoritative voice on global corporate governance developments and help the largest institutional investors to leverage the latest research in their proxy voting activities.



    • 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;
    • Engage with institutional investors to update, develop or formulate their proxy voting guidelines in line with the most recent trends in corporate governance and responsible investment;
    • 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;
    • 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 new applications that will benefit our clients and the company as a whole;
    • Work closely with Sales and Account Management counterparts to ensure overall positive client experience.


    • Master's degree in Finance, Economics, Business, Law, or equivalent through experience;
    • Minimum 3 years of experience in corporate governance, responsible investment, financial research/analysis, capital markets, law or other business-related area;
    • Minimum research experience of 3 Proxy seasons
    • Strong analytical abilities and comfort with ambiguity;
    • Excellent problem solving and judgment skills;
    • Excellent English 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;
    • Willingness to work long hours and weekends primarily during peak weeks (March, April, May, June);
    • Ability to work within a team-oriented environment and communicate with various internal and external parties.

    Applicants should apply online at  by sending a CV in English along with a one-page cover letter. The cover letter should explain why you are interested in corporate governance, in joining ISS and why you are suitable for the role. Applications without a cover letter won’t be taken into further consideration.

    Please note that due to the great number of applications we receive, we can only respond to selected candidates.

    To all recruitment agencies: ISS does not accept unsolicited CVs/Resumes. Please do not forward CVs/Resumes to any ISS employee, location or website. ISS is not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited CVs/Resumes


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