Institutional Shareholder Services, Inc.

  • ESG Junior Analyst

    Job Locations PH-Makati City
    Job ID
    2018-1733
    Category
    ESG
  • Overview

    About ISS-oekom

     

    Originally founded in 1993 and formerly known as oekom research before joining ISS in March 2018, ISS-oekom is one of the world’s leading ESG research and rating agencies for sustainable investments with an unsurpassed rating methodology and quality recognition. As an experienced partner of institutional investors and financial service providers, ISS-oekom analyzes companies and countries with respect to their environmental, social and governance performance, covering the most relevant equity and bond issuers on a global basis.

    For more than 30 years, 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 ISS 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 with ISS offers you international experience in working with market-leading experts that enable investors to incorporate corporate governance & responsible investment in their policies and practices.

     

    Position Overview

     

    We are seeking an ESG Junior Analysts (Corporate Rating or Product Portfolio Assessment), to join our dynamic research team in Manila, supporting the collection of data and analysis of corporate ESG strategies and performance.

    The successful candidate will be part of the ISS-oekom research team, that specializes in assessing the environmental and social performance of the world' most relevant companies and in compiling research reports. The team conducts analysis covering a continuously expanding universe of more than 4,000 companies across major global indices (large, mid and small cap). The oekom Corporate Rating provides investors with a basis for their investment decisions and provide companies with a valuable benchmark. The oekom Sustainability Solutions Assessment (oSSA) offers investors detailed information and data on the extent to which companies further or hinder the attainment of the UN Sustainable Development Goals or individual sustainability topics (such as climate change, water, health) through its product and service range.

     The majority of rating analysts are currently based in Munich (Germany), but teams in Berlin (Germany), Rockville (USA) and Manila (Philippines) are currently being established. The successful candidate will need to be able to work both independently and collaboratively with the team across different locations.

    Responsibilities

    The following activities are representative of the different functions for the team:

     

    Corporate Rating

     

    On a daily basis, ESG rating analysts conduct desktop research to evaluate a company's performance in several areas, including working standards and conditions, supply chains, ESG governance, environmental management, emission and resource consumption data as well as several sector-specific key issues. This involves reviewing company documents such as sustainability reports, annual reports and corporate identifying relevant topics and analyzing them using a comprehensive set of rating rules. Research involves both qualitative and quantitative analysis and the findings are interpreted and summarized in reports. Rating analysts apply a logical and methodical approach to work and pay attention to detail in order to achieve accurate and reliable results. Being able to see the big picture as well as critical thinking are considered key factors for success. ESG Junior Analysts typically specialize in social or environmental topics, in sectors (e.g. financials, extractives) and/or in markets (e.g. US companies). The ideal candidate has experience with or an interest in sustainability topics.

     

    Main responsibilities:

    • Review and analyze company documents (e.g. sustainability reports, annual reports, company websites) to evaluate companies' ESG performance and strategies and compile rating reports
    • Data collection and interpretation as well as justification and documentation of conclusions
    • Draft short reports based on results
    • Collaborate with other team members abroad
    • Acquire and maintain advanced understanding of sustainability topics
    • Learn and correctly apply a set of comprehensive evaluation guidelines
    • Actively participate in special projects

     

    Product Portfolio Assessment

     

    On a daily basis, ESG rating analysts specialized in the oekom Sustainability Solutions Assessment will research and assess the impact of company product and service portfolios on sustainable development. Through desktop research, the analysts examine company documents such as annual reports and corporate websites as well as internal databases to identify products and services that either contribute to or obstruct the resolution of social and environmental challenges and calculate their revenue shares. The set of relevant major social and environmental challenges is closely linked to the 16 UN Sustainable Development Goals. Product groups with a positive impact include renewable energy, healthy food, and green buildings, while tobacco, combustion engines, alcohol or fossil fuels are examples of controversial products. Following a detailed set of evaluation criteria, the analysts are required to classify products and calculate or estimate respective net sales.

    The ideal candidate is proficient in English, has an analytical mindset, is already familiar with corporate analysis or corporate documents, has an affinity for numbers as well as an interest in technology and sustainability topics, and works systematically and with great attention to detail.

     

    Main responsibilities:

    • Review and analyze company documents (e.g. annual reports, corporate website, sustainability topics) to identify the impact of companies' products and services portfolios on sustainable development, including calculation or estimation of corresponding revenue shares
    • Data collection and interpretation as well as justification and documentation of conclusions
    • Collaborate with other team members abroad
    • Acquire and maintain advanced understanding of sustainability topics
    • Actively participate in special projects

    Qualifications

    • Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree (a degree in a relevant field such as environmental science or international human rights is desirable but not required)
    • Excellent English language skills, both written and oral (Fluency in Japanese, Korean or Mandarin is a bonus)
    • Strong research and analytical skills, including critical thinking and ability to integrate various sorts of data and information in the analysis
    • Methodical and thorough in all tasks undertaken
    • Ability to quickly process large amounts of data and information
    • Ability to work towards deadlines
    • Critical thinking and the ability to integrate various sorts of data and information in decision-making
    • Good interpersonal skills, including the ability to work both independently and as a member of a team
    • Understanding of corporate structures and business models, sustainability topics or key sectors is an advantage
    • An affinity for numbers is desirable

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