Institutional Shareholder Services, Inc.

  • ESG Senior Analyst (Corporate Rating)

    Job Locations PH-Makati City
    Job ID
    2018-1734
    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 Senior Analyst (Corporate Rating), to join our dynamic research team in Manila in the data collection 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 provides companies with a valuable benchmark. The majority of 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. 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 websites to first identify relevant topics and then evaluate them using a comprehensive set of rating rules. Research involves both qualitative and quantitative analysis. The findings are interpreted and summarized in reports. Analysts need a very logical and methodical approach to work and attention to detail in order to achieve accurate and reliable results. Critical thinking is considered a key factor for success. Senior analysts are typically involved in project management and take on further responsibilities which require advanced knowledge such as sector lead, topic expert, client presentations or review of analysis reports by junior team members. The role will be individually designed based on business needs and prior experience.

    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 documentation of conclusions
    • Managing an assigned task portfolio in line with deadlines and priorities
    • Presentation of analysis findings and writing reports
    • Collaborate with other team members abroad
    • Maintain and expand advanced understanding of sustainability topics and trends
    • Learn and correctly apply a set of comprehensive evaluation guidelines
    • Additional tasks based on business needs and individual expertise, e.g. sector lead, topic lead, quality assurance, client presentations, team lead
    • Actively participate in special projects

    Qualifications

    • Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree
    • 4+ years’ experience in ESG data analysis or ESG investment 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
    • Excellent organizational skills and ability to work towards deadlines
    • Very good interpersonal skills, including the ability to work both independently and as a member of a team as (prior experience as team leader is an advantage but not required)
    • Extensive expertise in sustainability topics and trends
    • A desire to show initiative

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