Institutional Shareholder Services, Inc.

  • ESG Junior Analyst (fixed-term)

    Job Locations DE-Munich
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  • Overview

    ISS ESG is seeking for two ESG Junior Analysts (Corporate Rating) to join our research team in Munich on 1 January 2019, supporting the collection of data and analysis of corporate ESG strategies and performance. The positions offered are fixed-term for one respectively one and a half years covering maternity leave. 

    The successful candidate will be part of the ISS-oekom research team, which assesses the environmental and social performance of the world's most relevant companies and compiles 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 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.

    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.


    • 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


    • Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree
    • Excellent English language skills, both written and oral (Fluency in Japanese, Korean or Mandarin is a bonus)
    • Intermediate German language skills 
    • Strong research and analytical skills, including critical thinking and the 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
    • Good interpersonal skills, including the ability to work both independently and as a member of a team
    • Understanding of sustainability topics or key sectors is an advantage

    Please send complete applications with cover letter and certificates (e.g. graduation certificates, work certificates). 


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