Analyst, Environmental Issues

Principles for Responsible Investment
  • Job Location:
    Local (No Remote)
  • Company Location:
    London, UK
  • Category:
    Finance & Accounting
  • Level:
    Junior
  • Job Type:
    Full-Time
  • Job salary:
    £28,000 - £34,000
  • SDG(s) Supported:
    All SDGs
  • Published on:
    April 12, 2021

Job Description

This opportunity is within the PRI’s Sustainability team, which is the thematic hub within the organization. The team is responsible for:

Developing PRI’s internal expertise on ESG and Climate themes from the company level to the macroeconomic systemic level.

Raise awareness, provide insights and develop guidance and tools on ESG themes for PRI’s signatory base.

Provide ESG issues expertise into other processes within PRI such as policy, investment practices and stewardship.

The successful candidate will be responsible to support the delivery of services and outputs (i.e. signatory collaborative engagements, investors/company roundtables, webinars, podcasts, briefings and publications) focused on climate physical risks. The successful candidate will also assist with some across team functions.

This is a unique opportunity at the intersection of responsible investment and corporate sustainability and will provide the successful candidate with a range of knowledge and experience in this fast-moving area.

Core Responsibilities

Provide support to the PRI Environmental team on activities projects related climate physical risks and other topics such as biodiversity, nature based solutions, deforestation and water. Responsibilities include:

  • Support the scoping for PRI’s climate physical risk strategy by conducting research and analysis through literature reviews and stakeholder engagement
  • Undertake thematic research and analyse findings on topics related to climate physical risk such as biodiversity, water and nature based solutions
  • Conduct data analysis and use software and tools
  • Drafting materials that can be used to communicate with signatories and external stakeholders
  • Coordinate activities across PRI internal teams such as the Climate Change and Investment Practices teams
  • Build relationships with signatories to maintain and expand expertise of signatory knowledge of environmental issues, practices and requirements
  • Build relationships with external stakeholders, liaising and promoting synergies with other investor networks and initiatives and partner organisations
  • Represent the PRI in external forums
  • Undertake all administrative activities related to the physical climate risks project such as organising investor groups calls and drafting call notes
  • Report to Head of Environmental Issues and work closely with Senior Lead, Environmental Issues

Core Competencies

PRI expects roles at an ‘Associate level’ within the organisation to demonstrate skills across the following core competencies:

Analytical
  • Incorporates the fullest range of information available into analysis and decision making
  • Uses appropriate technical processes/systems to develop and evaluate options in an effective and time-efficient manner
  • Assimilates data to draws out relevant insights and findings from analyses
  • Identifies opportunities and risks to feed into decision making
  • Presents analyses in an appropriate format providing clear and concise recommendations
Business Awareness
  • Understands, and always works towards, the mission and the aims of the PRI
  • Is curious about what is happening in other parts of the PRI
  • Is Signatory centric – seeks to understand, listen and respond to Signatory needs
  • Understands own teams’ objectives and seeks to internalise them in own activities
  • Understands who does what at the PRI and uses the knowledge to complete activities
Collaborative
  • Approachable, credible and willing whenever engaging with colleagues
  • Actively and appropriately seeks input from others
  • Focuses on interacting with colleagues in a positive and open manner
  • Listens to what colleagues are saying, considers from different perspectives and tailor’s responses accordingly
Communicative
  • Writes succinctly and clearly tailoring level of detail to the requirements of the end user
  • Communicates clearly and precisely and able to convey thinking comprehensively
  • Provides regular, clear and concise communications to manager, colleagues or other relevant people to keep updated on activities
  • Structures and prepares well-written, logical outputs with limited guidance and editing
Developmental
  • Demonstrates self-awareness actively seeks feedback from others and acts upon it
  • Explores new ideas with an inquisitive mind
  • Questions the status quo and suggests new ideas
  • Seeks out opportunities to drive continuous improvements in ways of working
  • Open-minded attitude which welcomes change and new ideas
Structured
  • Prioritises and organises time effectively, focussing on the key organisational priorities
  • Develops ways of working and processes to execute and improve efficiency across the PRI
  • Methodically tackles problems, working with colleagues where necessary
  • Takes account of the needs of other colleagues and/or Signatories when considering how to execute a piece of work
  • Promotes and utilises effective project management skills

Technical Competencies & Experience

  • Educated to degree level (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline
  • Fluent in English with excellent verbal and written communications skills. Other languages desirable
  • Motivated by the mission of the PRI, interested in climate physical risks as they relate to companies and investors
  • Confidence to relate to and interact with a wide range of investment professionals from different regions. Ability to network and build relationships
  • Strong experience of relevant IT systems (e.g. Excel, Word, PowerPoint, CRM software)
  • Proactive attitude
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Diplomacy, tact, and ability to work well in teams. The ability to foster an inclusive working environment
  • Willing to occasionally take notes of conference calls in different time zones outside normal working hours
Desired
  • Understanding of responsible investment
  • Relevant knowledge of climate physical risks including biodiversity and nature based solutions as they relate to the private sector

CLOSING DATE: 5:00pm, 9th May 2021 BST (Europe/London)

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