(Associate) Director in Research Content Leadership

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22 Jun 2018

About Sustainalytics

Do you believe that – with the right insights – investors could contribute to a more just and sustainable global economy? Over the last 25 years, we’ve dedicated ourselves to this mission as the leading independent provider of Environmental, Social and corporate Governance (ESG) research and ratings.

Sustainalytics analyzes and rates the sustainability performance of companies based on publicly-available information, such as regulatory filings, annual-/sustainability reports, company websites and reliable third-party sources. Investors use this information to support the construction of their investment universes, make better informed investment decisions, analyze the sustainability performance of their portfolios and/or engage with companies in relation to their business activities and behavior. Technology is increasingly becoming an integral part of what we do as we leverage smart technologies to improve efficiency, broaden our product suite and reach new segments of the investment community.

We are proud to have helped more than 80% of the 20 largest global investment managers implement responsible investment strategies. We are a global company with over 350 employees in 13 offices that are situated in the US, UK, Germany, Japan, France, Canada, Romania, Australia and the Netherlands.

Through the IRRI survey, they have selected us as one of the top two ESG research firms, since 2012, and corporate governance research firms, since 2014. For more information, visit our website

Position Purpose: 

Sustainalytics is seeking an experienced ESG professional to become a(n) (Associate) Director on its Research Products team focused on providing internal ESG content leadership across ESG Ratings research teams. The role encompasses content leadership, quality oversight, management of ratings adjustments, and capacity building.  As part of the Research Products (RP) team, the candidate will join a vibrant community of analysts, sector managers and research managers and will liaise closely with other teams.

Position Details

Job Type: Full-time
Employment Type: Permanent
Level: 6 (Associate Director) or 7 (Director)
Reports to: Executive Vice President, Research Products, based in Toronto
Location: Toronto or Amsterdam preferred
Start date: As soon as possible 
Number of positions: 1

Key Competencies

  • Is passionate about ESG research
  • Is an ESG content expert with cross-sectoral ESG knowledge
  • Has deep understanding of research processes
  • Has deep understanding of how research elements impact products and product outcomes
  • Can lead, manage, coordinate and train analysts in efforts to improve research quality
  • Has a deep understanding of clients and use-cases
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Strong leadership and excellent communicator
  • Self-managed, organized and focused; able to adapt to change and deal with uncertainty

Key Responsibilities

Working across research teams, the successful candidate will:

Provide ESG Content Oversight and Capacity Building

  • Ensure the research is targeted, effective and efficient; work with the product managers to suggest content/efficiency improvements.
  • Create and review research guidance and principles that align across sectors; ensure consistent application of guidance.
  • Facilitate quarterly/annual cross-sectors/(sub)industries reviews by analysts.
  • Provide ESG content-related trainings as required.

Provide ESG Quality Oversight

  • Oversee aspects of quality management for ratings in collaboration with research managers.

Act as a Point Person Representing Research to Other Teams

  • Communicate analyst feedback/decisions, e.g. to Research Operations and relevant product managers.
  • Collect, analyze and communicate client/market feedback provided to analysts and communicate feedback to the product manager(s).

Manage People

  • Manage 2-3 direct reports

To Apply

If this opportunity sounds appealing to you, please submit your resume and cover letter on our careers webpage HEREAll applications will be treated with the highest level of discretion and will be accepted until COB Friday, June 22, 2018. We thank all applicants for their interest. For inquiries related to the position, please contact careers@sustainalytics.com.

Sustainalytics accepts applications directly from applicants only; no employment or recruitment agencies, please.

In keeping with our ongoing efforts to represent the diversity of our community, we strongly encourage people from diverse groups to apply. Sustainalytics is committed to accommodating individuals with disabilities, upon request.However, only those selected for an interview will be contacted

Your privacy while being in contact with Sustainalytics is one of our fundamental commitments here. Review our Privacy Policy to find out more about how we handle the personal data you provide us during the recruitment process. Should you have any questions or concerns, contact us at dataprotection@sustainalytics.com.

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