Senior Specialist – Net Zero Stewardship

The Role

Over recent years, IIGCC has launched a number of the most significant investor climate initiatives through these programmes. These include Climate Action 100+, the world’s largest investor engagement; The Paris Aligned Investment Initiative (PAII); and, most recently, the Net Zero Asset Manager’s Initiative (NZAM). Under the NZAM and PAII Asset Owner Commitments investors have committed to “implement a stewardship and engagement strategy, with a clear escalation and voting policy, that is consistent with [an] ambition for all assets under management to achieve net zero emissions by 2050 or sooner.”

This newly created role sits at the nexus between these pioneering initiatives and will be focused on levelling up investor stewardship to deliver net zero portfolios. We are looking for an innovative thinker who wants to help create a step change in climate stewardship. You will develop new tools and guidance to help investors to implement effective voting and net zero stewardship strategies. You will use such tools to work directly with IIGCC members to help them to upgrade their approach to net zero stewardship with a particular focus on voting policy design. You will also coordinate IIGCC member engagement with key service providers like proxy advisors. You will be comfortable exploring new challenges in unchartered territory. This might include developing and piloting new engagement strategies or exploring how investors can engage in under-addressed asset classes like private equity.

Responsibilities

  • Develop tools and guidance to support investors to produce effective net zero stewardship plans. This may include guidance and template tools for net zero aligned voting or guidance for fixed income investors looking to use engagement.
  • Support investors to help them implement effective net zero stewardship strategies. For example, by organising educational roundtables and webinars on key emerging best practices and carrying out 1-2-1 outreach.
  • Support investor engagement with key service providers, such as proxy advisors or data providers, to ensure that the data, tools and policies they need are available.
  • Work as a member of the engagement team to support investor collaborative engagements on new and innovative projects.
  • Work closely with the IIGCC corporate and investor practices teams to ensure alignment of engagement activities and portfolio target setting activities.

Skills and Capabilities

  • Strong understanding of different approaches to investor stewardship
  • Knowledge and understanding of proxy voting
  • The appetite to innovate and develop completely new approaches to investor stewardship
  • The ability to work independently to develop a workplan and effectively deliver
  • An understanding of the legal issues related to investor stewardship
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with a high level of attention to detail
  • Experience using Microsoft office programs including excel, power point and Adobe PDF

Applications

Interested applicants should submit a Curriculum Vitae and a cover letter detailing their qualifications and experience for the role to vacancy@iigcc.org

Full Senior Specialist – Net Zero Stewardship job spec can be found here.