ESG Implementation Lead


Apr 2, 2024

Company Description:

Our client a large global asset manager, is looking for an ESG Implementation Lead in a newly created role to drive and lead the implementation of Responsible Investment requirements throughout the business.

Job Description:

The ESG Implementation Lead is vital in advancing the organisation's commitment to ESG principles through strategic development and operational execution. This position demands a blend of strategic foresight and hands-on operational skills, with a focus on ensuring regulatory compliance, improving reporting standards, and embedding ESG considerations across all business operations. The role calls for a dynamic individual with exemplary project management skills and the ability to foster collaborative efforts across various departments.

Indicative tasks:

Development of an operating model to deal with increasingly complex client solutions including;

  • Standardisation of guidelines and coding.
    • Supporting Investment guidelines and prospectus templates
    • Consulting and standardising coding infrastructure
  • Development of an operating model for systems (portfolio management/ engagement & Stewardship/Management information/ reporting).
    • firm-level ESG reporting (regulatory, optional, product categorisation)
    • fund-level reporting (standardised and bespoke)
    • effective internal management information (e.g. ESG related revenues)
  • Work with non-investment teams to better integrate ESG factors into their operating models and processes e.g. Risk/ Regulatory functions
  • Work with group to fulfil audit/risk requirements and increasingly interventionist governance structure
  • Interact with IT and help champion and steer ESG business requirements through IT landscape.
  • Interact with the Oversight function to coordinate Policy and procedure architecture and make sure policies have an effective way of transitioning to procedures.
  • Work with the offshore team to leverage the scalability of operating models devised.
  • Reporting to the Head of Responsible Investment.

Minimum Requirements:

  • At least 10 years of experience in operations, project management, or similar roles, specifically within Asset Management with a strong focus on ESG or sustainability.
  • Demonstrated experience in managing complex projects and operational change initiatives, with a preference for those focused on ESG.
  • Deep understanding of ESG frameworks, standards, and regulatory requirements
  • Strong leadership and interpersonal abilities, capable of influencing cross-departmental collaboration without direct authority.
  • Proficient analytical and problem-solving skills, with a detail-oriented approach.
  • Ability to navigate through ambiguity and lead projects to successful completion in a fast-paced environment.
  • Excellent communication skills, able to convey complex ESG concepts easily.
  • Strategic thinker with the ability to engage with operational details when necessary.


John Gillespie
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