Analyst R&D, ESG Indices

S&P Global
London, United Kingdom
28 Nov 2021
14 Dec 2021
Job Function
Industry Sector
Finance - General
Employment Type
Full Time
S&P Dow Jones Indices

The role: Analyst R&D, ESG Indices
The location: London
The grade: G9 (internal use only)

The team
The ESG team has global responsibility for the development and commercial success of ESG indices. This team comprises of experts in the interaction between ESG and investment theory.

The impact
We are looking for an Analyst to join a research focused arm of the ESG team, which aid in the design of innovative ESG indices and support current ESG indices with research, thought leadership and helping clients understand the technical details of our indices and their dynamics.

What's in it for you
A chance to learn about and contribute to leading thinking in ESG/sustainable/climate investing, portfolio and index construction and to quantify, research and explain potential risks and benefits through both a financial and non-financial lens.

As the investment industry is undergoing a large structural shift from active to index-based investing, while increasing its awareness of ESG - this position is right in the centre of these high growth areas.

  • Undertake research on current and future ESG indices;
  • Write papers to support our ESG products and strategy; in particular to explain ESG index dynamics, exposures and performance;
  • Develop frameworks and methods to measure ESG. Provide detailed frameworks to establish S&P DJI as a recognised leader in this field;
  • Innovate and incorporate ESG ideas into new indices to enhance our product offering in alignment with internal strategy;
  • Understand our internal data, data from current vendors, and other possible data opportunities. Candidate must be able to demonstrate critical thinking in data analysis, its limitations, and future developments in data;
  • Work with large data sets and become comfortable working with different industry software applications as well as internal systems;
  • Conduct careful analysis on large datasets and be able to extract important conclusions/recommendations and explain those to various stakeholders;
  • When required educate externals on our ESG capabilities and our value proposition in ESG;
  • Should be able to work independently, and with other individuals and teams, to tight deadlines;
  • Candidate must have a strong awareness of S&P DJI's traditional business and how ESG may provide a role in future product development;
  • Perform ad-hoc tasks related to index launches (answer client queries, help with marketing efforts, creating slide decks etc.).
What we're looking for
  • A bachelor's degree (a higher degree is beneficial) in field related to climate science, sustainability, finance, economics, or STEM subjects;
  • Practical experience of applying quantitative methods (this can be through industry or academic experience);
  • Skilled in Python programming language, or a desire to learn (experience in other languages such as R or MATLAB is beneficial);
  • Strong Excel skills;
  • An awareness of asset classes and financial theories that underpin portfolio and index construction, passive and ESG Investment is beneficial;
  • One years' experience in ESG investing is beneficial, although we encourage candidates with less or no experience to apply;
  • Progress towards CFA or other relevant professional qualifications is beneficial;
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, as well as part of a team;
  • Fluent written and spoken English.
S&P Dow Jones Indices
S&P Dow Jones Indices, a leading brand of the S&P Global, maintains a wide variety of investable and benchmark indices to meet an array of investor needs. Over $1.25 trillion is directly indexed to Standard & Poor's family of indices, which includes the S&P 500, the world's most followed stock market index, the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices, the leading measure of U.S. home prices, the S&P Global BMI, an index with approximately 11,000 constituents, the S&P GSCI, the industry's most closely watched commodities index, and the S&P National AMT-Free Municipal Bond Index, the premier investable index for U.S. municipal bonds.

S&P Global has a Securities Disclosure and Trading Policy ("the Policy") that seeks to mitigate conflicts of interest by monitoring and placing restrictions on personal securities holding and trading. The Policy is designed to promote compliance with global regulations. In some Divisions, pursuant to the Policy's requirements, candidates at S&P Global may be asked to disclose securities holdings. Some roles may include a trading prohibition and remediation of positions when there is an effective or potential conflict of interest. Employment at S&P Global is contingent upon compliance with the Policy.

20 - Professional (EEO-2 Job Categories-United States of America), PDMGDV202.1 - Middle Professional Tier I (EEO Job Group), SWP Priority - Ratings - (Strategic Workforce Planning)

Job ID: 267503
Posted On: 2021-11-23
Location: London, United Kingdom

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