ESG Product Executive

M&G plc.
London, United Kingdom
01 Dec 2021
07 Dec 2021
Job Function
Industry Sector
Finance - General
Employment Type
Full Time
At M&G our vision is: to become the best loved and most successful savings and investment business and we're looking for people who are excited about joining us on our journey. We're digitally transforming and investing heavily in technology and innovation to develop new and improved customer propositions that really raise the bar for our customers. To help us achieve our vision we're looking for exceptional people who live our values and behaviours and who can inspire others; embrace change; deliver results and keep it simple.

We know that an inclusive environment makes us more accessible and ensures we attract, engage, promote and retain exceptional people. We welcome applications from all individuals regardless of age, gender/gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity/nationality, disability, or military service and welcome those who have taken career breaks. We will consider flexible working arrangements or home working arrangements for any of our roles.

What you can expect from us:
We are committed to creating an environment where you can be exceptional at all you do. To help us deliver this, we promise to:
  • Challenge Your Limits by creating a stimulating working environment and providing opportunities for you to be involved in meaningful and challenging work
  • Support Your Aspirations with a commitment to learning and development that helps you achieve and build your experience with people who want you to succeed
  • Value Your Input whereby leaders and managers will involve you in key decisions, listen to your thoughts and recognise the important contribution you make
  • Balance Your Life through a work life partnership that focuses on making this an inclusive, diverse and friendly place to work and offers the flexibility and support that enables everyone to be at their best

How do we support our employees:
All M&G plc employees will be supported in the workplace through our M&G Employee Assistance Programme (EAP). If you need counselling, confidential financial or legal advice. The service is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and offers access to qualified professionals who can provide specialist information, advice and support on many issues. It offers a broad range of services, including help with family issues, maintaining work/life balance and mental health support.

The Role:

An opportunity has arisen for a junior Product Executive to join the ESG Product team, which supports our Product teams across M&G Investments on ESG and sustainability related matters affecting our product ranges. This team works very closely with our Distribution, Investment teams, Compliance Advisory and our Sustainability team to determine M&G's ESG Product strategy and implications for our Products.

The candidate should have some experience within the financial services industry, ideally in asset management undertaking a product related or Compliance Advisory role working closely with a Product team. They should ideally have an understanding of different fund structures and regulatory requirements including AIFMD and UCITS across a range of jurisdictions. They should have a basic understanding of portfolio management across equities, fixed income and ideally to include alternative investment strategies.

The candidate would ideally have some experience of sustainability topics affecting investments or show a strong interest and desire to learn about it. Studying towards the CFA ESG qualifications and the Investment Management Certificate (IMC) will be encouraged.

Mentoring will be provided in the role.

Key Responsibilities for this role:
  • Assessing and reviewing sustainable Finance regulations that affect our product offering across, UK, Continental Europe and Asia primarily. Understand and summarise relevant implications and actions required.
  • Supporting Head of ESG Product and rest of the team as directed.
  • Keeping up to date with industry and competitors dynamics affecting our products (to support new product ideas and ensure existing products continue to deliver for our investors)
  • To work collaboratively with colleagues and take personal accountability to maintain and enhance controls you are responsible for to support improvement of the overall control environment, customers outcomes and a reduction in M&G's operational risk.

Key Knowledge, Skills & Experience:
  • Some experience within the asset management industry, preferably in a product development / management or Compliance Advisory or Legal team working closely with Product teams.
  • Experience of reviewing and interpretating Product related regulations
  • Highly motivated, proactive, resilient and flexible.
  • Organised and able to manage multiple initiatives concurrently, and to prioritise workload appropriately
  • Self starter with a track record of working on own initiative to tight deadlines.
  • Strong communication skills with excellent analytical and report writing skills.
  • Some knowledge of a range of product jurisdictions and relevant regulations (e.g. AIFMD, UCITS, MiFID II).
  • Some knowledge of ESG and Sustainability, SFDR, EU Taxonomy
  • Knowledge of capital markets (including public and private debt and alternative investment strategies) would be an advantage

Work Level: Experienced Colleague
Recruiter Name: Phoebe Ewers
Closing Date: 5th December 2021

We live by four behaviours at M&G and we ask all our employees to:
  • Inspire Others - Support and encourage each other, creating an environment where everyone can contribute and succeed
  • Embrace Change - Be open to change, willing to be challenged and able to adapt quickly and imaginatively to new ideas
  • Deliver Results - Focus on outcomes, set high standards and deliver with energy and determination
  • Keep it Simple - Cut through complexity and bureaucracy, be clear and decisive and never overcomplicate things

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