ESG Research 12 month FTC - London, England

London, United Kingdom
23 Dec 2021
22 Jan 2022
Job Function
Industry Sector
Finance - General
Employment Type
Full Time
Position Overview

MSCI ESG Research is the global standard for ESG signals, data and insights.

We provide in-depth research, ratings and analysis of the environmental, social and governance (ESG) related business practices of thousands of companies worldwide. Our research is designed to provide critical insights that can help institutional investors identify risks and opportunities that traditional investment research may overlook.

Our team's core responsible is the production of ESG Ratings for thousands of companies, including company and industry analysis and modelling. Depending on expertise, analysts may also contribute towards climate change products or impact investing products, such as green bonds, social bonds or thematic investing solutions. To support our ESG Ratings, we produce regular written research to communicate our ESG thought leadership and insights. This may be further supplemented with research contributions through other channels such as conferences, webinars, and podcasts. We work in a diverse and collaborative environment across multiple locations, where each team member brings a different set of experiences and expertise. Our investor clients look to us as a trusted source for ESG insights.

Scope of Responsibility

Your role as Senior ESG analyst will involve working with a diverse analyst team across multiple locations. The focus on the role is focused on ESG Ratings analysis, including analyzing companies, reviewing the work of other analysts, writing sector research and enhancing our existing models or building new models, for example to support our Climate Change research team. The role requires the regular publication of quality research content, such as industry trends and providing insights on companies and industries to investors. This also includes meeting regularly with clients to discuss research themes. The team is comprised of analysts with a wide range of backgrounds and we value collaboration and an environment of learning and sharing to continually enhance our expertise.
  • To maintain the quality of our ESG Ratings
  • To regularly publish quality research content and analyze emerging ESG issues;
  • To deliver relevant, actionable insights on companies to investors, and become a trusted go-to expert on core ESG topics;
  • To represent MSCI as a credible thought leader with strong point of view at conferences, external events and strategic client meetings;
  • To collaborate within a wide range of teams (industry analysts, equity research, multi-asset class research, climate change risk research, index, analytics) to produce innovative analytical models;
  • To continuously improve how we think, how we model ESG risks, and how we develop solutions for investors globally;

Specific Knowledge/Skills

A storyteller with excellent writing, communication, and public presenting skills;

Self-motivated, resourceful, and able to thrive in a fast paced environment and in a diverse global team;

Ambitious, with a desire to bring ESG and climate change research into mainstream investment processes;

Expertise in Microsoft office - Python programming is beneficial but not essential

Proficiency with data providers (e.g. Bloomberg, FactSet, Reuters Eikon)

Team player who enjoys collaborating with colleagues

Desired Experience

5+ years' experience in ESG research OR financial research at sell-side, buy-side or ratings agency OR NGOs/Academic research covering the consumer staples, discretionary, or financials sector

Understanding of environmental and social sustainability principles and how they apply to investing in the consumer or financials sector

Experience with climate risk, climate change impacts and mitigations on the Real Estate sector. Familiarity with emerging initiatives around these topics (e.g. Net Zero Alliance)A critical thinker with attention to detail and a proficiency in financial modeling and quantitative analysis preferred

Desired Qualifications

Bachelor's Degree

CFA/MBA a plus

About MSCI and our teams

MSCI is a leading provider of critical decision support tools and services for the global investment community. With over 50 years of expertise in research, data and technology, we power better investment decisions by enabling clients to understand and analyze key drivers of risk and return and confidently build more effective portfolios. We create industry-leading research-enhanced solutions that clients use to gain insight into and improve transparency across the investment process.

Our values define the working environment we strive to create. We are inclusive, we champion bold ideas, we always pursue excellence, and always act with integrity. Personal accountability and responsibility are key to success, and we always work as a team to remain client centric.

At MSCI diversity is at our core and inclusion defines our culture. Our people are empowered to maximize their potential in an environment where all individuals are respected and encouraged to bring their authentic selves to work. We work, learn and grow together and we are committed to hiring and promoting qualified women, ethnic minorities and members of the LGBT+ community candidates, who have historically been underrepresented in financial services.

To learn more about life at MSCI please visit or follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Glassdoor.

To all recruitment agencies: MSCI does not accept unsolicited CVs/Resumes. Please do not forward CVs/Resumes to any MSCI employee, location or website. MSCI is not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited CVs/Resumes.

MSCI Inc. is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversifying its workforce. It is the policy of the Firm to ensure equal employment opportunity without discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, age, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, citizenship, disability, marital and civil partnership/union status, pregnancy (including unlawful discrimination on the basis of a legally protected pregnancy/maternity leave), veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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