Senior Manager ESG & Stewardship | Private Markets

London, United Kingdom
08 May 2022
07 Jun 2022
Job Function
Industry Sector
Finance - General
Employment Type
Full Time
AustralianSuper is the largest superannuation (pension) fund in Australia and one of the 25 largest pension funds globally. We invest the retirement savings of our 2.5 million members to help them achieve their best possible retirement outcome.

The Fund is experiencing significant growth and is expanding its investment capabilities in London and New York. By joining our team in London, you will have the opportunity to help identify new investment opportunities and manage them post-acquisition.

Your new role

To support the growth of AustralianSuper, we have created a brand-new seat for a Senior Manager in our London office. Here you will lead in the integration of material ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) investment issues throughout the investment portfolio to maximise member investment outcomes, with a strong focus on unlisted assets across our International offices (London and New York).

Reporting to our ESG Director in Melbourne, you'll grow and expand the team here, as well as the ESG function internationally.

Both offices are currently growing in the private market space, across Infrastructure, Private Credit, Private Equity, and Property, and so this role plays a vital part in the growth and support of those portfolios.

London Office

We established a permanent team in London nearly 6 years ago, to support the ongoing growth of the Fund

This enables the Fund to expand its global investment portfolio and build our international profile by having a permanent presence in Europe and hiring local specialists who will deepen our international relationships and support implementing local best practice based on local experience. We are also growing our office in New York that recently opened.

In a small-scale office environment, currently about 50+ people, you will be exposed to professionals across all our Investment Asset classes. You are also supported by other local teams, including, Legal & Tax, Risk, Technology, People & Culture, and Finance. This gives you the chance to build broad relationships, gain a deeper understanding of how each of these areas operate and get involved in activities outside of your immediate role or team.
As Senior Manager, you'll be working closely with our Senior Investment Directors and Heads of Departments who have expertise in their areas, ranging from 12-30+ years.

Our office is based at 2 Pancras Square in Kings Cross which is part of the Kings Cross redevelopment project, one of the core assets of our investment portfolio!

Key Duties
  • Co-lead in the development of due diligence and ownership frameworks of unlisted assets from an ESG perspective.
  • Lead the implementation of due diligence frameworks via the incorporation of ESG issues into valuations and assessing ESG risks, opportunities and impacts on potential investments.
  • Lead the implementation of the ownership frameworks including engaging with the Boards and senior executives of the assets.
  • Contribute in the development of ESG policies and achieving ESG objectives.
  • Assist in the development of networks with peer Fund's and the broader ESG community with a focus of Europe.
  • Represent the Fund at industry events, participate in roundtables, workshops and panels.
  • Build, lead and develop a team of ESG across London and New York, coaching and mentoring them in their career development.

What you'll need
  • Significant expertise within Financial Services, or similar, with extensive experience in any of the responsible investment, corporate governance, legal, sustainability and/or engineering fields.
  • Experience in ESG issues and their application to investing is essential, ideally within the private market sector.
  • Proven ability managing and growing a specialist team
  • Tertiary qualifications in Finance, Economics, or a related field.
  • Demonstrated sound commercial judgement and results orientated.
  • A strong interest in ESG issues and the UN's SDG's.
  • Ability to communicate with internal investors effectively and comfortably, senior internal and external stakeholders, senior representatives of assets and service providers
  • Proven experience in research, completing due diligence and providing advice
  • Ability to prepare reports, analyse information and draw conclusions/recommendations and oversee team members in doing so
  • Proven experience in managing a team including developing capability
  • A genuine passion for ESG issues

What you'll get in return

Joining our team in London presents you with a unique opportunity to be a part of establishing the London operations. You will be responsible for helping to identify new opportunities for the Fund, while developing and embedding best practices that will enable continued growth and the success of the Fund outside of Australia. You will be relied upon to share your knowledge and experience that will enable us to continue to successfully grow the Fund and provide the best possible retirement outcomes for our members.

You will also have plenty of interaction with your colleagues in Australia, but this does at times mean you will need to be flexible in your working hours, as they do the same to be able to accommodate schedules and time differences. There may also be opportunities to travel to our international offices for learning and development purposes.

Furthermore, will you have the chance to work for a growing, dynamic and authentic business that values integrity and puts its members first

What's next

Please apply now, if you share our values of Energy, Integrity, Generosity of Spirit and Excellent Outcomes and would like the opportunity to work in a challenging, growing and rapidly evolving team to deliver outstanding results.

Be Inspired, Be Bold, Be You

Agencies please note: this vacancy is being managed directly by AustralianSuper's Recruitment team. We will contact our preferred agency partners should we require additional support. Thank you.

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