Head of Responsible Investment

Evelyn Partners
London, United Kingdom
15 Jul 2022
10 Aug 2022
Job Function
Industry Sector
Finance - General
Employment Type
Full Time
We are driven by our purpose to place the power of good advice into more hands for both individuals and businesses. Our purpose is supported by our 3 core values:

Personal - we treat you as an individual

Partnership - we go further together

Performance - we strive for more

What will you be doing?

We're seeking a talented individual to lead a team of in-house responsible investment professionals (London) to develop the Evelyn Partners' RI strategy and activities. This will involve representing Evelyn Partners' RI propositions in relevant forums and implementing our stewardship activities through engagement with investee companies; collaborating with a broad range of internal stakeholders to build and develop sustainability within the group, and internal and external RI reporting.

As Head of Responsible Investment some of your responsibilities will include:
  • Monitor RI / sustainability developments to ensure Evelyn Partners is kept abreast of evolving ESG policies and standards. This would for example involve providing insights into emerging areas such as biodiversity, transition to net zero and modern slavery
  • Manage relationships and represent the firm in respect of RI with external vendors and industry associations groups (TISA, Investment Association etc), to stay on top of ESG developments
  • Accountable for engagement with investee companies in accordance with our voting practices
  • Understand the evolving RI data and infrastructure options and support the identification of relevant opportunities
  • Manage a small, growing team of colleagues working on engagement, regulatory initiatives, and projects to enhance RI integration
  • Work with the existing SRI team to expand our voting practices and lead the group's stewardship and engagement strategy

To be successful in this role, you should:
  • Extensive experience of working at a senior level with or within wealth and/or investment management firms
  • Previous experience working in sustainable finance with a deep understanding of and interest in sustainability issues, including the integration of sustainability and ESG factors into business strategy and investment processes
  • Experience of leading and developing a stewardship and engagement function and related activities, including proxy voting and credible experience dealing with investee companies and fund managers and other industry collaborative engagement bodies
  • Knowledge of key industry trends and best practice, with experience advising and implementing current and emerging ESG and sustainable finance frameworks and standards (e.g. UN Principles for Responsible Investment, UK Stewardship Code)
  • Desirable experience and knowledge would also include some of the following EU/UK emerging requirements: EU Taxonomy, EU Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR), TCFD for climate related disclosures (including pending FCA regulatory proposals for sustainable finance requirements and disclosures), UK Government Green Finance strategy and Net Zero climate related ambitions for the UK financial services sector
  • Extensive experience of operating within a robust regulatory framework, with a deep understanding of how to create a strong client-centric and conduct-focused culture

As a colleague here at Evelyn Partners you will have access to benefits that include:
  • Competitive salary
  • Private medical insurance
  • Life assurance
  • Pension contribution
  • Hybrid working model (role dependant)
  • Generous holiday package
  • Option to purchase additional holiday
  • Shared parental leave

We value the differences that a diverse workforce brings, representative of our society and clients. We are committed to providing a work environment where all colleagues, regardless of identity, background, or circumstance, feel respected as individuals and feel that they can achieve their full potential and work in a safe, supportive, and inclusive environment.

If you need any reasonable adjustments for your application process, please let your recruiter know.

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