Senior Specialist, Governance & Fair Taxation

Elliott James
London, United Kingdom
£50k - £74k
22 Nov 2022
25 Nov 2022
Job Function
Industry Sector
Finance - General
Employment Type
Full Time
Our client is a global, leading proponent on responsible investment. They work to understand the investment implications of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors, and to support an international network of investors in incorporating these factors into their investment and ownership decisions. Wholly independent, this not for profit encourages investors to use responsible investment to enhance returns and better manage risks but does not operate for its own profit.

This organisation provides a unique opportunity to engage with highly motivated, culturally diverse professionals on a wide range of cutting-edge issues, such as income inequality through the lens of sustainable finance.

This position also provides scope for development at all levels, with opportunities for project leadership and management working alongside some of the most influential leaders across financial markets and economies.

Job Description: Senior Specialist, Governance and Fair Taxation.

Reporting into the Director of Governance, the Senior Specialist is responsible for delivering cross-cutting programme of work on tax fairness, and where relevant, supporting the wider governance programme in terms of work on responsible political engagement, corporate purpose, and on key areas of corporate governance.

The role has responsibility for delivering key initiatives and for the development of analysis and guidance, working with teams across the organisation to deliver first class and consistent content to signatories.

Core Responsibilities:
  • Strong experience in Governance, particularly on responsible tax practices, and foster deep subject matter expertise across the organisation and client base.
  • Experienced in the providing guidance and stewardship in developing the next phase of organisational work on tax fairness
  • Be a spokesperson for the organisation at events, with the press, or other senior level contact and exchanges
  • A natural interest in market developments, to build into the working environment and building on existing career experience
  • Maintain open exchange and dialogue with key stakeholders, including private clients, think tanks and research institutes, NGOs and initiatives that contribute to and are aligned with the organisations strategic objectives
  • Work collaboratively across different teams on investment practices, stewardship, policy, data and disclosure to build in-depth understanding and deliver quality resources to signatories on tax fairness
  • Professionally manage specific investor initiatives relevant to key governance issues, including managing working groups / communities of practice where relevant
  • Provide coaching and mentoring to more junior members of the team, including sharing technical knowledge and expertise where appropriate
  • Support the Director of Governance in delivering against the team's business plan and budget
  • Provide regular reporting to Directors and the Leadership Team as required

Core Competencies:

The organisation expects roles at a 'Senior Specialist level' within the organisation to demonstrate skills across the following core competencies:

Technical Competencies & Experience:
  • Experience working in ESG and/or sustainability teams, with a particular focus on governance issues and their relevance for companies and investors
  • Strong subject matter expert on responsible tax practices, governance issues and corporate governance, and understanding of the interplay between those issues and related investment practices
  • Proven track record of producing research and analysis on sustainability issues, and responsible investment for investors and corporations
  • Excellent written communication and verbal presentation skills. Ability to foster an inclusive working environment
  • A collaborative and consultative approach to working with others, able to take ownership of challenges and see them through to resolution.
  • Excellent networking, relationship management and interpersonal skills. Ability to forge long-term relationships with industry leaders and drive decision-making in diverse, multi-stakeholder groups.
  • Strong programme management skills, with experience in designing projects and delivering successfully through others by providing timely and constructive advice to teams on their objectives and performance
  • IT/system skills (Microsoft Office, Excel and PowerPoint, CRM, social media, webinars, podcasts, etc.)
  • As this is a global role, international travel may be required
  • Language skills, other than English, are desirable

  • Looks for opportunities to add value by sharing specialist knowledge and insights
  • Broadens the view to consider all possible options even if they initially seem unlikely solutions
  • Can effectively capture and structure ill-defined or vague problems and is comfortable handling uncertainty (in own work and that of team members)
  • Considers examples outside of the organisation in offering alternative solutions or guidance

Business Awareness
  • Demonstrates an understanding of the business, including its finances, mission and its culture
  • Identifies and utilises key relationships (both internal and external) for successful execution of project or piece of work
  • Knows when and how to challenge senior managers
  • Applies industry knowledge and understanding of external influences, coupled with an appreciation of the mission and strategy to inform decisions

  • Demonstrates ability to build good working relationships at all levels
  • Drives collaboration within projects or work programmes to deliver high quality outputs
  • Aligns expectations with senior managers to reach agreement
  • Promotes knowledge sharing across the organisation
  • Flexes style and approach based on colleagues' level of understanding and preferences

  • Independently delivers well-structured, logical outputs that deliver maximum impact with minimum editing
  • Presents advice or recommendations within the context of the recipient's area of focus to gain buy-in
  • Improves the knowledge of senior managers by making complex specialist principles easy to understand
  • Appreciates the impact of their communication on others, modifying behaviour and communication style to work in different situations

  • Shares specialist knowledge openly with others, creating opportunities for others to learn, grow and succeed
  • Builds an environment within the organisation which values forward thinking, creative solutions and innovation
  • Is active in specialist networks as a means of furthering own knowledge and applying it.
  • Uses good questioning skills in a way that causes others to think about their approach

  • Prioritises where contributes own time based on the value it would deliver
  • Uses project management and oversight of individual work processes to improve organisational performance
  • Continuously monitors external developments to incorporate into own work activities
  • Translates project objectives into own work plans
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