The Role: Index Governance - ESG Grade Level: 13 The Location: New York
The Team: Index Governance (IG) oversees a variety of analytical committees that form the backbone of S&P DJI's governance structure. IG is responsible for index methodologies and index committee oversight including membership, structure, analytical rigor, culture, and adherence to policies. IG Index Intelligence is a group of senior analytical professionals who serve as resources to index committees by working closely with committee chairpersons and others to enhance analytical aspects of index oversight.
The Impact: ESG indexing is ascendant as clients and stakeholders seek increasingly complex and nuanced ESG benchmarks. The ESG Specialist will play a central role in assuring that ESG indices are well designed, properly documented, and continue to meet their objectives through time.
What's in it for you: * The Index Governance - ESG role is a global, high-profile position collaborating with index committees and governance colleagues, as well as operational, commercial, and research groups. * The Index Governance - ESG role will be a resident authority on ESG matters and a valuable resource to analytical committees across asset classes. * The Index Governance - ESG role will chair relevant internal analytical committees, serve as a voting member on relevant index committees, and represent S&P DJI on relevant cross-divisional committees. * The Index Governance - ESG role will participate in relevant industry events and collaborate with external experts, bringing their perspectives to index committees and arranging meetings and/or training for index committee members.
Responsibilities: * Lead analytical oversight of ESG indices by being accountable for major index consultations and methodology revisions. * Ownership of ESG index reporting for index committee consumption. * Oversee and direct reviews of new equity and fixed income ESG index methodologies, coordinating with other stakeholders to resolve questions and issues, and challenging the design group when appropriate before launch. * Be a principal resource for index committees by interpreting ESG concepts, leading committee discussions, and challenging rebalance results. * Remain informed of external developments, including regulatory and policy changes, in the ESG landscape. Design reports to meet regulatory requirements. * Conduct index committee briefings regarding potential impacts of external events to index methodologies and governance of indices. * Oversee third party data used in the production and maintenance of ESG indices, including due diligence reviews of external data methodologies. Conduct impact analysis of external data methodology changes, and identify ways to enhance oversight. * Collaborate and maintain relationships with cross-functional groups involved in the development, oversight, and management of the ESG indices lineup.
Basic Qualifications: * Undergraduate degree including coursework in finance, economics, environmental science, mathematics and/or statistics. * At least three years of hands-on experience with, and strong intellectual grasp of, ESG concepts and how they are applied in capital markets use cases. * Strong analytical, research and investigative skills, ability to evaluate and assess complex topics and creatively problem-solve. * Demonstrated understanding of indices, ESG and index methodologies, and the use of ESG factors in financial portfolios. * Excellent written and verbal communication skills and the ability to coordinate work done by multiple people and/or groups. Strong attention to detail and work ethic. * Ability to assume leadership role in coordination with the various groups involved in the development, launch and maintenance of S&P DJI's ESG Indices.
Preferred Qualifications: * Graduate degree related to sustainability, environmental science, business or finance. * CFA Charterholder or progress toward CFA Charter.
About S&P Dow Jones Indices
At S&P Dow Jones Indices, our role can be described in one word: essential. We're the largest global resource for index-based concepts, data and research, and home to iconic financial market indicators, such as the S&P 500(r) and the Dow Jones Industrial Average(r). More assets are invested in products based upon our indices than any other index provider in the world; with over 1,000,000 indices, S&P Dow Jones Indices defines the way people measure and trade the markets. We provide essential intelligence that helps investors identify and capitalize on global opportunities.
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