Principal Economist

Amida Recruitment
Fleet Street, UK
Closing date
26 Sep 2020

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Principal, Sustainable Finance

Based: UK or US

Hours: Full time

Salary of £80,000-£95,000 per year, plus annual bonus, Share options scheme, 43 days of paid holiday per year, including UK bank holidays.

Our client is currently looking for a Principal with strong expertise and significant track record in sustainable finance to support internal and external project management while developing our strategy and expertise in this area. The candidate is expected to take a lead on growing and delivering our portfolio of projects and strategic initiatives.

The role of Principal is a senior role with responsibility for excellent project delivery, strong economic analysis, and significant client and business development responsibilities.

Sustainable finance is a growing at an exciting rate, so we are looking for a candidate with experience advising financial institutions on sustainability risks and opportunities, and their incorporation into portfolio strategy, risk management, engagement and disclosure. This may include both traditional financial sector advisory work, as well as sustainability focused experience in areas such as impact investing, climate-risk reporting, and aligning financial flows with the Paris Agreement.

Description of the role

A successful Principal will lead major client engagements, manage senior relationships, and direct key strategic growth pillars in this area. You will engage clients and assess their needs, define processes for making complex decisions, apply advanced analytic methods, and oversee the delivery of high-quality advice. You will develop our service offering over time, and contribute substantially to the advancement of our leading-edge approaches. You will also build out client and partner network, developing new relationships and representing the firm at major events.

Strategic advisory experience is essential. The role will involve leading teams to formulate evidence-based insights and translate them into credible, clear and compelling advice. You will have worked in a financial institution or consultancy, and will understand what it takes to manage and successfully deliver projects in challenging contexts internationally. You will have a strong track record of generating and converting business opportunities, and maintaining extensive client relationships. You will have exceeded expectations in your previous roles.

You will have a positive team and client service orientation, with a strong motivation to have a tangible impact. You will be seeking a collaborative and achievement-oriented work environment. They pride ourselves on our innovative approaches and entrepreneurial spirit. If the idea of shaping this area excites you, apply to join the team.

A first class or upper second class degree in economics, finance, business or a closely related field is required. An MSc/MA or Ph.D. in a relevant field preferred. Fluency in English is essential, and further languages are appreciated.

International travel may be expected as part of this role.

Reporting and supervisory relationships

A Principal oversees the work of several project managers, who in turn oversee economists and analysts. This role responds to a Director, of course with substantial day-to-day autonomy, and works closely with other Principals and Directors on the strategic direction of climate topics.

Interested? Please send your CV and tailored/bespoke covering letter to
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