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Responsible Investment Senior Analyst, Stewardship

Employer
LGPS Central Limited
Location
UK
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
4 Aug 2021

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Sector
Accountancy
Contract Type
Permanent
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Job Details

The aim of LGPS Central is to use the combined buying power of its Partner Funds to reduce costs, improve investment returns and widen the range of available asset classes for investment. We are committed to fully integrating Responsible Investment and Engagement into all our investment processes and investments. The management of Local Government Pension Scheme funds is going through significant change, providing attractive opportunities for those who have the relevant investment experience and who want to work within a company which values integrity, trust, transparency, diversity, fairness and partnership. LGPS Central aims to be a centre of excellence and we seek candidates who share our values to help us achieve that goal.

We are a diverse and inclusive employer and welcome interest from all sections of the community.

LGPS Central is now seeking to hire a Senior Stewardship Analyst to be based primarily in our offices in Wolverhampton with the option of also working from our Matlock office.

About the role

We are seeking to add a talented and motivated Senior Analyst to our RI&E Team with a focus on stewardship (voting and engagement). This is an exciting time for the organisation and the RI&E Team in particular. The role is challenging and rewarding and requires a competent analytical self-starter who can effectively support the Head of Stewardship and the RI&E team deliver the teams objectives.

The Senior Analyst will hold a key role within the team supporting the Head of Stewardship to develop and maintain LGPS Central's Voting Principles. The Analyst will also be responsible for maintaining day to day management of LGPS Central's relationships with external stewardship providers on voting related matters and support the annual review of services delivered. The successful candidate will play a pivotal role working closely with the Head of Stewardship on delivery of LGPS Central's Annual Stewardship Plan including engagement on key stewardship themes. We are looking for a team player who will work with other RI Analysts in the team on integrating outputs from climate risk monitoring and ESG integration activities into stewardship priorities (voting and engagement).

There will also be the opportunity to get involved with other aspects of responsible investment including external manager due diligence and monitoring as well as ESG research at both corporate, sector and thematic level.

This is an opportunity that will suit an experienced and inquisitive candidate who is excited by the prospect of delivering a fully integrated RI&E function at a large regional pension pool and at the same time broadening their responsible investment experience.

LGPS Central has an open and transparent culture, and the RI&E team is a diverse, professional and motivated team. The successful candidate must be able to fit into this framework, being able to work alongside a team of five.

The candidate:

The ideal candidate will be educated to degree level in a relevant subject with Considerable experience of working in Responsible Investment/ Stewardship/ Corporate Governance/ Proxy Voting. The candidate must have experience of engaging with corporates and be comfortable liaising with senior management.
A comprehensive knowledge of corporate approaches to remuneration would be an advantage, together with:
  • Awareness of global stewardship codes and other stewardship-related regulation.
  • Knowledge of external stewardship organisations and networks.
  • Experience with proxy voting policies and procedures as well as vote execution.
  • Experience of managing relationships with external research providers.
  • Experience of working across teams with multiple internal stakeholders.
  • Experience of managing a diverse workload with competing deadlines.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.

Role Brief

To join our organisation to support the work of the Responsible Investment & Engagement team with a focus on ESG Integration (Manager Selection and Monitoring). The person in the role will report to the Director of Responsible Investment.

This role will be classified as a certified role under the Senior Managers Certification Regime (SMCR) and will be subject to Fitness and Propriety Assessments and any other such requirements as set out by the regulator.

Financial
  • N/A

Non-Financial
  • Health and Safety

Delegated Authority Levels:
  • N/A

Reports to:
  • Stewardship Manager

Relationships Internal:
  • Investment Directors, SPM, PMs /Managers/Staff
  • Stakeholders and Clients

Need to do
  • Assist the Head of Stewardship with the development and maintenance of the LGPS Central Voting Principles.
  • Support timely communication of LGPSC stewardship related activities to stakeholders, including clients in accordance with established schedules.
  • Assist the Head of Stewardship with the delivery of external reporting obligations including the LGPSC Annual Stewardship Report and the PRI Report.
  • Provide analysis and vote decision recommendations for a set of priority votes (Voting Watch List) in accordance with LGPS Central Voting Principles and vote execution deadlines.
  • Oversee and review execution of votes by third party providers utilizing an appropriate risk-based approach.
  • Maintain day to day responsibility for managing the LGPS Central relationships with external Stewardship Providers on voting related matters and support annual review of services delivered.
  • Respond to partner funds (client enquiries) in accordance with established deadlines.
  • Liaise with internal teams and external managers on the establishment of voting rights on new products and fund launches.
  • Work with Head of Stewardship on delivery of LGPS Central Annual Stewardship Plan including engagement on key Stewardship Themes.
  • Take responsibility for leading engagements with agreed investee companies across agreed themes.
  • Represent LGPS Central on collaborative engagements.
  • Participate in and contribute to ESG integration activities across LGPS internally and externally managed portfolios, including due diligence during external managers selection and monitoring.
  • Working with other RI Analysts in the team on integrating outputs from Climate Risk Monitoring into stewardship priorities (voting and engagement).
  • Develop relationships and grow partnerships with external stewardship bodies.
  • Co-ordinate and compile LGPS consultation responses to consultations as directed by the Head of Stewardship and Director of RI & Engagement.

Need to know
Skills/Knowledge/Experience/Competence:
  • Educated to degree level in a relevant subject.
  • Minimum 3 years' experience of working in Responsible Investment/ Stewardship/ Corporate Governance/ Proxy Voting.
  • Experience of proxy analysis and vote execution.
  • Experience of co-ordinating proxy voting processes and voting policy development
  • Experience of leading engagements and engaging with external bodies.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of corporate governance preferably including remuneration.
  • Awareness of global Stewardship Codes and other stewardship-related legislation.
  • Knowledge of external stewardship organisations and networks.
  • Experience with proxy voting policies and procedures as well as vote execution.
  • Experience of managing relationships with external research providers.
  • Experience of working across teams with multiple internal stakeholders.
  • Experience of managing a diverse workload with competing deadlines.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.

Values and Behaviours
Essential:
  • Achievement drive
  • Building relationships
  • Continuous improvement
  • Stakeholder focus
  • Developing self
  • Interpersonal & influencing skills
  • Team working

Values:
  • We are a great place to work
  • We are Client Focus ed
  • We are Inclusive
  • We are Ambitious

Behaviours:
  • Open, fair and transparent, acting with integrity.
  • Doing the right thing.
  • Honest and trustworthy
  • Empowered in making right decisions
  • Collegiate and Collaborative.
  • Valuing and treating everyone equally.
  • Listening to individual ideas to support growth.
  • Constructively challenging the status quo. Accountability for results and delivery
  • Friendly, honest and supportive.

LGPS Central Limited provides an exciting, supportive and family-friendly working environment, and we are committed to helping our people achieve their full potential and a healthy work-life balance. We are an inclusive employer and offer equal opportunities to all regardless of an individual's age, disability, gender identity, marriage or civil partnership, status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation. Candidates who declare that they have a disability and who meet the essential criteria for the job will be offered an interview.
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