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Sustainability Finance - Front Office

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11 Aug 2021

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Role Title: Sustainability Finance VP

Function: Front Office - Structuring / Origination / Advisory

Level: VP

Location: Flexible. Ideally London (City) with agile working between office & wfh

Key experience
  • Subject Matter Expertise in Sustainable Finance
  • Experience Structuring or Advising on ESG Linked Lending and similar transactions.


My client is a leading global banking group looking for a Sustainability Finance specialist to help structure, advise and originate deals that fulfill the Green Loan and ESG Linked Loan performance criteria of their clients.

Key responsibilities

  • You will help develop a new ESG product offering to support the sustainability objectives of clients.
  • You will attend client meetings with Relationship Managers and offer expertise and advice on all sustainability aspects including performance targets and objectives.
  • You will work closely with other front office members and help improve their knowledge and confidence in pitching Sustainable Finance deals.
  • You will take responsibility for the sustainability part of specific deals throughout the transaction cycle - working closely with Origination and other elements of Front Office, as well as back-office departments including Credit, Loan Distribution and Loan Execution.

Experience & Knowledge
  • Experience attending internal and external meetings discussing financing proposals as a sustainability expert.
  • Experience working in thought leadership, preparing ESG marketing materials, pitch-books and reports focussing on Sustainable Finance credentials both internally and externally.
  • A track record of supporting the definition and implementation of strategy with regards to Sustainability matters.
  • Broader outlook developing and/or delivering training materials for the front office departments to disseminate Sustainability Finance knowledge through the bank.

Required Skills, Experience & Qualifications
  • Proven track record of sustainable finance gained in either a major commercial bank or similar type of corporate/project finance group of a major international organisation.
  • Demonstrable, in-depth knowledge of Sustainable Finance standards and regulatory frameworks including LMA & ICMA Principles, UN Sustainability Developments Goals, Climate bonds Initiative, TCFD and other majors ESG regulations.
  • Regulatory awareness and understanding of the emerging regulatory landscape.
  • Strong stakeholder management skills
  • Comfortable presenting complex regulatory issues and solutions to a broad range of stakeholders at all levels in a succinct and easy-to-digest form.
  • Ability to prioritise work and weight projects based on the impact upon the business.
  • Demonstrable experience working in an international environment.

Starting Date: ASAP
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