Responsible Investment Senior Analyst, Stewardship

USS

Responsible Investment Senior Analyst, Stewardship

Business Area: Equities

Place of Work: London

Contract Type: Permanent

Hours: Full Time

The Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) has circa 396,000 members, and over £60 billion in assets, we’re one of the largest private pension schemes in the UK and in the top 50 worldwide. Established in 1974, we’re entrusted by over 350 higher education sector employers to manage and administer the pension scheme and its investments through our two companies, Universities Superannuation Scheme Limited and USS Investment Management Limited.
 
Our purpose
Working with Higher Education employers to build a secure financial future for our members and their families.

 

The role
Stewardship is a cornerstone of the USSIM RI strategy, with encouraging better management of ESG issues a mechanism for improved long-term performance. USSIM invests in public equities, fixed incomes and private markets, all of which face ESG challenges, and it is essential that the Scheme has a coordinated and effective approach to engagement across all assets.

The role of the RI Senior Analyst, Stewardship will be to:

• Coordinate and lead on the RI team’s stewardship activities across asset classes
• Highlight ESG areas of risk and opportunity to complement the work of analysts and fund managers
• Support USS’s programmes to address climate change
 
Key responsibilities
Delivering Results
• Manage an integrated, effective and efficient RI stewardship resource for USSIM
• Ensure that relevant ESG information and feedback from engagement is provided to analysts and fund managers in a timely and appropriate manner
• Oversight of RI analysts in their delivery of the RI strategy
• Develop, implement and lead engagement strategies to address RI concerns in public market issuers
• Oversight of voting of proxies in line with agreed bespoke policy
• Coordinate engagement activities and establish engagement plans for stewardship targets
• Ensure engagements are successfully delivered with outcomes tracked
• Work with RI Senior Financial Analyst to ensure coordinated approach to ESG integration and stewardship, working cohesively to deliver the Scheme’s RI strategy
• Undertake ESG related assessments of and engagement with directly held / private assets
• Supporting climate change related activities across USSIM
• High quality interactions, both internally and with external parties, to uphold and enhance USSIM and RI’s reputation

Additional responsibilities
• Assist the HoRI in establishing an integrated, effective and efficient RI resource for USSIM and USS
• Support other RI team members in their delivery of the USSIM RI strategy and activities including when required:
o Undertaking external manager due diligence, assessment and monitoring programmes
o Direct asset due diligence and monitoring
• Input into USSIM submissions on RI focussed consultations
• Represent the fund at appropriate events and networks
• Liaise with relevant service providers to ensure efficient delivery systems, contracts etc. are in place
• Support timely communication of USSIM stewardship related activities to stakeholders

Managing Relationships
• Work with the HoRI to coordinate stewardship activities across USS
• Work with RI Senior Financial Analyst to ensure coordinated approach to integration and stewardship and work cohesively to deliver the Scheme’s RI objectives
• Work with Head of Strategic Equities to ensure stewardship activities align with equity strategies
• Work with RI analysts to coordinate and support delivery
• Work with Credit, Global Emerging Markets, and Private Markets teams to ensure coordinated stewardship activities across asset classes

Managing Processes & Future Focus
• Record keeping and reporting
• Measuring impact of stewardship activities
 
Your experience
Essential
• Understanding of key good practice standards of RI or CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility), with a focus on environmental and social issues including climate change
• Demonstrable experience in engaging with senior executives on a range of ESG related issues
• Self-starter
• Strong analytical skills

Desirable
• A relevant degree
• Experience of working in and/or for a fund management house or financial institution, or working as a corporate CSR/sustainability manager
• Experience of managing and prioritising a diverse and demanding workload and meeting deadlines
 
USSIM is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

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