Senior ESG Analyst
Hong Kong, HK

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Job Description

Manulife Investment Management is expanding its sustainable investment team as part of an overall strategy of placing sustainable investment / ESG at the heart of the firm’s multi-year strategy for growth, and positioning as a leader in the sustainable investment movement.

We are seeking a highly-motivated individual with a passion for and proven track record in sustainable and responsible investment to fulfil the role of Senior ESG Analyst in Asia.

The Senior ESG Analyst will focus on North Asia and be responsible for generating and internally disseminating research on the environmental, social and governance risks and opportunities affecting the companies and securities in which we invest in our public markets business (listed equities and fixed income).

The successful candidate will be someone that combines deep analytical skills, a profound understanding of ESG risks and opportunities (particularly those affecting issuers in Asia), and the ability to interact with, educate, and influence investment professionals on ESG factors through supportive research and generating original thought leadership.

The successful candidate will be expected to execute on the ESG research agenda and priorities defined in the region in consultation with Head of ESG in Asia.

This role is considered critical for the success of the global ESG Research & Integration function. There is potential for the role to be a high profile one that pioneers the development of sustainable and responsible investment norms in the Asian region, where sustainable investment is rapidly growing in prominence.

The Senior ESG Analyst must be highly motivated to contribute to key projects that benefit the global work agenda and will report to the Head of ESG in Asia who is based in Singapore.

Key responsibilities include :

Conducting proprietary research to assess ESG risks / opportunities and strategies of issuers of equities and bonds, designed to support portfolio management teams to incorporate the appropriate risk / reward profile of investments into valuations and to assess ESG risks / opportunities at a portfolio level

Developing and publishing thought leadership pieces independently and together with other ESG and investment analysts

Setting and executing on the ESG active ownership agenda for Asia, especially North Asia, in partnership with investment staff, or in partnership with investor peers for collaborative engagement, with the aim to position Manulife IM in a leading position on ESG stewardship in the region

Providing education and training on specific ESG risks / opportunities to investment staff

Researching and providing opinions to investment teams on certain proxy ballot items

Supporting external sustainable investing reporting obligations, e.g. annual PRI reporting, client surveys and RFPs

Supporting global sales staff to present the firm’s ESG integration systems and achievements in Asia

Representing Manulife Investment Management at responsible investment and financial industry events, and defining priority initiatives for co-sponsorship and engagement

Supporting regional investment teams with research and engagement activities that feed into thematic ESG investment strategies

The successful candidate will have the following experience :

Minimum 5 years of relevant work experience (e.g. buyside asset management, sell-side asset management, NGO research and advocacy, etc.

translating into deep understanding of corporate governance, environmental and social issues in terms of their impact on investment process and outcomes in public equities and fixed income investments

Experience writing and producing investment reports and research notes, preferably with a strong sustainability focus and incorporation of ESG factors into valuation methods

Deep Asia expertise and interest, including strong understanding of corporate governance trends and challenges in the region, awareness of dynamics and diversity of Asian political and economic systems

Experience with public presentations and working collaboratively with other groups and peer investors

Demonstrated ability to work independently and manage competing work streams

Ability to communicate clearly and concisely in both verbal and written form

Prior investment management experience highly regarded

Spoken and written fluency in English and Mandarin is essential

Relevant financial qualification highly desirable, e.g. CFA, MBA, Masters of Finance, etc.

If you are ready to unleash your potential, it’s time to start your career with Manulife / John Hancock.

About Manulife

Manulife Financial Corporation is a leading international financial services group that helps people make their decisions easier and lives better.

We operate primarily as John Hancock in the United States and Manulife elsewhere. We provide financial advice, insurance, as well as wealth and asset management solutions for individuals, groups and institutions.

At the end of 2018, we had more than 34,000 employees, over 82,000 agents, and thousands of distribution partners, serving almost 28 million customers.

As of June 30, 2019, we had over $1.1 trillion (US$877 billion) in assets under management and administration, and in the previous 12 months we made $29.

4 billion in payments to our customers. Our principal operations in Asia, Canada and the United States are where we have served customers for more than 100 years.

With our global headquarters in Toronto, Canada, we trade as 'MFC' on the Toronto, New York, and the Philippine stock exchanges and under '945' in Hong Kong.


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