Type: Permanent full time
Reporting to: Senior Research & Engagements Manager
Department: Research and Engagements (Biodiversity & Oceans)
Location: Office-based, London, UK (hybrid working available up to 3 days per week)
Salary: Competitive for ESG not-for-profit sector
Benefits: Pension Benefit, Private Health Insurance, 25-days paid vacation + public holidays
The FAIRR Initiative was established in 2015 by the Jeremy Coller Foundation. FAIRR is the fastest-growing ESG investor network, which raises awareness of the material ESG risks and opportunities in global food chains.
The FAIRR Initiative works with over 350 investors representing more than $70 trillion in combined assets to use their power and influence to help global food companies (retailers, brand manufacturers, livestock, fish and dairy producers) build a more sustainable and equitable global food system. We produce thematic and individual company research discussing the financial impacts of environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues, which inform our market-leading collaborative engagements such as the Sustainable Proteins engagement. You can learn more about FAIRR and its recent research and engagements on www.fairr.org
We care passionately about the work we do. Our team boasts a variety of talents, all of which are instrumental to the ongoing success of our organisation. Not only are we an international, multicultural and diverse group of people, but each of us also shares the organisation’s vision for a more sustainable and equitable food system.
To take a leading role in facilitating the implementation of FAIRR’s collaborative engagements, lead data-based company assessments for both existing and upcoming projects, and lead the development of thematic research.
Lead the day-to-day implementation for at least one FAIRR engagement under the Oceans theme, which includes both aquaculture (principally salmon but also other seafoods) and wild catch. With the support and guidance of the Senior R&E Manager, this involves coordinating at least one collaborative engagement throughout its lifecycle. This includes but is not limited to, communicating in an effective manner with investors and corporate representatives, preparing materials for engagement calls, managing call notes and follow-ups, and conducting subsequent company assessments.
Participate in direct dialogue with companies and investors, with the potential to lead dialogues and present where relevant to the candidate’s area of work and expertise. This can involve representing FAIRR at in-person or virtual events and conferences in the responsible investment and sustainable development space, as well as industry events.
Lead or contribute to biodiversity and oceans reports, blogs, media and journalist requests and other written content as necessary with the support and guidance of the Senior R&E Manager
Take leadership and ownership of ESG company-level database, qualitative research and sector-level analysis on topics relating to biodiversity with an emphasis on financial materiality. This role will have a particular focus on oceans (sea use change, regenerative aquaculture, wild catch, waste & pollution and invasive species, with overlaps with the climate and water scarcity themes), but will contribute to research and engagements across animal welfare antibiotics, nature and climate more broadly.
Collaborate with the Protein Producer Index team to contribute to company assessments, data and report feedback, KPI reviews, and any ad-hoc project that may involve the team’s input into Index work
Provide guidance and support to junior ESG analysts and interns across R&E teams where needed to deliver company and sector data, research and analysis that form the backbone of FAIRR’s research and engagement
As a close-knit and relatively small team, you may also be required to work with other parts of the FAIRR team on ad-hoc research requests, documents, events or other tasks, as required.
Skills and Competencies
Suitable candidates are likely to possess at least 3 years experience in a similar role, managing and analysing ESG data across nature-related themes, including qualitative data, targets and other information to create a comparable baseline across a set of comparable companies
Excellent research and analytical skills – both qualitative and quantitative – with strong attention to detail. Ability to identify relevant trends in large data sets and derive conclusions based on the analysis.
Strong project management skills, including an ability to manage multiple projects with competing deadlines. Evidence of scoping and tracking projects and managing resources to time constraints. You will need to demonstrate you can lead junior analysts to deliver projects in a timely manner.
Demonstrable experience of interacting and working with senior business professionals and the ability to engage and influence a wide range of stakeholders.
Experience in working with or understanding corporate sustainability issues, especially in the food sector. Knowledge of reporting frameworks, such as TNFD, CDP, ISSB and GRI, and knowledge of quantitative biodiversity datasets, such as ENCORE, IBAT, or others, would be considered an advantage.
Able to demonstrate a working knowledge of responsible investment and shareholder engagement activities. Experience of working with investors would be a plus.
Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to influence and communicate both verbally in writing.
Proactive attitude and a confident and professional manner in dealing with senior business professionals.
Advanced skills in Excel and PowerPoint (and Office 365 in general).
Willing to occasionally attend conference calls in different time zones outside normal working hours, and travel to conferences and events occasionally (less than 10% of the time).
How to Apply
Interested applicants should email their CV and cover letter to Trusha Unia at [email protected]. with the subject line, Application: Senior ESG Analyst, Research & Engagements. Please note that we will only be able to contact shortlisted candidates. Deadline to apply is Thursday, 24 August 2023.
As part of the application process, you will be required to provide documentary evidence of your right to work in the UK.