Analyst, Environmental Issues

Principles for Responsible Investment

  • Salary: £28,000 - £34,000
  • Location: London, UK
  • Closing: 6:00pm, 30th Apr 2021 BST

Job Description

About the PRI

The PRI is the world's leading proponent of responsible investment. It works to understand the investment implications of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors and to support its international network of investor signatories in integrating these factors into their investment and ownership decisions. The PRI acts in the long-term interests of its signatories, of the financial markets and economies in which they operate and ultimately of the environment and society as a whole. 

The PRI encourages investors to use responsible investment to enhance returns and better manage risks, but does not operate for its own profit; it engages with global policy makers but is not associated with any government.

Job description

This opportunity is within the PRI’s Sustainability team, which is the thematic hub within the organization. The team is responsible for:

Developing PRI’s internal expertise on ESG and Climate themes from the company level to the macroeconomic systemic level

Raise awareness, provide insights and develop guidance and tools on ESG themes for PRI’s signatory base

Provide ESG issues expertise into other processes within PRI such as policy, investment practices and stewardship

The successful candidate will be responsible to support the delivery of services and outputs (i.e. signatory collaborative engagements, investors/company roundtables, webinars, podcasts, briefings and publications) focused on climate physical risks. The successful candidate will also assist with some across team functions.

This is a unique opportunity at the intersection of responsible investment and corporate sustainability and will provide the successful candidate with a range of knowledge and experience in this fast-moving area.

Core Responsibilities:

Provide support to the PRI Environmental team on activities projects related climate physical risks and other topics such as biodiversity, nature based solutions, deforestation and water.  Responsibilities include:

Support the scoping for PRI’s climate physical risk strategy by conducting research and analysis through literature reviews and stakeholder engagement

Undertake thematic research and analyse findings on topics related to climate physical risk such as biodiversity, water and nature based solutions

Conduct data analysis and use software and tools

Drafting materials that can be used to communicate with signatories and external stakeholders

Coordinate activities across PRI internal teams such as the Climate Change and Investment Practices teams

Build relationships with signatories to maintain and expand expertise of signatory knowledge of environmental issues, practices and requirements.

Build relationships with external stakeholders, liaising and promoting synergies with other investor networks and initiatives and partner organisations.

Represent the PRI in external forums

Undertake all administrative activities related to the physical climate risks project such as organising investor groups calls and drafting call notes

Report to Head of Environmental Issues and work closely with Senior Lead, Environmental Issues.

Core Competencies:

PRI expects roles at an ‘Associate level’ within the organisation to demonstrate skills across the following core competencies:


  • Incorporates the fullest range of information available into analysis and decision making​

  • Uses appropriate technical processes/systems to develop and evaluate options in an effective and time-efficient manner ​

  • Assimilates data to draws out relevant insights and findings from analyses​

  • Identifies opportunities and risks to feed into decision making ​

  • Presents analyses in an appropriate format providing clear and concise recommendations

Business Awareness

  • Understands, and always works towards, the mission and the aims of the PRI​

  • Is curious about what is happening in other parts of the PRI​

  • Is Signatory centric – seeks to understand, listen and respond to Signatory needs​

  • Understands own teams’ objectives and seeks to internalise them in own activities ​

  • Understands who does what at the PRI and uses the knowledge to complete activities


  • Approachable, credible and willing whenever engaging with colleagues​

  • Actively and appropriately seeks input from others ​

  • Focuses on interacting with colleagues in a positive and open manner​

  • Listens to what colleagues are saying, considers from different perspectives and tailor’s responses accordingly


  • Writes succinctly and clearly tailoring level of detail to the requirements of the end user​

  • Communicates clearly and precisely and able to convey thinking comprehensively​

  • Provides regular, clear and concise communications to manager, colleagues or other relevant people to keep updated on activities​

  • Structures and prepares well-written, logical outputs with limited guidance and editing​


  • Demonstrates self-awareness actively seeks feedback from others and acts upon it​

  • Explores new ideas with an inquisitive mind ​

  • Questions the status quo and suggests new ideas ​

  • Seeks out opportunities to drive continuous improvements in ways of working​

  • Open-minded attitude which welcomes change and new ideas


  • Prioritises and organises time effectively, focussing on the key organisational priorities​

  • Develops ways of working and processes to execute and improve efficiency across the PRI​

  • Methodically tackles problems, working with colleagues where necessary​

  • Takes account of the needs of other colleagues and/or Signatories when considering how to execute a piece of work​

  • Promotes and utilises effective project management skills

Technical Competencies and Experience:

Educated to degree level (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline

Fluent in English with excellent verbal and written communications skills. Other languages desirable.

Motivated by the mission of the PRI, interested in climate physical risks as they relate to companies and investors

Confidence to relate to and interact with a wide range of investment professionals from different regions. Ability to network and build relationships.

Strong experience of relevant IT systems (e.g. Excel, Word, PowerPoint, CRM software)

Proactive attitude

Strong attention to detail

Diplomacy, tact, and ability to work well in teams. The ability to foster an inclusive working environment.

Willing to occasionally take notes of conference calls in different time zones outside normal working hours


Understanding of responsible investment

Relevant knowledge of climate physical risks including biodiversity and nature based solutions as they relate to the private sector



Removing bias from the hiring process

  • Your application will be anonymously reviewed by our hiring team to ensure fairness
  • You’ll need a CV/résumé, but it’ll only be considered if you score well on the anonymous review

Applications closed Fri 30th Apr 2021


Removing bias from the hiring process

  • Your application will be anonymously reviewed by our hiring team to ensure fairness
  • You’ll need a CV/résumé, but it’ll only be considered if you score well on the anonymous review

Start your de-biased application