Relationship Manager, France (Paris)

Principles for Responsible Investment

  • Salary: 55,000 - 65,000 EUR
  • Location: Paris France
  • Closing: 5:00pm, 3rd May 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 incorporating 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 is truly independent. It 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 policymakers but is not associated with any government; it is supported by, but not part of, the United Nations. 

Working at the PRI provides an opportunity to engage with highly motivated, culturally diverse professionals on a wide range of cutting edge issues through the lens of sustainable finance. The PRI provides scope for development at all levels with opportunities for project leadership and management working alongside some of the most influential signatories and leaders across financial markets and economies.  In combination with a supportive culture that encourages continuous learning and flexible working policies, the PRI is a highly engaging place to work on truly transformative issues. 

The Signatory Relations team is a fast growing team of individuals based in more than 15 countries around the globe The Continental European team is a very dynamic team of 8 managing PRI relationships with investors and stakeholders in eleven countries.  The French PRI team is based in Paris. 

Job description  

The Signatory Relations Manager France (France SR) will be working towards enhancing Responsible Investment awareness and providing French investors with the tools to implement it in their investment process.  

The role involves contributing to PRI’s investors recruitment and signatory coverage. In addition, the France SR will provide support to the Director of Continental Europe on the Francophone Programme and when needed to cover parental leaves in other regions.   

There will be scope for regular domestic and occasional international travel primarily for signatory meetings, industry events and internal meetings.  

The successful candidate will report to the Head of France based in Paris and work closely with the other France Signatory Relations Manager and other PRI colleagues in the UK and worldwide. 

Core Responsibilities:  

  • Awareness: Raising awareness on responsible investment among local asset owners, investment managers, service providers and other PRI stakeholders. 

  • Signatory relationships: developing engagement with French investors through new signatory on-boarding, signatory review meetings, reporting and assessment sessions, ad-hoc support and PRI supported events.  

  • Investors outreach: targeting for recruitment to the PRI public and corporate pension plans, insurers, sovereign wealth funds, endowments/foundations, as well as key asset managers and service providers.   

  • Stakeholders relationships: Strengthen relationships with key stakeholders in the country to support the development of responsible investment locally. 

  • Close collaboration with PRI content, reporting and policy teams to : 

  • deliver mutually agreed solutions supporting PRI’s agenda; 

  • foster the implementation of PRI strategic projects by French signatories; 

  • enhance the understanding of key French market issues and players amongst PRI colleagues. 

  • Collaboration with the other Relationship Managers in France and in Continental Europe. 

  • Events: Represent PRI at relevant events to help raise the organisation’s profile in the country. 

  • Contribute to the PRI’s Francophone Programme. 

  • Support the Continental Europe director and team when needed, including during parental leaves. 

PRI expects at a ‘Specialist level’ within the organisation to demonstrate skills across the following core competencies: 

Core Competencies

Analytical

•Proactively offers impartial specialist knowledge, insights or input

•Uses business/ specialist knowledge and analysis to identify issues, applying fact-based insight to develop and evaluate solutions or solve issues

•Maintains a professional and impartial stance in assessing all information which feeds into decision making

•Balances rigour with pragmatism in conducting analyses that are fit for purpose

•Effectively reviews and quality-checks all analyses

Business Awareness

Focuses on maximising Signatory or operational value and driving PRI outcomes

•Actively keeps up to date with developments both within the organisation and within area of specialism

•Balances the internal needs of the PRI and that of Signatory Organisations to deliver outputs

•Understands how own area of specialism drives value to the PRI and meets its mission

Collaborative

•Builds consensus and trust with all that engage with

•Is responsive to feedback proactively following up to ensure any issues are resolved

•Where requested, engages with colleagues to gain a broader understanding of issues and seeks to respond to or resolve them

•Provides specialist knowledge and insights to colleagues where requested

Communicative

•Translates specialist information or provides technical expertise in a clear and understandable format

•Clarifies matters by absorbing and understanding relevant information and feeding them back in concise terms

•Uses effective listening and questioning to enhance understanding of complex issues

•Engages the recipient using their language, tailoring communication style for the audience

Developmental

•Actively seeks opportunities to enhance specialist knowledge/ experience

•Constantly reviews own work with the aim of improving outputs

•Applies knowledge or experience to question practices and suggest alternatives

•Actively seeks and shares feedback wherever possible, as a means of improvement

•Uses best practice identified through external networks or evolutions in the field of specialism

Structured

•Has a strong sense of execution and delivery, working to agreed deadlines, involving relevant colleagues and allowing enough time for review and quality assurance

•Regularly monitors and reports on progress of work, providing regular updates as appropriate

•Takes a methodical approach to how specialist or technical knowledge is acquired and, distributed (where necessary)

•Captures knowledge at the end of each project/ process/activity, to use and share

Technical Competencies & Experience: 

  • Demonstrable experience in responsible investment (ideally over 5 years). 

    Strong interest in sustainability, environmental, social and governance issues, and their overall impact on long term investment outcomes and society. 

    Good understanding of investment practices in public and/or private markets. 

    A significant experience in the asset management and/or financial sector. 

    Business development skills, preferably within the financial sector, or within other service-based industries, such as management consulting. 

    Excellent relationship management and interpersonal skills. 

    Extensive network in Responsible Investment and/or ESG related fields 

    Excellent written and verbal communication skills in French and English. 

    Demonstrable experience in public speaking, giving presentations and leading meetings with investment executives at all levels. 

    Good team player, with a collaborative and consultative approach to working with others, a strong partnership ethos and an experience working internationally. 

    Master’s degree in one or more relevant fields and/or a recognised investment qualification preferable. 

    Ability to work in a multicultural and challenging environment. 

    At least intermediate knowledge of relevant IT (e.g. Excel, Word, PowerPoint and/or Salesforce).   

    As this is a global role, international travel may be required. 

     

Removing bias from the hiring process

  • Your application will be blind 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 blind review

Applications closed Mon 3rd May 2021

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Removing bias from the hiring process

  • Your application will be blind 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 blind review

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