Editor, Specialist

Principles for Responsible Investment

  • Team: Communications
  • Grade: Specialist
  • Salary: £45,000 - £52,000
  • Location: London UK
  • Closing: 8:00pm, 22nd Jan 2023 GMT

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 policy makers 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, such as climate change and income inequality, through the lens of sustainable finance. The PRI provides scope for development at all levels with opportunities for project leadership, in combination with a supportive culture that encourages continuous learning and flexible working policies.

Job Description

The Editor, Specialist will be a member of the editorial team, which is responsible for ensuring the editorial quality of work produced by the PRI’s research teams prior to publication. This editor will work specifically with the PRI’s policy and sustainable financial system teams to enhance the content, structure and style of written materials, ensuring that the content’s goals are effectively communicated to a diverse audience including investors, policy makers and the media. The ideal candidate will have a keen eye for what makes content engaging and useful to professional audiences, knowledge of how financial markets operate and meticulous attention to detail.

Core Responsibilities

  • Work with research teams developing content to ensure clear, concise and engaging publications that communicate their message effectively and are attuned to the needs of the desired audience.

  • Improve the logic, clarity of argument, the structure and the style of content from research teams.

  • Lead research staff through the publishing process, including guiding them on planning out timelines.

  • Keep up-to-date records of publications in development and their associated timelines via centralised content planning tools.

  • Prepare content in the CMS, handling basic layout and formatting, and working with design and digital production teams on the overall look and feel of published content.

  • Identify and escalate content that could provide a reputational or legal risk to the PRI.

  • Provide editorial expertise to ad hoc projects as required.

  • Contribute to broader Communications team activities, such as producing launch materials and organisational communications pieces.

  • Provide regular reporting to the Manging Editor as required.

Core competencies

The PRI expects all roles at a Specialist level within the organisation to demonstrate skills across the following core competencies:


  • 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

  • Uses market insights and knowledge to suggest and drive strategic initiatives which will enhance signatory servicing.


  • Builds consensus and trust with all that engage with

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

  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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 and Experience

  • Demonstrable ability to enhance the argument, structure and style of other people’s written work

  • Excellent understanding of English grammar and usage, including the principles of plain English and ability to translate financial and sustainability jargon into plain English

  • Understanding of digital publishing best practice, including writing for the web, working with images, laying out pages and working with basic html features such as tables

  • Knowledge of how financial markets and public policy makers operate and impact the world

  • An interest in responsible investment, sustainability and ESG issues

  • Comfortable defining and working to realistic but ambitious deadlines

  • A collaborative and consultative approach to working with others, the ability to foster an inclusive working environment

  • Expert user of Microsoft Word, and comfortable with website content management systems

  • Translation skills into and/or from any other major languages would be considered a bonus

We particularly welcome candidates from under-represented groups, including Black, Asian, and other people of colour, those with visible or non-visible disabilities, LGBTQ+ candidates and those who are neurodivergent.

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 Sun 22nd Jan 2023


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 Sun 22nd Jan 2023