Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Lead (1 Year Fixed Term Contract)

Principles for Responsible Investment

  • Salary: £55,000 - £60,000
  • Location: London, UK
  • Closing: 6:00pm, 15th Nov 2021 GMT

Job Description


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. 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, such as income inequality 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, PRI is a highly engaging place to work on truly transformative issues. 

Job Description 

As a business we have an ambitious agenda to tackle some of the most pressing ESG issues in the world today. As an employer, we have a commitment, vision, and ambition to do more to create an equitable and inclusive workplace as well. Having undergone significant growth in last 12 months we expect that this will continue to be the case and therefore the role of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Manager will play a key role in enabling us to achieve a more equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce by co-creating, and delivering on, a DEI strategy and action plan to ensure DEI is reflected in our values and embedded in our practice and our individual behaviours. 

Together we will drive change within the PRI and beyond and your role will be at the heart of this.  

Varied and exciting and at times challenging the work you will do will be incredibly worthwhile. At its heart it will strive for improvement and excellence. The opportunity to make a real difference within the organisation and to its employees. You will be working with managers and employees at all levels to influence, inform and plan the DEI work across the entire organisation. We are looking for a self-starter who can draw learning from a range of sources and interpret data to propose meaningful initiatives and organisational changes. We need someone with substantial experience of DEI work which will enable you to navigate the complexities and challenges of implementing a DEI strategy in a fast-paced and sometimes challenging environment during a period of organisational growth.  

You will need to be comfortable facilitating challenging conversations and speaking truth where it is needed. You must also be able to support colleagues at every level of the organisation on their journey towards feeling confident and competent to engage with DEI issues, creating a safe environment that facilitates learning and growth.   Most of all, we want someone who reflects who we are as an organisation, forward looking, with a commitment to the people we work with and continuously improving our services. We are a people focused and can-do organisation that strives for excellence and operates with mutual respect. Your role will be a highly visible and approachable point of contact for our colleagues from underrepresented groups when they need support. You must care passionately about their experiences, actively listening to their feelings, perspectives and concerns and responding with empathy. If you share these values and behaviours and have the necessary skills and experience, then this would be a super role for you. 

Our values are – Responsibility, Cooperation, Openness, Empowerment, Principles Driven and Authenticity 

Core Responsibilities:  

  • Engage the Leadership Team and employees to create and communicate the PRI’s first DEI strategy including vision and principles  

  • Create an action plan and accountabilities and identify measures of success, setting metrics and creating a dashboard to measure progress. 

  • Project manage the delivery of this action plan and report back to the Chief Executive and Chief People Officer (or alternative group) ​ 

  • Being the organisation’s expert on equity, diversity, and inclusion (engaging with internal subject matter experts to ensure consistency of approach) and an approachable point of contact for our colleagues from underrepresented groups when they need support 

  • Establish working groups and identify key individuals to support the project including engaging and building positive relationships with existing staff groups to ensure their terms of reference are clear and aligned with the organisational DEI vision. 

  • Build and cultivate open working relationships with colleague’s and key stakeholders (internal and external) to achieve desired outcomes and expand our diversity and inclusion practices. 

  • Use available data around diversity and inclusion to identify trends and propose and implement appropriate changes that drive measurable improvements.  

  • Proven experience of researching, developing, and introducing appropriate policies 

  • Partnering with recruitment partner to report on diversity initiatives, identifying areas to innovate processes 

  • Working with all teams to upskill staff to ensure they are confident and competent to engage with DEI issues. Identify appropriate training providers for specific needs where relevant. 

  • Supporting the Chief people Officer who has overall responsibility for the people and culture of the organisation in delivering against the HR team’s business plan 

  • Provide regular reporting to the Head of HR projects and the Chief People Officer as required 

  • Facilitating meetings, workshops and coaching managers on DEI issues 

Core Competencies:

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


•Looks for opportunities to add value by sharing specialist knowledge and insights

•Broadens the view to consider all possible options even if they initially seem unlikely solutions

•Can effectively capture and structure ill-defined or vague problems and is comfortable handling uncertainty (in own work and that of team members)

•Considers examples outside of the PRI in offering alternative solutions or guidance

Business Awareness

•Demonstrates an understanding of the business, including its finances, mission and its culture

•Identifies and utilises key relationships (both internal and external) for successful execution of project or piece of work

•Knows when and how to challenge senior managers

•Applies industry knowledge and understanding of external influences, coupled with an appreciation of PRI mission and strategy to inform decisions


•Demonstrates ability to build good working relationships at all levels

•Drives collaboration within projects or work programmes to deliver high quality outputs

•Aligns expectations with senior managers to reach agreement

•Promotes knowledge sharing across the organisation

•Flexes style and approach based on colleagues’ level of understanding and preferences


•Independently delivers well-structured, logical outputs that deliver maximum impact with minimum editing

•Presents advice or recommendations within the context of the recipient’s area of focus to gain buy-in

•Improves the knowledge of senior managers by making complex specialist principles easy to understand

•Appreciates the impact of their communication on others, modifying behaviour and communication style to work in different situations


•Shares specialist knowledge openly with others, creating opportunities for others to learn, grow and succeed

•Builds an environment within the PRI which values forward thinking, creative solutions and innovation

•Is active in specialist networks as a means of furthering own knowledge and applying at the PRI

•Uses good questioning skills in a way that causes others to think about their approach


•Prioritises where contributes own time based on the value it would deliver

•Uses project management and oversight of individual work processes to improve organisational performance

•Continuously monitors external developments to incorporate into own work activities

•Translates project objectives into own work plans

Technical Competencies & Experience:

  • Demonstrable experience and knowledge of DEI 

  • Evidence of implementing a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion strategy within a growing organisation.  

  • Evidence of translating strategy into practical operational delivery 

  • Experience of successfully facilitating meetings and integrating learnings into the action plan/delivery of the action plan 

  • Strong project management abilities in DEI 

  • Experience of working with highly confidential data and understanding the sensitive nature of this data, whilst using it as an enabler for change within the organisation  

  • Experience of working within a NFP or membership organisation would be highly desirable but not essential 

  • Excellent written communication and verbal presentation skills 

  • A confident, and outcome focussed approach for the role is essential 

  • A collaborative and consultative approach to working with others and committed to fostering an inclusive working environment 

  • Excellent networking, relationship management experience required, the ability to build and form relationships, easily demonstrating strong interpersonal skills 

  • IT/system skills – Word, Excel and PowerPoint to an intermediate level would also be advantageous 

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

  • Language skills, other than English, are desirable but not essential 

We particularly welcome candidates from currently under-represented groups, including black, Asian, and other ethnic minorities, those with a physical or mental disability, LGBTQ+ and those who are neurodivergent.

Please also note interviews will take place week commencing 22nd November 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

Applications closed Mon 15th Nov 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

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