Deputy Head of Policy and Advocacy (Listed Equity) – Impax Asset Management

Neera Shah
Neera Shah15th August 2022

ROLE PURPOSE

Policy analysis plays a key role in the work of Impax’s investment teams given its influence on the development of markets for environmental and climate solutions.  Impax’s Listed Equities Team uses this type of investment analysis as a key input into portfolio management, stock selection and the identification of new investment opportunities.

In addition, Impax sees active engagement in policy development as a key activity and has collaborated with clients and stakeholders to support ambitious and effective policy action necessary for the transition to low-carbon, sustainable economy. Following the appointment of a dedicated Head of Policy & Advocacy in 2019, Impax has recently established a Global Policy Group, with senior membership including the CEO, which brings together expertise from across the firm to implement a rolling three-year advocacy plan focused on engagement with policy makers in Europe and the US.

Impax is now seeking to enhance its capacity in these areas by appointing a Deputy Head of Policy and Advocacy to work as part of a small policy team which works closely with the CEO and other Executive Team members.  The role will combine the contribution of insights on policy developments to Impax’s investment teams and the wider company, while advancing the firm’s influence over the development of public policy in areas relevant to the firm’s work.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

Investment analysis/research (50%):

  • Monitoring, interpreting and reporting on the development of policy relevant to Listed Equities with the aim of catalyzing or contributing to investment insights and input into stock selection and portfolio management
  • Providing policy perspectives to support Impax’s primary research, either as a primary author (for research focused on policy issues) or as a contributor to work led by others
  • Improving the coordination of policy analysis across the company, including critical analysis of sell-side research identifying stocks facing headwinds or tailwinds as a result of policy developments
  • Preparing monthly updates for clients on key policy developments

Policy advocacy (50%):

  • Supporting the Head of Policy and Advocacy in delivering the advocacy plan and coordinating the work of the Global Policy Group including internal and external reporting
  • Taking the lead on delivery of specific advocacy topics. Current advocacy priorities are: Financing the Energy Transition; Nature-based Solutions; Greening Finance; and Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.
  • Representing Impax on external panels and advisory boards and as a speaker (or attendee) at relevant conferences, seminars and meetings
  • Originating blogs, opinion pieces, white papers and other thought leadership on policy topics
  • Monitoring changes to policy in sustainability space that will impact Impax’s business and shaping Impax’s response with input from marketing, distribution, investment and compliance teams

SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE, EXPERIENCE

  • Strong background in public policy analysis in areas related to sustainable development, most likely from an economic/investment perspective and with experience across multiple countries.
  • Established track record of successfully influencing policy makers. Experience of this in the UK would be an advantage.
  • Experience of working in a private or public sector financial institution is desirable
  • Interest and understanding of sustainability from an investment perspective
  • Proven self-starter able to work alone or with others, and comfortable developing and completing new initiatives
  • Highly organized with strong project management skills and exceptional responsiveness
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Ability to work to tight deadlines/under pressure with a high degree of accuracy
  • Ability to manage multiple workstreams at once and prioritise workloads effectively
  • Ability to work well in and across multi-disciplinary teams
  • High level of professionalism, confidentiality, discretion and judgement
  • PC literacy, including excellent working knowledge of Microsoft applications such as Excel, Word and PowerPoint

Education:

  • Strong academic background. The successful candidate is likely to have a post-graduate qualification, for example a Master’s degree.
  • Training in economics or finance qualification such as CFA/ACA or similar is desirable.

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