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ESG Specialist

£65,000 - £100,000
Closing date
6 Mar 2024

Job Details

ESG Specialist

A 12 month fixed-term contract for a senior ESG specialist with an investment organisation based in London

Your new company

An international investment company with offices in London.

Your new role

You will be part of the Environment and Social Governance – Impact team: A team of approximately 30 based in London, India, and Africa which is involved in all investments and provides assurance that th policy on responsible investing is applied on all deals, and that the organisation is proactive in helping its borrowers, investee companies, banks and fund managers achieve larger and more positive E&S impacts (adding ESG value to transactions/portfolio companies/financial institutions).


Work with the ESG-Impact team to support due diligence (DD) of transactions including, but not limited to, (i) commissioning and managing E&S DD processes, (ii) developing and negotiating E&S Action Plans with investees, (iii) inputting into investment committee papers and participating in Investment Committee meetings and quarterly portfolio meetings, (iv) agreeing E&S aspects of legal and investment agreements and (v) monitoring the E&S aspects of portfolio companies.

Contribute to the evaluation of investment proposals, including preparation of Environmental and Social (E&S) inputs into Investment Committee papers.

Work with the ESG-Impact and Investment teams to implement E&S policies in investee companies.

Work with investment teams and E&S team colleagues to ensure that E&S requirements and policies are consistently applied by all investees.

Work with investees to improve their E&S systems, policies and procedures, including the negotiation of action plans where necessary.

Monitor investee compliance with Policy on Responsible Investing.

Contribute to the development and/or delivery of E&S training, both for internal investment teams and for investees.

Work on ad hoc projects such as case studies and “lessons learnt” analysis, analysis of trends in assessing development impact particularly with relation to E&S issues.

Meet with companies, financial institutions and fund managers as well as visiting portfolio companies/sub-borrowers as part of due diligence and ongoing portfolio monitoring.

Contribute to periodic reports on E&S matters for internal and external parties, including.

Mentor and support the professional development of other staff.

Participate in the compilation of briefing materials, case studies and other documents to illustrate how responsible business practices and improvements on E&S matters contribute to business success.

Support the team with data and analytics requests.

What you'll need to succeed

Relevant prior experience working on environmental and social impact and development with investors and private sector companies/financial institutions in developing countries (the role will require an individual who can pick up workstreams quickly and effectively, and support engagements with investees and company investment teams)

Advanced university degree (MSc or equivalent) in a relevant discipline including environmental and/or social sciences, development studies, engineering or finance, and preferably a Master’s degree in the environmental or social area; development studies / development finance; or a similar area.

Proven work experience in a related field (ESG, sustainability, impact/socially responsible investing), preferably within development finance, E&S consulting, banking, private equity or the investment industry.

Ability to travel often at short notice.

Knowledge of environmental and social issues as they apply to businesses operating in developing countries.

Familiarity with the application of IFC Performance Standards to investments in either financial services, infrastructure (including power sector), manufacturing, agriculture, forestry, telecoms, business services or real estate.

What you'll get in return

Very competitive salary

Excellent pension

What you need to do now

If you're interested in this role, click 'apply now' to forward an up-to-date copy of your CV, or call us now.

If this job isn't quite right for you, but you are looking for a new position, please contact us for a confidential discussion on your career.


Our values help define how we do business, and how we interact with our many stakeholders. Our core company value is 'Do the right thing' and is a central pillar both of our strategy and our 'Working for your tomorrow' brand.

We are committed to being a sustainable business in its widest sense, driven by our Social Purpose and business values, and as defined by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs). The graphic below sets out our new Sustainability Framework, which is focused on the areas of highest materiality to Hays across Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) issues.

Company info
020 7259 8794
Greater London
United Kingdom

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