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Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Analyst
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Strategy & Corporate Development
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HKG, HongKong HK
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Full Time
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Job Description :

Manulife Asset Management is strengthening its responsible investment team, and is seeking a highly-motivated individual with a passion for responsible investment and sustainability to fulfil the role of ESG Analyst. The ESG Analyst would have responsibility to research and understand the environmental, social and governance risks and opportunities inherent in companies in which we invest. The successful candidate will be someone that combines deep analytical skills, a profound understanding of ESG risks and opportunities (particularly those affecting corporations in Asia), and the ability to credibly interact with investment professionals. The ESG Analyst must be highly motivated to contribute to all areas of the responsible investment function as a member of our Investment Risk and Quantitative Analysis team, and will report to the global head of ESG.

Key responsibilities include:
  • Conducting proprietary research to assess ESG risks/opportunities and strategies of issuers of equities and bonds, to support portfolio management teams to determine the appropriate risk/reward profile of investments
  • Interacting with investment teams to identify and assess ESG risks/opportunities at a portfolio level
  • Initiating and conducting ESG engagements with issuers, in partnership with investment staff
  • Providing education and training on specific ESG risks/opportunities to investment staff
  • Researching and providing opinions to investment teams on certain proxy ballot items
  • Supporting external responsible investment reporting obligations, e.g. annual PRI reporting, client surveys
  • Assisting in the development and publication of thought leadership pieces
  • Contributing to responsible investment global supportive infrastructure development within the investment organization
  • Supporting sales staff in Asia to present the firm’s ESG integration systems and achievements
  • Representing Manulife Asset Management at responsible investment industry events
  • Determining opportunities for improved efficiencies across investment related to ESG risk/opportunity analysis

The successful candidate will have the following experience: 
  • 3-5 years of relevant professional work experience, translating into deep understanding of the corporate governance, environmental and social issues and impacts affecting equities and fixed income investments
  • Comprehensive understanding of asset management and financial markets, with the ability to demonstrate the investment relevance of ESG issues
  • Ability to work independently to complete due diligence on issuers of equities and bonds
  • Strong communication and influencing skills when working with a range of internal and external stakeholders, with an initial focus on liaising with internal equity/fixed income investment teams
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely in both verbal and written form
  • Quantitative analysis and data mining skills will be very highly regarded
  • Willingness to travel if required
  • Relevant undergraduate and/or postgraduate qualifications, including ideally CFA or equivalent
  • Spoken and written fluency in English is essential; other Asian languages will be very well regarded

About Manulife
Manulife Asset Management (MAM) is the asset management division of Manulife Financial Corporation. MAM’s diversified group of companies and affiliates provides comprehensive asset management solutions for institutional investors, investment funds and individuals in key markets around the work. This investment expertise extends across a full range of asset classes including equities, fixed income, derivatives, and alternative investments such as oil & gas, real estates, timber, farmland, as well as asset allocation strategies. MAM has investment offices across multiple continents – Asia, North America and Europe. MAM has more than 100 years of experience managing portfolios for The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company, John Hancock Life Insurance Company, and other major clients and is a leading global investment management group.
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