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Director, Climate Solutions - Morningstar

Location: Amsterdam
Employment: Full-time

About the Role

Company:?Sustainalytics has been a leading independent provider of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) research for almost 30 years. Our mission is to provide the insights required to make more informed decisions that lead to a more just and sustainable global economy. We provide high-quality, analytical ESG research, ratings and data to institutional investors and companies that help them identify, understand, and manage ESG-driven risks and opportunities. Clients use our insights to make investment decisions, engage with companies about their business activities, and drive change. We are a growing organization with over 1000 employees and 17 offices globally. We have a flexible and supportive working culture and empower our employees to progress and develop quickly in an entrepreneurial environment.

Team: Sustainalytics is committed to expanding its climate-focused product suite that empowers financial institutions and corporates to align their investment decisions with forward-looking climate policies and to drive the broader objectives of Net-Zero carbon emissions by 2050. Our mission is to build a science-based center of excellence within Sustainalytics and Morningstar. The Climate Solutions business unit will develop research and develop products and tools that enable the assessment of how companies manage their business in the face of worsening climate change and transition to a low-carbon economy.

Role: We are building a dedicated research team for the Climate Solutions' product suite. This new research team requires a seasoned leader with a proven track record of building and overseeing the growth and professionalization of a 100+ team of analysts and cross-functional roles to drive timely and high-quality climate-related research. The ideal candidate will possess an entrepreneurial mindset, strong leadership and influencing skills, and partner effectively with senior management and other stakeholders. This multifaceted role requires someone who excels in a dynamic global environment and has experience leading complex research teams, developing products in the financial services industry, and applying ESG and carbon/climate risk research in investment processes. The Director will join a dynamic and strategically important research team and manage a dual reporting line to Sustainalytics' Research Director in Mumbai and the head of the Climate Solutions business unit in Toronto.

Strategic Leadership
- Build and lead a strategically important research team that delivers on its mandate, using key metrics for success.
- Foster a vibrant, results-driven culture that attracts and retains great talent who are passionate about sustainable investment.
- Coach and mentor managers to build high-performing and motivated sub-teams, positioning them for success.
- Engage with global cross-functional business leaders to achieve strategic objectives.
- Effectively report up to senior management and provide insights on risks, challenges, and solutions.
- Represent Sustainalytics/Climate Solutions with clients, prospects, and in external branding activities as required.

Research Management
- Drive high-quality research culture and output by monitoring the review process and quality-related KPIs.
- Analyze concerns about research quality and implement corrective and preventive measures with relevant partners.
- Champion the use of smart technology applications and of project management best practices and tools.
- Coach and mentor the team leaders and managers, in delivering their functional objectives.

- Master's degree in a related discipline (business, economics, environmental science, or finance) or bachelor's degree with relevant experience.
- Previous experience in climate-related research applied to sustainable investment is preferred.
- 15+ years of relevant professional experience leading research teams and delivering high-quality research products.
- Proven track record of building and motivating high-performance teams.
- Experience driving operational excellence.
- Experience working in a dynamic global environment.
- Alignment with Sustainalytics' mission, vision, and values.

About Us

Sustainalytics is a Morningstar company dedicated to responsible investment with over 25 years' experience in ESG research and ratings. With an extensive client base across asset managers, asset owners and investment banks, our mission is to provide the insights required for investors and companies to make more informed decisions that lead to a more just and sustainable global economy.

As Morningstar’s ESG center of excellence we are responsible for driving both the commercial success and innovation of its ESG products as well as its overall ESG strategy.

In these times, we rely on virtual team meetings and management practices, as well as a remote buddy program, to support a smooth integration in our virtual offices. New team members are onboarded and start their first day with the company from the safety of their homes.

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04 november 2021
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