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ESG Research Associate Director - Morningstar

Location: Amsterdam
Employment: Full-time

About the Role

The GSS Research Associate Director will be part of Sustainalytics’ ESG Research Team. Sustainalytics’ Global Standards Screening (GSS) assesses the impact of over 20,000 companies on stakeholders, as well as the extent to which these companies are linked to extreme violations of international norms and standards. The team conducts extensive research on cases where substantial links are found.
The Associate Director will lead a team of 12 research managers and analysts and be responsible for managing the day-to-day research activities for the team. The Associate Director will work closely with analysts and the team leads and internal partners to meet agreed-upon research commitments. The role is responsible for the team's delivery of high-quality and timely research that meets GSS product requirements. The person will be accountable for ensuring and improving the team's performance, productivity, and efficiency. Strong planning, analytical thinking, project management, communication and interpersonal skills are required to be successful in this new role. 

Job Responsibilities

  • Ensure the team delivers on its mandate and research production responsibilities to a high level of quality;
  • Manage a group of Research Managers who lead analyst teams;
  • Work closely with GSS Managers to plan research and provide oversight to the GSS research delivery in order to ensure timely and high-quality research;
  • Manage GSS team in relation to resource forecasting, hiring, OKR setting, performance reviews and ensuring team health and motivation;
  • Provide GSS monthly reporting and represent the team in meetings on GSS product development, research and deliverables overview, as well as quarterly committee meetings;
  • Work closely with GSS Content Leads to ensure effective response to client queries, especially in relation to complex topics or negative feedback;
  • Represent GSS team in high-level meetings with issuers, prospects and clients;
  • Manage the GSS quarterly delivery process and coordinate research for the quarterly rebalance (core task);
  • Provide oversight over documentation of GSS processes, such as process maps, SOPs, SLAs, etc.;
  • Provide oversight and manage the GSS-team-level projects;
  • Work closely with the GSS Product Manager and Product Strategy and Development Team to ensure GSS remains an innovative and competitive product;
  • Monitor strategy effectiveness and continuously seek improvement to ensure research productivity and efficiency.


  • Master’s degree in a related discipline (business, finance, environment or social science)
  • At least five years of experience leading teams of 5+ people, preferably in a research environment with a focus on ESG/human rights/climate/company research/data collection
  • Prior experience hiring research analysts, setting up research teams, overseeing research activities, improving research processes, and delivering research
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, international, and technical environment
  • Strong analytical, entrepreneurial, and problem-solving skills
  • Meticulous attention to detail and ability to proactively identify and manage risks
  • Ability to effectively communicate with local and international stakeholders at all levels and form strong relationships
  • Strong project management and execution skills and proven experience optimizing processes, six sigma qualifications are a plus
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Power BI, and PowerPoint
  • 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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Job posted
12 mei 2022
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