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Research Director

at Acre Resources in London

About the Job

Critical ecosystems on which societies and economies depend are dangerously close to collapse and yet financial markets are failing to translate these material risks into valuation models. This is a key leadership position focused on highlighting these risks and opportunities to a range of stakeholders across the investment chain.

As a director level hire and as part of the management team at this well-known investment research house, this position is instrumental in the delivery of their ground-breaking natural capital research programme.

The Director of Research will coordinate a team of senior financial analysts, natural capital researchers and a data analytics group. Under their leadership the team will continue to investigate regions and industries around the world where current investment patterns are not aligned with sustainable outcomes through the delivery of risk focussed analysis to define environmental impacts of capital markets and the companies and investors who participate in them.
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Key Responsibilities:
Sourcing and synthesising qualitative and quantitative capital market data for research outputs, working in co-ordination with the team and partners;
To scope, conceptualise, and support the delivery of an investment/finance-oriented research programme including, but not limited to, in-depth data analysis on companies; financial securities (equity, corporate and sovereign debt, commodities); and market based regulation;
Ensure the team undertakes analysis of corporate shareholdings and articulates the critical material environmental risks posed by and to these positions by designing stress test scenarios that analyse value at risk factors, including but not limited to earnings, valuations and balance sheet stability
Evaluate capital market investment flows from institutional investors to corporate stakeholders where necessary via conduits such as banks, project finance, insurance or other intermediaries;

Along with other team members, responsible for presentation of research findings to expert audiences and to other stakeholders (such as media, funders) where required.

Qualifications

At least 10 years of direct experience in the financial sector including time with a major capital market focused institution;
Demonstrated delivery of capital market targeted research quantifying financial exposures to material environmental risks;
Proven ability to write impactful papers and reports focused on individual institutional investors and/or major corporates operating in the land use and/or oceans space;
Strong qualitative and quantitative analytical skills demonstrated through research outputs produced over time;
Clear understanding of financial securities and their function including but not limited to listed equity, soft commodities, corporate fixed income and sovereign fixed income;
In-depth understanding of financial accounts and investment analytics;
Demonstrable knowledge of Natural Capital issues;
Strong writing skills with the ability to produce analytical papers in a timely fashion;
Experience with staff management;
A track record of leadership;
A demonstrated ability to work effectively in a team with the ability to build consensus and inspire mutual respect;
Experienced with presentations and public speaking.

To apply

Please contact ian.povey-hall@acre.com