Investor Engagement Senior Manager - Private Equity

ShareAction London United Kingdom Research and Standards
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Company Description

We are at a pivotal moment: the climate and biodiversity crises are deepening, and inequalities are even more marked in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. The global investment system has an oversized impact on many of these global challenges We want to make sure that impact is positive. At ShareAction we work with investors, policymakers and individuals to unleash the positive potential of the investment system. We aim to build a world where our financial system serves our planet and its people.


The Private Equity Senior Manager will sit with Asset Owner Initiatives team in the Financial Sector Standards (FSS) directorate. Roles within the team work closely and supportively with networks of asset owners, predominantly in the UK, to help them develop and implement higher standards of practice, and to engage with service providers (asset managers, banks, consultants) in their implementation.


The FSS Directorate is strategically developing its workplan to cover new financial sectors, including private equity. This is an initial 12-month fixed-term contract role (with continuation dependent on outcomes from this phase) reporting to our Asset Owner Initiatives team that will involve building deeper relationships with our global network of asset owners (Limited Partner clients of private equity firms) on the topic of private equity and responsible investment. In addition to developing a stronger understanding of how Limited Partners are thinking about responsible investment in private equity, this role will gauge the appetite of Limited Partners in their willingness to support potential public benchmarking of General Partner firms on responsible investment.

What you’ll do

  • You will be developing a framework for short-listing an agreed target of 40 Limited Partners (asset owners) for targeted outreach. ·
  • You will contribute to developing our strategy and Theory of Change for the private equity financial sector.
  • You will build and develop relationships with a target of 40 international Limited Partners (LPs) on the topic of private equity and responsible investment as well as General Partner (GP) firms and other relevant stakeholders. ·
  • You will coordinate investor engagement with other teams across ShareAction who have active relationships with short-listed asset owners for targeted outreach. ·
  • You will build an understanding of how LPs are thinking about responsible investment in private equity, including how they manage their relationships with their private equity managers.
  • You will test the level of interest from LPs for potential further public benchmarking of private equity firms on responsible investment.
  • You will potentially lead a sub-workstream on the topic of private equity within one of our Asset Owner Networks.
  • You will socialise relevant ShareAction asset-manager facing research with LPs as appropriate.
  • You will develop reporting materials for fundraisers, including an end of grant report capturing important findings and key learnings from the engagement undertaken. ·
  • Working closely with the Financial Sector Research team you will develop proposals for potential further research benchmarking workstreams.
  • You will join fundraising calls and workshops as appropriate.


What you’ll bring to the team

  • You’ll be strong at project management and a self-starter with the experience at initiating new work streams.
  • You’ll have experience of high-quality stakeholder relationship management, particularly with players from the investment sector.
  • You’ll be highly collaborative and a great team player, keen to share across teams to produce the best results.
  • You’ll understand how to manage a network of members effectively.
  • You’ll have great communication skills and be able to present and write persuasively and with passion.
  • You’ll have strong research skills
  • Particularly relevant, though not essential, would be experience within the pensions or private equity sectors, or with an NGO focussed upon these.

What we will do for you

  • You will receive training on all of our systems and receive opportunities to receive other training as needed.
  • You will be joining a really friendly and flexible team
  • Working at ShareAction is an opportunity to help make a difference tackling some of the world’s biggest social and environmental challenges.

Other information

Location: Hybrid: London/Home

Contract type: 12 Month Contract

Salary: £40,000 to £44,000 per annum, dependent on experience. Plus 8 per cent pension (non-contributory) and benefits including a healthcare scheme

Deadline for applications: The closing date is Monday, 27th March at 9a.m., however we reserve the right to close this vacancy early if we receive sufficient applications for the role. Therefore, if you are interested, please submit your application as early as possible.

Interviews: Two stage interview process, dates TBC

ShareAction values and respects all differences in people (seen and unseen) and welcome applications from all backgrounds, communities and industries. We are committed to having a team that is made up of diverse skills, experiences and abilities and so if you are not 100 per cent sure that you meet all the requirements but believe you could excel in this role, we encourage you to apply and use the application questions to tell us about your experience and what you hope to bring to this role.

We also actively encourage staff to work in ways that best suit their needs and our flexible working policy outlines many of the options available- such as part-time and term-time working, job sharing, home working and working compressed hours. Please talk to us at the interview about the flexibility you need. We can’t promise to give you exactly what you want, but we do promise not to judge you for asking.

ShareAction’s London office is in Aldgate East: as we emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic we will be exploring the best hybrid working culture for the organisation but expect to continue to offer remote working as far as possible, with office space available in London for those who wish to use it.

Please note that to be considered for this post you must be legally eligible to work in the UK. Due to current restrictions we are unable to hire anyone that isn’t already living in the UK. Due to our size we are unable to sponsor visas.