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.
ShareAction’s Banking Standards team seeks to work with stakeholders such as banks, investors, and NGOs to make sure the banking industry take responsibility for their impact on people and planet. We have a history of campaigning on key aspects of banks’ climate strategies – such as their emission reduction targets or their fossil fuel policies – but are also slowly integrating biodiversity into our campaigning, research, and engagement work.
As a Senior Research Officer, you will be responsible for conducting research and analysing banks’ position on climate change alongside other sustainability issues such as biodiversity. Together with the Senior Research Manager, you will contribute to the development of standards against which the banking industry will be assessed going forward. If you would like to get a feel of the research that we do, have a look at our assessment framework of bank’s climate plans, our banking survey, and our oil and gas expansion report. It might be that you have not conducted this kind of analysis before. That is alright with us, as long as you have the skills and passion that we are looking for.
You will be joining us at an exciting time, when there is rising interest in how banks are addressing climate change risks and fostering the transition to a fairer, cleaner, and safer world. We have achieved important wins lately, such as contributing to HSBC becoming the world’s largest bank to cease financing for new oil and gas fields and Barclays to dramatically cut its oil sands financing. We are a fast-paced team and are looking for someone with excellent organisational, research, and interpersonal skills, who is pro-active, and has a real passion to make a difference.
What you’ll do (key responsibilities)
Please note that this list is not exhaustive and the role might change slightly from time to time
What you’ll bring to the team
It would also be great – but not essential - if you have:
What we will do for you
Working with ShareAction will offer you the opportunity to achieve significant personal impact in one of the most respected and exciting organisations in the responsible investment space.
ShareAction seeks to offer all its employees an exceptional working experience with opportunities to develop existing and new skills, applying them in ways that help change the world for the better. You will be challenged but also supported very actively to succeed within a friendly, high performing and highly motivated team.
Contract type: Permanent, full time
Who it reports to: Senior Research Manager – Banking Standards
Salary: £33,000 – 37,500 + 8% pension contribution
Deadline for applications: 28 September 2023 at 9am London time
Interview dates: 2 rounds of interviews expected between 9 October to 26 October
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.
Please note that as part of the induction process, you will be expected to attend the London office in person during your first week in post, to cover items including Health & Safety, IT set-up, Office Orientation and Team member introductions.
ShareAction’s London office is based in vibrant Aldgate and a short walk from Aldgate East underground. Remote working will remain the norm for many ShareAction staff, with office space available as described 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.
Please refrain from using any AI tools to write your answers, as this will result in immediate disqualification for the role.