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AM - Sustainable Investing - Climate Research Analyst - Vice President

JP Morgan

Location: Greater London

Job Type: Full time

Posted

The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.
- Amelia Earhart

Team

The Sustainable Investing team at JPMAM unifies the firm’s ESG efforts and sustainable investment strategies onto a single platform and partners with our global investment and distribution teams to develop dedicated ESG research, thought leadership and solutions – by way of leveraging our differentiated investment platform, proprietary technology, data analytics, deep ESG expertise and culture of innovation – and offers innovative sustainable solutions to our institutional and retail clients.

Role

JPMAM is looking to add a dedicated Climate Change Researcher to the Sustainable Investing team, to contribute to and expand all aspects of the team’s work. Reporting to the Global Head of Sustainable Investing, s/he will be part of a global team and will be expected to help execute on the overall strategy for the team, focusing on delivering key climate insights – covering climate risk assessment and attribution, modeling of climate impacts as well as implementation methodologies and investment frameworks across asset classes.

S/he will be expected to make immediate contributions to the firm’s understanding of climate change’s impact on investment portfolios and asset allocation, in order to add value to cross-asset investments and our clients. The successful candidate will be expected to provide informative and accurate analysis of how climate change impact economies, sectors and industries in the context of physical and transition risks and opportunities, as well as designing frameworks for climate scenario analysis.

Responsibilities

Research & Analysis

  • Leading research, analysis and evaluation projects at the intersection of climate science, government policies and economics;
  • Performing technical analysis and modelling of energy, emissions, costs, revenues and related data in order to inform climate change and sustainability strategies;
  • Translating scientific predictions about Climate Change into economic projections and implications for financial markets under various policy scenarios, in collaboration with internal economists and portfolio managers;
  • Producing outstanding thematic reports to educate and enhance the firm’s and its clients’ understanding on the economics of climate change, including the creation of impactful materials with a keen eye for visual representation of complex and striking data and findings;
  • Developing climate resilience analytical capabilities and investment tools to assess physical and transition risks and opportunities; and
  • Initiating, designing, coordinating and delivering all aspects of any projects assigned to them, including managing and guiding project-assigned analysts.

Internal Stakeholder & Client Engagement

  • Building relationships with other research analysts on the Sustainable Investing team and other investment teams across asset classes supporting the investment and research process;
  • Partnering closely with multiple teams across JPMAM in the execution of joint research work, and to design and construct investment frameworks, analytical tools to suit investor requirements and preferences;
  • Design and build research and investment framework focusing on physical and transition risks and opportunities;
  • Engaging with stakeholders through both quantitative and qualitative survey and technical-economic analysis;
  • Engaging with clients to support business development activities to provide climate-related portfolio or investment solutions in capacity as a Sustainable Investing specialist;
  • Providing clients with advice on how policies are working and analysis on the likely effects of proposed policies on the environment, climate, society, health and the economy;
  • Travelling as required and acting as an ambassador the Sustainable Investing team at internal and external events.

This is a demanding job that requires independent thinking, effective client and stakeholder management, purposeful collaboration and pragmatic problem-solving skills. The successful candidate will possess a passion for creative and critical thinking about financial markets, and a desire to be part of a fast-growing team. They will need to be pro-active as well as thorough in understanding, valuing and maintaining coverage on existing research projects. Previous experience in an analytical research role either in Asset Management or a closely related business is essential.

Additionally, candidates should demonstrate:

  • Bachelor’s degree within a business or technical field (finance, economics, engineering, mathematics, science etc.); Advanced degree (Masters or PhD) preferred;
  • Extensive full-time practical experience;
  • Deep expertise in at least one of the following areas: financial statement analysis, economic forecasting, energy system modelling, business strategy and advanced programming skills applied to economic or social system forecasting.

Industry/Market knowledge

  • Deep understanding of climate change science and its physical impacts, climate policy issues, including climate change mitigation and adaptation measures
    • Understanding of energy efficiency / low carbon transition financial mechanisms and environmental impacts / circular economy
    • Understanding of climate-related risks and opportunities and commercial deployment of such in climate models for in economic forecasts, sector and industry level analysis and strategic asset allocation
  • Solid understanding of financial markets, investment theories and asset valuations.
  • Familiarity with broader ESG and sustainable investing a plus.

Research & Modelling skills

  • Track record of leading analyses and authoring thought leadership related to climate change and decarbonisation;
  • Strong quantitative analysis capability and experience building models for the purposes of climate change forecasts;
  • Experience in the application of quantitative methods and analytic techniques in the analysis of financial data.

Client-Facing

  • Experience of influential engagement with senior-level stakeholders and comfort working alongside/in collaboration with leaders in finance and industry, government officials, as well as academic experts and research organisations.

Soft Skills

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills to articulate methods, insights and recommendations from complex and quantitative analysis in a compelling and influential way, both internally and to expert and non-technical audiences;
  • Strong analytical and decision-making ability, combined with intellectual curiosity and honesty;
  • Project management skills and the ability to manage several projects simultaneously;
Outstanding interpersonal characteristics, reputation, and team orientation, which will enable her/him to command the confidence, loyalty