Sustainability Manager (Active Ownership)

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Job Description Environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations in investment strategies have grown in importance over the last decade, as more investors become aware of the broader impacts of corporate conduct. We believe that companies...

Job Description

Environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations in investment strategies have grown in importance over the last decade, as more investors become aware of the broader impacts of corporate conduct.  We believe that companies concerned about the long-term interests of their shareholders should manage relationships with employees, suppliers, customers, and other stakeholders, and consider the long-term impact of their actions on the environment and society as a whole.

The Investment Vector Sustainability Group supports the business by providing ESG subject matter expertise & setting standards on sustainability matters. This position is within the Active Ownership Team and will report to a Senior Sustainability Manager. The Active Ownership Team is responsible for setting the house view on corporate governance, voting standards and active ownership matters, ensuring voting is conducted in line with house and investment view.  The team leads engagement strategy across investment teams on sustainability matters/themes and influences external bodies on governance, engagement and regulatory matters.  

Role Purpose


The purpose of the role is to bring ESG expertise on investment matters to our investors, with a particular focus on voting, reporting and engagement.  

Role Profile

  • Leading engagement on ESG matters with our investee companies

  • Playing a key role in the Active Ownership team’s voting responsibilities, with a focus on Environmental and & Social resolutions

  • Work with different asset classes to deliver ESG strategy 

  • Support in the production of external communications on abrdn’s ESG approach 

  • Being actively involved in the development and communication of ESG approaches across the business and externally 

  • Being actively involved in governance reviews (including Health Warning) of investee companies

  • Supporting colleagues on different investment desks with ESG related queries 

  • Work with investment teams to enhance understanding of our voting and engagement 

  • Support client facing colleagues to express abrdn’s active ownership approach

  • Represent abrdn and promote the Sustainability Group’s views at external events i.e conferences, industry associations etc.

Key Outcomes

  • Drive engagement activities in the active ownership team

  • Voting analysis and related engagement conducted to a high standard and in a timely manner

  • Close and constructive working relationships formed with investment teams and other internal stakeholders related to our engagement and voting

  • Reporting produced on time and to a high standard 

  • Promote the ESG activities of abrdn internally and externally

Role Requirements

  • Relevant experience particularly in company engagement

  • A good knowledge and understanding of financial markets

  • Strong communication skills

  • Strong analytical skills

  • Strong attention to detail 

  • Strong organisation and time management skills

We’re committed to providing an inclusive workplace where all forms of difference are valued and which is free from any form of unfair or unlawful treatment.  We define diversity in its broadest sense – this includes but is not limited to our diversity of educational and professional backgrounds, experience, cognitive and neurodiversity, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, religion or belief and ethnicity and geographical provenance.  We support a culture that values meritocracy, fairness and transparency and welcomes enquiries from everyone.

If you need assistance or an adjustment due to a disability please let us know as part of your application and we will assist.

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