About the Role
The Research Release Senior Associate will be part of Sustainalytics’ Research Transformation Team, which operates within Sustainalytics’ ESG research division.
The Research Transformation team is responsible for translating new ESG product requirements into research requirements and ensuring that the research produced by various operations teams is combined into high-quality ESG products.
The candidate will support the Change and Release Manager, who acts as connectors between individual ESG research operations teams on the one hand and Sustainalytics’ Product Development Strategy Team, ICT, and Sustainalytics Methodology Team on the other.
The Research Release Senior Associate’s focus will be on Sustainalytics’ Corporate Solutions Products. The candidate will support the release of solutions for new Corporate Solutions research requirements to the research teams in order to accelerate growth, stimulate product innovation and improve the efficiency and quality of the research process.
In addition, the candidate will work to adjust research processes to achieve organizational effectiveness in support of our product strategy and communicate the business vision to various internal stakeholders.
Support the Research Release Manager in coordinating with the Corporate Solutions Product Managers the roadmap planning implementation of new research releases, through scope management and research release planning.
Update the project portfolio of all change projects for the Corporate Solutions suite of products and communicate progress to the stakeholders.
Analyze research requirements and change proposals (as-is vs to-be) and create recommendations. Assist the Research Release Manager in preparing decision processes where there are several possible courses of action.
Provide input for the workload analysis and cost basis of any changes, in close collaboration with the Research Managers.
Support the Research Release Manager to plan implementation projects and partner with Research Managers to ensure that research processes, guidance and platforms are adjusted / developed to support new research requirements and ensure that operational gates are passed in a timely manner.
Support the research teams in the preparation of deliverables for the stage-gate process.
Under the overview of the Research Release Manager, lead the implementation of initiatives on quality and efficiency and build mechanisms to measure and deliver benefits.
Provide support, as needed, to the Corporate Solutions Research Quality Controller to ensure the timely publication of high-quality research.
Support Research Quality Controllers in resolving quality issues across the value chain and implementing corrective measures (issue management).
Act as research change ambassador and coordinate / support change management initiatives.
Master’s degree in economics, finance, business management, environmental or social sciences.
3+ years of work experience in the ESG / financial industry
Affinity with ESG product development
Strong process management capabilities (green / yellow Six Sigma certificate)
Proven experience with change management and operating in an international environment.
Demonstrated analytical thinking and problem-solving skills in a data driven or research operations environment
Ability to work under pressure and manage multiple priorities, individually as well as part of a team
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to engage / connect and build effective relationships at different levels, while managing competing interests.
Project management and execution skills, with the ability to set clear priorities
Innovative and creative
Positive attitude to change, with a can do’ attitude
Demonstrated passion for sustainability
Meticulousness and attentiveness to detail
Sustainalytics is a Morningstar company dedicated to responsible investment with over 25 years' experience in ESG research and ratings.
With an extensive client base across asset managers, asset owners and investment banks, our mission is to provide the insights required for investors and companies to make more informed decisions that lead to a more just and sustainable global economy.
As Morningstar’s ESG center of excellence we are responsible for driving both the commercial success and innovation of its ESG products as well as its overall ESG strategy.
In these times, we rely on virtual team meetings and management practices, as well as a remote buddy program, to support a smooth integration in our virtual offices.
New team members are onboarded and start their first day with the company from the safety of their homes.
For more information, visit www.sustainalytics.com