Head of Responsible Investment Networks (Asset Owners), wanted Now!- Bermondsey, London

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Bermondsey, London
£49,500 – £54,000 (dependent on experience) + 8% pension (non-contributory) + benefits
Closing date
12 Oct 2022
Full time
Listing type
Job vacancy
Charities, Advice, Advocacy, International, Finance & accounting, Investment, Policy & research
Job function
Project management
Job level
Senior management 

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 Asset Owner Initiatives team aims to raise responsible investment standards through its vibrant networks of charities, universities and pension schemes and pools.


The newly created role of Head of Responsible Investment Networks (Asset Owners) will design and deliver ShareAction’s strategy for asset owners and asset owner networks. The post holder will maintain the high standards of secretariat support that we have offered asset owner networks over many years. This includes oversight of relationships with asset owners and delivery of work plans of the OPSC (Occupational Pensions Stewardship Council – delivered in partnership with DWP), CRIN (Charities Responsible Investment Network) and RINU (Responsible Investment Network – Universities).

What you’ll do

  • Lead on the development of ShareAction’s strategy for asset owners and asset owner networks.
  • Manage relationships with existing network members and maintain quality of participation in networks activities.
  • Lead on growing the networks by recruiting new and diverse members.
  • Oversee the design and delivery of work plans for our networks setting realistic but ambitious KPIs alongside team members.
  • Manage and develop the Asset Owner Initiatives team, taking responsibility for the growth, line management, and professional development of your team members, enabling individuals to progress in their careers.
  • Deliver successful funding bids for the work of the Asset Owner Initiatives team.
  • Oversee the budget for asset owner networks, lead on work to ensure on-going financial sustainability, and ensure team-specific risks are monitored and managed.
  • Manage and develop stakeholder relationships in the wider sector and representing ShareAction at events as the organisation’s spokesperson for our asset owner work.
  • Work with ShareAction’s Communications team to achieve positive media and social media coverage of activity within the team.
  • Collaborate with colleagues across ShareAction to ensure that asset owner facing work is well coordinated with other activities in the organisation, whilst championing the independence and leadership of our asset owner network members.


What you’ll bring to the team

  • You have excellent knowledge of responsible investment and current ESG trends and discussions.
  • You have some experience or knowledge of investment in the context of either the occupational pensions, charitable foundations, or university endowments sectors, and/or a willingness to learn.
  • You have exceptional relationship-building skills with the ability to understand and manage a range of complex stakeholder relations for mutual benefit and mission impact.
  • You have a strong team-working aptitude with experience of managing and leading a high performing team based on mutual trust, respect and inclusion.
  • You have the ability to design and deliver effective work plans that identify, engage, recruit and manage diverse stakeholder groups.
  • You are a strong strategic thinker with the ability to make valuable connections and translate strategy into effective plans, as well as contribute to delivery.

What we will do for you

  • You will be joining a newly created team that is made up of existing staff members., For this reason you will have space to shape how your team works together and how you work well with others across the organisation.
  • Peer group of Heads and support from senior management and ShareAction’s operational teams
  • Tailored professional development opportunities and access to ShareAction’s in-house L&D platform
  • Opportunities to develop your professional network and represent ShareAction at public events and in the media
  • Flexible working arrangements, including the ability to work remotely for majority of the time

Other information

Contract type: Full- Time (35 hours per week), Perm
Who it reports to: Director of Financial Sector Standards (FSS)
Salary: £49,500- £54,000 (dependent on experience) plus 8% pension (non-contributory) and benefits including a healthcare scheme
Deadline for applications: We are considering applications on a rolling basis. Candidates will be notified of the outcome of their application within two weeks of submission
Interview dates: There will likely be three rounds of interviews.

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 based in vibrant Bermondsey and a short walk from London Bridge underground and national rail. 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 and live in the UK. Due to employment law and tax reasons you must reside in the UK to be employed by ShareAction. We are unable to sponsor visas for this role.

contact them with the following details below:
+44 (0)20 7403 7800

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