Director, Governance & Sustainability Policy

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BlackRock has an opening for a new Director, Governance & Sustainability Policy.

Role Description

The Director of Governance and Sustainability Policy will work in a lead role as part of a growing team, of currently over 50 specialists globally. He/she will work closely with the Managing Director or Global Institutional Relations and Policy to develop BIS’ policy positions and thought leadership pieces on perpetual and emerging stewardship issues. He/she will play a key role in developing and maintaining BIS’ corporate governance and sustainability positions that are communicated through our voting and engagement policies globally, in close collaboration with regional BIS teams, and will contribute to their implementation. He/she will apply corporate governance expertise to contribute to other policy-related content across BIS publications, including ad hoc thought leadership reports, topical commentaries, and standard publications for client consumption. The person in this role would work closely with colleagues in the Sustainable Investing and Global Public Policy teams on issues that overlap with their areas of responsibility. He/she will also partner with multiple corporate functions across BlackRock to stay aligned on BlackRock positioning on emerging trends and issues.

The role reports to the Managing Director, Global Institutional Relations and Policy and is based in New York.

Key Responsibilities

  • Ensuring robust and relevant voting and engagement policies, in collaboration with the MD of Global Institutional Relations and Policy and regional teams
    • Apply corporate governance expertise, gained through direct involvement in corporate engagement and voting by proxy at shareholder meetings across multiple markets, in leading the annual policy review process. This involves working with regional teams to ensure voting guidelines address key voting issues, relevant KPIs and achieve the appropriate balance between global consistency with local relevance
    • Apply corporate governance expertise to contribute to the implementation of BIS’ voting guidelines, particularly on complex or sensitive votes, to support quality analysis and consistent policy implementation
    • Monitor public policy developments and make recommendations for off-cycle policy updates or other communications on key issues arising
  • Provide policy insights to shape BIS communications, product strategy and client collateral
    • Research and analyze governance, environmental and social issues from an investment perspective and collaborate with the investment teams and other key internal stakeholders to share views
    • Contribute policy-related content to BIS publications and engage key external parties to gather feedback and additional insights
    • Work with the product strategy team to ensure that client collateral reflects the most up to date thinking and demonstrates BlackRock thought leadership
    • Contribute content to client-specific requests for information on our policy views
    • Contribute to ad hoc reports, commentaries or thought leadership pieces as required
    • Share responsibility with the BIS Executive Committee members for public representation of BlackRock’s views and how the team’s work benefits clients
  • Monitor emerging trends and issues and help shape BIS’ policies
    • Undertake periodic ‘horizon scanning’ exercises with colleagues to identify key emerging trends that may impact BIS’ work or policies
    • Use insights gained from research and engagement to advise on options for BIS’ positions on emerging issues
  • Contribute to communications collateral
    • Shape the suite of published policies and suggest areas for research and thought leadership as necessary
    • Contribute to firm-wide publications (e.g. BlackRock Investment Institute and Global Public Policy papers)
    • Contribute to materials for internal training on the BIS team’s policy positions and thought leadership and participate in training sessions as needed
    • Contribute to our library of speaking notes, internal playbook content and/or formal text for delivery, presentation decks and finalize transcripts of remarks on policy issues for publication as required
  • Coordinate with team members to support their submissions to public policy consultations
  • Coordinate with partners in other BlackRock businesses to ensure alignment of BIS positions with those taken elsewhere in the firm
  • Develop an external network to support a sound understanding of the policy debate, anticipate developments and communicate BlackRock’s views
  • Coordinate communication with the BIS global oversight committee and, in conjunction with the Committee’s chairman, ensure its members remain informed of policy developments and are equipped to fulfil their function to oversee stewardship related risk
  • Contribute to the management and development of the team, particularly in relation to policy, BIS’ implementation and communications

The Person In This Role Will Have/be

  • An undergraduate degree, ideally in finance, economics, accounting or related discipline, that contributed to the development of strong research and analytical skills
  • A postgraduate, CFA or MBA qualification would be an advantage
  • An understanding of and interest in corporate governance and sustainability issues as investment considerations
  • Seven to ten years in a corporate governance role at an investment firm or asset owner that involved engagement and voting, ideally across multiple markets
  • Exceptional business writing and communication skills
  • A proven track record in policy development and thought leadership, including coordinating views of multiple stakeholders
  • Fluency in and knowledge of investment management, economics and finance
  • The ability to understand complex issues and translate them into simple, actionable ideas for clients and other key stakeholders
  • Research and analytical capabilities
  • The ability to manage competing demands on their time and keep track of projects and deadlines
  • The ability to build and maintain successful relationships with colleagues across the firm and with external parties
  • The ability to work effectively and accurately under time pressure

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Director, Governance & Sustainability Policy


Friday 26th March 2021


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