Head of ESG Investing

    • Jersey City, NJ

The Role

Lord Abbett is currently seeking a Head of ESG Investing. Reporting directly to our Chief Operating Officer - Investments, this individual will lead our ESG Strategy with the objective of establishing a leadership position in ESG Investing. In keeping with Lord Abbett’s commitment to global corporate citizenship and its mission—securing a sustainable future for our clients, our people, and our world—the firm’s ESG Strategy is aimed at authentically integrating ESG factors into our investment process and delivering a range of innovative ESG-related investment solutions. In addition to leading our Investment Stewardship Team, the Head of ESG Investing will hire and lead a team of ESG analysts who will support ESG investment analysis across Equities and Fixed Income.

We’ll trust you to:

  • Lead the ESG Investments Strategy and ensure its successful implementation
  • Manage our Investment Stewardship Team focused on directing our engagement effort with portfolio companies
  • Hire and lead a team of ESG dedicated analysts who will support ESG investment analysis across Equities and Fixed Income
  • Oversee the ESG implementation, coordinating cross departmental teams with various tasks including: training Investment professionals, ESG data collection, analysis, monitoring, and reporting
  • Work closely with Investments Professionals (portfolio managers, research analysts, and risk management professionals) in order to advance the integration of material ESG factors into their investment decisions, and to enable the adoption of a unified ESG approach
  • Work closely with the client-facing teams to facilitate consistent messaging in Marketing materials, contribute to the launch of ESG thematic products, and raise the profile and understanding of Lord Abbett ESG capabilities
  • Work with our Legal Team to navigate the emergence of regulatory activity around ESG
  • Liaise across the company as needed to facilitate impactful and holistic ESG activities and communications
  • Prioritize effectively, and handle ad-hoc requests from various team members
  • Remain up to date on ESG trends and developments, and disseminate key findings within the firm
  • Attend conferences, create a compelling public identity for Lord Abbett on ESG to include public speaking, and author articles on thematic areas of ESG focus, such as climate change investing

You’ll need to have:

  • 15+ years of experience in investment management or consultancy, at least 5 of which should be in a Sustainability leadership role
  • Demonstrated experience as a subject matter expert in ESG & sustainable investing
  • Experience leading and managing a function with multiple interdependencies within a complex global organization
  • A high level of market sophistication and broad expertise in Fixed Income and/or Equities
  • Sharp presentation as well as oral and written communications skills with ability to communicate and influence across a broad range of sophistication levels
  • A strategic, analytical, and entrepreneurial mindset
  • High standards of ethics and integrity
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize and manage multiple assignments in a fast-paced environment and to meet deadlines with efficiency and accuracy
  • Bachelor’s degree required, CFA or MBA preferred

Why Lord Abbett?

Lord Abbett is one of the fastest-growing global asset managers with approximately $210 billion in assets under management. We seek to hire a diverse group of talented individuals who are committed to driving our vision to be the most respected asset manager in the world, fulfilling our commitment to global corporate citizenship, and achieving our mission of securing a sustainable future for our clients, our people, and our world. We are looking for candidates who value excellence, responsibility, transparency, and collaboration as much as we do. Our employees share a passion for excellence in serving our diverse range of clients – individuals, advisors, and institutions across the globe who rely on us to deliver innovative investment solutions that help them secure stronger financial futures.

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