Dutch, Canadian pension giants hiring responsible investment specialists

Major investment institutions boost ESG teams

Two of the largest pension fund investors in the world, APG of the Netherlands and Canada’s CPP Investment Board (CPPIB), are seeking to recruit responsible investment specialists.

APG Asset Management, which has around €300bn in assets under management and is a subsidiary of civil service pension fund ABP, is recruiting a Governance & Sustainability Specialist to work on the implementation of its Responsible Investment Policy as part of a team that currently has eight members.

The focus of the role will be the “further integration” of sustainability and governance in listed equities and fixed income, the job ad states. It will provide portfolio managers with environmental, social and governance (ESG) analyses “based on your own research, company analyses and engagement with companies”. The position reports to Head of Sustainability and Governance Claudia Kruse.

“This post provides an exciting opportunity to work at the interface of governance and finance in one of the world’s leading investment institutions,” APG says.Separately, the CPP Investment Board, which oversees the C$172.6bn (€127.2bn) assets of the Canada Pension Plan, is recruiting for an Analyst in the Responsible Investing team within its public market team.

“An opportunity to work at the interface of governance and finance”

The candidate will contribute to ESG related research on public companies, portfolio analysis, direct and collaborative corporate engagement initiatives, and ESG integration across CPPIB’s investment activities – including private investments and real estate.

It comes as the Harvard Management Company, the asset manager of the $30.7bn (€23bn) endowment of the US university, has created a new position for a Vice President of Sustainable Investing.

The deadline for applications to APG is March 15, while the CPPIB role has a closing date of March 29.