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Analyst, ESG, Credit

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Over the last 20 years, Ares’ success has been driven by our people and our culture. Today, our team is guided by our core values – Collaborative, Responsible, Entrepreneurial, Self-Aware, Trustworthy – and our purpose to be a catalyst for shared prosperity and a better future. Through our recruitment, career development and employee-focused programming, we are committed to fostering a welcoming and inclusive work environment where high-performance talent of diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives can build careers within this exciting and growing industry.

Job Description

Ares is seeking a new Analyst to add to the growing ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) team. The ESG Analyst will support the ESG central team. Based out of our New York office, the Analyst will have a focus on evolving the U.S. Credit business’ ESG integration efforts and will work with the Direct Lending, Global Liquid Credit and Alternative Credit teams to deepen the ESG data collection, ESG diligence and post-investment ESG engagement processes.

This role will span on-going responsibilities and project-based work across Ares’ Corporate Sustainability and Responsible Investment initiatives. Project-based work includes, but is not limited to, maintaining the momentum behind firmwide workstreams focused on sustainability-linked loans, ESG data collection, climate change strategy and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) investment process integration. See Ares’ 2022 Sustainability Report for more information on the ESG team’s Corporate Sustainability and Responsible Investment Initiatives.

Primary Functions & Responsibilities

The Analyst is responsible for the following functions:

  • Lead project management and develop internal / external deliverables on ESG workstreams across the Direct Lending, Global Liquid Credit and Alternative Credit workstreams to deepen the ESG data collection, ESG diligence and post-investment ESG engagement
  • Partner with ESG Direct Lending, Liquid Credit and Alternative Credit champions on engagements with portfolio companies, investment professionals and conduct regular trainings on thematic and sector ESG topics
  • Support ESG initiatives across the US Credit investment platform including ESG data collection and carbon foot printing efforts
  • Conduct research and communicate findings on ESG industry trends and frameworks, in addition to ad hoc deep-dive research topics
  • Lead ESG external deliverables and coordinate with IR teams to develop consistent ESG fund reporting
  • In partnership with the Head of ESG, create high visibility board materials
  • Work with ESG team members and RFP team on complex ESG-related inquiries
  • Lead aspects of preparing the corporate sustainability report in accordance with accepted standards (GRI, SASB, TCFD, CDP, etc.)
  • Support benchmarking analysis and action plans for Ares’ improvements in sustainability practices
  • Contribute to thought leadership through research and writing, and client engagement through content development and production of presentation materials
  • Collaborate with other teams (i.e. HR, Corporate Services, IR, compliance, marketing, investment professionals) on building their capacity to progress their own ESG initiatives
  • Support “enabler” activity, including but not limited to Ares’ firmwide workstreams focused on Sustainability Linked Loans, ESG Data, Climate Change Strategy and Diversity & Inclusion investment process integration
  • Support the maintenance and enhancement of Ares’ ESG capabilities, including staying abreast of industry trends and regulations, and engaging with industry associations

Reporting Relationship: Principal, ESG Integration Lead for US Credit

Qualifications

Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree required.

Experience & Knowledge Required

  • Passion for ESG, sustainability, and/or impact investing, with an entry level understanding of (or strong appetite to learn about) ESG data, frameworks, reporting, and industry standard processes
  • Minimum 2-4 years of work experience in a professional work environment
  • Prior experience in Financial Services, Consulting or ESG/Sustainability is preferred
  • Strong proficiency in PowerPoint and Word; proficiency in Excel

Skills/Abilities

  • Requires strong work ethic, flexibility, excellent communication, writing and interpersonal skills, and the ability to prioritize tasks
  • Strong analytical and written / verbal communication skills, including synthesizing research and concepts into actionable insights and investor-facing deliverables in a timely manner
  • Comfort navigating ambiguity
  • Team-oriented and organized, with the shown ability to proactively lead multiple projects with a broad range of stakeholders to deliver results in a dynamic environment
  • Accountable, with a strong sense of ownership and attention to detail

Reporting Relationships

Compensation

The anticipated base salary range for this position is listed below. Total compensation may also include a discretionary performance-based bonus. Note, the range takes into account a broad spectrum of qualifications, including, but not limited to, years of relevant work experience, education, and other relevant qualifications specific to the role.

$90,000-$120,000

The firm also offers robust Benefits offerings. Ares U.S. Core Benefits include Comprehensive Medical/Rx, Dental and Vision plans; 401(k) program with company match; Flexible Savings Accounts (FSA); Healthcare Savings Accounts (HSA) with company contribution; Basic and Voluntary Life Insurance; Long-Term Disability (LTD) and Short-Term Disability (STD) insurance; Employee Assistance Program (EAP), and Commuter Benefits plan for parking and transit.

Ares offers a number of additional benefits including access to a world-class medical advisory team, a mental health app that includes coaching, therapy and psychiatry, a mindfulness and wellbeing app, financial wellness benefit that includes access to a financial advisor, new parent leave, reproductive and adoption assistance, emergency backup care, matching gift program, education sponsorship program, and much more.

There is no set deadline to apply for this job opportunity. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis until the search is no longer active.