ESG Data Operations Associate

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Job Description

MSCI ESG Research has a suite of research and data products designed to help institutional investors understand how ESG factors can impact the long-term risk and return profile of their investments. These factors include ESG ratings, business activities-based screening, norms & controversies, sustainable impact, and corporate governance data. MSCI ESG Research provides innovative tools designed to help clients incorporate ESG factors into their investment processes, which is consist of world-class rating and screening models and tools for portfolio management that allows users to track and identify ESG and related reputational and financial risks to their portfolio.

MSCI ESG Operations team main responsibility is to provide ESG raw input data reported in publicly available sources. On a day-today basis, the team manages data production and coordinate with vendors and product content teams. The team is also responsible for quality review and ensuring that data collected is up to date and adheres to data collection guidance and methodology defined by MSCI. Moreover, with the team’s consistent drive to innovate and leverage technology, the ESG Operations team initiates and/or collaborates with other teams on programs related to data quality and process improvements, including but not limited to automation, workflow streamlining projects, and building data QA models.

What we will offer you:

  • At MSCI, we provide competitive benefits programs in every region in which we do business. While our benefits plans vary in availability in our different locations, we offer a broad range of benefits that are part of the value you receive as a MSCI employee. Wherever you are with us, you will find benefits that can help ensure your health and well-being and contribute to your financial security.

Your key responsibilities

As a member of ESG Operations team, you are expected to have a strong interest in general ESG trends and an eye for detail on data quality. Following are the key responsibilities:

  • Searching for, procuring, and processing information about global companies on an as needed basis using multiple methods, techniques, and sources;
  • Working with many different types of information sources (i.e. annual reports, websites, quantitative data feeds, web crawlers, news articles), types of information (i.e. quantitative data, key performance indicators, prose narratives), topics or subject matters (i.e. traditional financial risk, corporate governance, and sustainability) and types of analysis (i.e. rules-based, subjective analysis, written summaries);
  • Conduct an efficient data quality assurance (QA) process including assessing results, compiling, and reporting QA findings;
  • Contribute to process improvements to ensure consistent data quality and efficiency, such as automation of data quality diagnostics by developing a new system/tool which will enable quality assessment of data without manual intervention;
  • Running advanced tool on data analysis, such as jupyter notebooks;
  • Work with internal stakeholders and downstream teams on understanding data requirement, data QC scope and data delivery;
  • Contribute to working committees, projects, or perform other tasks as deemed necessary by the business; and
  • Reviewing and processing feedback from companies and responding to client queries.

Your skills and experience that will help you excel

  • A Bachelor's degree with relevant experience required in one of these areas: Finance/Economics or Business Management, International Development & Relations, Social Science, Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Must have: Good command over excel tools and functionality dealing with volume of data
  • Strong skills (written and oral), proficiency in creating presentations, data analysis and excellent research and analytical skills
  • Good to have: Exposure to pandas or tools like Power BI and jupyter notebooks
  • Sound knowledge about equities or financial markets in general and knowledge on the company disclosures, filings, public company reporting including 10-Ks and annual reports
  • Experience in issuer relation and communication
  • Comfortable working in a team environment across hierarchies, functions, and geographies
  • Experience working on a global team in an international company is preferred.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work with people in different offices and time zones

How we’ll support you

  • Coaching, support and encouragement from experts in your team
  • Access to a wide range of learning opportunities to support your growth and development
  • Customizable learning journeys to help you navigate your professional development
  • Transparent performance-based compensation schemes
  • Employee Resource Groups: MSCI Pride, Black Leadership Network, Women’s Leadership Forum, Women in Tech, Asian Support Network, All Abilities, Hola! MSCI and Climate Action Group.

About MSCI and our teams

MSCI is a leading provider of critical decision support tools and services for the global investment community. With over 50 years of expertise in research, data and technology, we power better investment decisions by enabling clients to understand and analyze key drivers of risk and return and confidently build more effective portfolios. We create industry-leading research-enhanced solutions that clients use to gain insight into and improve transparency across the investment process.

Our values define the working environment we strive to create. We are inclusive, we champion bold ideas, we always pursue excellence, and always act with integrity. Personal accountability and responsibility are key to success, and we always work as a team to remain client centric.

At MSCI diversity is at our core and inclusion defines our culture. Our people are empowered to maximize their potential in an environment where all individuals are respected and encouraged to bring their authentic selves to work. We work, learn and grow together and we are committed to hiring and promoting qualified women, ethnic minorities and members of the LGBT+ community candidates, who have historically been underrepresented in financial services.

Company Info.


MSCI Inc., is an American finance company headquartered in New York City and serving as a global provider of equity, fixed income, hedge fund stock market indexes, multi-asset portfolio analysis tools and ESG products. It publishes the MSCI BRIC, MSCI World and MSCI EAFE Indexes.

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