Institutional Shareholder Services, Inc.

  • Executive Compensation Research Analyst

    Job Locations US-MD-Rockville
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  • Overview

    Interested in being an influential team member in the world of executive compensation?  Work with ISS and experience an opportunity to affect the corporate landscape of executive compensation.


    ISS is seeking an Executive Compensation Analyst to join our US Research Team.  This position is based in Rockville, Maryland.


    We are seeking a resident subject matter expert for U.S. Research staff in the area of U.S. executive compensation and benefit programs and practices.  The ideal candidate could come from a compensation consulting practice, a law firm, proxy solicitor, or even corporate HR (although focus should be on executive compensation, not broad-based benefits).  Our analysts are a part of a highly specialized research team focused on a key area of corporate governance that is of critical importance to institutional investors – executive pay.  In this role you will be a source of expertise and guidance both internally with other analysts, and externally in interfacing with clients and issuers.  Familiarity with pay-related corporate governance issue is important.



    In this role you gain experience working inside our collaborative team environment and will often:  

    • Research proxy statements for high profile/contentious U.S. company shareholder meetings, focusing on executive compensation issues in the areas of incentive programs, perquisites, and benefits
    • Complete written analyses detailing ISS vote recommendations and rationale related to compensation issues
    • Support the ISS standard research team staff in their analyses, and review staff’s work with the compensation model
    • Lead and/or participate in ISS policy formulation relating to executive compensation
    • Respond to client and company inquiries to explain ISS’ compensation policies and model methodology and answer questions as necessary
    • As requested, work with Marketing and Sales to pro-actively promote our compensation policies to the industry
    • Interface with technology tools to conduct accurate and meaningful analysis, following established procedures and processes
    • Recruit and train full-time and temporary research staff on executive compensation policies and methodologies
    • As appropriate, maintain and update ISS’ existing quantitative models on equity compensation


    • MBA or equivalent work experience
    • Strong analytical, verbal and written skills
    • Ability to work within a team-oriented environment
    • Strong attention to detail
    • Strong organizational skills and ability to prioritize multiple tasks
    • Demonstrated familiarity with U.S. executive compensation issues 

    Valuable Strengths

    • Highly knowledgeable in the areas of executive compensation and benefits
    • Financial analysis and or equity analysis skills and expertise
    • Familiarity with concepts of corporate governance
    • Ability to explain complex compensation issues to clients and staff
    • Ability to understand and work with compensation modeling programs


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