Institutional Shareholder Services, Inc.

  • Custom Research Analyst - Temp

    Job Locations US-MD-Rockville
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  • Overview

    Drawing on a deep understanding of shareholder and corporate governance issues gathered through fundamental research, partnership with institutional investors and other stakeholder engagements, ISS' Custom Research team partners with clients to fully optimize their corporate governance program through the provision of governance expertise as well as customized deliverables.

    Custom Research Analysts, working as members of regional teams, help clients develop and/or implement customized guidelines that reflect the clients' unique corporate governance philosophy. Using Policy Engine, a data-driven automation tool for base policy automation, in conjunction with analyst expertise on the subject of corporate governance, the Custom Research team provides clients with customized vote recommendations based on their respective proxy voting guidelines. As part of providing end-to-end management of client policies, the team keeps clients apprised of new trends and emerging proposals that have garnered increased interest in the investment community and assists clients in developing and implementing policies on these new issues. To this end, the team provides clients with tailored reports, including an annual custom policy matrix that captures voting instructions and procedures on proxy issues that are expected to be seen on ballots in the upcoming year, and policy gap analyses to identify areas in client policy that do not effectively address any particular corporate governance issue. The Custom Research team fosters further partnership with clients to fully optimize their corporate governance program by the production of customized board reports that summarize statistics of votes on key proxy proposals, performs research on critical corporate governance topics, statistical and trend analyses, and various ad hoc projects as requested by the client.


    Position Overview

    ISS is seeking a Contingent Research Analyst starting in January 2019 for a term ending in May/June 2019 to join our Custom Research team based in Rockville, Maryland (there could be some fluctuation in start and end dates). This is a unique opportunity to join our leading Custom Research team and can lead to a career path towards a full-time Associate role.


    • Complete basic and advanced analytical governance research of particular meetings and companies
    • Distill financial and corporate governance information and issue proxy vote recommendations based on client specific policy guidelines
    • Complete client specific reports and/or policy related projects
    • Research policy related issues and support staff in their completion of such projects
    • Identify opportunities to enhance the department's service offering
    • Identify process improvement opportunities
    • Provide assistance to the team with supervision of projects/tasks as required from time to time
    • Manage work allocation and maintain delivery timeliness of client deliverables


    • Ability to make a commitment to working the duration of the assignment 
    • Bachelor´s degree and a minimum of 3 years’ experience, preferably with 2 years in a related field such as finance, research, or law OR Master's degree in Finance, Economics, Law or equivalent.
    • Demonstrated ability to exercise superior judgment.
    • Organizational skills, attention to detail, a self-driven work ethic, and the ability to prioritize multiple tasks in a high-pressure, deadline-driven environment
    • Ability to work effectively with clients, colleagues at various staff and management levels across staff and function lines
    • Experience providing innovative solutions to existing processes and problems.
    • Excellent writing and research abilities; proofreading skills and attention to detail; and well-developed communication skills, both oral and written
    • Strong computer literacy with previous experience and excellent knowledge of MS Office - strong Excel skills a plus.

    Preferred Experience and Qualifications

    • Familiarity with corporate governance issues, corporate transactions and capital markets
    • Demonstrated understanding or competency in corporate governance
    • Familiarity with SEC filings
    • Good understanding of business technology; experience working with technology in an operational context strongly desired

    This position requires the ability to work over-time potentially, including weekends, during peak weeks (generally late March – June).


    ISS Inc. is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversifying its workforce. It is the policy of the Firm to ensure equal employment opportunity without discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, age, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, citizenship, protected veterans or individuals with disabilities, marital and civil partnership/union status, pregnancy (including unlawful discrimination on the basis of a legally protected pregnancy/maternity leave), veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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