Senior Research Officer- Climate Change

Hours: Full-time, but with some flexibility possible

Contract type: Permanent 

Salary: £26,500- £29,800+ 8% pension (non-contributory) and benefits including a healthcare scheme

Deadline: Monday 20 July 2020 at 9am

Start Date: September 2020


Hours: Full-time, but with some flexibility possible

Contract type: Permanent 

Salary: £26,500- £29,800+ 8% pension (non-contributory) and benefits including a healthcare scheme

Deadline: Monday 20 July 2020 at 9am

Start Date: September 2020


ShareAction is a charity and campaigning organisation working to unleash the power of the financial system to drive social progress and protect our environment. We focus on transforming the investment system, using it as a lever to generate positive social and environmental impact in the real world.

We do this by:

  • Educating and working with investors to improve their practices;
  • Influencing the policy-makers and industry regulators that can ensure the investment system serves society’s interests in the long-term;
  • Campaigning to unlock the power of investors, as shareholders in companies, to change corporate behaviour (on issues such as climate change, good work and human rights, sustainable food and public health);
  • Mobilising ordinary people, who have a stake in the investment system through their pensions and savings, to demand a change in how their money is invested;
  • Collaborating with other civil society organisations who share our vision.

Job Description

You will be responsible for supporting ShareAction’s climate change corporate engagement team with high-quality research to inform our campaigns on the oil & gas and power generation industries and encouraging companies from a range of sectors—particularly hard to abate sectors—to set science-based targets. This will include ad hoc research to prepare for meetings, work on more long-term research projects (including surveys and the drafting of investor reports and briefings) and the presentation of research findings to target audiences, with the support of the rest of the climate team.


Although your role will be varied and open to some change in the activities you will undertake, below are the types of activities that you can expect to be doing:

  • Conducting and leading research on a broad range of topics linked to the intersection between climate change, financial services and a number of industry sectors (including oil & gas, mining, power, transport, and heavy industries);
  • Drafting reports and briefings for a range of audiences, including investors and companies;
  • Supporting the climate campaigns team with ad hoc research, for instance to prepare for meetings or presentations;
  • You will work closely with our communications team to coordinate press and social media around publications;
  • Presenting research findings to a variety of audiences, with the support of the climate campaigns team;
  • Horizon-scanning to identify new developments and trends in the external environment which may provide opportunities for our mission.

Please note that this list isn’t exhaustive and the role might change slightly from time to time

Person specification

We are looking for a passionate, determined individual, with the following experience and skills:


  • Experience of leading or being part of a research project;
  • A good understanding of how climate change affects companies in a range of sectors;
  • Ability to write about complex topics in a direct and understandable manner;
  • Good analytical skills – the ability to quickly get to grips with new and complex subject areas, assimilate information, pull out the relevant points and communicate them to a wide variety of audiences;
  • Excellent written and verbal English skill;
  • Comfortable analysing, manipulating and presenting quantitative information;
  • Experience writing press releases and social media content;
  • Able to flex, balance competing priorities and reprioritise when needed;
  • Great attention to detail;
  • Good presentation skills;
  • A good understanding of ShareAction and our objectives;
  • Experience of Microsoft Office tools (particularly Word, Excel and PowerPoint) and Office 365.


  • A good understanding of responsible investment;
  • A good understanding of any of the following sectors: financial services, mining, oil & gas, power generation, cement, shipping;
  • Experience of working with CRM systems, ideally Salesforce.

ShareAction values and respects all differences in people (seen and unseen). One of the ways we do this is by actively encouraging staff to work in ways that best suit their needs and our flexible working policy outlines many of the options available- such as part-time and term-time working, job sharing, home working and working compressed hours. Please talk to us at the interview about the flexibility you need. We can’t promise to give you exactly what you want, but we do promise not to judge you for asking.

Due to Covid-19 all interviews will take place online, you will also be expected to work from home for the foreseeable future

How to apply

Please send an up to date CV and cover letter to Helen Wiggs at recruitment@shareaction.org by Monday 20 July 2020 at 9am (please note that we may close this role early depending on the level of response). Please ensure that your cover letter is no more than one side of A4 and that you address all of the criteria in the person specification by giving details of work experience (paid or voluntary), skills and achievements relevant to this post, and any other information to support your application.

We welcome applications from all sections of the community. Note that all personal information will be removed from applications prior to shortlisting which can delay the process in responding to applications. 

Please note that to be considered for this post you must be legally eligible to work in the UK. Due to current restrictions we are unable to hire anyone that isn’t already living in the UK.

A bit more about us

ShareAction is a charity which promotes responsible investment by pension funds and other institutional investors. We believe that investment can be a force for good, serving savers and communities, and protecting our environment for the long term. We campaign on specific environmental and social issues that the investment industry has the power to influence, like climate change and workers’ rights. We advocate for policy changes required to enable responsible investment to thrive. We undertake research and rankings to drive up best practice among pension funds and asset managers. And we work with savers to help them push their pension schemes towards more responsible behaviour and sustainable investment practices.