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Associate - Sustainability Officer

BNP Paribas
New York
Closing date
5 Apr 2024

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Employer Sector
Financial Services, Accountancy Practice
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Type
Business Overview:

Sustainability is one of the three pillars of development of the Bank's 2025 GTS plan. BNP Paribas' goal is to accelerate its clients' sustainability ambitions through forward-looking financing and investing solutions that deliver positive impacts for the environment and society.

BNP Paribas' Americas Sustainability Office is responsible for leading the Bank's regional Sustainability strategy & coordination, anticipating new trends & innovating new sustainability-related businesses, and defining the platform's sustainability positioning & supporting partnerships. Acting as subject matter expertise center on sustainability topics, it is also in charge of supporting the implementation of the Bank's Sustainability strategy and its related governance.

Candidate Success Factors:

Candidates are measured on the following four performance drivers, which will dictate how individual impact is considered on the Americas platform:

* Results and Impact
* Able to influence peers and team.
* Demonstrates good judgement when making decisions of high complexity and impact.
* Exercise appropriate autonomy in the execution and delivery of work.
* Responsible for driving outcomes, which have meaningful effect on team or department.

* Leadership and Collaboration:
* Creates trust with colleagues.
* Acts in leadership capacity for projects, processes, or programs.

* Client, Customer and Stakeholder Focus:
* Able to build relationships with a mix of colleagues and clients.
* Interacts regularly with management and department leaders.
* Demonstrates the ability to influence stakeholders at the team level.

* Compliance Culture and Conduct:
* Takes full responsibility for personal actions and demonstrates courage in facing problems and conflicts.
* Perceived as a person of high moral character; upholds corporate values and displays high ethical standards.


Support integration of ESG & Sustainability into business dialogue

* Prepare strategic slides highlighting recent ESG & sustainability trends relevant to our clients' sector, business, and financing needs (, impact of extra-financial ratings, regulatory pressures, international trends, capital flows, etc.)
* Develop sustainability-related peer benchmarking of clients by sector
* Educate & upskill internal stakeholders on sustainability topics as required
* Support bankers to integrate sustainability-related topics in their client dialogue

Sustainability business innovation

* Identify projects or partners that can help the structuring of emerging new products ( outcome bonds, debt-for-education swaps, nature-based solution securitization, etc.)
* Foster innovation where appropriate, in particular by contributing to BNP Paribas globally led exploratory ESG initiatives (typically initiated by CIB Company Engagement)
* Identify sustainability-related transaction leads from non-standard partners (, universities, NGOs, ...)

Develop sustainability thought-leadership

* Fundamental research on financial valuation of sustainability through both physical risk models (adapting external models) & climate transition risk models (building own internal models)
* Identify overlooked sustainability trends & evolutions that can significantly impact business risks & opportunities for a given client or sector
* Quantify undervalued sustainability-related risks
* Develop knowledge content on emerging sustainability solutions (, regenerative agriculture, nature-based solutions, bio-credits, plastic credits, etc.)

Americas' Sustainability Office coordination & support

* Support the implementation, reporting, & governance of BNP Paribas Americas' Sustainability Strategy, with a particular focus to commercial delivery & supporting functions (ESG regulations, risk integration, training & upskilling, communications)
* Develop & implement monitoring plan & tools (, dashboards) to support preparation of Operational & Leadership Committees dedicated to sustainability
* Coordinate the Bank's sustainability presence at large events leading to COP 30 (IDB Sustainability Week, Climate Week, Sustainable Future Forum, President Macron's One Water Summit, Biodiversity COP 16, UN PRI, IMF, COP 29, COP 30, ...) with numerous regional and global stakeholders

ESG Analysis & Expertise support

* Develop knowledge to assist BNP Paribas Americas' ESG analysts in to support application of the Bank's ESG Risk policies & processes (including due diligence) by relevant business teams on clients & transactions
* Develop ability to support environmental & social due diligence for project or export finance transactions
* Support Coverage with the application of the Sustainable Finance Validation Process

Minimum Required Qualifications:

* Fluent in English
* Bachelor's degree required
* 2+ years of relevant experience in corporate finance and ESG / sustainability
* Enthusiasm for sustainability & finance topics
* High level of autonomy
* High entrepreneurial spirit & business-development attitude
* "Can-do" attitude to independently trouble-shoot logistical challenges often faced in executing events
* Analytical & problem solving skills
* Rigorous & attentive to details
* Superior verbal & written communication skills to deliver contents & influence outcomes
* Team player, with superior openness to collaborate & share information to colleague or stakeholders
* Diversity & Inclusion awareness and cultural sensitivity
* Positive interpersonal skills
* Excellent Microsoft Office skills, including outstanding Excel & PowerPoint skills

Preferred Qualifications:

* Spanish and/or Portuguese would be a plus but not required
* Advanced degree or Masters preferred in Sustainability, Business, Finance, Marketing, or other relevant field.

FINRA Registrations Required:

* Not Applicable

CFTC Swap Dealer Associated Person (if yes, NFA Swaps Proficiency Program is required):

* Not Applicable

SEC Security-Based Swap Dealer Associated Person:

* Not Applicable

The expected starting salary range for this position is between $125,000 to $155,000 annually. The actual salary may vary based upon several factors including, but not limited to, relevant skills/experience, time in role, base salary of internal peers, prior performance, business line, and geographic/office location.

In addition, our comprehensive benefits package aims to support our employees in various aspects of their lives. From healthcare and wellness programs to retirement plans and childcare services, we prioritize the well-being and growth of our employees. Our benefits include medical, dental and vision coverage, a 401(k) Savings Plan, backup childcare, life, accident and disability insurance, mental health support and paid time off. Additional details about our benefits offerings, inclusive of eligibility for a discretionary bonus, will be provided during the hiring process.

This application will remain open until a candidate has been selected for the role. There is no specific application timeline.

About BNP Paribas:

BNP Paribas is a leading bank in Europe with an international reach across the US, EMEA and APAC. It has a presence in 65 countries, with nearly 190,000 employees. The bank employs over 3,500 people in offices in the US across 10 states including New York, Jersey City, Chesterbrook, PA, San Francisco, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Miami, and Washington, DC. BNP Paribas has built a strong and diversified presence to support its client base. We continue to grow and strengthen our commitment to the US market through our Corporate & Institutional Banking activities. We are one of a few non-US banks to offer a full value chain for our clients, from trading to financing, and clearing and custody in the US with the international

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