| May 22, 2024

Associate – Sustainable Finance Group

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Website Royal Bank of Canada’s

What is the Opportunity?

The Sustainable Finance Group (SFG) is a cross-platform team within RBC Capital Markets that advances market leadership in sustainable finance through ESG advisory, origination, and thought leadership. This role requires experience in integrating ESG considerations into client engagements in partnership with the global SFG team. This role requires strong collaboration, communication, and analytical skills as well as commercial acumen. The Associate will ideally be based in New York.


What will you do?

Drive to Impact – Grow RBC CM’s ESG Capabilities

  • Partner closely with industry coverage bankers to support the advancement of origination opportunities with sustainable companies. (e.g. ESG Data, ClimateTech, Carbon Markets, Emissions Management, Decarbonization, etc.).
  • Partner closely with RBC’s Venture Capital and Private Equity team to support relationship management with GP climate fund investees, ensuring broad awareness and connectivity on strategic priorities and advancing value-creation with CM client franchises.
  • In collaboration with the Private Capital Group and relevant teams, support the expansion and management of accretive investor relationships focused on sustainability, energy transition, and impact.
  • Execute ESG pitch and integration engagements for companies together with Investment Banking and Equity Capital Markets.
  • Work closely with the global Sustainable Finance Group and Environmental Markets Solutions Group to advance ESG advisory, financing, and origination opportunities.
  • Collaborate with RBC Climate Strategy and ESG Strategy enterprise teams to enhance cross-functional collaboration and optimal outcomes in support of RBC’s Purpose Framework and key initiatives.


Adapt Quickly, Always Learn

  • Develop high-impact and bespoke client materials.
  • Contribute to execution of high-impact events to ensure RBC remains at the forefront of ESG innovation, energy transition, ClimateTech, etc.
  • Develop thought leadership content on timely ESG/sustainability trends and opportunities. Thematic topics may include ESG software, decarbonization, etc.
  • Identify high-impact external conferences and events to lead and/or participate in and enhance the RBC brand.


What do you need to succeed?

  • Drive collaboration across internal partners
  • Strong entrepreneurial spirit and commercial acumen
  • Passion for sustainability and climate
  • Strong hustle and motivation to connect dots across the platform
  • Promote and role model the values of RBC, specifically diversity and inclusion
  • Practice and demonstrate a RBC One vision
  • Support interns and rotational hires, including training and development


Business Knowledge:

  • Minimum 3+ years’ experience in investment banking, private markets ESG consulting, and/or PE/VC investing
  • In-depth knowledge of corporate sustainability strategies as well as private market landscape of companies and investors
  • Previous track-record in Sustainable Finance and/or ESG integration
  • Knowledge of RBC CM’s core businesses
  • Proven analytical and communications skills
  • Strong collaborator with relationship management skills, ability to collaborate internally, ability to navigate through potential conflicts of interest
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Experience with Pitchbook and other data tools (e.g. Bloomberg)



  • MBA, CFA
  • Investment Banking experience
  • Degree in Sustainability, Environmental Affairs
  • Established investor network in sustainable tech, venture capital


What’s in it for you?

  • We thrive on the challenge to be our best, progressive thinking to keep growing, and working together to deliver trusted advice to help our clients thrive and communities prosper. We care about each other, reaching our potential, making a difference to our communities, and achieving success that is mutual.
  • A comprehensive Total Rewards Program including bonuses and flexible benefits, competitive compensation, commissions, and stock where applicable
  • Leaders who support your development through coaching and managing opportunities
  • Ability to make a difference and lasting impact
  • Work in a dynamic, collaborative, progressive, and high-performing team
  • Opportunities to do challenging work
  • Opportunities to building close relationships with clients
  • The good-faith expected salary range for the above position is $130,000 – $175,000 depending on factors including but not limited to the candidate’s experience, skills, registration status; market conditions; and business needs.  This salary range does not include other elements of total compensation, including a discretionary bonus and benefits such as a 401(k) program with company-matching contributions; health, dental, vision, life and disability insurance; and paid time-off plan.
  • RBC’s compensation philosophy and principles recognize the importance of a highly qualified global workforce and plays a critical role in attracting, engaging and retaining talent that:

·       Drives RBC’s high performance culture

·       Enables collective achievement of our strategic goals

·       Generates sustainable shareholder returns and above market shareholder value

Job Skills

Adaptability, Critical Thinking, Customer Service, Detail-Oriented, Financial Engineering, Financial Statement Analysis, Investments Analysis, Personal Development, Taking Initiative, Teamwork



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New York

United States of America

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