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Economist, Carbon and Natural Capital

John Hancock

John Hancock

Boston, MA, USA
Posted on Tuesday, March 5, 2024

We are a leading financial services provider committed to making decisions easier and lives better for our customers and colleagues around the world. From our environmental initiatives to our community investments, we lead with values throughout our business. To help us stand out, we help you step up, because when colleagues are healthy, respected and meaningfully challenged, we all thrive. Discover how you can grow your career, make impact and drive real change with our Winning Team today.

Working Arrangement


Job Description

The opportunity

The Economist, Carbon and Natural Capital will fill a critical role within the MIMTA Economic Research Team as we continue to grow the business alongside expanding investment opportunities in the natural capital landscape!

We are seeking a highly motivated individual who can work well both independently and as part of a larger team, with professional experience in a deadline-oriented, results-driven environment with a continually evolving set of priorities, analyzing and synthesizing market data in the carbon credit, timberland and agriculture sectors. This role will deliver actionable analysis and market forecasts incorporating available information on supply, demand, prices, costs and policy to help inform investment strategy.

The ideal candidate will have a strong understanding of economic fundamentals and a genuine interest in natural resource asset management, along with work experience working in a multi-stakeholder, project driven environment generating and delivering market analysis and forecasts of carbon credit and natural resource commodity markets that incorporate the latest macroeconomic and market specific developments. Ability to demonstrate a detailed understanding and/or practical experience performing market, economic or financial analysis of global carbon credit markets is required.


  • Complete the economic research and analysis associated with the intersection of timberland and farmland with carbon markets, ESG and impact related investments including recurring market and price forecasts, assessing the impact of the latest policies, along with market specific, and macroeconomic developments
  • Effectively communicate the results of economic research on carbon, timberland and farmland related investments to internal and external partners via presentations, research papers and conversations
  • Support the production of the recurring update of MIM TA carbon market indicators dashboard
  • Key point of contact for acquisitions, business development, and portfolio management and client services teams for carbon market and climate risk related needs
  • Manage, maintain, and use third-party data/information subscriptions related to carbon markets
  • Provide ad-hoc support across the research team to support timberland and farmland projects and strategic initiatives as necessary
  • Conduct in-depth research pertaining to new investment strategies, markets and geographies
  • Develop and support initiatives to build and maintain MIM TA Thought Leadership position in the timberland and farmland and wider natural capital investment space
  • Support the evolution and growth of MIM TA product offerings and the deployment of client capital, through actively participating in research identifying, quantifying and documenting investment opportunities and competitive advantages in the timberland and farmland investment space
  • Attend and present at industry conferences and other relevant internal and external meetings
  • May also be required to prepare presentations, financial analyses, management memorandums, and other documents for the MIM TA Management team

What motivates you?

  • You obsess about customers, listen, engage and act for their benefit.
  • You think big, with curiosity to discover ways to use your agile approach and enable business outcomes.
  • You thrive in teams and enjoy getting things done together.
  • You take ownership and build solutions, focusing on what matters.
  • You do what is right, work with integrity and speak up.
  • You share your humanity, helping us build a diverse and inclusive work environment for everyone.

What we are looking for

  • 5+ years of experience forecasting natural resource related markets in a professional setting
  • Graduate degree with a major in business, finance or economics required
  • Professional or academic experience conducting carbon market research and analysis
  • High degree of self-motivation to work both independently and collaboratively; comfort with ambiguity in problem-solving
  • Excellent understanding and experience with practical application of financial principles, and economic and statistical analysis
  • Ability to think independently and develop new ideas from fruition to implementation, and to work collaboratively.
  • Able to work through issues from high level to operational details
  • Excellent research skills and ability to present analyses in a clear and concise manner (verbal and written) are essential functions for this position
  • Must have strong presentation skills to represent MIM TA to clients and others in the external community
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with an ability to interact and build relationships with individuals at all levels of the organization and with external parties
  • Strong organizational and project management skills commensurate with prioritizing, managing and completing multiple projects concurrently
  • Proficiency using Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint and other relevant statistical software; experience using GIS preferred

What can we offer you?

  • A competitive salary and benefits packages.
  • A growth trajectory that extends upward and outward, encouraging you to follow your passions and learn new skills.
  • A focus on growing your career path with us.
  • Flexible work policies and strong work-life balance.
  • Professional development and leadership opportunities.

Our commitment to you

  • Values-first culture
    We lead with our Values every day and bring them to life together.
  • Boundless opportunity
    We create opportunities to learn and grow at every stage of your career.
  • Continuous innovation
    We invite you to help redefine the future of financial services.
  • Delivering the promise of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
    We foster an inclusive workplace where everyone thrives.
  • Championing Corporate Citizenship
    We build a business that benefits all stakeholders and has a positive social and environmental impact.


About Manulife and John Hancock

Manulife Financial Corporation is a leading international financial services group that helps people make their decisions easier and lives better. With our global headquarters in Toronto, Canada, we operate as Manulife across our offices in Asia, Canada, and Europe, and primarily as John Hancock in the United States. We provide financial advice, insurance, and wealth and asset management solutions for individuals, groups and institutions. At the end of 2022, we had more than 40,000 employees, over 116,000 agents, and thousands of distribution partners, serving over 34 million customers. At the end of 2022, we had $1.3 trillion (US$1.0 trillion) in assets under management and administration, including total invested assets of $0.4 trillion (US $0.3 trillion), and segregated funds net assets of $0.3 trillion (US$0.3 trillion). We trade as ‘MFC’ on the Toronto, New York, and the Philippine stock exchanges, and under ‘945’ in Hong Kong.

Manulife is an Equal Opportunity Employer

At Manulife/John Hancock, we embrace our diversity. We strive to attract, develop and retain a workforce that is as diverse as the customers we serve and to foster an inclusive work environment that embraces the strength of cultures and individuals. We are committed to fair recruitment, retention, advancement and compensation, and we administer all of our practices and programs without discrimination on the basis of race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, religion or religious beliefs, creed, sex (including pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions), sexual orientation, genetic characteristics, veteran status, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital status, family status, disability, or any other ground protected by applicable law.

It is our priority to remove barriers to provide equal access to employment. A Human Resources representative will work with applicants who request a reasonable accommodation during the application process. All information shared during the accommodation request process will be stored and used in a manner that is consistent with applicable laws and Manulife/John Hancock policies. To request a reasonable accommodation in the application process, contact recruitment@manulife.com.

Salary & Benefits

The annual base salary for this role is listed below.

Primary Location

Boston, Massachusetts

Salary range is expected to be between

$89,000.00 USD - $141,000.00 USD

If you are applying for this role outside of the primary location, please contact recruitment@manulife.com for the salary range for your location. The actual salary will vary depending on local market conditions, geography and relevant job-related factors such as knowledge, skills, qualifications, experience, and education/training. Employees also have the opportunity to participate in incentive programs and earn incentive compensation tied to business and individual performance.

Manulife/John Hancock offers eligible employees a wide array of customizable benefits, including health, dental, mental health, vision, short- and long-term disability, life and AD&D insurance coverage, adoption/surrogacy and wellness benefits, and employee/family assistance plans. We also offer eligible employees various retirement savings plans (including pension/401(k) savings plans and a global share ownership plan with employer matching contributions) and financial education and counseling resources. Our generous paid time off program in the U.S. includes up to 11 paid holidays, 3 personal days, 150 hours of vacation, and 40 hours of sick time (or more where required by law) each year, and we offer the full range of statutory leaves of absence.

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Company: John Hancock Life Insurance Company (U.S.A.)