Data Analyst - ESG/GHG

Remote Chicago, IL

About Northern Trust:

Northern Trust, a Fortune 500 company, is a globally recognized, award-winning financial institution that has been in continuous operation since 1889.

Northern Trust is proud to provide innovative financial services and guidance to the world’s most successful individuals, families, and institutions by remaining true to our enduring principles of service, expertise, and integrity. With more than 130 years of financial experience and over 22,000 partners, we serve the world’s most sophisticated clients using leading technology and exceptional service.


  • Supports the implementation of a Climate Management and GHG Accounting Platform.  
  • Works closely with Information Technology (“IT”) to ensure the accurate data flow from Northern Trust’s subsystems into the Climate Platform. 
  • Oversees the data collection process for Scope 1, 2, and 3, GHG emission data as well as Social and Governance data.
  • Ensures ESG data accuracy within the platform as well as that all final data and calculations used for GHG accounting are accurate and consistent across all systems. 
  • Performs data quality and verification checks and reviews data for anomalies.  
  • Creates ad-hoc reports for stakeholders and performs market and benchmarking analyses. 
  • Establishes data history within the GHG Accounting Platform (utilized for base year setting). 
  • Supports the tracking of financial data (expenses, etc.) related to the impact of climate risks.  
  • Works closely with the ESG Controls Analyst and Northern Trust’s Finance IT department to establish specific data related controls. 
  • Supports internal and external audit activities from a data perspective. 



Required Skills 

  • Minimum of 2 years of relevant professional experience, and 5 years overall professional experience.
  • Working experience with complex databases and a large amount of data as well as experience in broader data analytics.  
  • Familiarity with ESG reporting frameworks, the GHG Protocol, and vendor provided ESG software tools is a plus.
  • Experience working with financial data.  
  • Experience in financial service industry a plus. 
  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, business or other related field  
  • Certified Public Accountant or Certified Internal Auditor a plus. 


Required Competencies 

  • Self-starter with an ability to self-motivate and to work independently.  
  • Willingness to enhance knowledge and understanding around GHG accounting. 
  • Strong planning and organizational skills.  
  • Attention to detail and solid documentation techniques.  
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. 
  • Ability to complete activities and projects with minimal supervision. 
  • Ability to meet strict deadlines by multi-tasking and prioritizing various assigned deliverables.  
  • Flexible approach towards changing work methods, deadlines, and variable workloads. 

Working with Us:

As a Northern Trust partner, greater achievements await. You will be part of a flexible and collaborative work culture in an organization where financial strength and stability is an asset that emboldens us to explore new ideas.

Movement within the organization is encouraged, senior leaders are accessible, and you can take pride in working for a company committed to assisting the communities we serve! Join a workplace with a greater purpose.

We’d love to learn more about how your interests and experience could be a fit with one of the world’s most admired and sustainable companies! Build your career with us and apply today. #MadeForGreater

Reasonable accommodation

Northern Trust is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please email our HR Service Center at [email protected].

We hope you’re excited about the role and the opportunity to work with us. We value an inclusive workplace and understand flexibility means different things to different people.

Apply today and talk to us about your flexible working requirements and together we can achieve greater.

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