Research Assistant, Analytics & Research, Asia-Pacific (12-Months Contract)

  • Competitive
  • Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Melbourne Victoria AU
  • Permanent, Full time
  • S&P Global
  • 23 May 18 2018-05-23

Research Assistant, Analytics & Research, Asia-Pacific (12-Months Contract)

JobDescription :
The Role: Research Assistant, Analytics & Research, Asia-Pacific (12-Months Contract)

The Location: Melbourne, Australia

The Team / The Business: You will be part of a global, multi-office team.

The Impact: You will be responsible for the development of spreadsheet statistics and databases and will be actively involved in supporting HAR-APAC to maintain active surveillance on economic and market developments, develop Credit Conditions Committee presentations, and industry/sector commentaries.

What's in it for you: The role will support the Head of Analytics & Research, Asia-Pacific (HAR-APAC) in her/his function of coordinating and contributing to the analytical excellence, research and market outreach activities across the rating practices in the Asia-Pacific region.

Our Hiring Manager says:
"I'm looking for a person who is attentive to details, interprets instructions well and deliver projects on time. Good emotional intelligence is a must as the person will be interacting with more senior analyst across the Asia-Pacific and also London and New York across many credit analytical projects."

The role will assist the Head by:

  • Sourcing data - both external economic and financial data (e.g. China data), and internal credit and ratings management information (e.g. ratings performance);
  • Managing, organizing (including conversion into graphic form) and interpreting such data and information (e.g. for Analytical Oversight and Consistency Councils, Credit Conditions Committee, Portfolio Analytics, etc. purposes); and
  • Liaising with internal stakeholders including the Lead Analytical Managers (LAM), Analytical Managers (AMs), country/sector analysts, communications team, editors, and the Market & Franchise Development team (chaperoned by Compliance), among others, in respect of (a) and (b).

The above activities would assist the HAR-APAC in delivering on her/his objectives of:
  • Analytical consistency and ratings quality. Lead efforts to drive analytical consistency and ratings quality in the practice. Specific enablers will include:
  • Reviewing, revising and strengthening the Analytical Oversight and Consistency Councils (AOCCs)
  • Establish relationship with and overview of the analytical content across the various forums in the practice, occasionally coupled with, if and when needed and based on relevance and materiality, participation in committees (as observer, voter or chair) and management meetings
  • Establishing appropriate dashboards and forums to review metrics looking at rating trends, credit watch aging, reverse rating actions, and market indicators
  • Building a more effective surfacing and alert mechanism for emerging risks, including event-driven shocks, so that early consideration can be given to rating actions, idiosyncratic portfolio reviews in coordination with the LAMs, and communication to the market, and
  • Championing the practice engagement with the regional and global Credit Conditions Committee as to ensure that macro trends are translated into the practice sectors and even individual credit-specific revisions.
  • Credit Story. Lead and facilitate the re-emergence of the credit story and forward looking analytical views in all that is published and communicated to the markets we serve. Key enablers will be: the use of 'best-in class' templates; establishing or enhancing the mandate given to publishing review boards, thereby driving continuous improvements in all that we publish; establishing continuing training and direction to sector leads, analytical leads and analytical managers, thereby equipping them with the capabilities to direct and coach.
  • Research output. Champion a significant revamp of all our research output efforts. Key enablers will include: establishing a highly effective flow of information from the market that informs us on content, timeliness, delivery channels and analyst accessibility; agreeing a common approach to addressing sudden credit events, and unfolding credit stories, and revamping the style, format and content of our published articles; challenging the value of much that we publish.
  • Communication and outreach plan. Champion the development of an annual communication and outreach plan for practices to ensure that our analytical expertise and thought leadership is fully leveraged and optimize market impact. The plan will be defined in collaboration with LAMs and Sector Leads, based on market interests and key risk areas; it will cover commentaries, report cards, webinars and seminars, ensuring that these are delivered using consistent and effective formats and optimize investor outreach; execution will be monitored during the year and reported to the practice/regional leadership team.
  • Analytical ambassador. Act as the ambassador, both internally and externally, of S&P analytical capabilities, value added, and thought leadership in the practice space. In particular, ensure that all commentaries -notably through AOCC oversight-demonstrate thought-leadership based on thorough research and add value for the debt capital markets, avoiding un-necessary noise and low-value articles that dilute our franchise.
What we're looking for:
  • Bachelor degree in commerce, finance, accounting or related subjects.
  • Conversant with Word, Excel and Powerpoint software.
  • Self-starter in sourcing, and attentive to details of, research data.
  • Able to communicate well in English - verbally and written.
  • Well organized, including ability to develop, monitor and deliver on project timelines.
  • Preferably able to convert ideas into graphic form (i.e. charts, graphs and infographics)