Director - Retail and Consumer
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Fitch is seeking a Director for coverage of the Retail and Consumer sector. The ideal candidate is someone who:
- has a demonstrated understanding of and a keen interest in Retail and Consumer industries;
- has a professional background in capital markets and/or credit analysis including coverage of high yield/loan markets and well developed financial statement analysis skills;
- has experience in interpreting complex legal documents such as bank agreements and bond indentures;
- has a strong pattern of leadership and the ability to proactively and successfully interact with various stakeholders, both within and outside of the organization.
Qualitative credentials will weigh meaningfully in the selection of the candidate. A healthy sense of intellectual curiosity is critical, along with a demonstrated willingness and ability to attack and explain topics of analytical complexity. Fitch is a team-oriented work environment, so excellent communication skills are essential, as is a high productivity work-ethic and results oriented mindset.
Essential Functions of this position include:
- Responsibility for the coverage of a portfolio of companies
- Performing analysis of key quantitative and qualitative factors influencing credit quality of companies in the Retail and Consumer sector;
- Developing and maintaining comprehensive forward looking financial models;
- Conducting and/or participating in meetings with Retail and Consumer industry management teams;
- Presenting well-articulated analysis of companies to internal credit rating committees;
- Involvement in communicating rating rationale to external audiences (primarily institutional investors, sell-side analysts and media) in meetings, conference calls, press releases and written research reports;
- Participating in the evaluation of other credits within Corporates, as well as other related credit groups.
- Mentoring and training associates on the team.
- Bachelor's degree at minimum, MBA or other advanced degree a plus;
- CFA/CPA preferred;
- 5+ years relevant experience, which must include some coverage or knowledge of the Retail and Consumer sectors;
- Capital markets and/or credit analysis experience;
- Expertise in Excel and Word;
- Strong analytical, quantitative, and organizational skills;
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
- Ability to shift fluidly between multiple projects as priorities change;
- Ability to excel in a team oriented environment.
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