• Competitive
  • New York, NY, USA
  • Permanent, Full time
  • Moody's
  • 2018-07-16

Assistant Vice President, Research Writer – Methodologies

Location: New York, NY, USA

The Role / Responsibilities:
Methodology Framework Group - Fundamental
We seek an Assistant Vice President - Research Writer to join the Methodology Development Group (MDG) and become part of the team responsible for developing and publishing all methodologies for fundamental sectors within Moody's Investors Service.
Role: The research writer will manage the writing quality of methodology publications. Through a combination of writing, editing, coaching and providing feedback, the research writer will:
• Drive consistent writing quality in methodology documents by improving the clarity, organization and transparency of analytical thought
• Encourage and propose ideas to create consistency in language across methodologies and, as needed, obtain consensus across MDG, the Methodology Review Group (MRG), and Legal and Compliance
• Foster partnerships with methodology coordinators, authors and key contributors in Credit Strategy and Standards and across the fundamental rating groups
• Contribute to meeting methodology deadlines
• Improve the methodology writing skills of authors
• Improve methodology authors' adherence to our methodology guidelines and CMS workflow
The successful candidate will have the following responsibilities:
• In partnership with analytic leads, edit and rewrite drafts under tight deadlines that define the scope of the methodology universe and that clearly express analytical concepts, scorecard factors, scorecard mechanics, limitations, assumptions and other rating considerations
• Provide strong rationale for editorial judgments
• Execute quality assurance measures
• Build strong partnerships with the various contributors to, and stakeholders in, the methodology development process, including analytic leads, scorecard developers, rating group analysts and managers, the Document Process Group, Rating and Process Oversight, and MRG; be proactive in developing relationships and building trust
• Provide support in maintaining a methodology template
• Work with the production team to ensure high-quality graphics
• As appropriate, lead or assist with ad hoc editorial and writing projects or tasks

The Department / Team:
The Methodology Development Group (MDG) at Moody's is responsible for developing and publishing all new methodologies and revisions to existing methodologies, as well as the related models, scorecards and analytical tools used in MIS. MDG also performs analysis of the performance of ratings and methodologies and publishes a series of default and recovery studies. MDG includes the Methodology Framework Group, the Rating Model Group, Default and Rating Analytics, CSS Technology, and the Document Process Group.

The Methodology Framework Group (MFG) leads the analytical development of methodologies and scorecards and acts as the principal point of contact for LOBs in the development process. The MFG-Fundamental team performs this function for sector and cross-sector methodologies in CFG, FIG, PPIF and Sovereigns. The MFG-SFG team performs this function for sector and cross-sector methodologies in SFG.

Qualifications:
  • At least 5-9 years of experience in financial journalism or financial writing
  • University degree in economics, business, finance or journalism
Technical Skills:
  • Strong writing skills
  • Excellent copy-editing skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office
  • Strong data-visualization and Excel skills are a plus
  • Experience with Methode is a plus
  • Familiarity with methodologies or legal documents is a plus
Non-technical Skills:
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills
  • Ability to build strong professional relationships at all levels
  • Strong leadership skills and able to set direction
  • Highly organized, efficient and attentive to detail
  • Self-starter and able to adapt to change quickly and multi-task; able to meet tight deadlines
  • Work well independently and in a group
  • Work well under pressure in a collaborative environment
  • Good judgment in terms of prioritizing and understanding process and risks
  • Highest ethical standards


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