• Competitive
  • New York, NY, USA
  • Permanent, Full time
  • Moody's
  • 21 Sep 17

Associate Analyst 2 - Credit Strategy and Standards

Location: New York, NY, USA

Rating Process and Oversight - Sub-Sovereign and Public Finance Ratings:

We are looking for an Associate Analyst to join the Sub-Sovereign and Public Finance Ratings team within the Rating Process and Oversight Group (RPO). The successful candidate would provide analytical and project support on a number of ratings related projects across government credit classes worldwide, working closely with more experienced team members and rating groups on various important initiatives.

The Role/ Responsibilities:
The position provides support to the senior team responsible for RPO's oversight of Moody's US Public Finance and Sub-Sovereign ratings globally. PFG covers approximately 12,000 issuers across the full range of public finance sectors including states, cities and counties, special districts, health care, higher education, and housing. There is a mix of investment and speculative grade credits, and a vast array of different security types as well as highly diverse issuers. The Sub-Sovereign group covers approximately 650 non-US government issuers across the globe, many of which are high profile in the debt markets. The position offers an excellent opportunity to develop a very broad credit perspective across public finance capital markets globally.
  • Provide support for senior team members through a mix of scheduled and ad-hoc projects
  • Coordinate communication on analytical issues with the government sector ratings groups and with the RPO teams for other (non-government) sectors across the globe
  • Help develop credit responses to market developments and trends
  • Support RPO initiatives to enhance ratings quality and consistency
  • Schedule and maintain records for broad sector portfolio reviews and monitor follow-up actions
  • Manage internal tracking spreadsheets and databases to deliver monthly statistics related to ratings quality, including the status of rating reviews and portfolio review follow-ups.
  • Contribute to annual default studies for Public Finance and Sub-Sovereign sectors
  • Assist with special comments, credit and sector research, internal and external presentations


RPO works with Moody's rating teams, including participating in rating committees and other credit discussions,
particularly for complex, unusual, or precedent-setting situations. It leads initiatives to improve analytical tools
and processes and maintain best practices. RPO also supports and generates research on analytical topics
and provides insights for the development of credit strategy and rating methodologies.

  • Strong academic record with at least a Bachelor's Degree. Degree in Finance, Accounting, Public Policy, or Economics is preferred but not required.
  • Experience in credit analysis or related disciplines with a government entity, a financial institution or an audit or consulting firm
  • Financial/statistical research capabilities
  • Strong quantitative aptitude and proven analytical skills
  • Well-developed IT skills including advanced Excel and PowerPoint, with the ability to use financial models and software specific to the business
  • Able to work within deadlines and to manage workflow priorities accordingly
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ambitious, highly motivated, keen to identify and pursue opportunities for self-development
  • Able to work using own initiative without close supervision

Moody's is an essential component of the global capital markets, providing credit ratings, research, tools and analysis that contribute to transparent and integrated financial markets. Moody's Corporation (NYSE: MCO) is the parent company of Moody's Investors Service, which provides credit ratings and research covering debt instruments and securities, and Moody's Analytics, which offers leading-edge software, advisory services and research for credit and economic analysis and financial risk management. The Corporation, which reported revenue of $3.6 billion in 2016, employs approximately 10,700 people worldwide and maintains a presence in 36 countries. Further information is available at www.moodys.com.

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