Analyst/Associate Director- Financial Institutions, London (20801)
Fitch Group is a global leader in financial information services with operations in more than 30 countries. Fitch Group is comprised of: Fitch Ratings, a global leader in credit ratings and research; Fitch Solutions, an industry-leading provider of credit risk products and services; and Fitch Learning, a preeminent training and professional development firm. With dual headquarters in London and New York, Fitch Group is owned by Hearst.
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The Fitch Ratings Financial Institutions Group has actively built the agency into the global leader in bank credit rating coverage with strong market positions in banks and increasingly non-bank financial institutions (NBFI). Our experienced analysts provide comprehensive, timely and transparent coverage of major institutions around the world, as well as unparalleled coverage of smaller companies. Our analysts offer a diversity of talent and backgrounds, with experience in regulatory oversight, counterparty analysis, auditing, investment banking, buy-side investing and more.
The NBFI team forms part of the Financial Institutions group and covers a range of NBFI segments, including investment managers, securities firms, finance and leasing companies along with exchanges and clearing houses in the EMEA region. The NBFI rating process includes a detailed assessment of a company's stand-alone credit profile as well as of the likelihood and nature of external support should the entity experience financial difficulties. Quantitative aspects of an entity's credit profile are reviewed, such as balance sheet integrity, profitability and cash flow generating capacity. The analysts also evaluate qualitative factors of the institution, such as strategy and quality of management, the environment in which it operates, and the most likely future development of its business. Final rating determinations are made by committees comprised of analysts and seasoned independent committee members, including Fitch Ratings senior management.
We are currently looking for an Analyst or Associate Director to join our NBFI team in London.
Primary duties will include:
- Monitoring a portfolio of issuer ratings, including the preparation of rating committee documentation
- Writing and publishing of comprehensive rating reports on individual issuers (based on public information and management meetings with the rated entities)
- Participation in credit rating committees for issuers in their allocated region and other countries
- Regular interaction with contacts at issuers and liaison with issuers' senior management at rating meetings
- Publication of sector-specific research and insightful commentary
- Responding to external queries from investors, bankers and other fixed income market participants.
Qualifications and Experience:
The successful candidate will have a strong background in financial institutions and/or corporate credit analysis. Suitable candidates should have the following qualifications and experience:
- Relevant experience gained as a counterparty, bank or corporate analyst, auditor, regulator, consultant or relationship manager.
- Educated to 2.1 degree level, or equivalent, with a professional qualification (ACA, CFA) an advantage.
- Excellent demonstrable written and verbal communication skills in English.
- Ability to work independently as well as being a good team player.
- Ability to cope with time pressure and work to deadlines is essential.
- Ability to travel when required.
- Experience in analysing one or several of Fitch's NBFI sectors (finance companies, investment managers, securities firms, financial market infrastructure companies) and/or experience in leveraged finance credit analysis is desirable.
- Proficiency in other major European languages, in particular French, Russian and/or Turkish, is desirable but not necessary.
Fitch is committed to providing global securities markets with objective, timely, independent and forward-looking credit opinions. To protect Fitch's credibility and reputation, our employees must take every precaution to avoid conflicts of interests or any appearance of a conflict of interest. Should you be successful in the recruitment process at Fitch Ratings you will asked to declare any securities holdings and other potential conflicts prior to commencing employment. If you, or your immediate family, have any holdings that may conflict with your work responsibilities, you may be asked to divest yourself of them before beginning work.
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