Rating Analyst

S&P Global
London, United Kingdom
01 Jan 2019
03 Jan 2019
Job Function
Credit Analysis
Industry Sector
Finance - General
Employment Type
Full Time
JobDescription :
Ratings Analyst, Sustainable Finance, Corporate & Infrastructure Ratings (S&P Global Ratings)

Location: London
Job Function: Ratings
Segment: S&P Global Ratings

Position Description

The Role:
We are currently looking for a highly skilled and motivated individual to join our Sustainable Finance team, part of the Corporate & Infrastructure Ratings group, as a Ratings Analyst based in our London office focused on environmental, social and governance (ESG) research, climate and resilience finance, joining a newly established analytical team. He or she will support the recently-launched Green Evaluation offering as well as other new products under development including the proposed ESG Evaluation.

Key Responsibilities:
The Ratings Analyst undertakes rigorous analytical work and is proficient in conducting ESG research and fundamental environmental, climate and resilience analytics. The successful candidate is able to work effectively in a fast paced environment, possess strong interpersonal and communication skills, is customer-oriented, and demonstrates excellent presentation skills in front of internal and external audiences. You will also be involved in the following:
  • The co-development and subsequent roll-out of a new methodology to assess the impact of ESG factors on companies
  • Identifying potential gaps and developing solutions to these
  • Testing assumptions and extensive calibration analysis using Excel and other tools
  • Collaborating with a wide range of analysts across the organization on case studies, pilots and then, when launched, working extensively on the final product
  • Drafting relevant documentation and research commentaries in relation to the product
  • Providing training and support as well as ESG expertise to the rest of the business in regard to this product
  • Outreach activities (both internally and externally)
The successful candidate will be comfortable in an environment of continuous improvement and high customer service standards while adhering to established ratings criteria, policies and procedures.

The Impact:
The development and roll out of the ESG and the Green Evaluation products is a central part of S&P Global's strategy in increasing its presence in the sustainable finance market. This role is crucial is supporting the execution of this strategy. The integration of ESG factors into credit analysis is also a key priority for the organization and high profile.
• This is an exciting opportunity to be involved in the sustainability space, which is a key strategic initiative for S&P Global Ratings and for S&P Global corporate-wide.
• At S&P Global Ratings, your analytical opinion truly matters and each person who works here has an essential role in our reputation of integrity, transparency, and ratings excellence.
• S&P Global Ratings plays a vital role in bringing transparency and comparability to the financial markets and helps investors and others measure and manage credit risk as well as gain insight into sustainability.
• By supporting capital markets, S&P Global Ratings helps people to start and grow businesses, cities and states to build highways and hospitals, and manufacturers to build factories and create jobs.
• With offices in 26 countries, rating $47.5 trillion in debt, and with nearly 1,400 credit analysts, S&P Global Ratings is an important part of the world's financial infrastructure and has played a leading role for more than 150 years in providing investors and financers the information they need to more easily, quickly and efficiently provide capital to businesses and governments.

The Career Opportunity:
The role will allow the candidate to expand his or her exposure and experience in ESG, climate and resilience research as well as credit risk analysis. It will also permit cross-practice and cross-segment growth opportunities. As an Analyst, you are working within the Sustainable Finance team, part of the Corporate & Infrastructure Ratings practice at S&P Global Ratings. With the guidance of a senior analyst (Associate or above), a qualified Analyst typically maintains responsibility for new analytical assignments and research tasks. A high performing Analyst is likely to be considered for involvement in more complex tasks with higher profile clients, as well as for investor and market outreach. We prepare our most successful Analysts to become our future Associates and Associate Directors that act as spokespersons and senior analytical leaders in sector teams.

The Team / The Business:
The Sustainable Finance team was established by S&P Global Ratings to expand our ratings franchise in an area of strong growth and to leverage our significant global sustainability expertise across the full range of asset classes. Analytical team members reside in 16 locations globally and work on a diverse range of transactions globally applying different methodologies. We also work on transactions in partnership with other practices and segments at S&P Global on a regular basis. Effective teamwork and a thoughtful approach to problem solving are highly valued. The Sustainable Finance team is leading the development and roll out of the new ESG product offering which aims to evaluate the ESG profiles of companies and the Green Evaluation product which analyses the environmental net benefit or adaptation benefit to determine a Green Evaluation score.

Your Skills:
• Post-graduate qualification in Environmental Technology, Environmental Sciences and/or Sustainable Finance preferred. Finance, Economics, Accounting, Engineering, Mathematics and/or CFA also desirable.
• Solid, demonstrable experience within a large commercial bank, investment bank, investing institution/asset manager, or an audit company working in the field of credit/environmental analysis of multinational corporations.
• Strong analytical skills with a deep understanding of financial statement analysis and accounting concepts.
• Proficiency with figures and the ability to maintain accuracy and be detail oriented while complying with deadlines.
• Strong Excel/Word/PowerPoint and database application skills. Ability to prepare forecasts based upon reasoned assumptions will be required.
• Solid communication skills, verbal and written, as well as the capacity to expand, learn, and make a contribution.

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