• Competitive
  • Chicago, IL, USA
  • Permanent, Full time
  • Moody's
  • 18 Aug 17

Associate Analyst 2, Midwest Local Government Ratings Team

Location: Chicago, IL, USA

Role/Responsibilities:

Moody's Local Government Ratings teams are located in multiple geographic offices throughout the US. The teams are responsible for assigning accurate and timely credit ratings to debt securities issued by local government entities, as well as ongoing monitoring of credit developments and credit quality of such securities. The teams are part of Moody's US Public Finance Department, which is responsible for all credit ratings in the US state and local government and not-for profit sectors.

This is an exciting and challenging role for which you will be responsible for providing insightful credit analysis and ensuring rating accuracy. This Chicago-based opportunity involves developing an in-depth knowledge of assigned sectors, working with other lines of business and writing forward-looking credit opinions. As part of the rating process, you will interact with investors, intermediaries, and issuers.

Responsibilities include:
This is an exciting and challenging role for which you will be responsible for providing insightful credit analysis and ensuring rating accuracy. This Chicago-based opportunity involves developing an in-depth knowledge of assigned sectors, working with other lines of business and writing forward-looking credit opinions. As part of the rating process, you will interact with investors, intermediaries, and issuers. Responsibilities include:

  • Conduct on-going credit analysis on a dedicated portfolio of local government issuers;
  • Responsible for analyzing a wide variety of tax backed and enterprise debt transactions including cities, counties, school districts and special districts
  • Perform and present in-depth fundamental credit analysis on a regular basis to rating committees;
  • Publish credit opinions on local government issuers; and
  • Internal facing role including regular interactions with issuers, intermediaries, and investors.


Department/Team Local Government Rating Team - Chicago

Qualifications

Competencies
  • Master's in economics, public policy, political science, finance or related field. Some work experience preferred.
  • Bachelor's degree with 3 or more years' experience, preferably with a local government or financial institution.
  • Understanding of financial reporting of states or other governmental entities, and experience in reviewing and interpreting them.
  • Demonstrated interest in public finance
  • Knowledge of the municipal debt markets and an understanding of the key issues affecting these markets would be highly advantageous.
  • Strong quantitative aptitude and proven analytical skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office products, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint.


Sound judgment - capable of developing independent opinion and defending views.
  • Excellent communication skills - able to communicate clearly and succinctly, both verbally and in writing.
  • Demonstrates the ability to be a critical thinker with a proactive positive attitude.
  • Highly organized and efficient, with ability to multi-task and able to meet tight deadlines.
  • Collaborates with teammates and other Public Finance Group associates.
  • Demonstrates strong time management.
  • Demonstrates the ability to comply with all regulatory guidelines
  • Ability to work both collaboratively and independently.
  • Fluency in English essential. Bilingual English/Spanish a plus


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