• Competitive
  • Paris, Ile-de-France, France
  • Permanent, Full time
  • Moody's
  • 2018-08-19

Associate Analyst - Sovereign

Location: Paris, Ile-de-France, France

Provide lead analysts in the Ratings and Research (R&R) function with holistic credit analysis of Sovereign and Supranational issuers - for both ratings and research - in Africa and Europe. The AA2 role supports lead analysts in interactions with external markets, including issuers and investors.

The AA2 role supports lead analysts in interactions with external markets, including issuers and investors. The AA2 role provides an opportunity for the candidate to make a significant contribution towards the success of the RRS and R&R functions by providing a range of analytical support that contributes to overall credit analysis outcomes.

The AA2 role will focus primarily on one Line of Business (LOB), and there is the potential for cross-training, in supporting varying portfolios and methodologies in other LOBs, as part of career progression. The AA2 role provides a unique opportunity to develop strong analytical and professional skills that are valuable to any future career in the financial services industry.

Key Responsibilities
  • Provide analytical and research support on a portfolio of sovereign and multilateral development bank credits under the principal direction of lead analysts in the Ratings & Research function
  • Support credit rating analysts in forecasting macroeconomics and monitoring economic, fiscal and political developments
  • Contribute to fundamental credit analyses related to sovereign entities and multinational development banks to help manage the team's portfolio of ratings in Africa and the European Union
  • Contribute to credit-related thematic research under overall supervision of RRS manager
  • Develop, monitor and maintain analytical databases
  • Support credit rating analysts in: creating graphs, tables, spreadsheets and presentations, collecting and presenting data and comparative statistics, formulating ratios, preparing and retaining documentation, drafting rating committee memoranda and related documents, drafting research reports
  • Build models, perform regression analysis, manage scorecards
  • Periodically accompany lead analyst to issuer and investor meetings, and may lead certain issuer discussions; support lead analyst in ongoing interactions.
  • Perform certain routine administrative and other ad hoc credit-related tasks, as well as special projects as needed, under overall supervision of RRS manager


The Ratings & Research Support department is responsible for producing analytical inputs in support of Moody's Ratings and Research function. In addition, this department will provide support for surveillance requirements and partner with R&R to provide the necessary support for issuer and investor interactions

National governments are the largest capital market borrowers. Moody's Sovereign Risk Group provides ratings and research on sovereign and supranational issuers. Moody's sovereign ratings entail not only a quantitative analysis, but also a qualitative understanding of historical, political and cultural factors that do not easily lend themselves to quantification. Moody's sovereign ratings are based on a globally consistent and transparent methodological approach to assessing credit risk.

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  • Accomplished academic background - graduate degree or equivalent, preferably in Economics, Econometrics or International Relations; Finance, International Business and/or Public Administration may also be acceptable
  • Economic research or relevant Credit Research experience is desirable
  • Relevant experience in the Financial Sector, Government or Consulting; previous Macroeconomic Analysis experience
  • Excellent knowledge of Macroeconomic Principles
  • Solid quantitative skills
  • Financial/statistical research capabilities
  • MS Office skills: principally Excel (including use of macros), Word, and PowerPoint
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills
  • Fluency in English and French is required; German, Italian or Russian is beneficial.
  • Strong attention to detail; Highly organised and efficient; Consistently meet tight deadlines; Proactive and exercise own initiative; Work effectively and contribute within a diverse team.


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 $4.2 billion in 2017, employs approximately 11,900 people worldwide and maintains a presence in 41 countries. Further information is available at www.moodys.com.

Moody's is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by law.

Candidates for Moody's Corporation may be asked to disclose securities holdings pursuant to Moody's Policy for Securities Trading and the requirements of the position. Employment is contingent upon compliance with the Policy, including remediation of positions in those holdings as necessary.

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