• Competitive
  • San Francisco, CA, USA
  • Permanent, Full time
  • Moody's
  • 2018-10-15

Assistant Director - Research

Location: San Francisco, CA, USA


As an Assistant Director - Research in the Model Validation Team you will perform independent model validations of credit risk and other models at Moody's Analytics Enterprise Risk Solution Division. Additionally, you will participate in the evolution of model risk management at the firm, assessing model risk and presenting model validation findings and other model risk management topics to the Model Risk Management Committee. This position provides a unique opportunity to learn about a wide variety of credit risk models, including PD and LGD models, VaR models, valuation models, stress testing models and ot hers. This role reports to the Head of Model Validation and Governance. The person in this role will lead independent model validation projects involving assessing:
  • Model theory and design, data collection and preparation, specification and estimation, testing
  • Write reports documenting assessment, findings and recommendations
  • Communicate findings to developers, Model Risk Management Committee and Senior Management
  • Review redress to findings and recommendations
  • Review model performance monitoring reports
  • Create and communicate presentations covering model risk management topics
  • Actively participate in the evolution of Model Risk Management at Moody's Analytics


Enterprise Risk Solutions and Modeling Services

  • Master's/PhD degree (PhD preferred) in a quantitative field required (Statistics or Econometrics preferred)
  • 3 years of work experience in model development or model validation desired but not required
  • Credit risk modeling experience preferred, but not required. Familiarity with Moody's Analytics products (EDFs/Riskcalc/CMM/RiskFrontier) is helpful.
  • Excellent quantitative modeling, research, and programming skills (R, Matlab, SAS)
  • Detail-oriented, proactive and efficient
  • Ability to work independently on multiple tasks
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including effective presentation skills to multiple levels of management and associates
  • Effective interpersonal skills, particularly in communicating effective challenge oriented findings


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.

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