Senior Analyst/Associate Director - Real Estate & Leisure 1 Senior Analyst/Associate Director - Real Estate &  …

Fitch Ratings
in Chicago, IL, United States
Permanent, Full time
Last application, 07 Jan 20
Competitive
Fitch Ratings
in Chicago, IL, United States
Permanent, Full time
Last application, 07 Jan 20
Competitive
Senior Analyst/Associate Director - Real Estate & Leisure 1
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.

Fitch complies with all laws governing employment in each jurisdiction in which it operates, and provides equal opportunity to all applicants and employees. All applications will be considered without regard to race, colour, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, and other status protected by applicable laws.

Fitch is seeking a Senior Analyst / Associate Director for coverage in the Real Estate & Leisure sector, in particular those experienced in real estate investment trusts (REITs). The ideal candidate is someone who:
- has a demonstrated understanding of and a keen interest in Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) and similar property-linked securities;
- has professional capital markets and/or credit analysis experience and well developed financial statement analysis and modeling skills;
- can interpret complex legal documents such as bank agreements and bond indentures;
- wants to deepen their exposure to and understanding of the debt capital markets;
- has a strong pattern of leadership and the ability to proactively and successfully interact with various internal and external stakeholders.

Qualitative credentials will weigh meaningfully in the selection of the candidate. A healthy sense of intellectual curiosity is critical, along with a demonstrated willingness and ability to attack and explain topics of analytical complexity. Fitch is a team-oriented work environment, so excellent communication skills are essential, as is a high productivity work-ethic and results oriented mindset.

Essential Functions of this position include:
- Performing analysis of key quantitative and qualitative factors influencing credit quality of select REITs and real estate operating companies;
- Developing and maintaining comprehensive financial models;
- Conducting and/or participating in meetings with REIT industry management teams;
- Presenting analysis of companies to internal credit rating committees;
- Involvement in communicating rating rationale to external audiences (primarily institutional investors, sell-side analysts and media) in meetings, conference calls, press releases and written research reports;
- Participating in the evaluation of other credits within Corporates, as well as other related credit groups.

Position Requirements
- Bachelor's degree at minimum, MBA or other advanced degree a plus;
- CFA/CPA preferred;
- 3-5 years relevant experience, which should include REITs or other real estate related experience
-coverage or knowledge of other Real Estate & Leisure sectors (including Gaming, Lodging & Leisure, Homebuilding and Building Products) a plus;
- Capital markets and/or credit analysis experience a plus;
- Expertise in Excel and Word;
- Strong analytical, quantitative, and organizational skills;
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
- Ability to shift between multiple projects as priorities change;
- Ability to excel in a team oriented environment.

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 for you and your Family Members prior to commencing employment. If you, or your Family Members, have any holdings that may conflict with your work responsibilities, they must be sold before beginning work. In certain roles, employees and their Family Members may be limited to investments in diversified mutual funds only.

For more information about this policy, please visit the Code of Ethics and Conduct page .

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