Research Analyst, Public Finance

  • Competitive
  • New York, NY, USA
  • Permanent, Full time
  • Fitch Ratings
  • 21 May 19

Research Analyst, Public Finance

Dual-headquartered in New York and London, Fitch Ratings is a leading provider of credit ratings, commentary and research. Dedicated to providing value beyond the rating through independent and prospective credit opinions, Fitch Ratings offers global perspectives shaped by strong local market experience and credit market expertise. The additional context, perspective and insights we provide help investors to make important credit judgments with confidence.

Fitch Solutions delivers credit market data, analytical tools and risk services to the global financial community. In addition to offering proprietary market-based content, Fitch Solutions distributes the ratings, research and financial data of Fitch Ratings through a variety of flexible platforms. With innovation and experience behind every solution, Fitch Solutions helps financial professionals meet the diverse and evolving needs of today's global markets.

Fitch Ratings and Fitch Solutions, along with Fitch Learning, are part of the Fitch Group, a global leader in financial information services with operations in more than 30 countries. Fitch Group is wholly-owned by Hearst.

Fitch Ratings and Fitch Solutions are an equal opportunity / affirmative action employer, complying with all laws governing employment in each jurisdiction in which operating, and provide equal opportunity to all applicants and employees. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity and other status protected by applicable laws.

Fitch Ratings is seeking a self-motivated, inquisitive professional with strong analytical skills to join the Innovation & Research team in Public Finance. Members of this versatile and influential group support various central functions across Public Finance including rating criteria research and implementation, model development, and rating systems innovations.

Job Description:

  • Assist in the development of rating criteria, including researching metrics, preparing and cleaning data, back testing, and coordinating documentation for the internal approval process
  • Collaborate with the Model Manager and Model Development Team to create and maintain financial models
  • Prototype and manage the implementation of new analytical tools to support the ratings process
  • Support senior analysts on research pieces across a range of industry-relevant topics

Position Requirements:
  • Bachelors or graduate degree in economics, finance, public policy, or related fields
  • 1-3 years of work experience
  • A strong ability to collect, clean, and prepare data; find the story in the data; and defend a viewpoint based on findings
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; strong critical thinking and quantitative skills
  • Intermediate to advanced proficiency with Excel
  • Familiarity with SQL, VBA, R, and Python are all strong pluses

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.

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