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JobDescription : Director, Infrastructure Ratings South and South East Asia
The Role: S&P Global Ratings has an opening for a Director in their Infrastructure and Utilities Ratings Practice in Singapore to be filled immediately. This is additional headcount to support growth in South and South East Asia (SSEA) which includes India and the ASEAN countries. The position will report to the Analytical Manager for APAC Infrastructure and Utilities Ratings based in Hong Kong.
The Team / Business:The Infrastructure and Utilities Ratings Practice (the Practice) was established by S&P Global Ratings to expand our ratings franchise in an area of strong global growth and to leverage our significant infrastructure expertise across the full range of infrastructure asset classes. Globally, Practice members reside in 24 locations and work on a diverse range of transactions applying different ratings criteria, predominantly corporate and project finance. We also work on transactions in partnership with other practices on a regular basis. Effective teamwork, strong written and verbal communication skills and a thoughtful approach to problem solving are highly valued.
This growth is especially strong in SSEA where the development and financing of infrastructure projects is essential for continued economic development. The countries in the region all have forecast GDP growth rates that are among the highest globally and the financing of new infrastructure, the expansion of existing assets and operation and maintenance of existing stock are driving significant investment requirements. The current portfolio predominantly encompasses private and publically-owned credits in the power generation (both thermal and renewable), utility, airport and road sectors. While the majority of the transactions are rated under our corporate methodology, we are seeing significant growth in the non-recourse project finance sector. This is especially true in India, though not exclusively.
The Impact and Your SkillsetThe successful applicant will enhance our ability to provide high levels of customer service by efficiently and effectively demonstrating outstanding analytical excellence and the capacity to provide relevant, insightful and compelling analysis. Your analysis and work is essential to the covering of a diverse portfolio of credits, as well as in the training of others to help them resolve difficult day-to-day analytical issues and problems. As new asset classes evolve, you will have the opportunity to work on a variety of different project finance and corporate credits. You will be skilled at dealing with issuers and investors, have strong external engagement and presentation skills and be able to effectively "tell the credit story" in written and verbal form. Your coaching and mentoring skills will be recognized and appreciated by your teams. You will be well organized and efficient in your approach to deadlines and problem solving. You will have a strong background and interest in the APAC Infrastructure sector and be able to intelligently engage with others on matters of substance in this sector.
Key Responsibilities: As a Director, you will analyze a portfolio of assigned entities as well as complex situations, data and information, assess client's financial projections and resolve difficult deal-specific analytical situations. This position involves meeting with issuers and investors on analytical matters, assisting in resolving client needs, contributing to media requirements in conjunction with other senior members of the organization, and taking the lead at external meetings (along with the primary analyst) related to credit ratings. Specifically, in this role, the analyst will:
Rate complex deals to S&P's global criteria and proficiently write complex analytical reports.
Act as a senior member of rating committees and be responsible for convening and conducting of rating committee deliberations, including acting as the rating committee chair and assuring the integrity of the rating process. Participate as an active voting member of the committee.
Travel to countries in the South and South East Asia region for regular meetings.
Display strong sector expertise. Work with the Sector Lead for SSEA to deliver on team's market outreach plans. Publish timely industry commentaries, and proficiently write sector reviews and thought leadership pieces. Develop and lead ideas on papers across a broad range of issues for publication in S&P journals, online platforms and other publications.
Serve to establish policy, lead criteria, policy, and analytical deliberations, identify and develop needed changes/innovations in rating methodology/criteria standards and the ratings process, and ensure that analytical guidelines, quality standards, procedures and policies established are adhered to for all credits.
Speak publically and represent the company to external stakeholders.
Model the company's leadership behaviors, coach and mentor and provide career development opportunities for junior staff.
Understand and implement S&P's Policies and SOPs and promote a strong culture of compliance for all team members.
Take the lead on special projects within the Practice as appropriate.
As a Director and team leader, you will be the primary analyst on a small portfolio of credits but also be responsible for analytical excellence on your team's larger portfolio. The team currently consists of four primary analysts and you will be responsible for guiding the team to strong analytical outcomes, timely rating actions and meeting all regulatory deadlines for the rated credits in the portfolio.
Qualifications The candidate should possess critical thinking skills, along with quantitative analytical strength to work on complex credits in a diverse region. A bachelor's and advanced degree is required, with minimum of 10 years in financial services, with strong experience and understanding of infrastructure, utilities and project finance credits. In addition, the candidate must have excellent time management skills and the ability to stay organized, meet deadlines on a variety of tasks, strong verbal communication and writing skills, analytical and problem-solving skills, the ability to think independently and critically and the ability to mentor others. A strong background working with culturally diverse corporations in the infrastructure and utilities sector in SSEA is a strong plus.
About S&P Global Ratings:
S&P Global Ratings is the world's leading provider of independent credit ratings. Our ratings are essential to driving growth, providing transparency and helping educate market participants so they can make decisions with confidence. We have more than 1 million credit ratings outstanding on government, corporate, infrastructure, financial sector and structured finance entities and securities. We offer an independent view of the market built on a unique combination of broad perspective and local insight. We provide our opinions and research about relative credit risk; market participants gain independent information to help support the growth of transparent, liquid debt markets worldwide.
S&P Global Ratings is a division of S&P Global (NYSE: SPGI), which provides essential intelligence for individuals, companies and governments to make decisions with confidence. For more information, visit www.spglobal.com/ratings