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Job Description The VP-SA will be part of Moody's South-East Local Government Team, which is responsible for the credit analysis of general government and enterprise debt in Kentucky, Florida, North and South Carolina, Georgia, Maryland and Virginia. The VP-SA will become directly responsible for a significant portfolio of local government credits.
This is a challenging, high profile role. The VP-SA must be accomplished and adept at issuer and intermediary relations and outreach, and must be an effective representative of Moody's. The VP-SA will also be responsible for mentoring junior analysts; responding knowledgably and succinctly to investor and press inquiries relating to credits in the analyst's portfolio; contributing to Moody's overall public finance risk analysis; participating in and representing the team at conferences and meetings; and writing both in-depth research reports and quick-turnaround, news-driven commentary.
The VP-SA will oversee the maintenance of his/her entire portfolio, which will include assigning sales to other analysts, answering their analytical and business relationship questions, and ensuring that broad-based and individually-focused surveillance reviews occur on time and with adequate depth. This opportunity involves developing both in-depth knowledge of specific local governments within the analyst's portfolio and a general understanding of general and state-specific credit issues. The position also requires the development of a thorough understanding and unbiased application of Moody's rating methodologies, and an ability to adapt to potentially assist in the development of new methodologies.
The VP-SA is expected to provide thought-leading analysis, topical research and commentary with minimal oversight, and special project management and guidance to more junior analysts. The VP-SA will also be expected to effectively and professionally interact with government representatives, financial intermediaries, investors, and other market participants.
More specifically, he or she will be responsible for the following:
In-depth, fundamental credit analysis on a regular basis of issuers in a portfolio of Moody's-rated local government obligations
Publication of insightful, clear and focused research on high profile municipalities and all rating actions affecting credits within the assigned portfolio
Publication of insightful, clear and focused research on credit trends, and short news-driven commentary on recent credit developments
Maintenance of expertise on and in-depth knowledge of the issuers in the analyst's portfolio
Development and presentation of rating recommendations and credit analyses to rating committees
Active participation in regular outreach events such as investor briefings, teleconferences, and conferences
Attendance at and conduct of analytical meetings with issuers
Regular communication with investors and other market participants about Moody's credit ratings, credit analysis and market views
Adherence to all applicable regulatory, code of conduct and best practice requirements and standards
Strong academic background - graduate degree in business, finance, public policy, public administration or J.D. strongly preferred
Eight to 10 years of credit analysis experience
Demonstrated writing ability to convey complex and nuanced analytical issues clearly
Knowledge of local government budgeting, accounting, and finance
Proven public speaking skills
Excellent attention to detail
Sound judgment - capable of developing independent opinion and defending both own and Moody's-developed views
Strong quantitative analytical skills
Highly organized and efficient, with ability to meet tight deadlines and multi-task
Competency in MS Excel, PowerPoint and Word
Ability to build strong professional relationships at all levels and represent Moody's effectively at a senior level
Moody's is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, gender, age, religion, national origin, citizen status, marital status, physical or mental disability, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law. Moody's also provides reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities in accordance with applicable laws. If you need to inquire about a reasonable accommodation, or need assistance with completing the application process, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.. This contact information is for accommodation requests only, and cannot be used to inquire about the status of applications.
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