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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.
The Fitch Ratings Financial Institutions Group has actively built the agency into the global leader in bank credit rating coverage with strong market positions in banks and increasingly non-bank financial institutions (NBFI). Our experienced analysts provide comprehensive, timely and transparent coverage of major institutions around the world, as well as unparalleled coverage of smaller companies. Our analysts offer a diversity of talent and backgrounds, with experience in regulatory oversight, counterparty analysis, auditing, investment banking, buy-side investing and more.
The NBFI team forms part of the Financial Institutions Group and covers a range of NBFI segments, including investment managers, securities firms, finance and leasing companies along with exchanges and clearing houses in the EMEA region.
We are currently looking for an Associate Director to join our NBFI team in Frankfurt. Coverage will initially be EMEA NBFI credits with a focus on finance companies and other NBFI sectors. The successful candidate will have a strong background in financial institutions and/or corporate credit analysis.
Primary duties will include:
Monitoring a portfolio of issuer ratings, including performing analysis of quantitative and qualitative factors and preparation of rating committee documentation.
Participation in credit rating committees for NBFI's in the EMEA and other regions.
Writing and publishing of comprehensive rating reports on individual issuers.
Regular interaction with issuers and liaison with issuers' senior management at onsite rating meetings.
Publication of sector-specific research and insightful commentary.
Responding to external queries from investors, bankers and other fixed income market participants and the media.
Qualifications and Experience:
Suitable candidates should have the following qualifications and experience:
Proficiency in English and Russian is essential.
Significant analytical experience, ideally in a credit- or audit-related field.
Background in either financial institutions or corporate credit analysis. Experience in analysing one or several of Fitch's NBFI sectors (finance companies, investment managers, securities firms, financial market infrastructure companies) and/or experience in leveraged finance credit analysis is desirable.
Good educational background to at least a first university degree level, preferably with professional qualifications (such as CFA, ACA, ACCA).
Ability to work independently as well as being a good team player.
Ability to cope with time pressure and work to deadlines.
Strong writing and communication skills as well as strong command of financial statement analysis.
Experience with spreadsheet creation and analysis.
This position will involve occasional travel.
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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