Natural Resources & Commodities - Analyst/Senior Analyst - UK/Spain/Germany

Fitch Ratings
London, United Kingdom
21 Sep 2021
07 Oct 2021
Job Function
Industry Sector
Finance - General
Employment Type
Full Time
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 Ratings, along with Fitch Learning and Fitch Solutions, are part of the Fitch Group, a global leader in financial information services with operations in more than 30 countries. Fitch Group is a wholly-owned subsidiary of New York-based Hearst Corporation.

Department Overview:

Fitch Ratings' EMEA Corporate group provides public and private ratings of companies and their debt instruments in Western Europe and, increasingly, CEE, the CIS, Middle East and Africa.

The department employs a team of credit analysts across the EMEA region. In addition to London, Fitch's largest office, the department has analysts on the ground in Moscow, Paris, Frankfurt, Warsaw, Barcelona, Milan, Stockholm and Dubai.

The department is split into six sector teams: Utilities and Transport; Natural Resources and Commodities ; Consumer and Healthcare; Industrials; Real Estate; and Telecoms, Media and Technology (TMT). In addition, a specialist Leveraged Finance team focuses on credits with leveraged capital structures.

The EMEA Natural Resources and Commodities team covers over 120 mostly public ratings across oil and gas, metals and mining and chemical/ fertiliser sectors. The team's analysts are based in London, Frankfurt, Barcelona, Moscow and Warsaw.


Fitch is looking for an Analyst/Senior Analyst to join the EMEA Natural Resources and Commodities team in London. As a member of the team, you will take analytical responsibility for around 15 rated entities. The exact portfolio assumed will be tailored to suit the individual's skills and experience and may be amended over time, also in response to transaction flow.

Essential functions of this position include:
  • Take responsibility for monitoring and proactively assessing a portfolio of companies mostly in chemicals and fertilisers but also other commodities sectors (including oil and gas and metals and mining), analyse the creditworthiness of issuers in the sector, and monitor news and financial results to identify events or trends which may lead to timely rating changes;
  • Assist lead analysts in developing credit rating recommendations through extensive research and financial modelling support and presenting analysis and recommendations to credit committees;
  • Participate in meetings with executive-level management teams to strengthen understanding of their business and industry;
  • Contribute to and publish timely, topical and high quality research on general sector and company specific trends, contributing to Fitch's increasing profile within the debt capital markets.

Qualifications and Experience:

The ideal candidate is someone who:
  • has some knowledge of and/or a keen interest in learning more about the Natural Resources & Commodities sector;
  • has a professional background in credit, financial analysis or accounting, plus a solid understanding of financial statements;
  • wants to deepen their exposure to and understanding of the debt capital markets;
  • is a strong team player with the ability to proactively and successfully interact with various stakeholders, both within and outside the organisation;
  • has an ultimate career objective of developing a reputation as a credit expert and an industry authority;
  • enjoys critical thinking, including developing and sharing well-reasoned opinions.

Desirable qualities include:
  • A first rate academic background in a finance-related field;
  • Professional qualifications (e.g. CFA) would be an advantage;
  • A few years of relevant experience, some coverage or knowledge of the Natural Resources and Commodities sector a plus;
  • Credit, financial analysis or accounting experience;
  • Strong understanding of Excel and Word;
  • Strong analytical and/or quantitative skills;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English. Other language skills would be advantageous.
  • Ability to shift fluidly between multiple projects as priorities change;
  • Ability to excel in a team-oriented environment.

Fitch is an equal opportunity employer that employs people across the full spectrum of society. Fitch works hard to create a workplace with an emphasis on inclusion, innovation and merit. By valuing diversity and equality in our workplace, we believe it adds strength to our business.

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 be 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 .

Fitch is an equal opportunity employer that employs people across the full spectrum of society. Fitch works hard to create a workplace with an emphasis on inclusion, innovation and merit. By valuing diversity and equality in our workplace, we believe it adds strength to our business.

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