Associate, Sovereign & International Public Finance Ratings

S&P Global
Melbourne, Australia
13 Jan 2022
12 Feb 2022
Job Function
Risk Management
Industry Sector
Finance - General
Employment Type
Full Time
The Role: Associate - Sovereign & International Public Finance Ratings

The Location: Melbourne, Australia

Grade (relevant for internal applicants only): 11

The Team / The Business: The Sovereign and International Public Finance team is an integral part of S&P Global Ratings success. The team is responsible for maintaining credit ratings on high profile sovereigns, states, local councils, universities, social housing providers and more. The team works closely with global colleagues, and Financial Institution and Corporate analysts.

As part of the Sovereign and International Public Finance team you will join a collegial and professional team of analysts that work on credits across the Australia, New Zealand, and Pacific region. S&P Global Ratings is the proud winner of the 2021 KangaNews Rating Agency of the year.

We are looking for someone who can get up to speed quickly and make a strong contribution to outcomes. You will initially focus on New Zealand local council ratings, with the opportunity to broaden your expertise into universities, social housing providers, state and sovereign governments, and other asset classes as you develop your career.

The Role: You will be a junior analyst covering a portfolio of New Zealand local governments and other public sector credits such as universities and social housing providers. As a primary analyst you will be required to analyze information including financial statements, write high-quality reports for investors, demonstrate your analytical insight to internal and external audiences in an international working environment. The role may include exposure to Australian states and sovereign ratings.

What's in it for you: You will get to work in a dynamic and professional team environment, and develop a career in the world's leading credit rating agency. This role provides great exposure to a range of complex issues, high profile clients, investors, capital markets, and financial assets.

Generous remuneration and benefits commensurate to multinational corporations including:
  • Career and professional development opportunities.
  • Flexible work arrangements including working from home.
  • Flexible time off policy.
  • 26 weeks paid maternity/paternity leave.
  • Education reimbursement.
  • Health allowance.
  • Wellness programs including annual allowance.
  • Additional employer superannuation contributions.
  • Professional membership reimbursement.
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  • Work alongside senior analysts to maintain a portfolio of credit ratings initially focusing on New Zealand local councils, but with opportunities to broaden your expertise into other asset classes such as universities, social housing providers, state governments, and sovereigns, over time.
  • Collect and critically analyze economic, financial, and budget information.
  • Maintain spreadsheets, databases, and cash flow models.
  • Meet and confidently interact with mayors, councilors, and senior managers of government organizations such as CEOs and CFOs.
  • Work closely with senior analysts to prepare materials for rating committees and publications to disseminate our ratings on a timely basis.
  • Demonstrate service excellence when dealing with external and internal stakeholders.

What we're looking for:
  • 3-5 years of experience in macroeconomic or financial analysis. Ideally suited for candidates with experience in Commonwealth or state government, treasuries, central banks, fund managers, or financial research teams.
  • Bachelor degree with studies in economics, public policy, finance, or similar fields.
  • A demonstrated interest in the government sector and how it operates.
  • Sound knowledge of financial statement analysis and accounting concepts.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and ability to interact confidently with clients.
  • Proficiency in Excel and ability to manipulate large datasets, cash flow and credit models.
  • Strong work ethic and capacity to work well both independently and as part of a team.
  • Highly organized, detail-oriented, and ability to work to deadlines and to multitask.
  • Pursuing CFA designation or Masters in Economics/Public Policy/Finance or similar fields is desirable, but not essential.
  • Domestic and international travel will be required.

Applicants must be an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident or hold a valid work permit or visa.

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, 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 is ranked in the top 100 U.S. companies recognized for employee sentiment and satisfaction in Newsweek's List of the Most Loved Workplaces for 2021

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

Equal Opportunity Employer:

S&P Global is an equal opportunity employer committed to making all employment decisions without regard to race/ethnicity, gender, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, colour, creed, religion, national origin, age, disability, marital status (including domestic partnerships and civil unions), sexual orientation, military veteran status, unemployment status, or any other basis prohibited by federal, state or local law. Only electronic job submissions will be considered for employment.

If you need an accommodation during the application process due to a disability, please send an email to: and your request will be forwarded to the appropriate person.

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