Associate Analyst 3 (Project and Infrastructure Finance - Utilities/Infrastructure)

Employer
Moody's
Location
London, United Kingdom
Salary
Competitive
Posted
Oct 08, 2020
Closes
Oct 20, 2020
Ref
8629226
Job Function
Credit Analysis
Industry Sector
Finance - General
Employment Type
Full Time
Education
Bachelors
Job Description The Role

The Associate Analyst 3 (AA3) will conduct comprehensive analysis on an assigned portfolio of ratings/credits. The AA3 will perform holistic evaluations of credit risk by integrating credit inputs prepared by others, including Financial Data Analysts (FDAs), RRS Associates and external parties. In conducting credit analysis for their assigned portfolios, transactions or credit reviews, AA3s will actively participate in rating committee discussions and interact with issuers and other market participants, in collaboration with Lead Analysts.
The AA3 role is integral to Moody's focus on ratings accuracy, research and market outreach.

The role requires a solid accounting background with strong focus in financial analysis. Candidates will be expected to demonstrate their ability to work effectively in a team environment. The ideal candidate for this role will possess strong organizational skills, demonstrate attention to detail, and enjoy working in a collaborative team environment.

Key Responsibilities

Portfolio Management
  • Performs day-to-day credit analysis related to ratings, research, presentations, and investor outreach. Examples of analytical work produced include:
    • Reviewing financial spreadsheets and charts prepared by others, analysing data and financial statements, building and updating financial forecasts, and writing analytical commentary in accordance with Moody's methodologies.
    • Assisting with proprietary models and new financial projections as applicable, identifying trends in data, and applying analytical skills and judgment to form well-reasoned credit conclusions.
    • Reviewing transaction documents and building knowledge of cash flow and loss allocation rules (if applicable to LOB).
  • Develops strong working knowledge of Moody's methodologies and credit rating best practices, applying these with guidance from Lead Analysts.
  • Prepares first draft of rating committee memos, in collaboration with Lead Analysts.
  • Demonstrates the ability to understand and identify key factors that affect issuer credit ratings.
  • Interprets and analyses financial data and other credit inputs provided by others e.g. FDAs and RRS Associates.
  • Monitors credit quality and issuer and/or portfolio trends by following market developments, analysing issuer reporting, and engaging with issuers directly for follow-up clarification and information.
  • As applicable to the LOB, monitors and attends earnings calls of companies within assigned portfolio, including monitoring relevant news events.
  • Attends rating committee meetings and is encouraged to participate, including offering analysis and opinion where appropriate.
  • May complete Credit Estimates used to assess elements of credit risk in certain rated transactions.
Research & Investor Outreach
  • Prepares first draft of core research as applicable to the LOB e.g. credit opinions, issuer and sector comments, press releases, pre-sale and new issue reports etc. in collaboration with Lead Analysts.
  • Contributes to research strategy, including idea generation and preliminary drafting, adhering to Moody's research standards.
  • Attends investor briefings and issuer meetings as required; may help prepare presentation materials; arrives prepared to engage in discussions.
  • Builds positive relationships with issuers - displays initiative to understand the issuer's business and proactively responds to issuer enquiries.
Credit Administration
  • Performs analytical tasks related to portfolio reviews and other credit projects (e.g. liquidity scrubs).
  • Operates applicable ratings and research systems and utilizes software specific to the rating group. Identifies all issues with data for follow up with Lead Analyst.
  • Demonstrates sound understanding and judgment in applying Moody's processes, documentation standards and best practices, adhering to all laws and policies.
Coaching & Guidance
  • Provides clear, concise and constructive guidance in the delegation of work to Associates (if applicable), actively managing workload pipeline in order to provide sufficient time for completion. Seeks Associate Analyst Team Manager (AATM) guidance where needed to determine how to allocate work.
  • Provides feedback to AATM on the quality and accuracy of work produced by Associates, along with providing constructive and proactive feedback to Associates and FDAs. .


Qualifications
  • Minimum undergraduate/ first level degree (e.g. Bachelor's Degree, or equivalent qualifications).
  • Typically a Moody's employee working at this level would have at least 1 year of relevant experience ideally within Utilities and Infrastructure sectors or related experience from a recognized financial institution or an audit firm.
  • Good accounting background with strong focus in financial analysis (e.g., through coursework, ACCA/CFA or equivalent, or relevant work experience).
  • Strong modelling experience, including in regulated industries
  • Demonstrated interest in the utilities and/or infrastructure industries.
  • Working knowledge of MS Excel, Word and PowerPoint.
  • Solid verbal, written communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work effectively in a collaborative team environment.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to adapt to a changing environment and prioritize tasks accordingly
  • Fluency in English is essential. Fluency in German, Spanish or North Germanic languages is desirable


Moody's is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity or any other characteristic protected by law.

Candidates for Moody's Corporation may be asked to disclose securities holdings pursuant to Moody's Policy for Securities Trading and the requirements of the position. Employment is contingent upon compliance with the Policy, including remediation of positions in those holdings as necessary.

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