Associate Director/Director - Aviation/Transportation

Fitch Ratings
Chicago, USA
Dec 24, 2020
Jan 22, 2021
Job Function
Industry Sector
Finance - General
Employment Type
Full Time
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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 have helped fund a century of growth and enables you to make important credit judgments with confidence.

Fitch is seeking an aviation/transportation sector analyst at the Associate Director or Director level. The position sits within the Industrials & Transportation team in Fitch's Corporate Finance group, and will report to one of the team's Senior Directors. The ideal candidate is someone who:

- has prior experience analyzing the airline and transportation industries. Knowledge of aircraft backed debt transactions including enhanced equipment trust certificates (EETCs) is a plus. Interest or prior background in other Industrials and Transportation sectors, including Aerospace & Defense, is also beneficial;
- has a professional background in capital markets, credit, leveraged finance, financial and/or strategic analysis, plus an understanding of financial statements;
- is a strong team player with the ability to proactively and successfully interact with various stakeholders, both within and outside the organization;
- 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.

Qualitative credentials will weigh meaningfully in the selection of the candidate. A healthy sense of intellectual curiosity is critical, along with a demonstrated willingness and ability to attack and explain topics of analytical complexity. Fitch is a team-oriented work environment, so excellent communication skills are essential, as is a high productivity work-ethic, results-oriented mindset and positive attitude.

Essential functions of this position include:

- Perform quantitative analysis including comprehensive financial statement forecasting, comparable analysis and bankruptcy evaluation;
- Perform qualitative analysis focused on factors such as business models, competitive strengths, management strategy, industry analysis and regulatory considerations;
- Take responsibility for monitoring and proactively assessing a portfolio of companies, including presenting analysis and opinion recommendations to credit committees;
- Participate in meetings with Transportation industry executive-level management teams to strengthen understanding of their business and industry;
- Develop and enhance relationships with key third party industry contacts including investors and bankers;
- Support and contribute to research publications for the team and Fitch's Leveraged Finance initiative;
- Assist in maintaining Fitch's financial database.

What you're working towards as an analyst with Fitch:

Through career advancement, the Associate Director/Director is working towards developing a reputation as a thought leader providing the debt markets with high-quality analysis and forward-looking views. Over their career, the successful candidate can expect responsibility for increasingly complex and high-profile coverage.

Position Requirements
- Bachelor's degree at minimum, MBA or other advanced degree a plus;
- CFA candidate preferred, CFA/CPA a plus;
- 5+ years relevant experience, coverage or knowledge of the aviation/transportation sectors desired;
- Capital markets and/or credit analysis experience a plus;
- Strong understanding of Excel and Word;
- Strong analytical, quantitative, and organizational skills;
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
- Ability to shift fluidly between multiple projects as priorities change;
- Ability to excel in a team-oriented environment.

Fitch Group is a global leader in financial information services with operations in more than 30 countries. Wholly owned by the Hearst Corporation, we are comprised of three main businesses: Fitch Ratings | Fitch Solutions | Fitch Learning.

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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 prior to commencing employment. If you, or your immediate family, have any holdings that may conflict with your work responsibilities, you may be asked to divest yourself of them before beginning work.

Fitch 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.

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