Associate, Sovereign & International Public Finance Ratings

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

Grade (relevant for internal applicants only): 11

The Location: Melbourne, Australia

The Team / The Business: You will report to the Analytical Manager, Financial Institutions, Sovereign and International Public Finance and be working closely with highly experienced industry specialists.

You will join a very collegial and professional team of analysts that work on credits across the Australia/New Zealand (ANZ) and Pacific region. We are looking for someone who can get up to speed quickly. Associates are a key part of the success of the department and make meaningful contributions every day. You will initially focus on New Zealand local council ratings, with the opportunity to broaden your expertise into universities, social housing providers, state governments, sovereign governments, and other asset classes as you develop your career.

The Role: You will act in an analytical position covering a portfolio of New Zealand local governments and other public sector credits such as universities and social housing providers. As a primary analyst for credits in the Sovereign & International Public Finance team, you will not only perform analytical work and write reports, but also 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.

Your Skills: Bachelor degree is required, and a Masters or CFA is preferable. You must have a good understanding of the government sector or a background in economics/credit analysis.

The Impact: You will be integrated into a group with high expectations and can expect to have a notable impact. You will be actively involved in delivering analytics, rating committee presentations, portfolio reviews, and commentaries.

What's in it for you: You will get to work in a dynamic and professional team environment. You can deepen and broaden your insight and knowledge with the world's leading credit rating agency. This role provides a great opportunity to be exposed to a range of markets and asset types.

Our Hiring Manager says: "This is a great opportunity to build a career in finance with one of the leading providers of financial market intelligence. We are looking for an individual with a dynamic and proactive personality who has an analytical mindset and is always thinking outside the box. In return, you will further enhance your skill sets and sharpen your profile as part of a globally leading organization in fundamental credit research."

  • 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 complex spreadsheets, databases, and cash flow models.
  • Meet and confidently interact with mayors, councillors, 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:
  • Bachelor degree with studies in economics, public policy, finance, or similar fields.
  • 3-5 years of work experience in government, financial services, credit analysis or a related field.
  • A demonstrated interest in the government sector and how it operates.
  • Sound knowledge of financial statement analysis and accounting concepts.
  • Proficiency in Excel and ability to manipulate large datasets, cash flow and credit models.
  • Strong computer skills, including Word, Outlook, and PowerPoint.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and ability to interact confidently with clients.
  • 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.
  • Familiarity with third-party data providers (such as Bloomberg) and economic statistic databases is beneficial.
  • 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.

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 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.

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