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Assistant Director - Advisory Services

Moody's Investors Service
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Closing date
May 3, 2024

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Job Function
Industry Sector
Finance - General
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Department / Team

In the Banking group, we help lending institutions make important decisions about their business, particularly when they are providing loans, managing risk, or conducting financial planning for the future of their institution. We do this with our innovative software and reliable analytics, helping them understand how to do their job better through training, learning solutions and advisory services. We are a dedicated team of experts in technology and financial analytics who understand what our clients need.

The Role / Responsibilities:

The Advisory Services practice's mission is to deliver outstanding professional services to banks and other financial institutions, across Middle East, to solve their foremost challenges related to financial risk, including loan origination, deal underwriting, credit risk modelling, Climate risk assessment, portfolio management, IFRS 9 and regulatory compliance, while collaborating with the product and research to advance the objectives of the Banking OU.

The team is responsible for conducting advisory work to support the implementation of customized risk management solutions through risk software products relating to client's risk and return of existing and potential transactions. Our services include benchmarking of risk management systems, design and development of risk models, implementation of our IFRS 9 and Risk Based Pricing solutions, climate risk modelling and advisory, model validation and calibration, regulatory mandate planning, custom financial analytics, and capital allocation advisory.

Key Responsibilities
  • Lead project teams to design and deliver customised solutions, carry out project management activities and arrange post-project support.
  • Conduct design and knowledge transfer workshops on quantitative and qualitative methodologies so that clients can utilise the full potential of Moody's solutions. You are expected to train, quantitative analysts, non-quantitative credit analysts and senior executives.
  • Responsible for the production of client deliverables including final reports, presentations, and other client documentation as required.
  • Build custom credit risk models (PD/LGD/EAD/Stress Testing/IFRS9/Correlation/Migration) using clients' and/or Moody's Analytics data for the wholesale segment.

Work closely with product management, development, research and other internal teams. You are also expected to provide feedback and solutions to meet our clients and prospective clients in Middle East.

  • Minimum Bachelors with an emphasis in Finance, Economics, Accounting, Mathematics, or related quantitative field. Masters degree a plus. FRM or PRM or CFA designation a plus.
  • Strong working knowledge of R, Python, SAS and Excel.
  • Minimum 6 years of relevant work experience gained at either a top-tier consulting firm or within a commercial banking, financial services or capital markets environment.
  • Understanding of banking industry and credit and financial risks - regulation, origination and risk practices (Credit Modeling & Assessment, pricing/limit setting, Credit Portfolio Management (Risk and CPM), ICAAP/Stress Testing and Impairments Modeling and governance, Regulatory requirements (Basel CRD IV/V, IFRS 9, SAMA, CBUAE guidelines) highly desirable
  • Experience in building credit risk models.
  • Track record of successful project management, preferably within a commercial banking or consultancy environment.
  • Excellent analytical skills and persistence in analytical and problem solving, quantitative approach to understanding problems in finance
  • Knowledge of Moody's Analytics products is a plus (e.g., ImpairmentCalc, ImpairmentStudio, CreditLens, RiskCalc, RiskFrontier etc)
  • Must be flexible with international travel, especially across Middle East.
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Good interpersonal skills and the ability to build professional relationships.
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Pro-active attitude with the ability to multi-task
  • Ability to work to tight deadlines
  • Fluent in English.


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.

For more information on the Securities Trading Program, please refer to the STP Quick Reference guide on ComplianceNet

Please note: STP categories are assigned by the hiring teams and are subject to change over the course of an employee's tenure with Moody's.

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