Associate Director, Macro Credit Research
Fitch Ratings - New York, NY

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Fitch Ratings is seeking to add an Associate Director for its Macro Credit Research group in New York. The Macro Credit Research team conducts and publishes thematic, empirically-driven research on both sectoral and systemic risks. This research covers topics ranging from the interplay or linkages among different sectors, "what if?" scenario analysis, the use and predictive performance of market-based indicators, and trends in credit markets and instruments (e.g., repos, credit derivatives).

Job Description

The ideal candidate will contribute to multiple aspects of developing, conducting, and publishing the team’s research. Initially, the candidate will perform both topical research and data and statistical analysis. With experience and training, the candidate is expected to take more leadership in identifying topics and themes, devising action plans, managing research projects, liaising across analytical groups, drafting reports, and communicating key findings to a broader audience. The candidate will have an opportunity to serve as a vital member of a focused team producing high-impact, high-visibility research studies.

Responsibilities

  • Create, maintain, and manage datasets in Excel
  • Perform statistical and quantitative analysis of a range of data (e.g., financials, pricing, market activity, etc.)
  • Devise methodologies for conducting new research based on unique or original data analysis
  • Provide coverage of industry, central bank, and academic research on financial system risks and developments
  • Develop background research on new topics and emerging issues
  • Help to identify macro trends (e.g., changes in financial flows, asset markets, regulations, etc.) affecting the broader credit environment
Qualifications

  • Between 2-5 years of experience in financial research, banking, or related field
  • Technical expertise in Excel (pivot tables, statistical analysis, graphing, etc.)
  • Strong understanding of finance, risk, and credit concepts
  • Broad structural knowledge of credit markets and financial system
  • Willingness and enthusiasm for learning about new sectors and markets
  • Strong oral and written communication skills; ability to convey technical content and complicated ideas in a clear and understandable manner
  • Flexibility (i.e., moving between projects), organizational skills, and ability to multi-task
  • Advanced degree in economics, finance, or statistics a plus, but not critical

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