S&P Global Rating Analyst-U.S. Public Finance in Chicago, Illinois



The Role:

As a Rating Analyst, you will be participating in the evaluation of the credit quality of governmental entitiesspecifically cities, counties and school districtsas it relates to their ability to repay debt obligations. You will be responsible for aggregating data and information to present to rating committees. You will interact with clients, make presentations, and prepare reports for internal and external distribution.

The Career Opportunity:

This position is a junior position, but with high expectations for upward mobility. Advancement will be available to those who show a strong aptitude and embrace the municipal sector. While overall career development will depend on individual performance and company need, this is an opportunity for your skills and hard work to move you forward. This role will prepare presentations on these credits to a rating committee and communicating the results of these deliberations to clients, their representatives, financial intermediaries, investors, and the media including writing rating analysis for publication.

The Team - The Business:

The local government team has a strong collegial environment and friendly atmosphere; as a new analyst, you will be assigned to work with senior analysts to improve your knowledge and understanding, and we will expect you to frequently ask questions of senior analysts, who are happy to oblige. A lot of the work is completed independently, but every rating involves a team of analysts, so teamwork is very important. The pace is fairly rapid, so if the thought of working on one report by yourself for months sounds boring to you, you d like this environment.

Your Skills:

You don t need prior credit rating experience, but you should possess critical thinking skills and the ability to learn quickly and apply what you ve learned. You should have the aptitude to be a team player, but also be able to work independently. In addition, you must have:*

strong verbal communication and writing skills; analytical and problem-solving skills; excellent time management and ability to stay organized, meet deadlines, and multitask; and the ability to think independently and critically,

The Impact:

You will be able to contribute to the team and company in a meaningful way as a primary analyst on credit ratings. You will be integrated into a group with high expectations and can expect to have a notable impact.

Our Hiring Manager says:

I m looking for the kind of person who has analytical curiosity and loves a challenge. Working on a diverse yet complex portfolio of credits will allow you to learn new skill sets in a professional team-oriented environment. We are a fast-paced, high volume business, and there is always something new happening, so you better enjoy reading and reacting quickly to the news! You ll love this job because it involves evaluating the public sector and participating in public finance while working for a private company. This is a junior position, but not entry level. So the candidate should have two years of work experience in a municipal or analytical environment, such as a city or school district, financial services, or public sector analytic position.

Required Education, Skills and Experience:

BS - BA or similar degree with quantitative experience and - or studies in finance government - public policy, economics, or similar fields; Master in Public Policy, Public Administration, or Business Administration a plus

Two years of work experience

Knowledge of and proficiency in Excel, and ability to manipulate large data sets; advanced Excel skills like th ability to write macros a plus

A demonstrated interest in local governments and how they work

Strong work ethic and ability to work well both independently and as part a team

Strong communication skills and ability to interact confidently with clients over the phone and in person

Ability to thrive in a deadline-driven environment

Ability to be highly organized, detail-oriented and to multitask