S&P Global Associate, U.S. Public Finance - Higher Ed Ratings in San Francisco, California

The Role:

As an Associate, you will analyze a portfolio of assigned entities as well as moderately complex situations, data, and information, assesses client s financial projections and resolves difficult deal-specific analytical situations. This position is responsible for meeting with issuers and investors on analytical matters, assisting in resolving client needs, contributing to media requirements in conjunction with senior members of the organization, and taking the lead at external meetings related to credits, as assigned by a more senior manager. Specifically, in this role, the analyst will:

Act as the primary analyst for higher education and non-traditional not-for-profit bond transactions and be an active, vocal voting member of the committee who makes recommendations to the rating committee and prepares material for ratings publication, and

Write deal summaries and analytical reports, contribute to thought leadership pieces and synthesize analysis into well-reasoned and well-supported rating recommendations that demonstrate a strong understanding of financial markets and business environment and the relationship to S&P products.

The Impact:

This person in this position will have the opportunity to increase our ability to efficiently and effectively serve our clients. Your analysis and work is essential to the covering of a diverse portfolio of credits, as well as in the training of others to help them resolve difficult day-to-day analytical issues and problems.

The Career Opportunity:

This role is a mid-level analytical position, with growth opportunities depending on individual performance and company needs.

The Team - The Business:

The public finance enterprise team has a strong collegial environment and friendly atmosphere; as a new analyst, you would be regularly assigned to work with senior analysts to improve your knowledge and understanding, and we would 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:

The candidate should possess critical thinking skills, along with proficiency with major off-the-shelf software. The candidate should have the aptitude to be a team player, but also be able to work independently. A bachelor s and advanced degree is required, plus 1-3 years in financial services. In addition, the candidate 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; the ability to think independently and critically; and the ability to mentor others.

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, but you must also have the ability to lead other analysts in more junior positions, and to provide support to their analytic portfolios as well. You ll love this job because it involves evaluating the public sector while working for a private company.


Must possess an MBA, JD, or CFA degree or other advanced degree with 1-3 years experience in the financial services industry; alternately, significant direct experience in the asset area can replace the degree requirement.

Must have an understanding of financial markets and business environment including implications for S&P s analytical products and services.

Strong interpersonal, communication skills and a customer-service orientation.

Must be able to work effectively in a team-oriented, global, and multi-cultural environment.

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