Sr. Specialist, Quantitative Modeling

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Sr. Specialist, Quantitative Modeling

Grade 9 (for internal purposes)

The Team

The Methodologies Group is responsible for developing, maintaining, updating and retiring all the Criteria and Models used to assign credit ratings by S&P Global Ratings analysts worldwide. 

As a Methodologies Analyst, you will be embedded within one of Methodologies Group’s five analytical areas to work closely with and under the direction of Criteria Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) and Model SMEs from the related Ratings Practice area.  The scope of work you will be exposed to includes helping develop, maintain and update Criteria and Models, supporting the assignment and tracking of Criteria interpretations, Ratings to Principles, Criteria Borrowings and Criteria Exceptions, and assisting in the periodic Criteria review process and republication of non-material changes to Criteria.  The five analytical areas within the Methodologies Group are 1) Corporates, 2) Financial Services, 3) Governments, 4) Structured Finance and 5) the Center of Excellence, which focuses on Criteria and Models that span more than one analytical area. 

The Impact

By supporting and working under the direction of Methodologies SMEs, your contributions will enhance our ability to produce high-impact, insightful research and models and grow our relevance in an evolving market. 

What’s in it for you?

  • Leverage and improve your quantitative and analytical skills to acquire unmatched credit skills;
  • Develop a deep understanding of analytic solutions and tools that enable our credit analysts to perform high quality analysis and research and assign credit ratings;
  • Use your creativity and curiosity to research and help solve complex real-world problems;
  • Improve your communication and presentation skills to help you summarize and synthetize key information;
  • Challenging, steep learning curve that gives you the opportunity for continued growth within the organization;
  • Gain analytic knowledge of a wide range of global sectors and market topics;
  • Gain exposure to stakeholders across S&P Ratings; and
  • Enjoy a strong collegial, collaborative environment.


  • Under the guidance and direction of senior colleagues, contributes to the development of new or update to existing criteria or other relevant analyses by conducting detailed research and analysis that demonstrates knowledge and understanding of relevant criteria.
  • Uses S&P methodology and standards, Excel, financial models or other analytical tools to assist senior colleagues and achieve the group’s objectives.
  • Maintains research records management.
  • Coordinates with global offices to ensure data used in the analysis is used consistently across international borders.


  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree, preferably in Finance, Financial Engineering, Statistics, Quantitative Finance, Computer Science, Mathematics, Economics or a related field;
  • Masters or advanced degree optional.
  • 1-3 years work experience in relevant field;
  • General understanding of capital markets, financial instruments with an emphasis on credit risk modeling are preferred;
  • Basic understanding of database modeling/design and applications. Knowledge of SQL and experience in databases such as Oracle, Sybase, or Access would be beneficial;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel with knowledge of VBA.  Knowledge of other programming languages, including R, Python, C++, Matlab, preferred.  
  • Persistent with a natural curiosity about credit markets and technical details.
  • Displays well-rounded communication skills that implement good listening techniques, clear and good verbal skills. The ability to communicate across a wide range of groups and personalities internally and externally.
  • Works well in a team environment, focusing on collaboration and adapting to the needs of a diverse team.

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Sr. Specialist, Quantitative Modeling