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Job Description Worksheet – ASSOCIATE  – USPF

The Role

As an Associate, you will analyze a portfolio of public finance entities, specifically related to local government bonds. You will also evaluate complex situations, data, and information, assesses client’s financial projections and resolve 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 other 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 local government 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,
  • 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;
  • Be an integral part of the senior analytical team, participating in the decision making process and assisting with the long-term planning of the group; and
  • Act as a role model and mentor for junior analysts.


The Impact

This person in this position will have the opportunity to immediately 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 infrastructure 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.

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 a minimum of two years in financial services, or a related industry. In addition, the candidate must have strong verbal communication and writing skills, analytical and problem-solving skills, excellent time management and the ability to stay organized, meet deadlines, and multitask. Candidates must also be able to think independently and critically.

Requirements and Qualifications:

•Must possess an MBA, JD, or CFA degree or other advanced degree with at least two years of experience in the financial services, or related, 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.

•Have a strong proficiency with Excel and the ability to work with financial models, financial data, and financial statement analysis.

•Possess the ability to think analytically and possess strong problem-solving skills.

S&P Global Ratings
S&P Global Ratings is the world’s leading provider of independent credit ratings. Our ratings are essential to driving growth, providing transparency and helping educate market participants so they can make decisions with confidence. We have more than 1 million credit ratings outstanding on government, corporate, financial sector and structured finance entities and securities. We offer an independent view of the market built on a unique combination of broad perspective and local insight. We provide our opinions and research about relative credit risk; market participants gain independent information to help support the growth of transparent, liquid debt markets worldwide.S&P Global Ratings is a division of S&P Global (NYSE: SPGI), which provides essential intelligence for individuals, companies and governments to make decisions with confidence. For more information, visit

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