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The Role: Research Assistant

The Location: Dallas, TX or Toronto, ON

The Team: S&P Global Ratings is seeking a Research Assistant to join its Structured Finance practice as part of the Modeling and Analytics team. The practice provides credit ratings of structured products that are backed by pools of assets, which may include auto loans, personal loans, or residential mortgages.

The Impact: The Research Assistant will support senior analysts by building financial models and conducting cash flow analyses to determine the credit impact of various economic scenarios. The Research Assistant will work primarily on North America assignments with a partial allocation to Latin America.

What’s in it for you: Structured finance is an important sector of the capital markets and is a key funding source and growth driver for many areas of the economy, including the automotive industry, higher education and real estate. If you are interested in helping to facilitate this growth while challenging yourself in a fast-paced environment, this is the right position for you. It offers the opportunity to work in a collegial culture with great potential for professional development and career growth. To succeed, you must be comfortable with quantitative analysis and have a knack for problem solving. You will report to the analytical team manager in New York and work closely with colleagues in New York, Dallas and Toronto.


  • Gain knowledge of ratings criteria and cash flow analysis of asset-backed securities.
  • Create cash flow models for various ABS and RMBS transactions across the U.S., Canada and Latin America.
  • Perform cash flow analysis and synthesize results in a timely manner for new issue ratings and surveillance committees.
  • Read legal and operating documents and extract relevant information for cash flow and structure analysis.
  • Prepare presentation materials for ratings committees.
  • Respond to questions from internal parties on analytical assignments and may participate in calls with external parties.
  • Maintain model libraries and databases for ratings surveillance.

What We’re Looking For:

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree is required, preferably in a quantitative discipline (3.3 GPA or higher) such as finance, computer science, economics or engineering.
  • Internship experience. One to two years of full-time experience is a plus.
  • Proficiency with Excel & VBA and financial data.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills.
  • Ability to multi-task and manage deadlines under time pressure.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work well in a collaborative team.
  • Diligent and intellectually curious self-starter with a strong work ethic and a drive to succeed.

Preferred Qualifications:

Knowledge of programming languages (e.g. C++, Python, R or Java) is a plus.

Knowledge of Spanish and/or Portuguese is a plus.

About 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

S&P Global is an equal opportunity employer committed to making all employment decisions without regard to race/ethnicity, gender, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, color, creed, religion, national origin, age, disability, marital status (including domestic partnerships and civil unions), sexual orientation, military veteran status, unemployment status, or any other basis prohibited by federal, state or local law.  Only electronic job submissions will be considered for employment.

If you need an accommodation during the application process due to a disability, please send an email to: and your request will be forwarded to the appropriate person. 

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