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The Role:
As a Research Assistant, you will work in conjunction with, and in support of, senior analysts in preparing all aspects of credit ratings for housing. This includes research of demographic and economic information, compiling financial data, analyzing debt statements, and identifying trends in the data that could have an impact on credit quality. Additionally, this role will contribute to the development and management of models and databases and contribute to research and data management for sector-wide credit reports. This position requires strong organizational, analytical, and quantitative skills. Attention to detail is essential.

The Impact:
Your position as Research Assistant is critical to the process of providing a credit rating. You will help to compile data, providing the first look analysis of the Affordable Housing sector, and have the opportunity to identify its major strengths and weaknesses. Your research and support is essential to the senior analysts who are completing the rating, and in many cases, ratings cannot be released without a detailed review by a Research Assistant to ensure accuracy. Additionally, you will be expected to contribute to the compilation and analysis of data for trend analysis that will translate into published articles. Your position as a Research Assistant in the housing group will provide you with both a macro and micro view of what is happening nationally as it relates to the sector.

The Career Opportunity:
As a Research Assistant, if you exhibit a strong understanding of the rating criteria and analytic aptitude while performing support work, you may be assigned to do the primary work of a credit rating. A clear career path exists for advancing within the organization, which many Research Assistants have successfully demonstrated, by excelling in various assignments and showing an aptitude for completing primary analysis tasks. We strongly believe in utilizing each analyst at his or her highest and fullest potential, which means that even at a lower title level, your responsibility has room to grow and is only limited by your own ability.

The Team / The Business:
The housing 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. Your willingness to contribute to various tasks and learn new skills will be a great asset to the team.

Teamwork is extremely important. A lot of the work is completed independently, but every rating involves a team of analysts performing their assigned tasks. While the pace is fairly rapid, since a rating from start to finish can take about two weeks, analysts work on numerous ratings simultaneously. The Research Assistant is a crucial component of our ratings process, and must maintain a sense of urgency while performing their tasks. If the thought of working on one report by yourself, for months, sounds boring to you, you’d enjoy working in this environment.

• Develop and maintain a centralized source of news information for rated government institutions, sector and market using Bloomberg and other research Internet sites
• Contribute to the maintenance and upgrade our financial models
• Collect and manage large amounts of data for trend analysis
• Assist analysts in financial data input, adjustment and data analysis
• Ensure data integrity, data input completeness and accuracy
• Assist senior analysts working on a wide variety of ad hoc projects including database support and market research
• Collate material for management meetings, rating committee materials, reports and press releases

Our Hiring Manager says:
"I’m looking for the kind of person who isn’t afraid to investigate by digging into documents and crunching numbers, who likes to analyze data and identify trends and is eager to develop and improve processes. You’ll love this job because it involves evaluating the housing sector without all the political messiness; we get to focus on the facts, analyze the numbers and state our opinion about what direction we think a government credit will move. If you care about public policy but don’t want to be in politics, or are fascinated by the financial services industry, but don’t want to be a banker, this is a great position for you; it’s a best combination of private and public sector!"

Your skills:
• Bachelor’s degree
• A demonstrated interest in credit analysis and the Municipal Debt Markets
• Strong work ethic and ability to work well both independently and as part a team
• Strong ability to work with financial models and data, including cash flow and credit models
• Must have strong analytical and problem-solving skills
• Excellent time management and ability to organize, meet deadlines, and multitask;
• Strong computer skills, including Word and PowerPoint; ability to use MS Access a plus
• Advanced knowledge of and proficiency in Excel, including experience with visual basic/building macros, nested functions and pivot tables, and ability to manipulate extremely large data sets
• Familiarity with Visual Basic, SQL, C++ or other programming languages 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


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