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S&P Global Ratings

The Role:

The Associate Director - Model Validation (Lead, Quantitative Modeling) is a member of a model validation team which independently validates (tests) the quantitative financial models and engines that are developed throughout S&P Global Ratings. The Associate will support the model validation process for the full life cycle of S&P Global Ratings models. The Associate Director will be responsible for reviewing developmental evidence, conducting model replication and back-testing, and verifying that the models being reviewed are appropriate implementations of the relevant S&P Global Ratings Criteria. The Associate Director will utilize MATLAB, C++ and SAS to complete their assigned tasks on a timely basis. This position requires regular interaction with internal clients in S&P Global Ratings.


  • Test and validate quantitative models
  • Interact with quantitative staff to gather model related information and clarify model related questions
  • Interact with business unit staff (ratings analysts, criteria officers) to gather model related information and clarify model related questions
  • Communicate findings and recommendations with Ratings Quality and Ratings Business
  • Enhance procedures for model validation to meet new standards


  • Advanced degree in Economics, Mathematics, Probability and Statistics, Quantitative Finance or a closely related discipline (Masters or Ph.D.).
  • 3+ years of experience in quantitative financial research, model development and model validation.
  • Good quantitative financial knowledge in the areas of stochastic interest rate modeling, prepayment modeling, spread modeling, default modeling and cash flow modeling.
  • Good quantitative skills in the areas of structured finance, credit derivatives, default and recovery modeling and credit risk management.
  • In-depth knowledge of structured financial instruments (CDO, CMBS, ABS, RMBS) as well as corporate finance and capital adequacy for financial institutions desirable.
  • Good programming skills in SAS, MATLAB or C++.
  • Strong ability to communicate complex technical results to non-quantitative audience.
  • Ability to work independently
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

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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