Ratings Analyst - Sustainable Finance

S&P Global
San Francisco, USA
Oct 17, 2021
Oct 21, 2021
Job Function
Risk Management
Industry Sector
Finance - General
Employment Type
Full Time
Ratings Analyst, Sustainable Finance (S&P Global Ratings)
Location: San Francisco
Job Function: Ratings
Segment: S&P Global Ratings

The Role:
We are currently looking for a highly skilled and motivated individual to join our Sustainable Finance team as a Ratings Analyst based in our San Francisco office focused on environmental, social and governance (ESG) research, climate and resilience finance, joining a growing analytical team. He or she will support the ESG Evaluation offering as well as other existing products including our Sustainable Financing Opinions (which include Framework Alignment Opinions and Green Transaction Evaluations). The analyst will report to Michael Ferguson, Americas AM for Sustainable Finance and will support Alán Bonilla, Lead Analyst, Sustainable Finance.

Key Responsibilities:
The Ratings Analyst undertakes rigorous analytical work and is proficient in conducting ESG research and fundamental environmental, climate, social and governance analytics. The successful candidate is able to work effectively in a fast paced environment, possess strong interpersonal and communication skills, is customer-oriented, and demonstrates excellent presentation skills in front of internal and external audiences. You will also be involved in the following:
  • Work with the rating practices with regards to the roll out/delivery of Sustainable Finance products (ESG Evaluation, Sustainable Financing Opinions);
  • Over time become a Sustainable Finance expert in external engagements (Market outreach, customer interactions, ESG Evaluation preparedness meetings);
  • Subject matter expert to support rating practices for ESG in ratings;
  • Contribute, as a Sustainable Finance analyst, to individual ESG Evaluations and Sustainable Financing Opinions (either as support to a primary evaluator or Sustainable Finance expert);
  • Undertake primary research and write thought leadership articles in collaboration with other team members and colleagues from other practices & divisions;
  • Contribute to the enhancement of our ESG Evaluation and Sustainable Financing Opinion analytical approaches;
  • Be a champion of analytical and customer service excellence in the sustainable finance field as well as with regard to ESG in credit ratings;
  • Contribute to seamless working environment across the Sustainable Finance group
The successful candidate will be comfortable in an environment of continuous improvement and high customer service standards while adhering to established ratings criteria, policies and procedures.

The Impact: The roll out of the ESG and the Green Evaluation products is a central part of S&P Global's strategy in increasing its presence in the sustainable finance market. This role is crucial is supporting the execution of this strategy. The integration of ESG factors into credit analysis is also a key priority for the organization and high profile.
  • This is an exciting opportunity to be involved in the sustainability space, which is a key strategic initiative for S&P Global Ratings and for S&P Global corporate-wide.
  • At S&P Global Ratings, your analytical opinion truly matters and each person who works here has an essential role in our reputation of integrity, transparency, and ratings excellence.
  • S&P Global Ratings plays a vital role in bringing transparency and comparability to the financial markets and helps investors and others measure and manage credit risk as well as gain insight into sustainability.
  • By supporting capital markets, S&P Global Ratings helps people to start and grow businesses, cities and states to build highways and hospitals, and manufacturers to build factories and create jobs.
  • With offices in 26 countries, rating $47.5 trillion in debt, and with nearly 1,400 credit analysts, S&P Global Ratings is an important part of the world's financial infrastructure and has played a leading role for more than 150 years in providing investors and financers the information they need to more easily, quickly and efficiently provide capital to businesses and governments.
The Career Opportunity: The role will allow the candidate to expand his or her exposure and experience in ESG, climate and resilience research as well as credit risk analysis. It will also permit cross-practice and cross-segment growth opportunities. As an Analyst you are working within the Sustainable Finance team at S&P Global Ratings. With the guidance of a senior analyst (Associate or above), a qualified Analyst typically maintains responsibility for new analytical assignments and research tasks. A high performing Analyst is likely to be considered for involvement in more complex tasks with higher profile clients, as well as for investor and market outreach. We prepare our most successful Analysts to become our future Associates and Associate Directors that act as spokespersons and senior analytical leaders in sector teams.

The Team / The Business: The Sustainable Finance team was established by S&P Global Ratings to expand our ratings franchise in an area of strong growth and to leverage our significant global sustainability expertise across the full range of asset classes. Analytical team members reside in 16 locations globally and work on a diverse range of transactions globally applying different methodologies. We also work on transactions in partnership with other practices and segments at S&P Global on a regular basis. Effective teamwork and a thoughtful approach to problem solving are highly valued. The Sustainable Finance team has led on the development and subsequent roll out of a new ESG product offering which aims to evaluate the ESG profiles of companies and the Green Evaluation product which analyses the environmental net benefit or adaptation benefit to determine a Green Transaction Evaluation score.

Your Skills:
  • Post-graduate qualification in Environmental Technology, Environmental Sciences and/or Sustainable Finance preferred. Finance, Economics, Accounting, Engineering, Mathematics and/or CFA also desirable.
  • Solid, demonstrable experience (two-three years) within a large commercial bank, investment bank, investing institution/asset manager, or an audit company working in the field of credit/environmental analysis of multinational corporations.
  • Strong analytical skills with a deep understanding of financial statement analysis and accounting concepts.
  • Proficiency with figures and the ability to maintain accuracy and be detail oriented while complying with deadlines.
  • Strong Excel/Word/PowerPoint and database application skills. Ability to prepare forecasts based upon reasoned assumptions will be required.
  • Solid communication skills, verbal and written, as well as the capacity to expand, learn, and make a contribution.
This role is limited to persons with indefinite right to work in the United States.

Compensation/Benefits Information :

S&P Global states that the anticipated base salary range for this position is $46,200, to $80,000. Base salary ranges may vary by geographic location.

This role is eligible to receive S&P Global benefits. For more information on the benefits we provide to our employees, visit https://www.spgbenefitessentials.com/newhires .

About Company Statement:
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 www.spglobal.com/ratings

S&P Global has a Securities Disclosure and Trading Policy ("the Policy") that seeks to mitigate conflicts of interest by monitoring and placing restrictions on personal securities holding and trading. The Policy is designed to promote compliance with global regulations. In some Divisions, pursuant to the Policy's requirements, candidates at S&P Global may be asked to disclose securities holdings. Some roles may include a trading prohibition and remediation of positions when there is an effective or potential conflict of interest. Employment at S&P Global is contingent upon compliance with the Policy.

S&P Global is an equal opportunity employer committed to making all employment decisions without regard to race/ethnicity, sex, 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: EEO.Compliance@spglobal.com and your request will be forwarded to the appropriate person.

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20 - Professional (EEO-2 Job Categories-United States of America), RATNGS202.1 - Middle Professional Tier I (EEO Job Group)

Job ID: 266683
Posted On: 2021-10-15
Location: San Francisco, California, United States

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