Associate Director, Non Banks, Financial Institutions, Singapore

Associate Director, Non Banks, Financial Institutions, Singapore

CFA Institute
5-8 years
Not Specified

Job Description

Fitch Ratings: APAC Non-Bank Financial Institutions: Credit Analyst - Associate Director (Singapore)
Company Overview:
Fitch Group is a global leader in financial information services with operations in more than 30 countries. Fitch Group is comprised of: Fitch Ratings, a global leader in credit ratings and research Fitch Solutions, a leading provider of credit market data, analytical tools and risk services and Fitch Learning, a preeminent training and professional development firm. With dual headquarters in London and New York, Fitch Group is owned by Hearst.
Fitch Ratings is a leading provider of credit ratings, commentary and research. Dedicated to providing value beyond the rating through independent and prospective credit opinions, Fitch Ratings offers global perspectives shaped by strong local market experience and credit market expertise. The additional context, perspective and insights we provide help investors to make important credit judgments with confidence.
As a global credit rating agency, Fitch Ratings gauges the ability of entities and instruments to meet their credit obligations. Investors and financial market participants rely on multiple sources, and the credit rating - indicating how an issue or transaction is likely to perform over time - is one of their key inputs. In this way, we help investors map potential credit risks.
Fitch Solutions, a subsidiary of Fitch Ratings, provides a range of industry-leading products and professional development services to the global financial community. In addition to offering proprietary market-based content, it distributes the ratings, research and financial data of Fitch Ratings through a variety of flexible platforms. With innovation and experience behind every solution it brings to market, our offerings are designed to meet the diverse needs of the fixed-income markets.
Fitch complies with all laws governing employment in each jurisdiction in which it operates, and provides equal opportunity to all applicants and employees. All applications will be considered without regard to race, colour, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, and other status protected by applicable laws.
Department Overview
Fitch Ratings Financial Institutions Group has built the agency into a global leader in credit rating coverage with strong market positions in banks and non-bank financial institutions (NBFI). Our experienced analysts provide comprehensive, timely and transparent coverage of major institutions around the world, and offer a diversity of talent and backgrounds, with experience in regulatory oversight, counterparty analysis, auditing, investment banking, buy-side investing and more.
The Fitch Ratings NBFI team covers a range of non-bank financial entities globally, including finance and leasing companies, securities firms and investment managers along with exchanges and clearing houses.
Fitch Ratings is hiring a Credit Analyst on Associate Director level to our growing APAC Non-Bank Financial Institutions team. The position, based in Singapore, will support the development of Fitch's franchise by contributing to new non-bank financial institutions ratings, taking responsibility for a portfolio of companies and initiating/supporting sector research in South and South-East Asia.
Primary duties will include:
  • Act as lead analyst on rating mandates/support other analysts on rating exercises.
  • Conduct issuer/sector/market analysis for committee packages and research publication.
  • Develop an in-depth understanding of covered sectors and issuers to become the key knowledge resource for internal and external constituents.
  • Initiate/support topical industry research reports highlighting key credit developments to the broader market, as well as periodic issuer reports according to a required timeline.
  • Support senior analysts in external engagements (including analytical meetings, investor & banker meetings and presentations). More experienced candidates should expect to take the lead in such interactions where appropriate.
  • Participate actively in credit rating committees for FI issuers in APAC and other regions.
  • Maintain up-to-date financial spreadsheets and industry databases/systems.
  • Ensure compliance with regulatory requirements, including record-keeping of committee and issuer documents as required.

Qualifications and Experience:
  • 5-8 years Financial Institution analytical experience, ideally in credit or audit-related fields at a commercial/investment bank, accountancy firm, buy-side firm, rating agency or similar.
  • Good educational background to at least an undergraduate university degree. Additional professional qualifications (e.g., CFA, ACA, ACCA) viewed favourably.
  • Sound understanding of financial statement analysis for financial institutions, with experience in spreadsheet creation, modelling and analysis.
  • Proficient in Excel/Word/PowerPoint.
  • Strong analytical and quantitative skills, with an attention to detail and drive to understand underlying circumstances beyond the numbers
  • Self-motivated with good time management and able to work well in a team. Ability to meet firm deadlines is essential.
  • Solid written and oral communication skills in English are a must. Proficiency in a South/South-east Asian language (in particular, Bahasa Indonesia or Vietnamese) would be an advantage.
  • Experience analysing Non Banks, Financial Institutions (finance and leasing companies, investment managers, securities firms, financial market infrastructure companies) in relevant markets (Australasia, South or South-east Asia) strongly preferred. Demonstrated adaptability across various Financial Institution sectors and markets also a plus.
  • Candidate will need to comply with MAS Guidelines on Fit and Proper Criteria as an MAS-licensed representative.

Travel will be required, primarily within South and South-east Asia.

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