McGraw Hill Financial Associate, Ratings Analytical in Melbourne, Australia

Position Description

The Role:

The analyst will be responsible for surveillance and publishing of our credit ratings on a variety of mid to upper tier insurance company credits in Australia and New Zealand, and their related debt and hybrid issues. The role requires the incumbent to analyze pertinent information and data necessary for rating determinations. The analyst will make recommendations to the rating committee, prepare material for ratings publication, and effectively communicate to clients Standard & Poor’s methodology and procedures that do not involve fee discussions, negotiations, or arrangements.

Working closely with a Lead Analyst, an analyst is also responsible for meeting with issuers and investors, brokers, regulators and industry bodies on analytical matters and will assist in undertaking industry analysis and publishing associated industry rating outlook and industry sector commentaries.

The Team - The Business:

You’ll be part of the Financial Services Ratings team in the Pacific.

Your Skills:

Finance, commerce or accounting related degree, or insurance or actuarial tertiary studies would be preferable with at least 6-7 years’ experience in the financial services industry. Insurance industry (or related), regulatory or credit rating experience would be a decisive advantage. The role will require the person to have a real passion for financial analysis being able to enthusiastically undertake rigorous analytical work, including collating information into reasoned arguments and be proficient at writing analytical reports. Importantly, candidates must have a good understanding of financial markets and the business environment, and some understanding of S&P’s analytical products and services. The role requires strong interpersonal and communication skills and the successful candidate must be able to work effectively in a team-oriented, global, and multi-cultural environment. Finally, candidates must have the ability to analyze unique, non-routine analytical or business problems in a timely and insightful manner.

Our Hiring Manager says:

As a client facing analyst and someone who presents to a rating committee, you will need to be professional and polished, and have a keen eye for detail. Presentation and communication must be of the highest standard, in conjunction with your willing and flexible attitude.

This is an excellent opportunity for an energetic and personable individual with strong analytical skills and a deep knowledge of financial markets.


  • Analyzing information and data for determining ratings on insurance companies and their debt issues.

  • Making recommendations and presenting to rating committees.

  • Drafting press releases, company-specific reports, and industry commentaries in a fast-paced environment with publication deadlines.

  • Effectively communicating to clients Standard & Poor's methodology and procedures.

  • Continuous monitoring of operating performance of rated companies, including reviews of public filings and private information supplied by issuers, and participation in client meetings.

  • Meeting with issuers and investors on analytical matters and assisting in resolving clients' analytical needs.

  • Contributing to Standard & Poor's global and regional analytical sectoral forums, and authoring related commentaries.

Requirements :

  • Bachelor's degree. Actuarial background, advanced degree, or CFA charter is a plus.

  • Minimum five years of experience in an analytical position. Working experience in the insurance industry is a plus.

  • Good understanding of financial and capital markets, business environments, and relevant insurance regulations in Australia

  • Strong financial statement analysis skills and accounting knowledge.

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.

  • A demonstrated ability to give effective presentations to senior executives

  • A highly motivated team player who can work autonomously in a global, multi-cultural and fast pace environment

  • Ability to undertake rigorous analytical work and be proficient at writing analytical reports in English

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.

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