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Moody's Investors Service, Inc

AVP-Analyst

Moody's Investors Service, Inc - Boston, MA

Moody's is an essential component of the global capital markets, providing credit ratings, research, tools and analysis that contribute to transparent and integrated financial markets. Moody's Corporation (NYSE: MCO) is the parent company of Moody's Investors Service, which provides credit ratings and research covering debt instruments and securities, and Moody's Analytics, which offers leading-edge software, advisory services and research for credit and economic analysis and financial risk management. The Corporation, which reported revenue of $3.6 billion in 2016, employs approximately 10,700 people worldwide and maintains a presence in 36 countries. Further information is available at www.moodys.com.

Role/Responsibilities:

The assistant vice president will be part of Moody’s Northeastern Local Government Team, which is responsible for the credit analysis of tax supported and enterprise debt of local governments in New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. The AVP will become directly responsible for a significant portfolio of local government credits.

This is a challenging, high profile role. The AVP must be adept at issuer and intermediary relations and outreach, and must be an effective representative of Moody’s. The AVP will also be responsible for mentoring junior analysts; responding knowledgably and succinctly to investor and press inquiries relating to credits in the analyst’s portfolio; contributing to Moody’s overall public finance risk analysis; participating in and representing the team at conferences and meetings; and writing both in-depth research reports and quick-turnaround, news-driven commentary.

The AVP will oversee the maintenance of his/her entire portfolio, which will include leading reviews of existing ratings and assignments of new ratings, assigning reviews to other analysts in the team, answering analytical and business relationship questions, and ensuring that broad-based and individually-focused surveillance reviews occur on time and with adequate depth. This opportunity involves developing both in-depth knowledge of specific northeastern local governments and a general understanding of and state-specific and regional credit trends and issues. The position also requires the development of a thorough understanding of Moody’s rating methodologies and their unbiased application, and contributing to development of new methodological approaches.

The AVP is expected to provide thought-leading analysis, topical research and commentary with minimal oversight, and make significant contributions to or lead team or department credit related initiatives. The AVP will also be expected to effectively and professionally interact with government representatives, financial intermediaries, investors, and other market participants.

More specifically, he or she will be responsible for the following:

In-depth, fundamental credit analysis on a regular basis of issuers in a portfolio of Moody’s-rated local government obligations

Publication of insightful, clear and focused research on high profile municipalities and all rating actions affecting credits within the assigned portfolio

Publication of insightful, clear and focused research on credit trends, and short news-driven commentary on recent credit developments

Maintenance of expertise on and in-depth knowledge of the issuers in the assigned portfolio

Development and presentation of rating recommendations and credit analyses to rating committees

Active participation in regular outreach events such as investor briefings, teleconferences, and conferences

Attendance at and conduct of analytical meetings with issuers

Regular communication with investors and other market participants about Moody’s credit ratings, credit analysis and market views

Adherence to all applicable regulatory, code of conduct and best practice requirements and standards

Qualifications:

Strong academic background – graduate degree in business, finance, public policy, public administration or J.D. strongly preferred

At least 6 years of credit analysis experience

Demonstrated writing ability to convey complex and nuanced analytical issues clearly

Knowledge of local government budgeting, accounting, and finance

Proven public speaking skills

Excellent attention to detail

Sound judgment – capable of developing independent opinion and defending both own and Moody’s-developed views

Strong quantitative analytical skills

Highly organized and efficient, with ability to meet tight deadlines and multi-task

Competency in MS Excel, PowerPoint and Word

Ability to build strong internal and external professional relationships at all levels and represent Moody’s effectively at a senior level

Moody’s Northeastern Local Government Team is composed of credit analysts and support staff responsible for the ratings and analysis of debt issued by cities, counties, schools, and special districts and authorities in New York and the New England states. He team’s work is focused on maintaining ratings, providing insightful credit analysis of new issues, and explaining the output of our analytical processes to market participants and other key stakeholders. While much of our work is driven by quantitative analysis, we require sound judgment. Our analyses are distilled into rating assignments and primarily communicated through forward looking, written opinions.

MIS and MSS Candidates are asked to disclose securities holdings pursuant to Moody’s Policy for Securities Trading. Employment is contingent upon compliance with the Policy, including remediation of positions in those holdings as necessary.

Moody’s is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, gender, age, religion, national origin, citizen status, marital status, physical or mental disability, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law. Moody’s also provides reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities in accordance with applicable laws. If you need to inquire about a reasonable accommodation, or need assistance with completing the application process, please email accommodations@moodys.com.. This contact information is for accommodation requests only, and cannot be used to inquire about the status of applications.

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Moody's is an essential component of the global capital markets, providing credit ratings, research, tools and analysis that contribute to transparent and integrated financial markets. Moody's Corporation (NYSE: MCO) is the parent company of Moody's Investors Service, which provides credit ratings and research covering debt instruments and securities, and Moody's Analytics, which offers leading-edge software, advisory services and research for credit and economic analysis and financial risk management. The Corporation, which reported revenue of $3.0 billion in 2013, employs approximately 8,400 people worldwide and maintains a presence in 31 countries. Further information is available at www.moodys.com.