Associate Director, ESG Ratings , Hong Kong
Fitch Solutions
Hong Kong

Department Overview :

Part of Fitch Ratings (and Fitch Group), the Sustainable Finance Group (SUF) is focused on research and analysis of ESG themes for companies and their debt instruments.

The group currently has 4 primary teams, ESG Research, ESG Integration and Reporting, ESG Analytics (Credit Ratings), and ESG Product Development.

The department, currently composed by 30 professionals spread worldwide (Europe / UK, US, Latam, and Asia) with a varied background, is expanding to take on new activities.

Following the successful development of the ESG Ratings, SUF is looking to create a fifth team the ESG Rating team - to produce, monitor and maintain ESG Ratings on debt instruments and entities.

Job Description :

Fitch Sustainable Finance is looking for highly motivated and passionate analysts (starting February 2022) to be trained in the new rating methodology and then to deliver quality research and analytical products to our clients worldwide.

The role entails the delivery of high-quality, timely, focused analysis on a suite of products related to the ESG credentials and performance of entities and fixed income issuances.

The person will work alongside peers in a team and be assigned a varied portfolio of companies and associated debt instruments to analyse and monitor.

He or she will have to present and discuss internally (and externally) his / her findings and the related outputs. Knowledge and understanding of current Sustainability / ESG themes and standards is a key requirement for the role.

Desired Skills : The person will

The person will

  • have direct and in-depth knowledge (and expertise) of Environmental and / or Social and / or Governance themes for Corporates and / or Financial Institutions and / or Structured Finance.
  • be curious and demonstrate an ability to rapidly assimilate knowledge and information, and then apply it to identify trends, themes, perform analysis and draw conclusions from data.
  • have direct knowledge and / or experience of at least 1 specific industry sector (e.g. Energy, Building, Transportation, commercial banking, ABS)
  • have a good understanding of how the fixed income and capital markets function, including some knowledge of bond and loan structures
  • be able to write concise reports and deliver analyses / research papers in English
  • be a self-starter, with a focus for detail, execution, and workload prioritization
  • be resourceful, flexible and able to work independently in remote / WFH (under Covid-19) circumstances
  • be able to cooperate seamlessly in a team based, international set-up, with a strong focus on common goals and objectives
  • be able, and willing, to learn from mistakes as well as to provide and accept constructive criticism
  • Qualifications / Requirements :

    The person will

  • have at least 4 years of work experience preferably in a research or analytical environment
  • be a graduate in a discipline with a technical background related to any of Environmental science, Social risk or Governance themed disciplines, or Economics / Business / Finance
  • be financially literate and comfortable working with and drawing conclusions from data
  • have good knowledge of Microsoft Office (Powerpoint, Excel, Word, Access)
  • be fluent in English (written and spoken). Detailed knowledge of an additional language such as Japanese, Korean, German, French, Italian will be beneficial
  • What we offer :

    The right candidate will receive :

  • a competitive salary (based on experience and skills)
  • a discretionary bonus based on corporate and individual performance and goals achieved
  • following a probation period, a generous benefits package (annual leave, annual volunteer working days, non-contributory pension, medical insurance, parental leave, etc)
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