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Associate Director

Funds – New York, New York
Department Funds
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced

Position Title: Associate Director

Department: Funds



Kroll Bond Rating Agency, Inc. (KBRA) is seeking an Associate Director to join its growing Funds Rating team to focus on conducting fundamental credit research and monitoring of a portfolio of funds, closed-end funds, and other structures utilizing various investment strategies.  The analyst will have direct involvement in KBRA’s credit rating process with ample exposure to senior KBRA employees as well as key executives at the rated entities. The position will be based out of KBRA’s New York City office.


Key Job Requirements:

  •  Conduct credit research on a variety of funds, closed-end funds, and other investment vehicles
  •  Monitor a wide variety of investment strategies utilized various structures within our growing Funds rating coverage
  •  Develop a credit opinion with presentations in writing and in person to credit committees
  •  Alert team and the credit committee on a timely basis when a rating change is suggested by the active surveillance process and provide a written record to support the committee process
  •  Assist in the preparation for, and follow-up from, issuer meetings
  • Work with issuer’s bankers and attorneys
  • Provide input to credit analyses for published and private reports for issuers and investors
  • Develop industry/sector expertise                                                                                                  
  • Foster relationships in the sector including research/data sources, industry commentators, buy side researchers, issuer prospects in the industry, rating advisory teams within investment banks and sector bankers
  • Support project finance, corporate finance, financial institutions, and structured finance teams as many of their counterparties are interested parties, investors and obligors 
  •  Assist in the development of rating and analytical tools focused on Funds and fund issuance

Key Skills/Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in finance, economics, management or a related field
  • 5-10 years of work experience in a financial analyst role within a corporate bank or other financial institution, credit training and research experience is a plus
  • Strong interest and relevant experience in credit, fixed income research  or capital markets
  • Excellent communication (verbal and written) and Excel skills
  • Ability to work as an integral part of a team and across disciplines in a challenging and dynamic environment
  • Ability to manage time and resources in a fast growing company

About Us

KBRA is a global full-service rating agency whose mission is to set a standard of excellence and integrity. Established in 2010, KBRA set forth an effort to restore trust in credit ratings by creating new standards for assessing risk and by offering accurate and transparent ratings. KBRA provides market participants with an alternative solution by delivering timely and in-depth research across various sectors.

KBRA has over 290 employees and offices across the United States, located in New York, Pennsylvania, and Maryland, and has published over 9,000 ratings totaling $775 billion. KBRA Europe’s team in Dublin, Ireland looks forward to providing the same standard of excellence and integrity in European credit ratings. KBRA strives to provide the investment community with the products and tools needed to make informed investment decisions.

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