McGraw Hill Financial Director, Sovereign and International Public Finance Ratings in Singapore, Singapore

Position Description

The Role:

S&P Global Ratings has an opening for a Director covering a portfolio of Sovereign credits in Asia, focusing on North and South and South-East Asia. The successful candidate will be based in Singapore or Hong Kong. As a senior representative of the team, you will assume analytical oversight responsibility for a broad portfolio of sovereign and sovereign-related credits in Asia, including covering major credits as the primary analyst.

The Team / The Business:

You will belong to the Asia-Pacific and Africa Sovereign and International Public Finance Practice. You will part of the team responsible for the ratings of over 50 Sovereigns and over 100 local and regional governments and government related entities.

The Impact:

As a senior analyst you will analyze non-routine and complex situations in a timely and insightful manner. You will play a central role in driving and coordinating the group’s outreach and cross-portfolio publishing efforts, including communication and cooperation with other groups within S&P ratings. You will also play a role in coaching and developing junior analysts in the team and will be instrumental in building a high-performing team.

What's in it for you:

This is a great opportunity for you, an experienced professional to build your expertise in a rapidly changing market. The position offers you a mix of analytical challenges, interaction with key policy makers and analysts, the option to assume and drive internal projects, and opportunities to acquire and develop new skills.

What We're Looking For:

You will have a keen interest and strong background in economics and public policy. You will possess the ability to undertake rigorous analytical work and will have a demonstrated strength at doing research and writing well-structured analytical reports. You will have a very well developed ability to quickly absorb, analyse, and act upon information to maintain and enhance the quality and timeliness of our analysis.

You will also be adept at co-ordinating work across a number of teams within S&P and be comfortable in an environment which stimulates continuous improvement and innovation and the highest customer service standards, whilst adhering to established ratings criteria, methodology, policies, and regulation. You will be able to demonstrate analytical excellence and good presentation skills in front of internal and external audiences, to explain our credit rating opinions both internally as well as externally, to investors and the media. Sound judgement and organizational skills are also required to present detailed information, reasoned opinions, and a rating recommendation to our credit rating committees.

Our Hiring Manager says:

“I’m looking for a candidate that has either significant credit experience or a strong knowledge of governments and the role they play in capital markets. As a senior analyst within the team you will play a key role in adding to the team’s analytical strength as well as contributing substantially to S&P’s market education activities.”


Manage a portfolio of government ratings across the Sovereign and International Public Finance team with a focus on Southeast Asia. Entities include government related companies, local governments and other public sector entities.

Interaction with government officials and top/senior management of corporations and multilateral agencies within the region.

Thorough analysis of the credit profile of the government entities including an in-depth assessment of the entities’ financial practices, performance and management.

Develop recommendations and assignment of ratings to governments and public sector companies, as well as their debt instruments, in accordance with Standard & Poor’s rating criteria

Synthesis findings into analytical reports for internal committees and publication.

Communication of analytical rationales to users of ratings.

System research, industry reports and commentaries.

Represent the company and deliver analytical presentations at external conferences and seminars.

Will need to travel within the region, with the focus on Southeast Asia


Post-graduate qualification or equivalent in a relevant subject such as finance, economics, politics, or equivalent experience.

Minimum of seven years of hands-on analytical experience in a relevant government agency, or a credit/research environment ideally analyzing public sector entities (sovereign and local governments, public sector companies)

Excellent knowledge of Asia’s financial markets, governmental systems and regulatory environment

Fluency in English - speaking, reading, and writing - is essential. Additional languages are desirable.

Self-driven, energetic and proactive

Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills

Ability to manage multiple tasks and a busy environment

Ability to work in a team-oriented, global, multi-cultural environment

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.

S&P Global Ratings is a division of S&P Global (NYSE:

SPGI), which provides essential intelligence for individuals, companies and governments to make decisions with confidence.For more information, visit - ratings