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Senior ESG Associate

Website Moody's Analytics

Data Provider | Consultant

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The Role

The Senior ESG Associate (“The Associate”) will work with analysts in the ESG team in supporting the systematic and transparent integration of ESG considerations into credit analysis. The Associate will support the ongoing monitoring of ESG Issuer Profile and Credit Impact scores for systematically integrating ESG considerations into credit analysis, and to transparently communicate our opinions through narratives and credit opinions. This may include participation in relevant rating committees and discussion forums.

The Associate will also support the systematic collection of issuer-level ESG metrics and data to support MIS’ credit analysis, including from Moody’s Analytics. The Associate may also support the production of ESG-related Non-credit rating assessments (NCRAs) such as carbon transition indicators and net zero assessments. Other responsibilities my include, as needed, supporting various projects of the ESG team, including the publication of thematic research, development of ESG training modules, and representing MIS in the external market on ESG matters.

The Associate role is integral to Moody’s focus on the integration of ESG considerations into credit analysis. This role, like that of the ESG team broadly, will typically span across multiple rating groups.

Key Responsibilities

Portfolio Management & Credit Quality 

  • Working with ESG analysts to support ESG integration into credit analysis. Examples of analytical work may include:
  • Support ESG analysts’ research contributing to the monitoring and maintenance of ESG scores
  • Prepare periodic analysis of ESG score changes and trends
  • Contribute to the development of databases and data analysis systems and outputs using third-party data and research, public company filings and other public information as key inputs, including managing the data collection, data entry process
  • Developing familiarity with the ESG classification, heat maps, cross-sector methodology and scoring distribution across sectors and geographies
  • Developing a working knowledge of Moody’s methodologies and credit rating best practices.
  • Monitoring ESG trends by following market developments and relevant news events, analyzing issuer reporting, and supporting ESG team engagement with issuers as necessary.
  • Attending, where appropriate, rating committee meetings, including to offer analysis and opinion

Credit Administration

  • Support the ongoing development of an ESG data platform, including third-party sources and from Moody’s Analytics.
  • Collaborate with ESG support teams at affiliates ICRA and MSC to ensure seamless support to the ESG team’s efforts in data gathering and research support
  • Supporting the operation and maintenance of the ESG scoring platform.
  • Demonstrating sound understanding and judgment in applying Moody’s processes, documentation standards, and best practices, and adhering to all laws and policies.
  • Supporting the ESG team’s work with Moody’s University in maintaining and updating, as needed, a comprehensive ESG training and certification program
  • Providing feedback to the manager on the quality and accuracy of work produced by the ICRA and MSC teams, while providing constructive and proactive feedback.

Research, Investor Outreach & Market Interaction

  • Support ESG analysts in publishing thematic and issuer-specific research on ESG risks relevant to credit analysis. 
  • Collaborate with other internal teams including the broader Moody’s family outside the ratings agency and Information Technology team members as required.
  • Attending investor briefings and conferences as required; helping prepare presentation materials in some cases; arriving prepared to engage in discussions.
  • Building positive relationships with investors displaying initiative to understand the investors’ approach to ESG and proactively responding to inquiries.

Risk Identification and Escalation

  • Support compliance with applicable laws, regulations, policies, and procedures to certify relevant key codes as required. Complete mandatory required training in a timely manner. 
  • Awareness of Moody’s risk management approach.

Experience / Qualifications

  • Minimum undergraduate/first-level degree (e.g. Bachelor’s Degree, or equivalent qualifications) with strong academic performance (in the US, minimum GPA of 3.0). Masters/MBA preferred.
  • An understanding of current trends in ESG and sustainable investing is an advantage.
  • Some relevant experience (including internships) in ESG integration into fixed income or equity analysis is preferred
  • Background in process oriented/data heavy tasks preferred
  • Excellent verbal, written communication, and interpersonal skills.
  • Proficient in MS Excel, Word, and PowerPoint. Advanced Excel skills would be an advantage
  • Proactive and able to work effectively in a collaborative team environment.
  • Strong organization skills, analytical thinking, and attention to detail.
  • Ability to adapt to a changing environment and prioritize tasks accordingly.

Moody’s is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity or any other characteristic protected by law.

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

For more information on the Securities Trading Program, please refer to the STP Quick Reference guide on ComplianceNet

Please note: STP categories are assigned by the hiring teams and are subject to change over the course of an employee’s tenure with Moody’s.