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Associate Analyst Program - Chicago - January 2022

Fitch: together we equal more
Company Overview:
Fitch Ratings is a leading provider of credit ratings, commentary and research. Dedicated to providing value beyond the rating through independent and prospective credit opinions, Fitch Ratings offers global perspectives shaped by strong local market experience and credit market expertise. The additional context, perspective and insights we provide help investors to make important credit judgments with confidence.
At Fitch, we have an open culture where employees are able to exchange ideas and perspectives, throughout the organization, irrespective of their seniority. Your voice will be heard allowing you to have a real impact. We embrace diversity and appreciate authenticity, employees work in an environment where they can be their true selves. Our inclusive and progressive approach helps us to keep a balanced perspective.
Joining us at FItch meas your voice will be heard and you can make an impact. Immersed in our day-to-day work activities and special projects, you will learn what it means to be a Fitch Ratings credit analyst. 
Program Overview:
Fitch Ratings' Associate Analyst program is an exceptional entry level opportunity for recent graduates. The full-time graduate program is a combination of structured training designed specifically to provide a broad analytical perspective and on-the-job learning experience. As an Associate Analyst, you’ll be assigned to a specific Fitch Ratings product group and provided roles and responsibilities that fully immerse you in the credit rating process.
Associate Analysts will collaborate with senior analysts on new issuer ratings and gather and analyze the latest industry, regulatory, and economic information. At Fitch, you will receive the training to develop a high level of service to investors and issuers and a team-oriented approach to ratings analysis. Day to day work will include evaluating risk, participation in rating committees, drafting rating affirmations, and writing research reports.
  • Spring 2021 graduates; with less than 12 months of relevant full-time experience.
  • Must be able to work in our Chicago office (hybrid office schedule)
  • Students must have work authorization in the U.S
We’re looking for:
  • Intellectually curious students with financial flair and a keen interest in credit, fixed income and industry analysis.
  • Strong, clear, and concise communicators, both verbally and written
  • Finance & Economics majors are a plus; Students from a diverse range of academic backgrounds with a passion for research and analysis are welcome
  • Individuals who truly value integrity and objectivity – these are two values we hold ourselves to and pride ourselves on
Product groups likely to be included are: Structured Finance, Corporate Ratings, Financial Institutions, US Public Finance, and Global Infrastructure and Project Finance Group
  • Structured Finance
Fitch’s Structured Finance maintains existing ratings and assigns ratings to new structured finance transactions. Fitch currently rates Structured Finance transactions across four main asset classes: Asset Backed Securities, Residential Mortgage Backed Securities, Commercial Mortgage Backed Securities and Structured Credit.
  • Corporate Ratings
The Fitch Ratings Corporates group provides public and private ratings on companies and their debt instruments, including — bank loans, senior and subordinated debt, commercial paper and preferred stock. The group's analytical methodology addresses the legal, regulatory and market environments in over 100 countries in which Fitch Ratings operates, with particular emphasis on debt structure. 
  • Financial Institutions
Fitch’s financial institutions’ coverage includes not only banks but also finance and leasing companies, securities firms and asset management organizations. In addition, the group supports dedicated teams for rating specialized securities such as covered bonds.
  • Global Infrastructure & Project Finance Group
Fitch's Global Infrastructure and Project Finance Group (GIG) is responsible for the credit ratings of debt related to infrastructure assets mainly in the transportation, energy, and social infrastructure sectors in the Americas. The portfolio includes public ratings and private credit opinions covering a variety of transaction types (project finance, corporate finance, and structured finance). The assets include airports, toll roads, ports, rail infrastructure, power plants, oil and gas facilities, wind and solar parks, schools and hospitals. The team's output consists mainly of annual surveillance reviews, new ratings and sector research reports which are published primarily through Fitch's website.
  • US Public Finance
Fitch Ratings creates value beyond the rating by bringing an informed perspective to the U.S. Public Finance sector. Nearly 90% of the world’s largest institutional investors routinely turn to Fitch Ratings for in-depth analysis, comprehensive research and easily understood criteria for rating state and local governments, public housing, higher education, healthcare, public power, and public transportation bonds. With offices across the United States, our analysts are sensitive to local legislative and legal issues and are poised to address the specific needs of regional markets.
Fitch complies with all laws governing employment in each jurisdiction in which it operates, and provides equal opportunity to all applicants and employees. All applications will be considered without regard to race, colour, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, and other status protected by applicable laws.
Fitch is committed to providing global securities markets with objective, timely, independent and forward-looking credit opinions. To protect Fitch’s credibility and reputation, our employees must take every precaution to avoid conflicts of interests or any appearance of a conflict of interest. Should you be successful in the recruitment process at Fitch Ratings you will asked to declare any securities holdings and other potential conflicts for you and your Family Members prior to commencing employment. If you, or your Family Members, have any holdings that may conflict with your work responsibilities, they must be sold before beginning work. In certain roles, employees and their Family Members may be limited to investments in diversified mutual funds only.
For more information about this policy, please visit the Code of Ethics and Conduct page.