IG Corporate Credit Analyst – Reed.co.uk


We are working with a leading international insurance firm that is looking to hire an Investment Grade Corporate Credit Analyst (5-10 years’ experience) to join their investment team in London.

The selected candidate will be responsible for undertaking independent IG Corporate Credit Research across multiple sectors (non-financials) with a primary focus on European (EUR) Credit, as well as some GBP Credit (primary market). While there is a strong bias towards IG Credit, the role might also involve occasionally looking at some HY names and the overall coverage universe will likely be around 50 names.

This Analyst will be supporting portfolios ranging from Buy & Maintain to Active (Total Return), as well as ESG-focused, and there would be a close working relationship with the lead portfolio manager and others on the team.

One of the key selling points of this role is that it is a smaller team, which means very close collaboration with the PM and full ownership of ideas that get implemented in the portfolios. If a name is recommended by the analyst and there is a strong case for the name, then there is a good chance it will be included in the portfolio. It is also a very friendly and collegial working culture, with the opportunity to work from home 2 days per week.

There will also be the opportunity to get involved in a range of other exciting projects across the team/firm, which is consistently growing in terms of AUM.

Any experience or understanding of ALM or Buy & Maintain investing would be a big plus, however not required. Experience and confidence in clearly articulating views on particular issuers and having conviction in those views is also strongly preferred.

In terms of background, our client is open to considering strong candidates from ratings agencies, independent research providers, buy-side, as well as sell-side (provided a large enough spectrum of names/sectors is being covered).

Key Responsibilities:

  • Undertake independent IG corporate credit research and analysis based on an established investment framework with primary coverage of issuers from the European Market (EUR), as well as some GBP names (primary market)
  • Focus will be strongly focused towards IG, as well as a few HY issuers 
  • Utilise quantitative and qualitative framework to assess credit, fundamental and ESG metrics and provide a detailed understanding of all relevant indicators across the sector
  • Drive strong investment outcomes through consistent engagement with lead PM
  • Play an active role in the idea generation and research process across IG Corporate Credit and the various portfolios to drive and support investment outcomea
  • Ensure that all research and analysis work and supporting recommendations adheres to the highest ethical, business and legal standards.

Experience Required:

  • Relevant IG Credit research (EUR & GBP) analysis experience is required
  • Relevant degree (economics, finance, accounting, or related discipline) or able to demonstrate a suitable depth of intellectual rigour and maturity.
  • CFA or IMC (or equivalent) strongly preferred
  • Great all-round communicator, able to embed themselves in a team-based culture, demonstrate collaborative behaviours and drive decision making and outcomes.
  • Relevant buy-side or sell-side industry experience with specific evidence of IG Credit analysis and/or investment ideas that have contributed to superior, risk-adjusted results.
  • Mature and proven judgment in analysis and strategic insight with practical experience in applying learnt techniques in a financial market environment.
  • Able to develop and build relevant investment tools and to practically apply theoretical and complex techniques.
  • Energetic, collaborative, and forward-thinking with the highest ethical and professional standards.
  • Analytics, balance sheet analysis
  • Skilled problem solver, who can utilize outstanding analytic and decision-making skills



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