Director Public Finance - Sovereign and Supranationals Ratings

Director Public Finance - Sovereign and Supranationals Ratings

Scope Group

Berlin, Germany

Scope Ratings AG, the leading European credit rating agency, offers clients opinion-driven, forward-looking and non-mechanistic credit risk analysis and contributes to a greater diversity of opinions for institutional investors. Scope Ratings is a credit rating agency registered in accordance with the EU rating regulation and operating in the European Union with External Credit Assessment Institution (ECAI) status.

We have an opportunity for a Director in Scope’s Public Finance Team to join an international team of rating analysts and to become responsible for the credit analysis of a portfolio of sovereign governments and public sector entities.

Your tasks & responsibilities

  • Conduct ratings and research on a portfolio of Sovereigns, Supranational and public-sector entities in Europe and globally;
  • Identify, initiate and undertake rigorous quantitative and qualitative economic, financial and political risk analysis;
  • Lead rating committee discussions, make recommendations for rating actions;
  • Production of high-quality rating reports and sector research, demonstrating Scope’s fundamental understanding of macroeconomic and sovereign trends;
  • Conduct investor, issuer and arranger outreach, and interviews with the press presenting and explaining Scope’s analytical approach and country views;
  • Must be an independent leader while meeting clearly defined deadlines;
  • Development and training of junior analysts, further developing the Public Finance team;
  • Support the team's administrative functions with regard to compliance and regulation.

Your professional profile

  • 7+ years of relevant experience in sovereign/supranational risk analysis and/or applied economics gained from a ministry of finance, central bank, supranational, rating agency or macroeconomic research house;
  • Strong understanding of macroeconomics and a keen interest and awareness of international and political affairs;
  • Graduate degree in economics or equivalent (MA, MBA);
  • Relevant experience with international capital markets for sovereign supranational, and/or sub-sovereign debt would be an advantage;
  • Strong quantitative skills (economics, econometrics, accounting, finance). Proficient in Excel and PowerPoint;
  • Proficient written and oral communication skills in English and one other European language, particularly German, would be advantageous.

Your personal profile

  • Excellent written skills are a must, particularly in producing high calibre research (economic publication track record is an advantage), and extensive public speaking experience is a plus;
  • Able to take ownership and responsibility for tasks and projects that involve both independent and teamwork;
  • Confident and professional appearance and high social and communication skills;
  • Accountable and reliable person of highest integrity.

We offer a challenging position, with wide-ranging responsibilities and the opportunity to engage with the European market, in an internationally-oriented company with a 15-year history. A friendly, open-minded team with a flat hierarchy awaits you. We make quality visible – join us and take part!


We look forward to learning more about you from your convincing application. Please apply online using our application tool quoting the reference “20170226“. Please note: For non-EU applicants, a valid German work permit and German residence is a prerequisite for this job position.

What we want to see

  • Signed current CV;
  • Criminal record certificate (if available);
  • At least 3 references;
  • Copy of your university degrees and certificates.

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