Financial Engineer - New York - 18126BR

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Credit Strategy and Standards

Job Description

The Credit Strategy and Standards team at Moody's Investors Service is a group of professionals who oversee the general credit policies and rating methodologies for the rating agency, and publish rating performance research.

We are looking for a financial engineer to join our Model Development Team, which is responsible for all the models and scorecards used in the rating process. The duties of the financial engineer include:

  • Working with different lines of business and the Methodology Framework group to design Credit Rating Models for Structured Finance (for example ABS and RMBS)

    • Build asset models that accurately reflects the existing methodology requirements.

    • Read Indentures of complex ABS deals and building the corresponding cash flow models

  • Developing and maintaining models used in the rating process;

  • Performing data analysis on big data sets, back-tests and developing analytical projects to assess the ability of financial models and data calibrations to assess credit risk.

  • Assisting with ad-hoc quantitative projects to update and improve the rating process (structured finance simulations, macroeconomic projects, etc.).

  • Publish research and participate in professional training for the analytical staff.

  • The position requires collaboration with the rating teams, the Methodology Framework group, the Model Verification team, the Methodology Review Group and IT groups.


  • PhD in Mathematical Finance, Financial Engineering, Applied Mathematics, Econometrics, Statistics, Finance, or related fields

  • Up to 3 years of overall experience in modeling – experience in credit risk, econometrics, information economics, cash flow models (waterfalls), credit derivatives or structured finance a strong plus Experience may be gained through employment or academic study

  • Understanding of model development including identification of key credit risks & asset characteristics, model design and implementation

  • Working knowledge of at least two of the following technologies: Matlab, R, SQL, VBA, C++

  • Able to explain technical concepts to model users

  • Hardworking, attention to details, easy to work with, a willingness to learn new technologies, and strong work ethics

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