Financial Engineer - New York - 8580BR

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 model and scorecard specifications that accurately reflects the corresponding methodology requirements.
  • Developing and maintaining models used in the rating process.
  • Performing back-tests and developing analytical projects to confirm the ability of financial models 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.
Credit Strategy and Standards
  • PhD in Mathematical Finance, Financial Engineering, Applied Mathematics, Econometrics, Statistics, Finance, Physics, or related fields.
  • 1+ year of overall experience in financial modeling – experience in credit risk, credit derivatives or structured finance a strong plus. Exp. may be gained through employment or academic study.
  • Understanding of model development including model design and implementation. A masters in Financial Mathematics a plus.
  • Working knowledge of two of the following technologies: VBA, C++, C#, Matlab, R.
  • Knowledge of SQL a plus.
  • Hard working, easy to work with, and a willingness to learn new technologies.
Moody's is an essential component of the global capital markets, providing credit ratings, research, tools and analysis that contribute to transparent and integrated financial markets. Moody's Corporation (NYSE: MCO) is the parent company of Moody's Investors Service, which provides credit ratings and research covering debt instruments and securities, and Moody's Analytics, which offers leading-edge software, advisory services and research for credit and economic analysis and financial risk management. The Corporation, which reported revenue of $3.5 billion in 2015, employs approximately 10,400 people worldwide and maintains a presence in 36 countries. Further information is available at
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