Credit Strategist

  • Sector: LMA UK Credit, Risk and Quantitative
  • Contact: Nikolai Balzer
  • Client: LMA
  • Location: City of London
  • Salary: £80000 - £85000.00 per annum + full benefits plus bonus
  • Expiry Date: 25 November 2022
  • Job Ref: BBBH408737_1668764345
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Our client, a prominent African Bank is looking for a Credit Strategist to join the team and work closely with the front-office traders and portfolio managers.
The ideal candidate needs to have had experience working for a credit rating agency such as Moody's or Fitch as well as knowledge and passion for the African market.

The Role

Primary responsibility for the credit review and analytical engagement of new and existing credit risk within the Treasury Investment and Trading Portfolios.
Work with the current investment team to review and allocate investments within their existing portfolios and limits:
o Core Treasury
o Available for sales and hold to Maturity Portfolios.
o Alternate and Arbitrage Portfolios
o Sales and Trading business
  • Assist with the Portfolio Management of the investments to appropriately allocate across country, industry, rating capital structure etc.
  • Work with the investment team to position each credit and portfolios appropriately in the relevant maturity curve.
  • Work with the Senior members of the team to build interbank and broker relationships to begin sourcing alternate and bespoke risk.
  • Work with the broader team to increase our investment portfolios over the next 12months to 500 million.
  • Regularly review and analyse the macro environment with a view to positioning the portfolios to take advantage of structural and short term trends.
  • Comply with the FCA/PRA's Individual Conduct Rules, as outlined below.

Skills/Experience Required

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent experience

· Minimum 5 years of Credit Analysis experience. Preferably for/understanding a Credit Rating Agency.
· CA and/or CFA would be advantageous.
· Credit ratings, process and methodologies experience. Experience in credit market strategy and positioning.
· Portfolio management experience would be advantageous.
· Experience in engaging with Front Office Traders and
· Strong written and verbal communication.
· Business results and customer service focused.
· Credit, Fixed Income, Credit Derivatives and Bonds Product.
· Cross functional and commercial awareness.
· Strong negotiation and problem-solving skills.
· Interpersonal sensitivity.
· Flexible and works well within a team.

  • Core interest to Africa would provide an advantage.

Individual Conduct Rules under SMR

  • You must act with integrity;

· You must act with due skill, care and diligence;
· You must be open and cooperative with the FCA, the PRA and other regulators;
· You must pay due regard to the interests of customers and treat them fairly;

  • You must observe proper standards of market conduct.