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Associate Director - Sovereign Credit Research

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Date Posted: Jun 18, 2022

Location(s): London, GB London, GB London, GB Canary Wharf, GB

Company: MetLife

Sovereign Credit Research Analyst (EMEA)

Associate Director


Job Location: London (City of)

Hybrid role working model (4 days in the office)


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Role Value Proposition

MetLife Investment Management (MIM) is one of the largest institutional investors and asset managers in the world, with over $650 billion of combined managed assets as of end-2021 and more than 900 dedicated professionals with extensive experience across public and private fixed income asset classes. 


MIM is seeking to recruit an experienced credit analyst with a background in sovereign credit analysis to cover a range of sovereign and government-related names across the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region.


The successful candidate will be based in London as part the EMEA public fixed income research group and become a core member of MIM’s global sovereign research team, which has analysts located in London, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Santiago. They will have the opportunity to work with senior members of MIM’s global research team, multiple portfolio and asset management groups and the US-based global market strategy/macroeconomics team. Reporting to the regional sovereign team lead, the candidate will work particularly closely with MetLife’s EMEA Affiliated Insurance Companies (“AICs”) and trading desk in London, and the US-based Emerging Markets portfolio management group.


The role provides an excellent opportunity to develop fundamental credit and investment management skills through active participation in relative value discussions, providing risk assessments and trade recommendations to portfolio managers, interaction with senior leaders across asset classes and supporting the ongoing management and growth of MIM’s asset base.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Conducting fundamental credit research on and continuous monitoring of a range of sovereign and government-related names across the EMEA region
  • Providing views on key macroeconomic risks and the economic/policy outlook for countries under coverage
  • Providing relative value analysis and trade recommendations to portfolio managers
  • Undertaking credit rating and ESG assessments
  • Interacting with issuers (roadshows, country visits etc.), sell-side and rating agency analysts
  • Supporting the ongoing management and growth of MIM’s asset base through the provision of country risk briefings to other MIM asset class groups, active participation in portfolio review meetings, and interaction with existing and prospective MIM clients


Essential Business Experience and Technical Skills:



  • Undergraduate degree in economics or a closely related subject
  • At least 5 years of experience in a sovereign credit or macroeconomic research function, preferably with a focus on the EMEA region and with previous lead analyst experience
  • Working understanding of fixed income markets
  • Excellent communication, quantitative and analytic skills (including Excel, Bloomberg etc.)
  • Ability to manage a diverse portfolio of credits and support multiple stakeholders
  • Strong teamwork-driven attitude, with an ability to also work well independently



  • Post-graduate degree in economics, international relations or a related field
  • Strong knowledge of fixed income credit markets with experience of providing trade recommendations
  • Proficiency in a second (non-English) main regional language is an advantage but not essential


Key Relationships:

  • Reports to: Director, sovereign research team (London)
  • Direct reports/team: None
  • Key Stakeholders: Global Sovereign Research Group, Global Public Credit Research Group, EMEA PM and Trading Team, EMEA AIC, EM PM Group (US). Global Markets Strategy team (US)





MetLife will assist in the funding of Professional Fees for employees where it is relevant and aligned to your position within the organisation.  MetLife reserve the right to make a judgement on whether the subscription is relevant or not to your role as well as cease the payment at any time. This type of subscription will not incur “benefit in kind” tax. 


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This role is subject to the Senior Manager and Certification Regime.


All Senior Managers are required to comply with the FCA’s Tier 1 Conduct Rules and Tier 2 Senior Manager Conduct Rules which are as follows:


Tier 1 – Individual Conduct Rules

  1. You must act with integrity
  2. You must act with due care, skill and diligence
  3. You must be open and cooperative with the FCA, the PRA and other regulators
  4. You must pay due regard to the interests of customers and treat them fairly
  5. You must observe proper standards of market conduct


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