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Associate Director

Date Posted: Apr 20, 2021

Location: London, GB London, GB London, GB

Company: MetLife

Associate Director - Public Credit: Credit Research Analyst

Job Location: London


Metlife, Inc (“Metlife”) has helped generations of people around the world protect their families and finances. We are one of the world’s leading financial services companies, providing insurance, annuities, employee benefits, and asset management to our individual and institutional customers.


MetLife Investment Management (”MIM”) is the institutional asset management business of MetLife and provides public fixed income, private capital, and real estate investment solutions to institutional investors worldwide. MIM had $660 billion of total assets under management as of December 31, 2020.


The Public Debt Investment team within MIM manages $150 billion in Investment Grade and High Yield Debt as of December 31, 2020. The team operates globally with bases in London, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Hong Kong and Santiago, Chile.



Role Value Proposition: 


Associate Director in MIM’s Public Credit Team, which supports the continuing growth of the team’s EMEA assets, U.S. General Account Insurance Business, assets for other MetLife Affiliated Insurance Companies and unaffiliated/third-party assets managed by MIM.


MIM is seeking to recruit an experienced credit analyst to cover a portfolio of EMEA names in non-financial investment grade and high yield sectors. Credit analysts at MIM specialise in many industries and cover all levels of the capital structure, including hybrid and subordinated debt.


This credit analyst role will be to cover the Consumer and Retail sectors. The credit analyst will report into a US-based sector team head with day-to-day oversight and coaching from the London-based regional lead.


Key Responsibilities:  


Conduct fundamental research and relative value analysis for the credits in coverage sectors

  • Financial modelling and analysis
  • Quarterly and annual earnings analysis and review
  • News and events analysis and review
  • Comp sheet construction, price monitoring and relative value analysis
  • Valuation work and analysis


Communication with companies and various sources of information

  • On-site visits and 1x1 meetings with corporate management teams
  • Communication with rating agencies
  • Communication with sell-side research analysts
  • Communication with industry experts and other resources            


Making clear and actionable investment recommendations across all strategies and helping to manage risk

  • Communicate with portfolio managers, traders and other research analysts to manage current portfolio positions
  • Generate and present new investment ideas
  • Actively participate in group investment discussions
  • Work with portfolio managers, traders and other analysts to manage credit exposure and risk


Client Interaction

  • Participate in new client prospecting and due diligence meetings
  • Participate in existing client due diligence and update meetings
  • Engage with clients with regards to information needs, reporting requirements and direct access requests


Credit Analyst Essential Business Experience



  • 5+ years of credit research experience in non-financial (corporate) public debt markets, ideally including previous lead analyst experience.
  • Solid knowledge of capital markets, public debt instruments, and bond documentation.


  • Previous coverage experience of the Consumer and Retail Sector is an advantage but not essential.  



Credit Analyst Essential Technical Skills:



  • Outstanding skills in conducting in-depth fundamental credit research including financial modelling and relative value analysis.
  • Exceptional communication/presentation skills with a strong command of the English language (verbal and written skills).
  • Self-motivated, well-organised and entrepreneurial, with a strong team player mindset.
  • Ability to prioritise demands for time and undertake industry research with minimal direction.
  • Strong academic track record ideally with CFA, Accountancy, or MBA qualifications.



  • Proficiency in another main European language is an advantage but not essential.  


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. 



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


All Certification Roles are required to comply with the FCA’s Tier 1 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

MetLife is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.  We are committed to attracting, retaining and maximizing the performance of a diverse and inclusive workforce.  It is the policy of MetLife to ensure equal employment opportunity without discrimination on any basis protected by law.

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Requisition #: 116904 

We welcome applications from candidates of all backgrounds, ethnicities, genders, religions and sexual orientations. 

We strive to find the best candidate for all positions and a diverse range of applicants ensures we widen our talent pool in order to achieve this. 

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