Infrastructure and Project Finance Director in Berlin

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Scope Ratings GmbH, a part of the Scope Group, is the leading European credit rating agency, with headquarters in Berlin and offices in Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Milan, Oslo and Paris. The company specialises in the analysis and ratings of financial institutions, corporates, structured finance, project finance and public finance. Scope Ratings offers a credit risk analysis that is opinion-driven, forward-looking and non-mechanistic – an approach which adds to a greater diversity of opinions for institutional investors. Scope Ratings is a credit rating agency registered in accordance with the EU rating regulation and operating in the European Union with ECAI status.

Your tasks & responsibilities

  • Lead the analysis on new and existing infrastructure and project finance transactions in different sectors.
  • Perform analysis both at the equity and the debt level. The analysis involves quantitative and qualitative aspects and may require visiting project sites around Europe.
  • Proficiently study project agreement, associated contracts and in general all relevant documentation, in the context of the legal framework, as well as key project parties, their roles and incentives to identify structural strengths and weaknesses of the credit exposure to be rated.
  • Define stress assumptions for the assessment of performance under credit impairment event scenarios.
  • Modify and run project cash-flow models to incorporate the relevant stresses and obtain the stressed expected loss on rated instruments under different scenarios.
  • Contribute to building a strong analytical framework for infrastructure and project finance by defining the application of Scope’s project finance rating methodology to different sectors and project types.
  • Produce opinionated rating reports and sector research, demonstrating Scope’s fundamental understanding of credit risk in the context of infrastructure and project finance and its trends.
  • Participate in rating committees as a lead analyst or independent member.
  • Support investor, issuer and sponsor outreach, presenting and explaining Scope’s methodology and analytical approach at meetings, conferences and dedicated workshops.
  • Act as primary point-of-contact for at least one relevant project finance sector (e.g. energy, infrastructure, transportation, social infrastructure), with both internal and external counterparts. 

Your professional profile

  • Master’s degree in engineering complemented with a rigorous education in finance (preferred); or master’s degree in business, economics or finance. MBA, CFA, or FRM will be valued.
  • 10+ years of post-graduate professional experience, of which 5+ years of experience in a large rating agency, a bank, a financial advisor or an investor’s credit risk team, with a clear focus on infrastructure and project finance
  • In-depth knowledge of and relevant experience in energy, infrastructure and/or social infrastructure. Other sectors will also be valued.
  • Familiarity with the diverse types of funding options in project finance such as term loans, project bonds, revolving facilities, but also looser instruments found among types of secured debt of structured corporates.
  • Knowledge of the characteristics of relevant legal frameworks.
  • Ability to understand and identify key risk factors and to generate robust rating rationale.
  • Proficiency in English both written and spoken, other European languages would be a plus.

Your personal profile

  • Outstanding resource investigation capacity, able to process large amounts of documentation quickly and accurately.
  • Highly analytical, with an edge for strategy, fundamental and quantitative analysis.
  • Able to communicate complex ideas in a clear and concise manner.
  • Confident and professional appearance and high social and communication skills.
  • Accountable and reliable person of highest integrity.
  • Willingness to take responsibility with an entrepreneurial attitude.
  • Open to relocation in Berlin. Other locations could be possible for the right candidate.

We offer a challenging, full-time permanent position, in a company with high development potential. The position is based at one of Scope’s stylish offices in the heart of Berlin, Frankfurt or Paris. You will be part of a committed and professional team with a flat hierarchy. Scope’s size allows quality work to become quickly visible.


We look forward to learning more about you from your application. Please apply online using our application tool quoting the reference “20180125“. Please note: For non-EU applicants, a valid work and residence permit is a prerequisite for this job position.

What we want to see

  • Signed current CV
  • Criminal record certificate
  • At least 3 references
  • Copy of your university degrees and certificates
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