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Credit Research Lead

Credit Research Lead

  • Location Malaysia - Kuala Lumpur
  • Travel required No travel is expected with this role
  • Job category Finance Group
  • Relocation available This role is not eligible for relocation
  • Job type Professionals
  • Job code RQ080142
  • Experience level Intermediate
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Job summary



Job Family Group:

Finance Group

Job Description:

The Credit Research Lead for trading & shipping (T&S) is accountable for fundamental credit views and analysis in support of T&S’ commercial and credit portfolio management strategies, including the development of counterparty-specific credit ratings and reviews.  You will partner closely with other local and global credit staff in support of business and growth strategies, and with other credit research staff across regions to align underwriting approach and inform industry or portfolio level risk management outlooks and reviews.

Given the breadth of knowledge and experience provided by this role, candidates are expected to demonstrate a capability and passion for continued professional development, allowing them to support increasingly complex transactions and own increasingly sophisticated interactions and to form part of the future talent and leadership pipeline for the broader credit team and trading organization.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Analyze counterparties and assign credit ratings across coverage portfolio, taking into consideration evaluation of financial statements, industry knowledge and expertise and relevant qualitative factors.
  • Prioritize and organize counterparty credit models and reviews in a manner which fosters a real-time understanding of critical industries and counterparties and provides the capacity to support time-sensitive information requests, front-end structuring and credit risk appetite decisions and crisis response in the event of a distressed exposure.
  • Follow-up on emerging news and events which may impact coverage universe in a self-directed manner, including timely, proactive communication of observations and views.
  • Understand impact of T&S’ place within a counterparty’s overall capital structure and reflect insights in analysis and in discussions with local credit staff. Assisting as required in developing a relative value view of fair return for resulting risk profile.
  • Demonstrate a balanced but opportunistic mindset, with control accountabilities always coming first but with an ongoing eye for circumstances which may present commercial origination openings for T&S as well.
  • Maintain counterparty ratings and reference data accurately and timely.
  • Maintain strong, constructive working relationships and open lines of communication with local and global credit staff within bp and with key contacts within counterparty universe.

Key Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree, preferably Finance or Accounting
  • Prior experience in credit research, including multiple industry sectors and geographies and both investment grade and high-yield credits.
  • A passion for the role and a relentless commitment to excellence, including exceptional attention to detail and rigorous and timely follow-through on all role accountabilities.
  • Financial modeling and credit rating best practice, including key drivers of financial strength and key financial vulnerabilities across multiple sectors, including sovereigns.
  • Able to work autonomously, sometimes under high-pressure and fast-paced circumstances, and often in the face of ambiguity/limited information – courage to express a view on best information available to inform decisions.
  • Team player with excellent interpersonal skills and comfortable level in working effectively with people at various organizational levels within BP.
  • 7-10 years of experience in credit research, including work-out/distressed asset experience.
  • Relative value credit experience within a buy-side investment firm or similar.
  • Project finance experience.
  • Proficiency in MS apps (Power BI, Sway, Stream, Power/Flow, Fluid, Whiteboard, Teams, Visio), Matlab, VBA, Python, data science tools.
  • Postgraduate, professional designations (MBA, CFA, CPA, FRM, PEng).
  • Must be willing to work on UK Shift (3pm – 12am)

At bp, we support our people to learn and grow in a diverse and challenging environment. We believe that our team is strengthened by diversity. We are committed to fostering an inclusive environment in which everyone is respected and treated fairly. There are many aspects of our employees’ lives that are meaningful, so we offer benefits to enable your work to fit with your life! These benefits can include flexible working options, paid parental leave policy among others!

We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

Travel Requirement

No travel is expected with this role

Relocation Assistance:

This role is not eligible for relocation

Remote Type:

This position is a hybrid of office/remote working


Accounting for financial instruments, Accounting for financial instruments, Accounting policy, Accounting processes and financial systems, Agility core practices, Agility tools, Analytical Thinking, Analytics, Business process control, Business process improvement, Commercial Acumen, Commercial assurance for external reporting, Communication, Creativity and Innovation, Credit Management, Curiosity, Customer centric thinking, Data Analysis, Data visualization and interpretation, Decision Making, Digital Automation, Digital fluency, Financial accounting and reporting, Influencing, Internal control and compliance {+ 4 more}

Legal Disclaimer:

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company.  We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, socioeconomic status, neurodiversity/neurocognitive functioning, veteran status or disability status. Individuals with disabilities may request a reasonable accommodation related to bp’s recruiting process (e.g., accessing the job application, completing required assessments, participating in telephone screenings or interviews, etc.).  If you would like to request an accommodation related to the recruitment process, please contact us to request accommodations.

If you are selected for a position and depending upon your role, your employment may be contingent upon adherence to local policy.  This may include pre-placement drug screening, medical review of physical fitness for the role, and background checks.

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