Job Posting End Date: November 21
Unum is a company of people serving people. As one of the world's leading employee benefits providers and a Fortune 500 company, Unum's financial protection benefits help protect more than 36 million working people and their families from the financial impact of illness or injury. Unum's three distinct, but similarly focused US businesses - Unum US, Colonial Life, and Starmount Life - are each a market leader in making disability, life, accident, critical illness, dental, and vision insurance accessible in the workplace.
Headquartered in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Unum also has significant US operations in Portland, Maine, - and over 35 field offices nationwide. Colonial Life is headquartered in Columbia, South Carolina with over 40 field offices nationwide. Starmount Life is based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and is the dental and vision center of excellence for Unum in the US.
This position is responsible for researching a wide range of fixed income investments for a $35+ billion bond/credit portfolio. The individual will provide credit opinions and recommendations on Investment Grade and High Yield securities to Portfolio Managers, the Head of Research, and the Chief Investment Officer. These opinions and recommendations are utilized to evaluate risk and are the basis for buy/sell/hold decisions.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities
Credit Review and Analysis
Assess credit quality of various corporate bond offerings and industries using a variety of research tools including but not limited to Bloomberg, rating agencies, third-party research, and SEC filings
Assign/maintain formal ratings (e.g., outlook, trading, ESG, etc.) on Investment Grade and High Yield credits and their respective industries
Monitor and make recommendations regarding exposures to respective issuers and industries
For assigned issuers/industries, provide written research reports and timely updates when appropriate
Credit Management and Trading Recommendations
Maintain and develop research contacts and resources with a variety of street, and rating agency analysts
Effectively communicate with and critically analyze comments of CEOs, CFOs and Investor Relations Officers at large national and international corporations
Make investment recommendations on the purchase or sale of corporate bonds to the Head of Research and Portfolio Managers
Partner with our underwriters and other functional areas of the corporation by providing company specific opinions and industry assessments to assist in new business and renewal processes
Assume responsibilities for special projects or other duties when required
Minimum Bachelor's degree required; MBA and/or CFA credentials preferred
3+ years relevant work experience in investments; solid knowledge of fixed income markets, economics and credit research required
Strong written and verbal communications skills, with the demonstrated ability to quickly and effectively communicate ideas and recommendations
Proficiency with Bloomberg and Microsoft Office tools, especially Excel; ability to learn new software and utilize external quantitative tools that value corporate credit risk required
Strong financial research skills, producing and maintaining quantitative financial models
Excellent problem-solving skills, documentation skills and ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment
Our company is built on helping individuals and families, and this starts with our employees. We want employees to maintain a positive balance, which is why we provide access to the benefits and resources they need to invest in themselves. From our onsite fitness facilities and generous paid time off to employee professional development programs, we are committed to helping employees live and work their best - both inside and outside the office.
Unum is an equal opportunity employer, considering all qualified applicants and employees for hiring, placement, and advancement, without regard to a person's race, color, religion, national origin, age, genetic information, military status, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, or protected veteran status.