Global Business Development and Marketing
graduate scheme

Global Business Development and Marketing

First Derivatives plc
Over £37,001
Northern Ireland · Worldwide
Time left to apply
18 days to apply on Prospects

Job description

FD, the largest software company in Ireland, offers attractive global business development and global marketing opportunities for elite graduates in a new graduate programme, called Explorers.

Explorers will help you develop your skills and career pathway in an exciting, fast-paced environment at the forefront of new and innovative technologies. You will be afforded the rare opportunity to attain a mix of theoretical study and practical experience as you choose between a career in business development or marketing in a global PLC. We are seeking elite graduates, passionate about promoting FD’s products and services across the capital markets and other industries, such as pharma, utilities, retail and manufacturing.

A key part of Explorers, is the potential to travel globally. You will spend circa three-six months at HQ, reporting directly to our CEO and VP Marketing, gaining an understanding of the intricacies of our business model. Then, based on performance, you will either choose between a role working on client site in major financial centers, or have the opportunity to be deployed in a major city in a Business Development capacity, with the autonomy of building your own pipeline. We do not believe this type of graduate opportunity exists anywhere else!

Global Business Development
You will be responsible for identifying, developing and winning new business to drive and achieve growth in new verticals, with solutions for pharmaceutical, utilities, IoT, retail and manufacturing.

Global Marketing
You will be responsible for marketing new products in new verticals – this includes digital marketing, branding, collateral creation, customer and market analysis, and events and exhibitions.

Company information

First Derivatives (FD) is a leading provider of products and consulting services to some of the world’s largest finance, technology and energy institutions. FD is the developer of the world-leading database technology kdb+.

Focused on financial institutions that work cross-asset, often with multi-system and/or high volume trading activities, the company scopes, designs, develops, implements and supports a broad range of mission critical data and trading systems across front, middle and back-office operations. The company’s software is also used in a range of industries including telecoms, digital marketing, pharma and utilities to help organisations solve their most demanding data management and analytics challenges.

Incorporated in 1996, FD has served the capital markets industry since its incorporation. The company holds a niche market position in terms of domain knowledge of capital market asset classes (equities, fixed income, foreign exchange, commodities, etc), as well as expertise in leading financial services systems (such as Calypso, Murex, Opics, Summit, Principia, Opus, Wall Street, kdb+, etc). The company continues to work closely with leading global financial institutions to enable client proprietary and 3rd Party systems cope with the demands of high volume, complex trading in an increasingly regulated market. This combination of domain knowledge and technical expertise in leading financial services technologies has motivated the company to invest in developing its own product suite.

First Derivatives is a publicly held company, trading on the London Stock Exchange (LSE FDP.L) and Irish Stock Exchange (IEX:FDP.I). The company is headquartered in Newry, Northern Ireland from where it has established its research and development centre, its Capital Markets Competency Centre and its near-shore support facilities. The company has continued to expand its service offering and now has operational bases in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia to service its global client base. It is recognised as one of the fastest growing capital markets service providers in the world. FD now employs over 1,700 employees worldwide.

FD’s distinct competitive advantage derives from its unique combination of knowledge of financial markets and expertise in financial services technologies. The company believes that its consultants need to fully understand the client’s business requirements in order to produce the right technical solution. This saves our clients development time, and ultimately money.

We are widely renowned for the quality of our service and our product portfolio and for our pragmatic and commercial approach. Our growth is the direct result of the importance we attach to our clients, understanding their businesses and building and maintaining strong relationships.

Key to our market position is continuing our strong track record of profit growth and our international reputation for the quality of our services in our target sectors.

We know that ensuring our people are well motivated, well rewarded and have the opportunity to develop their true potential is critical to meeting our varied client needs and our continued commercial success.

Person requirements

We are keen to attract entrepreneurial high achievers, and from a broad range of degree backgrounds. We are looking for enthusiasm and raw talent, so previous experience whilst attractive, is not essential. You will be challenged throughout the programme - not least because you will work with senior management within the company, but also because you will work on live projects across multiple industries. In addition to developing your presentation and communications skills, we will invest heavily in your personal development with the option to enrol on an accredited marketing qualification.

Qualifications and experience requirements

  1. Have you already obtained a minimum 2:1 degree classification in a general degree
  2. Are you willing to be mobile, both for short periods of time, with limited notice and have no VISA restrictions?
  3. Are you flexible with job roles and willing to learn more about technology across multiple industry verticals?

Accepted degree subjects



Over £37,001

Package circa 50k GBP, includes accommodation, utilities, expenses, flight allowance


Northern Ireland · Worldwide

The first three months will be spent at FD HQ in Newry, Co. Down, Northern Ireland. Thereafter, global travel is mandatory.

Contract and working hours

How to apply

Number of vacancies: 15

Closing date: 21/12/2016

This job listing will no longer be available on Prospects from 21/12/2016

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