First Derivatives plc
graduate scheme

Global Graduate Options - Software Engineer

Job description

COVID-19 update: It's business as usual at First Derivatives, we are recruiting now and throughout the year. In line with Government guidelines we are following the social distancing recommendations and all interviews are currently being conducted by telephone and video calls.

This stream is a fast track Software Engineering option for highly technical graduates with an interest in cutting-edge technology and the capital markets sector. Those chosen for this stream will help us develop our KX Technology and be based locally or go work as a Software Engineer at our client sites around the world.

We have immediate opportunities available, as well as further intakes throughout 2020.

Development is often in new areas of finance (e.g. exotic derivatives or in esoteric areas of curve building) and the developer will need an understanding of core financial concepts. The developer must be able to communicate effectively with other members of a small team and the end user, often a trader. The developer may in fact be responsible for all main post business analysis aspects of the software cycle including testing, documentation, integration, training and bug fixing.

Graduate package

  • Highly acclaimed capital markets training from market experts.
  • Up to three months training at HQ in Ireland Intensive workshops in highly sought after KDB+ programming skills
  • Working on international projects for Tier 1 investment banks
  • Competitive salary, free accommodation, expense package
  • Rapid career progression
  • Private healthcare

What we are looking for

  • An inquisitive mindset, an aptitude for problem solving and technical skills to combine them
  • Experience with Java, C/C++ and/or UNIX is beneficial but not a requirement


  • A minimum of BBB at A-level (or equivalent in leaving cert points)
  • A minimum 2:1 degree in computing, computer science, software engineering, mathematics or engineering or a similarly quantitative discipline

Accepted degree subjects

  • computer sciences
  • electronic and electrical engineering
  • engineering management

Additional job details

Number of vacancies
UK wide · Worldwide
Competitive salary

plus generous graduate expenses package worth £60,000. This is including a weekly food allowance, flights home, utility bills and wifi.

How to apply

Once you've submitted your application we aim to respond within 2-3 weeks. If your application is successful you will be invited to an initial 10-15 minute telephone interview, followed by a 30 minute video interview.

Click Apply to start your application now. This job will be available on Prospects until 18 August 2020

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Closing date:  Continuous recruitment

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