First Derivatives PLC

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Company Profile:

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.

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 recognized as one of the fastest-growing capital markets service providers in the world. FD now employs over 2,400 employees worldwide.

FD Global Graduate Programmes

First Derivatives plc is one of the UK & Ireland’s Best Places to Work. Our ‘Options’ Graduate Programme has been developed for world class Graduates with an interest in Data Science, Trading Technology, Financial Engineering, and Software Engineering. These roles offer candidates a unique opportunity to enter the Big Data world where the emphasis is on problem solving using a combination of analytics, imagination and business understanding.

                Our Award-Winning Graduate Options Programme stands out from all others. We provide you with world class training through our Capital Markets Training Programme, and the opportunity to work with Tier One Investment banks in locations such as New York, London and Singapore. The initial training will take place in our Irish HQ for 1 month.

Benefits for working with First Derivatives

  • Rapid career development
  • Generous accommodation and expenses package, including a weekly food allowance, flights package, utility bills and wifi
  • Up to 3 months training in HQ
  • Competitive salary plus graduate package worth over £60’000
  • Opportunities for global travel

Diversity at First Derivatives

Here at First Derivatives, we are very proud of the diverse, inclusive and vibrant team that we have built. Our commitment to advancing gender diversity in the workplace has been acknowledged upon the receipt of the Bronze Diversity Charter Mark from Diversity Mark NI Ltd.

FD has committed to steps to improve gender gaps at all levels by implementing structural and cultural changes that will help advance diversity and inclusion by building a positive and inclusive workplace culture. With the Charter Mark, the company will report progress and ensure we are driving change and inclusion across the business.

Within our diversity strategy, we have outlined initiatives aimed to meet the needs of both experienced professionals as well as graduates just beginning their careers. We are continuously working to improve our diversity within the company and support women across the technology industry.


Graduate profiles

    • Conor Gervin – Data Science Stream

      I returned to FD in September 2014, after completing a 16-month placement with the company and after graduating from Queen’s University Belfast with a BEng in Computer Science. I spent time... Read more

    • Rebecca Kelly – Trading Technology Stream

      I joined First Derivatives in September 2013 as part of the Trading Technology stream and after initial training was quickly whisked away to Sydney. The project was exciting and fast paced.... Read more

    • Padraic Byrne – Data Science Stream

      I joined First Derivatives in September 2015 and was sent to Sydney at the beginning of 2016.

      I was working as part of a small team rebuilding the data store behind a Major International... Read more

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