First Derivatives PLC

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What do we do?

First Derivatives (FD) is a global technology provider of high-performance time series software to a variety of industries as well as regulatory and IT consulting services to the capital markets industry. FD’s software platform, Kx technology (Kx), is the established market leader in the capture and analysis of real-time high-volume time series data. It is used by a number of financial regulators, stock exchanges and 19 of the top 20 global investment banks. FD’s consulting services focus on the choice, implementation and management of mission-critical software systems within global investment banks. First Derivatives plc has become an internationally recognised partner to the world’s largest third-party trading and risk management providers in our Vendor practice also.

In addition to this, FD provides consulting services pertaining to the operational and technological impacts of new or evolving legal, regulatory and compliance initiatives in its client market. FD has more than 2,000 employees and operates from 14 offices across Europe, North America and Asia Pacific, including its headquarters in Newry.

Working for First Derivatives

Now is a fantastic time to be joining First Derivatives plc. Despite challenging market conditions we have continued to build our business and assert our position as one of the leading capital markets consultancy and software providers. Our expansion plans are ongoing with exciting plans for the years ahead.

Our Graduate Options Programme is our fast track consulting programme which combines intense theoretical Financial and Technical training with on the job experience working as a consultant on client sites globally!

As part of our global expansion, we have also recently launched our world-class Explorers Graduate Programme for elite graduates interested in Global Business Development and Global Marketing.  Explorers helps graduates from various degree backgrounds to develop their skills and career pathways in an exciting, fast-paced environment at the forefront of new and innovative technologies.

We are seeking high calibre graduates from a range of backgrounds including Finance, Computer Science, Maths, Business, Marketing, Physics and Engineering to join our team as Financial and Software Engineers, Technology Traders, Data Scientists and Explorers.

Benefits for working with First Derivatives

  • Competitive Salary
  • Fantastic remuneration package
  • Worldwide travel
  • Award winning training programme
  • Opportunity to work with major global clients
  • Rapid Career Progression
  • Impressive Healthcare & Pension Packages

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

    • Katie Ghaemi – Financial Engineering Stream

      I joined FD in October 2016 after graduating from my Masters in Management and it was one of the best decisions I've made. After training for a month in Newry, I was quickly sent to Client site in... 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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