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Who are First Derivatives?

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

Our Benefits

  • Pension Contribution
  • Annual Leave
  • Healthcare
  • Career Development
  • Internal / Global Mobility
  • Lunch Allowance
  • Social Events
  • Learning & Development
  • Travel Allowance

More about First Derivatives

  • Our Culture
    We are widely renowned for the quality of our service, 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. The 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 target sectors. Our culture ensures that our people are well motivated, well rewarded and have the opportunity to develop their true potential, which is critical to meeting our varied client needs and our continued commercial success.
  • Our Recruitment Journey
    We are looking for high achievers who boast an impressive academic record and sociable personality to match. This is your opportunity to join an organisation that commits to realising your professional potential, challenging you intellectually within a team environment and providing you with an enhanced career experience. To apply for FD you must have a thirst to succeed, the ambition to travel and the drive to reach new limits. You typically have two rounds, but it varies by stream you have applied for. You will be interviewed by the HR team responsible for graduate recruitment. For particular roles, the department manager may also interview you.
  • Our Induction Journey
    Recruitment at First Derivatives is rolling at the moment and we are hiring almost every month. However our main intake months are June, July and August. For your first 6-12 weeks you will be based at our HQ in Newry, Northern Ireland. After this initial training period you will be sent out on client site worldwide. 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. At First Derivatives our most valuable asset truly is our people – each individual is critical to providing our clients with unparalleled service and maintaining our position as the leading provider of systems support and development services to the capital markets technology sector. Therefore, we are committed to helping our people reach the peak of their capabilities. This Capital Markets Training Programme (CMTP) formalises and articulates the Company’s existing training programme and will provide each new joiner with the skills and knowledge which will enable them to perform at the level required by both the Company and our clients.
  • Diversity and Inclusiveness
    FD has a social, young and lively culture. During your time, you will have the opportunity to work with people from every continent, improving you both professionally and personally. Graduates are hired internationally, which makes for a diverse workplace, and more women have been joining in recent months for Fintech roles. There is a work-hard play-hard culture with plenty of social nights out and team bonding activities. Our staff are extremely supportive staff, there are opportunities to travel, progress and take on responsibility early in your career, along with excellent perks and benefits.
  • How we support the community
    We offer local opportunities to local talent. Our company has grown from our Newry base and we have partnered up with local schools to kick start our HLA's. We have also opened up our second major hub in the city. Each new-start receives a Welcome Pack which Newry BID members from retail, hospitality and beauty sectors across the city are included in the Welcome Packs, including a map of Newry City Centre to ensure that the newest recruits don’t get lost in their new home.

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