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Global Markets Graduate Programme

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HSBC and you

We are looking for forward-thinking, driven and perceptive graduates who will become the future leaders of HSBC.

You will start on the Markets platform, in either our Sales or Trading division.

Sales are responsible for originating and developing client relationships. At HSBC we are client-led which means we deliver solutions specific to client needs.  This can range from assisting clients to restructure and grow their business using lending and hedging solutions, through to helping clients access our electronic platforms if they need a request for quote service.

Trading is vital to maintaining the integrity of markets.  We trade across all the major markets products serving customers in 48 countries from small domestic businesses to large multi-nationals. Trading executes client orders and manages the market risk as a result of HBSC’s role as a dealer in all major markets globally.

During your first year, you’ll undertake three rotations, each lasting four months. One rotation will be outside your selected discipline. This will ensure that you gain a rounded understanding of multiple asset classes including foreign exchange, credits and rates, structured derivatives, equities and debt, equity and equity-linked capital markets. You’ll also gain a thorough understanding of risk, which is vital to protecting the interests of our clients.

In your second year, you’ll work in Markets, where you will be given an opportunity to decide whether you follow a sales or trading path. Here, you’ll continue to broaden your experience and establish your professional reputation.

Wherever you join us, we will support, guide and develop you, while our leaders will help you to be the best you can be, reflecting your interests and capabilities.

We’ll provide the support, tools and opportunities for you to drive your own development. As you move through your rotations, you’ll be learning from experts and gaining a detailed insight into HSBC’s strengths in the financial services industry. Your training will be carefully structured and you’ll have regular access to business leaders for coaching and advice, while constructive feedback will enable you to measure your performance. You’ll be assigned a mentor and buddy, who can offer guidance and support. Taking part in our sustainability initiatives can also help you to develop new skills and possibly become a future leader of HSBC, while adding value to the communities in which we work.

The Markets Global Graduate Programme is the beginning of an exciting, long-term journey. On completion of the programme, you’ll be an analyst and have the opportunity to progress towards a senior role.

To be considered for the programme, you will be a final-year degree student or recent graduate who:

  • Demonstrates our values – open, dependable and connected – in your daily work
  • Is commercially aware and curious about how business works
  • Has a global outlook
  • Is familiar with investment banking, its products and services
  • Has enthusiasm for developing a long-term career within the sector
  • Is numerate and analytical
  • Is proactive and innovative
  • Is a clear communicator
  • Has the highest standards of behaviour
  • Is fluent in business English (French, Spanish, Portuguese, Nordic languages an advantage)


The ideal candidate for this role will:

  • Minimum 2.1 undergraduate degree and 120 UCAS points or for those who passed exams before 2017, 300 UCAS points (or equivalent excluding General studies)
  • Be available to undertake the travel required for this role
  • Have consistently achieved objectives set for you and taken action to improve your own performance
  • Have self-awareness with the confidence to work independently and take responsibility for your own development
  • Have worked collaboratively with other colleagues, supporting them when possible

In addition to the details listed above, the ideal candidate will be proactive, forward-thinking, ready to challenge the status quo, with strong drive and determination, keen to learn and develop at all times, have a natural ability to build relationships with colleagues and a willingness to deliver on difficult assignments, possess an aptitude for understanding the underlying strategy which underpins the bank direction, be skilled at project management and have a keen interest in business development.

Please be advised that you should apply for one HSBC Graduate Programme only. Candidates with multiple applications will be progressed on one application.

Please make sure that you will have the right to work in the UK at least until the end of the programme.

The base location for this role is London.

At HSBC we are open to different ideas and cultures, connected to our customers, communities and each other, and dependable, we do the right thing. These are the values that guide us every day. We seek to recruit people who share these values and will help us to sustain them.

Application close date will be 2nd February 2020

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