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HSBC Securities Services Graduate Programme

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Who we are

HSBC is one of the largest banking and financial services organisations in the world, with operations in 65 countries and territories. We aim to be where the growth is, enabling businesses to thrive and economies to prosper, and, ultimately, helping people to fulfil their hopes and realise their ambitions.

We serve more than 40 million customers worldwide through our four global businesses: Global Banking and Markets, Commercial Banking, Global Private Banking, and Retail Banking and Wealth Management.

HSBC Securities Services is part of the Global Banking and Markets business.

HSBC and you

What you can expect

We lead one of the world’s largest and strongest securities services businesses. By joining our programme, you will help to deliver regional and international services and demonstrate your ability to handle end-to-end transactions and protect our clients’ interests. You can also expect to gain exposure to our senior leaders and build the skills that you will need to become a future leader yourself.

This programme enables graduates to explore the entire end-to-end HSBC Securities Services business from Digital & Data through to Sales, providing you with a unique opportunity to develop your skills and network, and set you up for future success within HSBC Securities Services.

By introducing you to senior management teams and previous graduates, you will gain an invaluable insight into how and where you can progress. You will be allocated a senior mentor who will help you navigate the organisation and can provide guidance on both your current role and your future career plans.

You should bring a determination to do more for our customers, a curiosity for cross-border operations and the motivation to succeed. Our graduates will have the chance to present ideas on how we can meet the needs of clients worldwide, which include asset owners and managers, banks and broker dealers and corporates. Top-performing graduates will also have the opportunity to complete an international rotation.

What will you do

Over the course of your two years with us, you will take on four rotations, developing your commercial awareness, strategic expertise and client management skills. You will pursue new challenges every day helping to protect your clients’ positions in the marketplace. And from custody services and investment operations to fund administration and issuer services, you can aspire to improve existing activities from a sales, product, strategy and operations perspective.

You will be involved in a range of projects that will require you to think about how we can tailor our services to our clients, helping to support their growth and secure their market position. With training throughout your programme, you will be fully prepared for the variety of challenges that lie ahead.

There will be plenty of people around to support you. You’ll be assigned a line manager and buddy, who will be on hand to offer advice and guidance and provide a sounding-board for your ideas. There will be many opportunities to develop your network of contacts within HSS and beyond. You’ll also be able to take part in our sustainability initiatives. Our volunteering programme, for example, could help you to develop new skills, while contributing to the communities in which we work.

As well as your immediate team, we have Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), also known as networks. They are similar to the clubs and societies that you may have had access to at school, college or university. ERGs are voluntary employee-led groups. Our seven core global diversity-themed networks are: Ability, Balance, Embrace, Faith, Generations, Nurture and Pride. We also have common interest groups which connect employees on a variety of different topics. They are open to all employees. 

We offer a market-competitive pay and benefits package according to your location.

Learning and Development

We offer a high-quality learning and development programme. You will start in London in July 2020, with our Global Graduate Induction, which will take place for all graduates joining our global businesses. The three-day interactive event will provide you with an overview of HSBC as well as an opportunity to network with your 2020 global graduate peer group and colleagues in the business. 

Once you have completed the Global Graduate Discovery event, you will join the Global Banking and Markets Technical Training in August/September 2020, which will be delivered in the UK. This will provide you with an understanding of how everything in the bank fits together, along with a mix of technical and regulatory training. The Technical Training is also an ideal opportunity to start building your own global network, which will prove invaluable as your HSBC career unfolds.

We’ll provide the support, tools and opportunities for you to drive your own career development. Your training will be carefully structured, with events and other opportunities to build your wider HSBC and banking knowledge. You’ll have regular access to business leaders for coaching and advice, while constructive feedback will enable you to measure your performance.

Career Path

After completing this programme, you can become a specialist in one of many different areas including sales, product, strategy, operations or change management. With the flexibility to explore your interests within your field and the potential to become one of our leaders of tomorrow, our diverse and specialised Securities Services business offers a broad range of opportunities.

Who does this suit?

We are looking for dedicated and curious people who are:

Active listeners. Being able to listen to those around you and adapt to your surroundings will help you deliver projects that meet objectives and demonstrate you have managed your time well

Good networkers. We encourage you to collaborate with clients, senior management, peers and our international teams. This means you should be confident when communicating, show courage when presenting and be the face of HSBC for our clients

Diverse thinkers. You could be doing anything from strategic research and product analysis to internal communications and competitor evaluations. This means you should be able to think creatively and broadly about how we can offer better services

Adaptable communicators. This programme could offer top performers the chance to travel overseas for one of your rotations. For this, you should be able to adapt to the differences this will bring – culturally and economically – and communicate with the new people you meet


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)

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.

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.

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Degree requirements: 
Distinction, First, 2.1