Mission: To create the preferred derivatives consultancy for banks, insurance firms and corporate treasuries worldwide.
At current we have a head count of 2,250 employees and we operate from 14 offices across Europe, North America and Asia Pacific, including its ...
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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 2,000 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.
FD are an Equal opportunities Employer.
After our initial telephone interview stage an assessment day follows in our Newry office.
Your selection will consist of a logic test, two face-to-face interviews and a group exercise. The assessments will be based on your academic record, past experiences and accomplishments, as well as suitability and interest in First Derivatives. Your performance in these tests is taken into account during our selection process. If you are offered a placement and perform strongly, you may have the opportunity to join the graduate programme by applying again once you graduate.
Your selection will consist of a logic test, two face-to-face interviews and a group exercise. The assessments will be based on your academic record, past experiences and accomplishments, as well as suitability and interest in First Derivatives. Your performance in these tests is taken into account during our selection process. Following your assessment day, you may be invited to arrange a second-round interview that will focus on your suitability for a particular group within the division you have applied to.
You've impressed them with your CV and telephone interview, and now you've got that all-important interview. But don't rest on your laurels, read this section for some tips on how to prepare for your interview.
Before the interview
Look at our website; learn as much as you can about First Derivatives, our business areas and our culture. If you know people who work in investment banking, particularly within the business area you're interviewing with, don't be afraid to contact them and ask them questions.
Read the financial press regularly and be prepared to discuss topical issues.
Know yourself — think about why a career in financial services and the business area to which you have applied is of interest to you.
Most of our interviews are competency based, so think about aligning your key skills with relevant examples. If an interviewer wants you to demonstrate your communication skills, team-working talents and business ability, don’t use the same example for every question. Try to think of various ways to demonstrate your skills, perhaps by talking about things you do outside work or university.
On the day
If you want to work for an organisation with career opportunities throughout the world that counts amongst its clients Tier 1 investment banks, the world’s leading hedge funds, exchanges, foreign exchange brokers and to work with leading edge technology then when you must consider a career with FD.
We're looking for individuals who have a balance of strong academic backgrounds and great interpersonal skills. We employ individuals who are motivated and care about what they do. Among our staff we have a blend of raw enthusiasm and the ambition to succeed. Join our dynamic team and make a difference.
I have been working at First Derivatives full-time (More than a year)
Better than any consultancy or big 4.
Tier 1 clients
Technology and regulation - constant learning at all levels.
Kx Technology and Kd+ currently top technology in banking and different industries.
None - if someone is part of FD is purely because the candidate has the correct skills and attitude.
Difficult to compare this company with another one.
Advice to Management
Realistically speaking one of the best management in the city and across the world.
I applied online. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at First Derivatives (Newry, Northern Ireland) in November 2016.
Had a telephone interview with first derivatives. I was told this would only last about 15 minutes but I think it depends how long your answers are as mine was about 25 minutes. Firstly they ask about your academic background, then about the company itself - make sure to do thorough research as I was caught out on some specific stuff! And then basic competency questions.