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22 Jan 2016

  • Job Type: Graduate Job
  • Profession: Investment Banking
  • Start Date: September 2016
  • Location: London
  • UCAS Points: 300
  • Disciplines Recruited From: Any
  • Salary: Competitive
  • Degree Required: 2:1

This two-year programme offers ambitious final-year degree students and recent graduates the opportunity to gain experience in sales and trading at HSBC. It will provide the ideal platform to develop a long-term international career in Markets.

What to expect

Before starting on the Markets platform, in either our Sales, Trading or renminbi (RMB) stream, you will join the Global Analyst Induction Programme (GAIP) in September 2016, with colleagues from around the world who have joined one of our other global businesses’ graduate programmes.

Sales focuses on developing and nurturing relationships with customers, communicating general market views and specific investment solutions.

Trading helps with orders for customers and keeps them updated with news and order flows, as well as communicating vital information to sales.

RMB graduates are aligned to an existing programme in sales or trading with RMB product-focused placements and a potential short-term placement in China.

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.

Learning, development and support

We’re looking for the future leaders of Markets. Forward-thinking, driven, perceptive students and graduates who enjoy being part of a team and are excited by new ideas. People who are dependable and open to different cultures.

Your HSBC career will begin with the GAIP, which is 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. GAIP 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 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.

Potential career paths

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.

What you’ll need

We’re looking for progressive minds. To be considered for the programme, you will be a student or 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
  • Is enthusiastic about 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)


We offer a comprehensive, market-competitive pay and benefits package according to your role and location, along with flexible ways of working to help you achieve the best possible work-life balance.

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