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Futures Programme

The Futures programme offers graduates access to a global career right on their doorstep. This programme presents an opportunity for graduates from outside our traditional STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) degree target pool to fast-track their career in the Financial Technology sector.

We are keen to attract high achievers, with enthusiasm, raw talent and an exceptional work ethic. You will be challenged from your first day, and will be deployed to live projects quickly, based on your performance. A key differentiator with Futures, from our other Graduate programmes, is that you will be based ongoing at our Newry HQ. You will not need to have the same mobility, or location flexibility, but instead can be assured of a long-term career in one local location. Some graduates may seek to be deployed to a major city at some point in the future, and that can be discussed, but will depend on stellar performance throughout the programme.

What we look for:

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In this role you will be given the opportunity to partake in our award-winning Capital Markets Training Programme (CMTP). This programme will give you a unique opportunity to expand your skillset and reach your potential. You will be exposed to the latest technologies for both structured and unstructured data including the market leading Kdb+ database and q analytics language. The training establishes a sound platform to build on and allow graduates to confidently meet their client’s needs.


What types of projects could you be working on?

Roles primarily consist of Business Analysis, Application Support and Software Testing opportunities across several world-renowned Risk Management platforms within our Nearshore Centres of Excellence, and our own Kx Technology suite.

We will assume no prior knowledge, and training will be provided across platforms and technologies.

Types of Projects


Our Futures Programme offers a fast-track opportunity to work with some of the world’s top financial institutions from a local base. You will gain valuable experience and exposure working in a variety of roles for a diverse client base. In addition to developing your Capital Markets knowledge, you will develop your technical and presentational skills. The formal training will further enhance your financial and consultancy skills. The knowledge and attributes you will gain both on client site and through formal training will help you to identify and work towards the direction you’d like to take your career in the longer term.

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What is a typical day like?

Projects and roles will vary significantly depending on your client, making your role incredibly diverse and dynamic. Some graduates may work with their clients to improve business performance by collecting, extracting or validating data using Microsoft Excel. Some may create presentations summarising accomplishments and future objectives of a specific project, or simply tracking the current business performance in a more agile and flexible manner. Whatever the role, you will be responsible for maintaining strong client relationships.




Application Support

“I joined FD in November 2018 and was placed soon on project within the Newry HQ working for a Tier 1 Investment Bank. My role involves Application support for various financial and IT systems for my client. I have had the opportunity to travel to client site in London for meetings, knowledge transfer and training several times since joining so my skillset has evolved greatly allowing me to provide more advanced service to bank like Data fixes, Application releases.”


Software Engineer - Centre of Excellence

"I started in FD in June 2015 for my placement year before returning for a full-time role in 2018 within the Centre of Excellence. I have been fortunate enough to be placed on a project working for a Tier 1 investment bank in HQ, which exposes me to a lot of different aspects. The social aspect of the role is also a massive bonus. I have enjoyed 5-a-side football, the odd Thursday Club and many other social events. Overall FD has been a great experience and has allowed me to further my coding abilities, increase my confidence and gain vast experience in a relatively short space of time.”


Application Support

"I began my First Derivatives journey in September 2019 having decided to take a break from being a teacher. The main reason for the change was to broaden my knowledge of the Tech industry while also having the opportunity to gain experience in the Finance industry. Luckily the futures program allowed me to see how both sides work together to create the FinTech Industry. Through the Futures Program you live locally and work for the global market. I am based in the Newry office and am currently working for a Tier 1 Investment Bank in FD’s Newry HQ.”