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    Placements at First Derivative


    A year-long industry experience like no other

    On our 12-month placement program, there are no limits to what you can learn as you begin to lay the foundations for your career.

    The First Derivative Placement Program is a unique learning opportunity for university students to gain professional experience and industry exposure that will prove invaluable through education and beyond. Being entrusted with high levels of responsibility from day one, you’ll gain a sought-after skill set and benefit from the support of our HQ team over your year-long placement in one of the exciting positions we offer.


    As a placement, you will have access to unparalleled training opportunities through structured learning and hands-on experience. You will take part in our world-renowned Capital Markets Training Program (CMTP) and boost your long-term career prospects from day one!

    Why First Derivative?

    During your placement year, you will become an integral part of our team, gaining exposure to many different areas of our business. From day one, you are a valued member of the team and you will have the opportunity to learn from your peers and experienced consultants, who can help you define your future career path.

    Our placement roles

    Our Technology Services business is a leading global provider of third-party trading technology implementation and maintenance services supporting leading financial institutions worldwide. With over 20 years experience of delivering fully managed services across development, support and testing, from front-to-back to risk, we help clients reduce costs, improve quality and increase productivity.

    We tackle every new venture with credibility, reliability and a flair for solving problems. Every element is planned. Every detail considered. Do you have what it takes?

    Human Resources

    An opportunity to gain invaluable experience across a variety of our core HR teams which support our global organisation. You’ll play a key role in supporting our staff as we enable our business to operate efficiently and continue to grow.

    Business Operations

    Our Business Operations placement role offers the opportunity to be immersed in the busy operational teams that support the day-to-day running of our business. This is a fantastic opportunity to gain exposure to a variety of business functions including recruitment, resourcing and management.

    Software Engineer

    This role is a unique opportunity for highly technical students with an interest in cutting-edge technology and the capital markets sector to work as part of our development team for a year in industry.


    In this role, placement students are guaranteed a high-quality experience within the financial services consultancy setting, contributing to live projects whilst also building sought-after technical skills.

    Some of our past placements

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