Markets & Securities Services Graduate Programme

The breadth of opportunities within our Markets & Securities Services Graduate Programme means that, whatever your degree subject, your skills and passion have a place within our business. In Markets & Securities Services, the combination of world-class services, global reach and industry experts ensures this is an exciting place to build your career.

For: Final year students or recent graduates
Duration: Two years
Areas: Markets - Markets (off-cycle), Sales, Sales (off-cycle), Trading, Trading (off-cycle) or Quants
Start date: July 2021 onwards
Location: USA
New York
Requirements: You will graduate with an undergraduate or post graduate Degree in or before June 2021. Currently hold a 3.2 cumulative GPA or overseas equivalent. You will not require visa sponsorship for employment in the US including OPT and F-1 visa. Be fluent in English and be legally permitted to work in the US.
Applications open: 12 August 2020
Applications close: 25 February 2021
Start date: July 2021 onwards

We encourage you to apply for your programme of choice as soon as possible, as we recruit on a rolling basis and may close applications before the advertised date, if all vacancies are filled.


On our competitively paid two-year graduate programme, you will experience life in Sales, Trading, Global Research or Securities Services adding your voice and ideas to these areas of our Markets & Securities Services business.

What you can expect

Markets & Securities Services at HSBC provides Sales, Trading, Global Research and Securities Services requirements to major government, corporate and institutional clients worldwide. On this rotational programme, you will be challenged, relied on and supported every step of the way.

Our global network gives you the advantage of being able to connect with senior leaders, industry professionals and peers from all over the world, across multiple divisions. They are on hand to give you advice about multi-asset services and market-leading products. Our strong position in the global markets gives you an established platform to start building your career.

What you will do

We welcome top graduates from a diverse range of degree disciplines. Bring your skills and hard-working attitude and we will invest in building your confidence and capabilities in either Sales, Trading or Global Research.

In Sales, you will:

  • Form trusted client relationships
  • Bring ideas to the table on how we can create solutions that meet client needs
  • Have a client focused intensity, helping with everything from lending and hedging solutions to giving them access to our electronic platforms

In Trading, you will:

  • Learn how to price securities, and manage risk from trades
  • Get hands-on experience across a broad range of products in various teams
  • Build an understanding of how and why markets move
  • Learn about our global presence and how it affects small business to multinational clients

In Global Research, you will:

  • Become part of a team of Global Research experts, realising the importance of keeping on top of market news, economic data releases and day-to-day news flows.
  • Learn about macroeconomic, sector and company-specific research and how these affect the services we offer our clients.
  • Familiarise yourself with our trade strategies, business targets and analytical methods, working with research analysts and economists to understand how we use these tools.

In Securities Services, you will:

  • Deliver regional and international services demonstrating your ability to handle end-to-end transactions and protect our clients’ interests including asset owners and managers, banks and broker dealers and corporates.
  • Present ideas on how we can meet the needs of clients worldwide, which include asset owners and managers, banks and broker dealers and corporates.
  • 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.

Throughout your programme you will have the opportunity to complete rotations across Markets & Securities Services – within Sales, Trading, Global Research or Securities Services. Developing your breadth of experience is important to us, as well as your ability to serve our clients, as it ensures you gain an understanding of how all of these areas operate. It will also help you decide where you’d like to develop your skills and pursue a career, after the programme.

Life in Markets & Securities Services (duration 1:35) Jennifer joined our graduate programme after she completed our summer internship and has adapted well to a fast-changing environment where no two days are the same

Who does this suit?

We are looking for motivated, curious and dedicated people who are:

  • Outgoing investigators. You will communicate with our diverse clients to bring them the solutions they need to grow. You will demonstrate courage in solving complex problems and presenting the results to our clients
  • Fast learners. You will need to keep on top of world news, market trends and new data releases. Quickly becoming an expert in each of these areas will help you to make the right decisions for our clients
  • Analytical thinkers. Having a good eye for detail and a mind for analysing trends will help you to deliver the most suitable products and services for clients and their companies
  • Team players. You will work alongside senior management and peers to learn more about our products, asset classes and how to best interact with clients. Being able to work well in a team will help you further your career

What can this lead to?

Following the graduate programme, you could move into a specialist role within Sales, Trading or Global Research or Securities Services. As Markets & Securities Services operates across more than 60 markets, we can offer you many career paths - whether it be progression to a become a senior leader in your field or perhaps the opportunity to travel and work in another market.


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