Graduate Trader

IMC Financial Markets is a proprietary trading firm and market maker for various financial instruments listed on exchanges throughout the world.

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Graduate Trader




IMC is a leading global market maker, using algorithmic trading and advanced technology to buy and sell securities on multiple trading venues worldwide. We provide liquidity to the financial markets, driving efficiencies for buyers and sellers.


Founded in 1989, we are an ambitious, innovative company and identified early on the importance technology would play in the fast-paced evolution of trading. This entrepreneurial spirit still drives us today and can be found in all of our offices around the world.



We now operate globally from offices in Europe, the US and Asia Pacific. Our employees work closely together in multidisciplinary teams, making our success possible.


Technology - At IMC, technology is not a department, it is at the heart of everything we do. Our technologists push the limits of possibility, and then look beyond. In our fast-paced environment, short feedback loops mean projects worked on in the morning can enter production the next day.


Trading – Although our traders come from many backgrounds they all have one thing in common: they are at their best solving complex problems. Their insight into global events, market shifts and pricing ensure we are trading in the right place, at the right time.


Business Support - Around the world, IMC’s business support teams are essential for sustaining our success. In our dynamic environment, we have many exciting challenges and multidisciplinary opportunities to shape our operations and make a real impact.



Our employees are our greatest asset so we give them lots of responsibility and the support they need to make a difference. Our flat structure fosters a culture of openness and collaboration, encouraging the sharing of ideas and knowledge. It makes no difference if you have been with us for three days or three years, the best idea wins.


While we work hard, we also have a lot of fun; whether solving complex challenges or in team building, leisure and sporting activities. IMC also enables its employees to contribute towards a better society through our foundation.



As a graduate trader you will;

  • Develop, maintain, and improve trading models, algorithms, and systems
  • Trade a range of financial instruments (in a highly automated way)
  • Manage the execution and risk of complex trading portfolios
  • Research new market opportunities
  • Collaborate cross-functionally with our developers and engineers to understand and improve technical infrastructure.


A few reasons why this is your future job

  • Your decisions have direct impact on the company’s trading profits
  • Creativity, teamwork and innovation are recognized and rewarded
  • You will have the freedom to find your niche and excel
  • You love solving complex problems.


What your traineeship is all about?

  • A global training program lasting seven weeks that prepares you for the job by enhancing your knowledge about trading, trading technology and algorithms.
  • A truly global initiative where you will be trained by a group of seasoned traders and engineers, and will go through the program together with peers from all the other IMC offices.
  • An introduction to IMC and its people. In parallel to focusing on the content of the job you will also travel to two IMC offices, and become acquainted with the company by attending guest lectures, social events etc.
  • After the global training program, your training continues in your own office for another two months, after which you will be well prepared to hit the trading desk.
  • At the trading desk you will be assigned a mentor who will help you get up to speed and set you up for success.



Great relationships are based on an exchange, the give and the get. Here we get straight to the point;


The Give – what you’ll need to bring

  • Academic background in a quantitative field of study (e.g. Mathematics, Engineering, Physics or Econometrics)
  • Superior analytical skills
  • Experience in Python is a strong advantage
  • Interest in financial markets is a must, no prior knowledge or experience is required
  • Willingness to be a team player, at IMC we’re in it together.


IMC trades a wide range of financial instruments, in different ways. Therefore we look for different types of traders: from the quantitative ones that enjoy the mathematical side of trading, to the more operationally focused that enjoy the game of interacting with brokers over the phone. Based on your background and strengths during the traineeship, you are allocated to a desk and role.


The Get – what we’ll give you

  • Real projects – at IMC we get straight into it, real work from day one
  • Responsibility – this isn’t a practice run, you’ll make a real impact
  • The support to succeed – training programs, mentors
  • Fun work environment – social activities, cool offices with great people
  • The chance to travel – we’re global, you will be too.



To set you up for success, you can find our hiring process including tips on applying and interviewing with us on our website. Now it’s up to you! Apply today to start an amazing journey with IMC.

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