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Company Profile - Barclays Capital


Barclays Capital is the investment banking division of Barclays Bank PLC, offering strategic advisory, financing and risk management solutions to large corporate, government and institutional clients. With over 25,000 people in offices around the world, we have the global reach and distribution power to meet the needs of issuers and investors in all the major financial markets.

Who are we?

Our distinctive business model has cemented our position as a world leader in the industry. But we’re still relatively young and extremely ambitious. Founded just 13 years ago, we’re still growing year on year and continually pursuing excellence in everything we do. With a pioneering spirit, intellectual rigour and an uncommonly collaborative approach, we put the needs of clients and stakeholders at the heart of every decision we make. Even against the backdrop of ever-changing financial markets, we’re continuing to expand, providing our clients with a more comprehensive service than ever. Our 2008 acquisition of Lehman Brothers’ US broker-dealer business has added M&A and cash equities expertise to our portfolio – a clear example of the bold thinking that defines our organisation.  

Career Opportunities

We have graduate and internship opportunities in areas right across the firm, including: Compliance, Corporate Communications, Finance, Global Financial Risk Management, Human Resources, Investment Banking, Legal, Marketing, Operations, Prime Services, Quantitative Analytics, Research, Sales, Structuring, Technology and Trading.

Graduates joining us quickly discover that Barclays Capital is a different sort of investment bank. Our ethos is simple. We expect excellence, every second of every day and in every area of the firm. A true meritocracy, we have a flat structure and reward talent and innovation over position and tenure. So as you might expect, we have very high expectations of our graduates. That’s why we give them as much responsibility as they can handle right from the start. Wherever you join us, you’ll join as a valued member of your team, working alongside senior managers across departments, and even around the world. All of which means your core skills must include an international outlook.

Internships also play a big part in our recruitment process. Most of our internships last for 10-12 weeks over the summer, although we do have off-cycle opportunities depending on business need. In all cases, you’ll find yourself at the heart of the action. You’ll gain real experience in a real role, working on anything from live transactions and marketing projects to research and analysis, according to the business area you join. As well as benefiting from extensive training before and during the programme, you’ll have regular opportunities to network with intern colleagues, recent graduates and senior members of the firm.

Training and Development

Most firms will tell you that graduates are key to their success. But few can demonstrate a level of commitment to match ours. Senior managers across Barclays Capital are intrinsically involved in graduate training, giving you a remarkable degree of insight and exposure from the moment you join us. Our graduate programme starts with an intensive introduction to the firm, our products, instruments and services, and the wider financial markets. You’ll gain more than a theoretical understanding, however, with a variety of case studies, workshops and presentations giving you invaluable practical knowledge and skills. You can also expect comprehensive role-specific training, plus soft skills development.

What we look for

We’re looking for highly numerate, analytical individuals who have strong English language skills (both written and verbal). Knowledge of more than one European language is an advantage for some roles.

We have a range of different roles available and do not have specific degree background requirements for most of these roles.

What we offer

Competitive salary & benefits package

Our deadline for full-time applications is 15 November 2010; for internships, 31 December 2010. We recruit on a rolling basis so be sure to get your application in early.

How to apply

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