Tibra is a world-class diversified trading firm whose story started in 2006 when a group of young traders and developers near Sydney, Australia decided they could challenge and beat some of the world’s most successful trading firms at their own game.
Our founders’ ambition to make their mark, back their skills and judgement and shape their own future has defined Tibra’s culture and success ever since.
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If you’re interested in working at Tibra, understanding when they have opened up applications for their graduate programs, graduate jobs and internships is helpful knowledge to have so you know when you might need to apply. Use the below information to see when Tibra hires graduates, but more importantly what graduate degree’s and other student attributes they target for their jobs.
At Tibra, we are committed to building a modern business that is successful and authentic to the spirit and ambition of our founders.
- We value our people for their ideas, drive and desire to succeed.
- We foster an environment that keeps them motivated and fulfilled.
- We are proud of our ‘comfortably intense’, informal culture.
- We don’t believe in hierarchical structures and offer the chance to grow and progress based on merit.
- We are a global team, yet our size and culture ensure that everyone is known as an individual and anyone can stand out.
- Our leaders inspire an approachable, collaborative and meritocratic culture which champions fresh thinking and our employees are encouraged to make a meaningful impact in the business.
We value our people and invest in them as they are the future of our business. The role of a QTD (Quant Trader Developer) at Tibra is challenging and multi-faceted.
You will be encouraged to cultivate your Quant, Trader and Developer skills in equal measure. Each graduate is enrolled in ‘Tibra Uni’, our tailored in-house training program, and has access to diverse external training.
You will receive responsibility from the start, learn from experienced professionals who have built an elite investment business and will get the opportunity to make a real difference.
About Dean Synnott:
Describe your job
My role as a Quant Trader is to research, monitor and improve new and existing trading strategies. This involves conducting mathematical and statistical analysis of financial markets, looking into the microstructures of different financial products and performing benchmark analysis of live trading strategies.
What’s your background?
I grew up close-by in Wollongong. From a pretty young age I knew I wanted to work in the financial trading sector and so chose my high school subjects with a view to studying mathematics and computer science. In school I was able to start learning to code and this definitely gave me a head start on most of my cohort through university. I also had a keen interest in stock market trading so took full advantage of free trading simulations to experiment with different strategies and gain exposure to trading equities.
My degree was in Mathematics and Finance, majoring in Quantitative and Computational Trading. The program of study was designed by the University of Wollongong in partnership with Tibra, to give graduates the knowledge needed to work in a high-frequency trading environment.
I applied for the graduate role at Tibra in my last year of University, largely because of what I knew of its reputation as a leading proprietary trading firm. After passing the recruitment process of aptitude testing, group interview and panel interview, I was offered the role of Junior Quant Trader and started in early 2018.
Could someone with a different background do what you do?
I believe anyone who has enough drive can learn to do pretty much anything. That said, working in the financial markets on live trading systems does require you to be someone who thrives in a high stress environment. You don’t necessarily need a background in mathematics or programming, but you do have to think logically and be able to understand and learn the concepts and theories behind financial markets trading.
What’s the coolest thing about working for Tibra?
Definitely the thrill of placing your wits against the market every day and trying to find new and innovative ways to improve systems and strategies. I really appreciate the fact that Tibra actively supports and encourages personal research of new ideas, it doesn’t just play lip service to the idea.
It’s an obvious one, but the office is only 100 metres from the beach and a short walk from the escarpment – there are definitely worse places to work!
What are the limitations?
Working in the financial markets can be really demanding. The hours can be long and, depending on the markets you’re responsible for, might mean early starts and late nights. Quant research can also be challenging because there’s usually very little source material to reference, so it’s up to the quant to innovate and find new ideas. This style of research can be hard for people to adjust to compared to studying at university.
Three pieces of advice for yourself when you were a student
Spend more time programming in lower level languages; it builds the foundation of understanding that can be transferred to almost any other higher-level language.
Practice is the best way to learn, so find a way to practice the types of work you will need to perform once you leave university.
Advice is free, so ask anyone and everyone that you can for advice on your future – it all helps.
We are always on the look out for the brightest minds to take our business to it’s fullest potential. Through our Leadership Development Programs, we encourage our juniors to step up and become mentors and team leaders to learn the ropes of juggling various people management skills and their day to day duties.
- Work amongst and be challenged by some of the brightest quant traders, software engineers and developers in the field
- Exposure to continuous learning and development opportunities via internal Tibra University platform
- Succession and leadership development pathways
- Be taught an essential technical skillset required for a successful future in our industry
- Balanced high performance / casual open plan workplace environment with a unique beachside location, pool and ping pong tables and relaxed dress code
- Great staff benefits featuring daily free breakfast, lunch and stocked kitchen, PT/yoga classes, additional paid leave, paid insurances and more
- Give back to the community via volunteer days, fundraising events and our Tibra Capital Foundation (TCF)
- Reward for performance including discretionary bonus’ awarded