Associate, Macquarie Investment Management (MIM)
“I get to draw on the expertise of people who have spent time in Macquarie offices all over the world.”
What attracted you to the MIM division of the Macquarie Funds Group (MFG)?
Initially I was unsure which group I wanted to go into, but was looking for a position that would allow me to make the most of my mathematics background. The quantitative team within MIM had an excellent reputation for applying quantitative ideas to the investment process and this seemed like the perfect position for me.
What is a typical day for you?
Apart from a few tasks I complete daily such as monitoring the performance of our funds, my day mostly consists of working on research projects that can span weeks or months. These can be anything from analysing how a specific accounting factor affects performance across a large range of stocks, to building tools to predict the most profitable trades during specific market events.
What have been the benefits of starting your career in an international organisation?
During my day to day work, I get to draw on the expertise of people who have spent time in Macquarie offices all over the world. Although I haven’t had the opportunity yet, the prospect of working in different locations worldwide in the future is very exciting.
How would your team describe you?
I think the same description could be applied to any member of our team – driven, focussed, forward thinking and intelligent.
How did you find the recruitment process?
The recruitment process was very straightforward and relaxed, and was really focussed on making sure I was placed in the role that I was most suited for. During the recruitment process I had the chance to meet a large number of people from the team I was going into, which was great for getting a clear picture of what the team did. It also meant there were lots of familiar faces on my first day.
Business Analyst, Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA)
“It is important for me that my work is both challenging and exciting, and Macquarie has a great reputation for both.”
What does your role entail?
MIRA is the largest manager of infrastructure assets globally, with over $US100b of assets under management. My role includes assisting with managing investment performance and analysing new investment opportunities.
What inspired you to choose Macquarie?
It is important for me that my work is both challenging and exciting, and Macquarie has a great reputation for both. I was also attracted to the entrepreneurial nature of the organisation and the opportunity to work at one of Australia’s pre-eminent financial institutions.
What do you consider your most notable achievement with Macquarie?
As graduates, we have the opportunity to participate in the Graduate Volunteering Network through the Macquarie Group Foundation. A small group of us organised a Trivia event raising over $15,000 for Giant Steps, a school for children with autism.
What skills and attributes are required for your division?
My role requires a broad skill set across finance, accounting and strategy, along with a willingness to persevere through setbacks to achieve successful outcomes.
What were the benefits to completing a Summer Internship prior to commencing as a graduate?
Summer internships offer a great opportunity to experience an organisation prior to making a full time commitment to a graduate role. My summer internship helped to understand Macquarie’s culture and working environment, in addition to experiencing the day-to-day job requirements.
What advice would you give to students when applying for Macquarie?
Macquarie is a global organisation with over 13,000 employees globally. Spend time evaluating your skills and interests, and consider roles across all groups within Macquarie.