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Citadel is a leading investor in the world's financial markets. For over thirty years, we have sought to deliver market-leading investment returns to capital partners including retirement programs, endowments and foundations, and sovereign wealth funds. Our global team works to help our capital partners achieve their financial goals. For more information, visit Citadel.com.

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Application Process

  1. Online Application
    • Submit your application in our careers website or reach out to our recruiting team if you have any questions
    • Make sure to include: updated CV, cumulative degree GPA/ WAM, and location preferences
    • If you are interested in opportunities in Software Engineering and Trading you will be invited for an online assessment. This step if required for your application to be considered
  2. Application Review
    • The relevant hiring teams across Citadel and Citadel Securities will review your application, in line with their requirements (all applicants are considered for roles in BOTH companies)
    • Communication of outcome sent to all candidates, regardless of outcome
  3. Interviews
    • Recruitment team will contact you to schedule interviews - normally to take place via phone/Zoom
    • Specific assessments…
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Career Paths

Citadel Securities

Find the path that suits your strengths.

Bring your competitive drive and curiosity. We'll teach you the skills to succeed and thrive.

If you are looking for an internship or new graduate opportunity, you can explore the following career paths at Citadel Securities Sydney office:

Quantitative Researchers

The Quantitative Research team at Citadel Securities develops and implements next-generation valuation models and systematic trading strategies in the world's most competitive and dynamic markets. As a Quantitative Researcher (QR), you will apply advanced statistical techniques and engineering skills to complex data sets to model markets, test hypotheses, and create proprietary trading algorithms. As markets continuously evolve, QRs keep Citadel Securities at the forefront by constantly solving some of the most challenging quantitative problems of our time.

Your Skills and Talents:

  • Advanced training in Mathematics, Statistics, Physics, Computer Science, or another highly quantitative field, with strong knowledge of probability and statistics (Bachelors, Masters, PhD degree).
  • Ability to consistently use statistical analyses to distill complex problems to mathematical cores, formulate creative hypotheses, and leverage statistical tools to analyze data sets and develop market signals.

Your Opportunity:

As a QR at Citadel Securities, you will be equipped with the platforms, resources, and mentorship to shape your own career path. We trust and empower our team members to have and execute on big ideas from the start so they make a direct impact on our business and the global markets. To achieve this, we leverage a wide variety of computational and research techniques to take on what others dismiss as impossible.

Technologists

At Citadel Securities, technologists design, develop, and enhance the sophisticated technology that powers quantitative trading strategies. As a technologist, you'll leverage a wide variety of Innovative approaches to deliver scalable, high-performing, and resilient solutions to drive our ability to trade and revolutionize financial markets. You'll collaborate with quantitative researchers and traders to unravel complex problems that face our industry. Our technologists are constantly presented with new and interesting opportunities to challenge what others might dismiss as impossible.

Your Skills and Talents:

  • A degree in computer science, computer engineering or related fields (Bachelors, Masters, Ph.D. degree).
  • An intellectual curiosity and passion for solving challenging problems using technology, possess exceptional programming and design skills, and can communicate effectively in a collaborative, complex and highly technical team environment.

Your Opportunity:

The financial industry offers endless opportunities for innovation. Our technologists quickly advance by working on a wide range of complex problems. At Citadel Securities, you don't just build tools, you pave the way for the markets of tomorrow. You exercise your creativity and make direct impact on markets with sophisticated technology.

Traders

At Citadel Securities, traders drive our systematic and semi-systematic trading strategies - and their own career paths. They are empowered with advanced technology and algorithms necessary to make large, complex risk decisions in real-time. Our traders immediately make an impact and contribute to the firm. Simultaneously, they collaborate and grow with the industry's elite quantitative researchers and technologists and learn from seasoned traders. At Citadel Securities, traders develop an in-depth knowledge of complex market structure, build meaningful relationships across the firm, become experts at monitoring risks and responding to market signals, and execute state-of-the-art trading strategies.

Your Skills and Talents:

  • Ideal candidates have a strong academic record with a degree in Mathematics, Statistics, Physics, Computer Science, Economics, or another quantitative field (Bachelor's or Master's degree).
  • Ideal candidates demonstrate passion for the financial markets and trading, excel at communication and planning, employ a systematic approach to problem solving, and showcase an acute understanding of risk taking in uncertain conditions.

Your Opportunity:

At Citadel Securities, you'll make an impact on day one by getting assigned to a primary team - which will enable you to gain experience in trading and research and make strides towards certifications. In addition, in select locations we offer opportunities to rotate between multiple trading desks. We want to help you discover the trading strategies and asset classes that interest you the most.

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Engineering

At Citadel, engineers work in small teams to turn innovative ideas into high-performing and resilient technology. They apply innovative techniques, including distributed computing, natural language processing and machine learning, to solve problems and advance our business. Empowered to think big, we partner with quantitative researchers and traders to define priorities and develop custom solutions.

Quantitative Research

The problems we tackle do not have simple, check-the-box solutions. Our quantitative researchers work collaboratively to collect data, form and test hypotheses and then build advanced statistical models that inform our fundamental investment decisions or directly power our quantitative investment strategies.

You can make an impact faster here than just about anywhere else. Starting on a specialized team, you'll quickly learn the business and build relationships with colleagues who will invest in your success and help you grow.

Investing & Trading

You'll work to unlock those opportunities through deep fundamental research and quantitative analysis. As part of a specialized team led by experienced investment professionals, you can quickly learn the business and add measurable value by analyzing economic data to generate strategies designed to deliver market-leading returns for our capital partners.

Taufik

Quantitive Researcher, Ph.D Computer Science

What's your job about?

My job is mainly focus on improving the strategy from different aspect, including low lag, reducing transition cost, reducing market impact, etc. Generally all ideas from different fields are welcomed. For me, I will try to model them as statistics, machine learning or even control theory's classical problems, and adopt these toolsets to solve them. Also, implementing them in the complicated strategy system is also crucial.

What's your background?

I'm a Ph.D. in computer science. My research mainly focus on machine learning a…

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Sharick

Quantitative Trader, B Finance & Computer Science, Masters Financial Engineering

What's your job about?

I am a Quant Trader in Citadel Securities Index Arbitrage team. We focus on the arbitrage opportunities between futures and their underlying index / stocks.

What's your background?

I major in Computer Science and Finance in the University of Hong Kong for my bachelor degree and Financial Engineering for my master program from Cornell University.

I interned at my current index arb team during my study and then I accepted my return offer right after my graduation.

Could someone with a different background do…

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Zhihan

Software Engineer, Masters Computer Science

What's your job about?

I'm a software engineer at the trading platform team. Our team is responsible for the platform development and maintenance in APAC. That includes processing market data coming from the exchange, connecting to exchange/broker to send orders, and developing all other trading critical components.

What's your background?

I got my bachelor's degree in computer science at the University of Hong Kong and master's degree in computer science at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Could someone with a different background do your job?

Absolutely! As…

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Application Process

  1. Online Application
    • Submit your application in our careers website or reach out to our recruiting team if you have any questions
    • Make sure to include: updated CV, cumulative degree GPA/ WAM, and location preferences
    • If you are interested in opportunities in Software Engineering and Trading you will be invited for an online assessment. This step if required for your application to be considered
  2. Application Review
    • The relevant hiring teams across Citadel and Citadel Securities will review your application, in line with their requirements (all applicants are considered for roles in BOTH companies)
    • Communication of outcome sent to all candidates, regardless of outcome
  3. Interviews
    • Recruitment team will contact you to schedule interviews - normally to take place via phone/Zoom
    • Specific assessments will be highlighted - e.g. use of coderpad
  4. Onsite Interview
    • Recruitment team to contact you to schedule onsite, at closest Citadel/Citadel Securities office
    • Zoom will be an alternative if an onsite is not feasible
  5. Offer
    • Campus recruiter will notify you of offer and talk you through next steps

Life & Culture

Together we achieve more.

Life and Culture

Values

Integrity

We do things the right way, without compromise. We are direct, decisive and, above all, accountable. We practice sound judgment and common sense in our actions that conforms to the letter and spirit of the law at all times. We win on the merits, with integrity.

Winning

We are here to win. We are constantly improving and are committed to out-thinking and out-executing our competitors. We take on what others dismiss as impossible and solve the hard problems that others walk away from. This is why we hire the best.

Meritocracy

We empower and reward team members who deliver results. We create opportunities by consistently making career and compensation decisions on the merits, recognizing that doing so attracts and retains the best and brightest at Citadel Securities.

Learning

We are driven by a thirst for knowledge. We are constantly learning - from each other and from inspired thinkers around the world. We passionately pursue new ideas, new innovations, and new strategies that will strengthen our competitive advantage.

Extraordinary Colleagues

We hire extraordinary people. We build extraordinary teams. We demand a culture of collaboration where we learn from each other, inspire one another and share in our successes. We achieve far more together than we ever could on our own.

Mutuality [specific to Citadel Securities]

We empower our clients and partners to play a leading role in financial markets, and our success is their success. We win together.

Perks & Benefits

Get 'actual' food for thought

We provide breakfast, lunch and snacks to keep our teams at peak performance.

Stay fit and healthy

From fitness subsidies and wellness initiatives to mindfulness programs and telehealth

Connect and Socialize

From yoga on the roof to movie nights and sports outings, you'll have fun opportunities to engage with your colleagues out of the office.

Diversity & Inclusion

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Our commitment to diversity and inclusion

We have thrived by empowering extraordinary individuals in an environment that encourages meritocracy and lifetime learning. We believe a diverse team accelerates innovation, strengthens our competitive advantage and keeps us at the forefront of finance. We are committed to attracting and developing the best and brightest individuals from all backgrounds through our recruiting initiatives, partnerships and internal programs.

Internship

An internship at Citadel and Citadel Securities is more than a job-it's an experience. Apply your curiosity and engage in meaningful work with the brightest minds in the industry.

Interns have the opportunity to:

  • Benefit from mentorship: Receive constructive, tailored guidance to help you learn and deliver your best.
  • Develop valuable skills: Participate in classes, seminars and coffee chats led by our industry experts.
  • Make an impact: Apply what you learn working side-by-side with our full-time early career employees.
  • Explore the community: Experience the city with exclusive access to things like top cultural spots and sporting events.

Rising Graduates

Citadel Securities

Find a path that suits your strengths

Bring your competitive drive and curiosity. We'll teach you the skills to succeed and thrive.

We bring together the brightest minds across mathematics, engineering, finance and beyond to solve the market's most critical challenges.

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