Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (HKEX) is one of the world’s major exchange groups, and operates a range of equity, commodity, fixed income and currency markets. HKEX is the world’s leading IPO market and as Hong Kong’s only securities and derivatives exchange and sole operator of its clearing houses, it is uniquely placed to offer regional and international investors access to Asia’s most vibrant markets.
HKEX is also the global leader in metals trading, through its wholly owned subsidiaries, The London Metal Exchange (LME) and LME Clear Limited. This commodity franchise was further enhanced with the launch of Qianhai Mercantile Exchange, in China, in 2018.
HKEX launched the pioneering Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect programme in 2014, further expanded with the launch of Shenzhen Connect in 2016, and the launch of Bond Connect in 2017.
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Connecting China with the World
Reshaping the Global Market Landscape
HKEX Group is one of the largest financial market operators in the world.
From our home in the financial hub of Hong Kong and an additional base in London, we provide world-class facilities for trading and clearing securities and derivatives in Equities, Commodities, Fixed Income and Currency.
Uniquely positioned at the intersection of Chinese and international capital flows, Hong Kong has long been Connecting China with the World. With the accelerated opening-up of China’s capital markets, HKEX continues to be a pioneer at the forefront of this historic transition, which we believe will Reshape the Global Market Landscape.
HKEX is a world-leading capital raising venue for Hong Kong, Mainland Chinese and international issuers. We also act as the frontline regulator of companies listed in Hong Kong.
A wide range of products are traded on our markets, including equities, ETFs, REITs, bonds, structured equity products, equity index and single stock derivatives, currency futures and commodity derivatives.
We offer a vertically integrated solution in all of our markets, acting as the clearing house and settlement system for on-exchange and certain over-the-counter transactions.
We provide a comprehensive range of real-time, delayed and historic market data feeds related to our markets through multiple channels.
LME forms the trusted benchmark price in the global base metals market. Through our partnerships, we have also developed benchmark indices in onshore and offshore Chinese equities and the RMB exchange rate.
We provide various ways to connect to our markets, and offer hosting and colocation services in our state-of-the-art data centre in Hong Kong.
Joining HKEX as a management trainee, you will be immersed in an intellectually challenging and stimulating working culture, with strong support at every step of your career with us.
Understand the markets
No other company can offer new graduates such a multi-faceted insight into the global financial markets. From cash stocks, to currency futures, exchange-traded funds, metal options and derivative warrants - almost every type of financial instrument trades on one of HKEX's markets. If you're looking for well-rounded, hands-on knowledge of the markets, this is the place.
Build multiple skills
Our Management Trainees are given the opportunity to rotate across different divisions of HKEX Group, offering them a very diverse skillset with a focus on practical application. You may work on tasks as varied as designing new traded products, consulting with buy-side funds, vetting IPO candidates, implementing strategic international projects or attending exchange industry events. We put an emphasis on developing creative, adaptable and multi-talented individuals able to seamlessly slot into even the most complex projects.
Gain international exposure
Our listed companies come from over 20 countries, and our market participants come from all around the world. You will be interacting with people from many different backgrounds, industries and geographies. Working hand-in-hand with LME in London and our three offices in Mainland China, you will be part of a multicultural team that is representative of HKEX Group's broader mission: "Connecting China with the world, reshaping the global market landscape".
Balance life and work
We promote a supportive and healthy working environment at HKEX. Expect friendly colleagues, highly approachable senior management, and a multitude of social activities such as sports teams and volunteer work. To reward your hard work, we promote a transparent and fair reward system that reflects your performance directly in your compensation. We benchmark our compensation against other major international financial institutions to ensure that we have the best and brightest in the industry.
The HKEX Management Trainee Programme offers four to five department attachments across a wide variety of business segments. To find out more on what it’s like to work in different divisions, please refer to the descriptions below.
Listing and Regulatory Affairs
The Listing and Regulatory Affairs Division is responsible for overseeing the listing function and all other regulatory, legal and compliance functions across HKEX, including the Compliance and Regulations Division of LME. This includes performing HKEX’s function as the frontline regulator of listed companies in Hong Kong, including vetting of IPO candidates and monitoring issuers’ post-listing compliance. It is organised into Listing, Legal Services, Regulatory Compliance and Secretarial Services.
The Market Development Division is responsible for developing new revenue and product initiatives in both the international and Mainland markets across all asset classes.
The Markets Division is responsible for serving and recruiting exchange participants and structured product issuers along with business development of cash and derivatives markets and products along with monitoring the trading activities of the same. It is also responsible for market information products. It is organized into Cash Trading, Derivatives Trading, Market Data and Market Surveillance & Monitoring.
The Clearing Division is responsible for the operations and business development of the clearing and risk management functions of the HKEX Group. It is organised into Cash & Derivatives Clearing, OTC Clear, and Clearing Risk Management.
The Finance Division comprises Financial Control and Treasury. Financial Control is responsible for the Group’s budgeting, forecasting and business performance analysis, internal management and external financial reporting, project financial control, and tax planning and compliance. Treasury is responsible for the Group’s liquidity management, portfolio investment, financial risk hedging as well as external banking relationship management.
Group Strategy is responsible for developing, incubating and overseeing the delivery of key strategic initiatives across the Group. The team works hand-in-hand with HKEX Group’s operating teams across a spectrum of initiatives which include product and platform development, strategic market-facing projects, collaboration with other exchanges and industry players, and expansion into complementary and new lines of business.
The HKEX Management Trainee Programme has the goal of nurturing bright and young talent and grooming them into future leaders. The Programme is an intensive development programme combining interactive learning, personal and group coaching and senior management exposure with on-the-job training. As a result, Trainees develop a spectrum of experience, an open mind and a broad understanding of different aspects of HKEX's business and management.
MTs will go through intensive training with the goal of nurturing their leadership skills, teamwork abilities, professional knowledge and soft skills. Highlights of the training include leadership challenges, skills for Management Trainees, presentations, and many more. Ongoing training will continue to be offered over the 28 month programme.
MTs will go through one month of departmental familiarisation covering all divisions in HKEX, from Listing and Markets to Commodities and Internal Audit. MTs will attend sharing sessions by senior staff from each department and go through on-the-job training to experience what it is like to work in a particular department for a day.
During the programme, MTs will work in four to five different departments from different divisions that will provide hands-on experience for MTs to understand HKEX's business and operations. It will also create opportunities for MTs to better understand their strengths, career aspirations and build internal networks through exposure during the department attachments.
Strong Support - MT Managers and staff from each division will provide guidance and coaching to MTs to facilitate their learning.
Regular Training – MTs will be provided with additional training throughout the Programme to equip them with the skills required for their daily work and personal development.
Social Activities – MTs will interact regularly with senior management and other staff in social activities outside of work.
Upon completion of the 28-month Programme, MTs will then be able to pick a department based on their preferences and strengths, subject to their performance and HKEX's business needs.
The ultimate end-goal of the Programme is to develop MTs into our senior management with the important responsibility to run one of our core businesses in the future.
The HKEX Summer Internship Programme offers university students an opportunity to learn about the business and services of HKEX, gain valuable insight into the workings of the financial markets while developing practical on-the job experience in its operations. It also provides students with an opportunity to consider the financial services industry as a potential career and help students decide where their future career interest lies.
Q: When does the programme start?
A: The programme starts in June and continues through August.
Q: How long are the internships?
A: The maximum employment period for each intern is 8 weeks.
Q: Which disciplines do you accept applications from?
A: We accept applications from all disciplines and background as long as the students have a genuine interest in our field and a passion for the financial industry.
Q: What will I be doing?
A: Depending on the background and the interests of the students, and subject to the requirements of different departments, the students will be arranged to work in relevant departments that have projects and special work assignments for them. The type of work may include policy research, financial data and statistical analysis, information management, data input, programming, drafting, reporting, system support as well as some administrative and clerical duties.
Q: Can I rotate to different departments?
A: The programme is non-rotational; each intern will be assigned to work with HKEX staff members on a specific project or other work assignments in one department.