Having planted roots in countries all over the world, global financial services firm Macquarie offers the work experience of a lifetime for tech professionals who crave mobility, growth, and exposure to new cultures and business experiences.
Macquarie, the largest infrastructure asset manager in the world, is known across the globe for its expertise and steady success in asset management, capital markets and technology-driven financial services. The company currently manages a global total of $391.4 billion (US) in assets and has 50 years of unbroken profitability under its belt.
In Philly and NYC specifically, Macquarie engages a group of sharp, client-facing technologists to support its investment management business. The tech teams often work side-by-side with asset managers, learning about their client needs and finding innovative ways to creatively build or enhance Macquarie’s financial service offerings through technology.
Although the global firm employs over 15,000 people in 30 markets, it has managed to add authentic local touches and personalization to every single one of its offices. Of course, there are some key threads woven through the Australian-born company, like its core values of integrity, accountability and opportunity, but each office pays respect to the culture, passions and interests of the people that work there.
Here in Philly, Macquarie’s office culture speaks straight to every Philadelphian’s heart and soul with occasional tickets to UPenn’s Macquarie Court at the Palestra or snack-fueled viewing parties for important games. The centrally-located, down-to-earth office also employs a “bottom up” culture, which means that everything from social events to community outreach is determined by a social committee representing the entire team’s passions and interests.
The company’s fast-paced approach enables the tech team to adapt to changes quickly. With an open mind towards embracing new technology, and a culture that encourages learning and new ways of thinking, employees at all levels are given a platform to introduce ideas or take ownership of projects that involve skills they have a craving to learn and master.
We believe the best ideas come from all over and are open to opinions – in fact we encourage it. Our culture is very collaborative. Everyone is open to working together, speaking up and helping out.Shaw Levin Senior Technology Manager
Macquarie is very open about technology. It’s really exciting. In a lot of financial companies, there are reservations about new technology and moving quickly. If you find something you want to work on, you can bring it to your manager, and they’ll listen and take action.Gurbakhshish Singh Software Developer
I started working for Macquarie in Singapore, moved with them to Sydney, then to the U.S. The mobility offered at Macquarie has given me exposure to so many different countries, roles and business groups, and that’s made a huge impact on my career growth.Pragyan Sahoo Global Architect
Talk to us about being an Australian company. How does that showcase itself in daily work life?
Being Australian, there’s a culture of directness. We believe in giving open and honest feedback. It all connects to our value of accountability. We voice our opinions in the room, not behind backs.
We’re also a little bit more casual, with friendly banter. You’ll most likely have someone give you a shortened version of your name.
From a business perspective, you’ll interact with colleagues in Australia, Asia and Europe, which is the cool thing about being part of a global company.
What kind of technology do you build?
Our teams create and maintain the technology which supports our business and capabilities across a range of activities. Our systems are built to manage end-to-end processes in an agile, secure and scalable manner. The tech teams often work in partnership with clients to constantly provide tech solutions that fit their needs.
What do you look for from tech candidates?
We really look for a problem-solving mindset vs. experience or skills in a specific language or framework. We want to see how you look at a problem and approach solving innovative and challenging technology projects.
Candidates don’t have to have experience in financial services, but you should be able to follow a client as they talk about the markets. As you will work closely with our investment managers, you’ll need to understand the business context in which we operate.
We’re also looking for people who are curious and not afraid to ask questions. We’re a culture that loves new ideas. We want people who will challenge us, our business and the way we’ve always done things.
What types of roles are you looking to fill?
Right now, we are looking for:
● Full-stack DevOps engineers
● Tech leads who are hands-on managers
At the moment, we continue to focus on automation, cloud for expansion, resilience and time to market. If these are passions or strengths of yours, we’d love to hear from you. It’s important for us to keep a pulse on emerging technologies and ideate how we can leverage those at Macquarie.
How do you approach growth and learning?
It’s very organic and aligns with our culture of opportunity. We work in smaller teams, so everyone has a chance to get their hands in a little bit of everything, including different parts of the business that you might not be trained in but are interested in learning more about.
We have a library of courses (online, in-house, on mobile), active employee network groups, Workplace by Facebook that keeps employees engaged, lunch and learns and we often bring in guest speakers.
Each year we also look forward to the annual Macquarie Technology Conference. It’s a week-long conference where discussions range from artificial intelligence and virtual reality to big data and robotics. The entire company is invited to experience emerging technologies firsthand and hear from internal experts and external thought leaders from across the technology landscape.
Learning here is flexible to your style and interests. Most growth happens when someone takes initiative to say, “I don’t have a background in this, but I have an interest in it. Can I work on this project?”
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