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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.
The largest infrastructure asset manager in the world, Macquarie 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 $US428.3 billion in assets and has 52 years of unbroken profitability under its belt.
Macquarie’s roots in Philadelphia can be traced back over 80 years through the acquisition of Delaware Investments (named in honor of the Delaware River). Throughout the last decade, Macquarie has continued to solidify its connection with the city by choosing Philly as the global headquarters for its Macquarie Asset Management’s (MAM) Public Investments business. Macquarie is proud to be one of the largest asset manager employers within Philly proper.
Here in the city of brotherly love, Macquarie engages sharp, client-facing technologists to support its asset management business. It delivers excellence to both institutional clients (pensions, governments, insurers) and financial advisors (advising on investments to save for the future) world-wide. The tech team works side-by-side with asset managers, learning about the needs of Macquarie’s clients and finding innovative ways to creatively build or enhance Macquarie’s financial service offerings through technology.
The local office culture speaks straight to every Philadelphian’s heart and soul, located just steps away from US landmarks, including the Liberty Bell, National Constitution Center, and Independence Hall. The recently renovated 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.
Macquarie has a strong culture of entrepreneurship which is grounded in its core values of integrity, accountability, and opportunity. This offers technologists of all levels the autonomy and ownership desired to build and shape their careers.
“The growth I’ve seen in my career is down to the culture here — I don’t think it could happen anywhere else. I’m very fortunate to be in the environment I’m in because of that.”John Stoveld Engineering System Integrator
“Macquarie is facilitating an environment where everyone feels comfortable asking questions and figuring things out together, instead of struggling in silence.”Caitlin Harris Junior Cloud Engineer
People want to see the results of their efforts — that’s important. Here, we have an entrepreneurial culture where you are empowered to make decisions, to have an impact and make change. It’s uplifting to see.Jason Poley Senior Engineer and Architect
Our team is open to ideas from all levels. We all sit at the table equally. My voice is heard and valued.Radmila Bord Lead Software Engineer
Macquarie is very supportive of new ideas and innovation. We have the freedom to go out and find new languages and technologies; to look for the best solutions possible. Management rarely tells you what you have to do, they say, ‘This is our end goal — now, what do you think we should do?’ That’s fun for me.John DeLuca Software Developer
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?
At Macquarie, we are proud of our Australian roots. 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.
There is also a considerable amount of 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 investment management business. Macquarie offers investment management capabilities across a number of asset classes, including fixed income, equities and multi-asset solutions. 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?
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 also encourage employees to further their skills set through certification courses.
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 the initiative to say, “I don’t have a background in this, but I have an interest in it. Can I work on this project?”
How does Macquarie empower employees to create new solutions?
We have a bottom-up approach that allows employees to try new things and bring new ideas to discussion. With so much changing, both on the investing and technology side of our business, we need to innovate to keep pace and stay ahead of new technology.
We believe the bottom-up approach not only helps our competitive advantage, it strengthens our culture. The new offices we’ve moved to in Center City brings our teams closer — literally. The tech team is much closer to where the business side sits than before, and that makes collaboration even easier. We also have a strong mentoring program for new hires and junior associates. Our managers help their teams develop and our senior leadership will go out of their way to welcome and talk with new team members.
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