What’s it like working at Fidelity?
Our people are passionate, engaged and smart, and are given the independence and the confidence to make a difference for all our stakeholders. In short, at Fidelity we are challenged to be brave, bold and curious, but nevertheless always to act with compassion. We are committed to being an inclusive and diverse company, to work for and strive to create a culture where people’s differences are welcomed, encouraged and celebrated.
Diversity of thought and perspective are valued, so all employees can contribute and reach their potential. We believe that embracing a wider set of perspectives will lead to a better outcome for our business. Over the last couple of years, we have introduced our new ways of working. Flexible working is encouraged, transforming how, where and when we work. This centres around giving employees more choice regarding how and where they work, recognising the benefits this gives to achieve a greater work/life balance and greater control over your working week.
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About Fidelity International
Fidelity International offers investment solutions and services and retirement expertise to more than 2.5 million customers globally. As a privately-held, purpose-driven company with a 50-year heritage, we think generationally and invest for the long term. Operating in more than 25 locations and with $565.7 billion in total assets, our clients range from central banks, sovereign wealth funds, large corporates, financial institutions, insurers and wealth managers, to private individuals.
Our Workplace and Personal Financial Health business provides individuals, advisers and employers with access to world-class investment choices, third-party solutions, administration services and pension guidance. Together with our Investment Solutions and Services business, we invest $437 billion on behalf of our clients. By combining our asset management expertise with our solutions for workplace and personal investing, we work together to build better financial futures. Data as at 30 June 2020. Read more at fidelityinternational.com
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Are there opportunities to move internally within Fidelity after I join?
We recognise that career growth is enhanced through internal mobility. At the same time, when you can move internally will depend on the programme you join. Some will have rotations across the business built into them and others will require you to remain with your team for the duration of the programme. Always talk to your line manager or the Early Careers Team about your interest in other teams.
Where are your offices?
We are truly global and have 46 offices across 27 different countries: UK and Ireland, India, Germany and Canada are to name a few. Explore our locations and offices and what makes them unique.
What are the core values and behaviours you look for when hiring someone?
The Fidelity culture is underpinned by two core values; trust and Integrity. Both values are fundamental in nature and hold utmost importance when we're looking for new talent to join us. We'd encourage you to apply if you share the same values and can demonstrate you're brave, bold and curious and act with compassion.
Integrity: doing the right thing, every time and putting the client first
Trust: empowering each other to take the initiative and make good decisions
Brave: challenging the status quo, being accountable and speaking up
Bold: acting with conviction, encouraging diverse thinking and keeping things simple curious. Learning to do new things in better ways and encouraging fresh thinking Compassionate: having empathy, caring for colleagues, clients and community.
What type of contract will I receive?
The type of contract you receive is determined by the type of programme you have.
- Apprentices: 2-year fixed term contract
- Interns: 10-12-week fixed term contract
- Industrial placements: 12-month fixed term contract
- Graduates: permanent employment contract
What is Fidelity’s purpose and strategy?
Fidelity is a highly collaborative organisation whose purpose is working together to build better financial futures. We focus on sustainable, long-term outcomes, and work in a dynamic environment that fosters curiosity and compassion.
Who is Fidelity's CEO?
Anne Richards is our Chief Executive Officer. Anne has worked in the asset management industry since 1992. She has two decades of experience as an analyst, portfolio manager and CIO. Anne is a Chartered Engineer and began her career as a research fellow at CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research. She is a former chair of the UK Financial Conduct Authority’s Practitioner Panel and is also a member of the US-based Board of Leaders of 2020 Women on Boards, which works to increase the proportion of women on corporate boards. In 2014, Anne was publicly recognised in the UK for her services to the voluntary sector and to the Financial Services industry by being appointed a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO) and a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2015.
What are you looking for in candidates?
We like to see your interest in Fidelity, the Asset Management industry and your chosen business area. Strong candidates will be prepared and have done their research, reading widely (beyond our recruitment website) and show a genuine enthusiasm for this opportunity. We want to know what drives and motivates you in life, so don't be afraid to express yourself.
What should I do if I receive an offer from another company?
Let us know your situation and any deadline for accepting the other offer. Don't be scared to ask the other company to extend the deadline, just be honest with all parties involved. It is important you make an informed decision about your career and what is right for you.
Application and interview process
What can I expect from an interview?
The exact interview process will vary with the role or programme you’re applying to and is tailored to meet business needs and the profiles we are looking for. All our recruitment is based around a strengths-based approach to try and find out what engages and motivates you.
Are virtual interviews taking place as a result of Covid19?
Yes, we have switched to virtual interviews in response to COVID-19. However, you'll still have the opportunity to tell us about yourself and find out what it's like to work here.
How long will it take until I have feedback on my interview?
We try to provide an update as soon as possible following your interviews. Although we provide detailed feedback following an assessment centre, we are not able to give feedback on initial applications or telephone interviews due to the volume of applications we receive.
When will I get an update on my application?
We’ll give you full feedback on your performance at the assessment centre stage, but we aren’t able to give feedback on initial applications or telephone interviews due to the volume we receive.
When should I apply?
We will open our applications for our Investment and Commercial programmes from August 2020. Apply as soon as possible as places are limited and competition is strong. We will screen applications and start to offer positions on a rolling basis.
Can I apply for a summer Internship if I'm not in my penultimate year of study?
No. Our summer internship programme is only open to penultimate year university students, (graduating in 2022) as it acts as an important feeder into our full-time graduate programme.
Do you take applications from students requiring a work permit?
If you meet the role criteria, progress through the recruitment process and are then offered a graduate position but require a visa to work in the location you are applying to, we can provide you with sponsorship and assist with the application on your behalf. You should be aware that approval of a working visa is beyond the control of Fidelity and will always be subject to local immigration laws and eligibility.
Do you accept applications from all universities?
Yes. We welcome and encourage applications from students at all universities who meet our criteria. While we look to host many events on campus and at our local offices, we are limited in the number of different universities we can visit. If we are unable to meet you in person at one of our events, please research our organisation and the opportunities we offer via this website.
Can I apply to more than one business area?
No. We like to know that you’ve done your research into the different opportunities available and that you’re fully motivated by the business area of your choice.
Can I apply for an off-cycle internship?
No. we only offer 10-week summer Internship Programmes and 12-month Industrial Placement Programmes.
When do your apprenticeship applications open?
Applications will open in September for a start date the following September.
What is the recruitment process?
The exact process will vary with the role or programme you’re applying to and is tailored to meet business needs and the profiles we are looking for. Some programmes also include online ability, aptitude and personality tests. You’ll find more details about the individual recruitment process on each of the programme pages.
When will I start?
Summer Interns and Industrial Placements will start in June. Graduates and Apprentices start in September.
If I receive an offer is it possible to defer my start date for a year to travel?
We are unable to defer entry. We advise that you apply to us upon your return (applications will be open from September) for the following year’s graduate programme for a 2021 start.
What is your pre-screening process?
We have our own expert in-house team who manage pre-employment vetting on our behalf with the support of carefully selected external partners. We take our screening seriously as we have a duty of care to our customer and business to ensure we are fair and reasonable in our verification process and that we seek to hire people with only the highest standards of honesty and integrity. Screening can vary depending on location and regional legislation, and whether a role is subject to enhanced regulatory requirements.
Assessment and selection process
What can I expect from the assessment centre?
The exact structure of assessment centres can vary slightly depending on the programme you apply for. They will always follow a strengths-based assessment process. The assessment centre will feature a combination of some, if not all, face-to-face interview, group exercise, micro exercise and technical assessment.
I do not have a finance-related degree. Is this a disadvantage?
You don’t need to have a degree in Finance or Economics to work in Asset Management. We are open to considering any degree subject, so long as you are engaged, smart and intellectually curious. Our people are encouraged to think innovatively and challenge the status quo and you’ll need to be client-focused and an effective communicator. If you have the right attitude, we can give you the knowledge and the technical skills you will need to be successful.
What are the minimum academic requirements?
We are open to considering all degree disciplines. Graduates and postgraduates will need to have at least three A levels or equivalent (A* - C) and have achieved (or be on track for) a 2:1 degree or higher (or equivalent). For apprenticeship, you will need to have a minimum of 3 Cs at A levels or equivalent. Please refer to the role’s job description for the exact requirements across different locations.
I do not meet the academic requirements but there are mitigating circumstances; can you make an exception?
We review each application on its own merits, so do take individual circumstances into account. We do, however, have a limited number of opportunities on our graduate and internship programmes for which we receive a high number of quality applications.
How should I prepare for an interview?
Our interview process is designed to help you explain their educational and professional background, expertise, and outlook. We keep the interview journey straightforward, transparent and honest so you get the best out of it, even if you’re unsuccessful. Although this process may vary depending on the nature and seniority of the role, it will usually consist of three stages:
- An interview with the vacancy hiring manager
- An interview with a senior leader, and a relevant business stakeholder if it’s appropriate for the role
- An HR interview
In the course of an interview we will usually talk around three subjects:
- Biography: your career background and motivations
- Expertise: assessment of your functional knowledge and skills
- Competencies: Questions designed to test behaviours and practices
We want to recruit the best talent into the organisation who can see beyond a job description to the bigger picture. We use a competency-based interview approach so it may be helpful to familiarise yourself with this style of interviewing and generate some ideas and examples around our values and behaviours ahead of coming in to meet us. Remember, this is your chance to get to know us, too. You can ask us anything you like in the interview – we believe it’s a good chance to establish an open and honest relationship.
Where can I get an update on my application?
Log into your candidate profile, where you'll be able to see an update on your application.
I need special adjustments in order to attend my interview, can you help with arrangements?
If you need any special adjustments made in order to attend, please let us know and wherever possible we will make the necessary arrangements.
Fidelity International is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to being an inclusive and diverse company to work for with a policy of treating all its employees and job applications equally.
Can I claim for travel expenses incurred for attending an assessment centre?
Yes. Travel and accommodation expenses will be reimbursed within the guidelines we set and upon proof of original receipts. These guidelines will be sent to you when you’re invited to the assessment centre stage.
Who should I contact if I can no longer make my interview or if I am delayed?
If you have any problems attending your interview, please email us at email@example.com using “URGENT - Cannot attend interview” as the subject to make sure your message is picked up.
Do you have an alumni network?
Yes. We operate an alumni group via LinkedIn - Fidelity International Alumni - for those who leave us and want to keep in touch. We are, however, always keen to speak to those wishing to return to Fidelity International.
Can I register my interest for future vacancies?
Yes. You can do that by registering for alerts.
Do you have any part time roles?
Most of our Early Careers programmes are full-time roles. Limited part-time opportunities are available in selected offices, including Taiwan and Dalian.
I'm a Master’s or PhD student, where should I apply?
We welcome applications from Masters and PhD students for all of our graduate programmes. Please apply to the programme you feel best suits your skill set.
Are you hosting any careers events?
We host different careers events throughout the year. Please refer to the details on our event calendar.
Do you offer one-year sandwich/industrial placements?
Yes, we offer Industrial Placements (commencing in the summer) of 12 months on our Operational Management and Technology programmes.
Do you have opportunities for first years?
Yes, we offer a Spring Week, targeted at first year undergraduates (or second year students if studying a four-year course). Through a series of workshops and interactive sessions we aim to provide an insight into Asset Management as an industry, our organisation and help you to decide if it’s right for you.
I'm a GCSE/A-Level/gap year student. Do you organise unpaid work experience or work shadowing?
Yes. We run a three-day Early Insight Programme for Sixth-Form or College students during February, and you can apply to this through this site.
I graduated a while ago, can I still apply?
We welcome all applications; however, our graduate programmes are entry-level so they may not be best suited to meet your career aspirations if you already have substantial, and relevant, work experience. Visit our opportunities for experienced professionals for details of our other opportunities.
Can I reapply if I have previously been unsuccessful for a role at Fidelity?
Yes. Providing you applied to us in an earlier recruitment cycle and year. Do also take the time to carefully consider the reasons you were not successful in your previous application.
How many apprentice positions will Fidelity be recruiting for 2021
Typically, we take approximately 10 - 15 apprentices each year across a variety of roles.
What offices/locations does Fidelity recruit graduates?
We run our early careers programmes in the following locations:
- UK: London and Surrey
- Ireland: Dublin
- Continental Europe: Italy and Germany
- India: Guragon, Noida, Mumbai
- Canada: Toronto
- Asia Pacific: Hong Kong, Singapore, Shanghai, Taiwan, Dalian, Korea and Japan.
Depending on the programme you join, you may also undertake an international rotation.
Corporate and social responsibility
Do you support volunteering days?
Employee volunteering is important to our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) commitment. It helps us bring our values to life, it’s a good developmental tool and it’s highly valued by our employees. Our employees are actively encouraged and backed by resources to work with local causes, to help them build a better future for our communities, be it through individual volunteering initiatives or team-based initiatives. We have a social responsibility wherever we operate to support charitable causes and improve the lives of others. In helping our people help others, our people feel proud to work at Fidelity.
I would like to request my personal information is deleted from your systems; how do I do this?
Please contact us by email at Fidelity-E-HRServices@Fil.com with your full name and user name associated with your candidate home account (usually your email address), and we'll arrange to have your details removed from our systems.
Inclusion and diversity
What is your approach to inclusion and diversity?
Fidelity is committed to a diverse and inclusive environment where talented individuals have the opportunity to achieve their full potential. Our diversity and inclusion activities focus on five global priority strands: cultural diversity, disability and mental health, gender, LGBT+ inclusion, and social mobility. There is strong leadership support from our Global Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Council and opportunities for all employees to get involved through our grass-roots Fidelity for Everyone network.
If you’d like to know about our strategy and how we promote inclusion and diversity, explore our Inclusion and Diversity page.
What employee groups do you have that I could join?
Each region has a diversity and Inclusion network, called Fidelity for Everyone, which engages employees in supporting and strengthening diversity and inclusion through grass-roots, locally attuned awareness-raising activities, communications and events.
Do you have an LGBTQ+ network?
LGBT+ is one our four core Diversity and Inclusion strands. We also have a Global LGBT+ network which aims to increase awareness and employee engagement across Fidelity’s footprint and to support our Board of Directors and Executives on LGBT+ matters.
Do you have a women’s network?
Gender is one of our Diversity and Inclusion strands. Each Fidelity for Everyone has a regional Gender Group to raise awareness, engage and celebrate gender balance.
What is your approach to flexible working?
We are a flexible employer and encourage our people to perform their role in the way that works best for them and for the business. We have a broad framework of choice around working patterns and locations.
Employee compensation and benefits
What are your employee benefits?
We offer a very competitive benefits package that will support you during your programme at Fidelity. The benefits you receive will all depend on your location and role. See our ‘ Why Fidelity?’ page to find out more
What salary will I receive?
We believe in rewarding employees fairly. For graduates, interns, apprentices or experienced hires; that means a highly competitive salary and benefits package, benchmarked in line with other leading employers in the financial services industry.
Getting in touch
How do I contact the Talent Acquisition Team?
You can email us at directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Training and support
What kind of learning and development can I expect at Fidelity?
You will begin life at Fidelity with a week’s corporate induction, followed by a bespoke scheme training. Throughout your time on the programme, you will receive a combination of soft skills and professional qualifications, which vary from programme to programme. To read more about early careers learning and development, find out here
What support will I receive?
From your first day, you will receive learning and development through the support of your programme business sponsor, dedicated mentor, graduate buddy and early careers programme manager. This support network will ensure you have the guidance and coaching you need to perform well at Fidelity.
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