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Data Science and Engineering Graduate Programme


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Whether your specialism is Applied Mathematics, Statistics, Machine Learning or a related scientific area, our Data Science and Engineering graduate programme offers the perfect entry point into HSBC’s cutting-edge Data Business. Our mission is to transform data into an enterprise asset to solve complex problems using cutting edge technologies – helping to rapidly implement insights that will drive more informed decision-making. Our rotational graduate programme will give you a breadth of experience whilst enabling you to develop your skills further.

After your induction and initial training programme you will learn about our different businesses and then understand the variety of opportunities available through a series of rotations. Whilst working in a team, you will use your analytic skills in various fields: this could be building and changing predictive analytical solutions, big data pipelines, data science and machine learning. You will collaborate with senior leaders and colleagues to create and implement quantitative solutions using different analytical principles to serve our clients.

What will you do

You will be transforming data into an enterprise asset to solve complex problems using the latest technologies, and statistical and machine learning techniques. This will help to rapidly implement insights and to deploy scalable distributed algorithms to process a wide array of large and complex datasets. The results of your work will drive informed decision-making across the organisation.

Skills, Qualifications and Experience Needed

We are looking for dedicated, collaborative and motivated people who are:

  • Committed researchers. Our markets and client needs are constantly changing. You should always be curious; questioning ideas and showing a keen interest in learning about our methods.
  • Agile workers. You will work in a fast-paced environment where everything evolves very quickly. You’ll maintain momentum by promoting agile working and ensuring we constantly deliver for our clients.
  • Analytical thinkers. You’ll need a good eye for detail, a creative mind for analysing trends, and the courage to adopt new analytical methods.
  • Team players. We collaborate by listening to new ideas, as well as voicing our own, in order to deliver and develop the best service for our clients.
  • Data enthusiasts. This programme will develop your statistical knowledge, passion for data or any programming skills you may already hold. You’ll gain a deep understanding of the theoretical grounds of machine learning and mathematical frameworks.

The ideal candidate for this role will:

  • Have a minimum of a 2.1 honours degree or equivalent (predicted or gained), and 120 UCAS points or equivalent (excluding General Studies).
  • Have good programming skills in a language such as Python, Scala.
  • Have graduated or be graduating by July 2019.
  • Be studying for a degree or postgraduate degree in a quantitative discipline.
  • No direct experience is required for the role but any previous experience with transferable skills will be advantageous.

What can this lead to?

Your rotations on the graduate programme will help you determine where in our businesses your skills and passions fit best. You will have support along the way to help you develop your career at HSBC.

Application Hints & Tips

Online Application  

Online Application  

  • Eligibility Questions: Basic data collection to determine whether you have the pre-requisites to apply to your chosen programme, such as UCAS requirements, degree grade, ability to be nationally mobile.
  • Motivation Questions: These determine your level of motivation for wanting to join both your chosen programme and HSBC. These questions come with a 250 word limit so you must be concise.
  • Be clear as to why you have chosen HSBC and what have you done previously that demonstrates this interest (previous work experience (paid/unpaid), volunteering, university societies and clubs etc).
  • Be mindful of previous skills that you have acquired (of all varieties) and how these would be of use to HSBC for either an internship or graduate programme.
  • Motivation also involves understanding HSBC as a business and being aware of any challenges that we may face that are out of our control.

Online Assessments  

Online Assessments  

  • Situational Judgement Test: bespoke to HSBC, a type of psychological test which gives realistic, hypothetical scenarios and asks the individual to identify the most appropriate response or to rank the responses in the order they feel is most effective. Answer these honestly as opposed to trying to second guess what HSBC is looking for, this is about the integrity of your answers.
  • Inductive Reasoning Test: sometimes referred to as abstract reasoning tests, these are used to test the logical problem solving ability of each candidate. 

Telephone Interview  

Telephone Interview  

Capability Questions: interview questions that require candidates to provide real-life examples as the basis of their answers. Utilising the STAR model of describing the Situation, Task, Action and Result as the format of the answers works well.

Assessment Centre  

Assessment Centre  

Analysis Exercise: a 60 minute exercise in which it is advised to pay close attention to the task objectives and the time to complete. There is a lot of information to read through and to make suggestions around so you are advised to use time wisely and pay close attention to the task objectives. Typically reading and note taking for first 20mins, then completion of task for final 40 minutes works well. This is the first exercise of the day so make sure you are at your best and ready to go.

Group Exercise: a 40 minute collaboration exercise which follows the analysis task. Strong candidates show active participation without dominating and ensure that the brief is followed by means of collaboration with fellow candidates, including their viewpoints and data. Click here to get tips for graduate assessments

Interview: Comprised of two parts; a situational and capability interview followed by a business interview Situational and capability interview: lasting around 35 minutes, this involves one situational question (based on a hypothetical business situation with follow up questions) and three capability (past behaviour / real-life examples) questions.

Business interview: Lasting around 30 minutes, this involves questions around your motivation (as per telephone interview) so be sure to emphasise why HSBC and why this stood out as your chosen programme. The second part looks to delve into your commercial understanding of the industry so ensure that you are able to demonstrate your high-level awareness of the industry and any challenges HSBC may face.


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  • Ongoing
  • Competitive + benefits
  • 2:1 and above
  • London

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