Applications closing date: 30th June 2023

Global Markets Graduate Programme

Growing top talent that builds transformation in
the business and wider industry.

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Grows brave ideas and drive excellence

Launched in 2017, with a focus on building the next generation of Global Markets professionals, the aim of the Absa CIB Gen A Global Markets Graduate Programme
is to grow top talent and build transformation in our business and wider industry.
We’re committed to nurturing future leaders and developing financial services professionals from a junior level to fill the leadership roles in this specialised, niche field.

Apply by the 30th June 2023

Are you brave enough to level up your career and contribute to the development of our continent?

The Gen A Global Markets Graduate Programme is now accepting applications for its upcoming intake. The 18-month programme offers a unique chance for hands-on experience in a highly specialised financial industry sector and is meant to shape you into tomorrow's leaders.

You will be exposed to the Markets Trading and Sales desks within the Global Markets division, allowing you to learn a broad set of skills. We’re particularly interested in graduates with a passion for Fixed Income, Equities, Foreign Exchange, Structuring, Credit, QA, and Prime.

If this sounds like you, then hit the apply button below and follow the easy steps.

Meet the 2023 Graduates


Ntokozo Hugo

BCom Honours in Econometrics (University of Johannesburg)

“The GenA Global Markets Graduate Programme has been nothing but a fruitful journey for me thus far. The programme is structured in a way that it places one in an environment that continuously fosters growth and development. What really stands out for me is having a team that is determined to equip me for the journey that lies ahead”.


Hellen Nkwana

MSc Statistics with Financial Mathematics (The University of Sheffield - UK)

“The Gen A Global Markets graduate programme has exceeded the expectations I had about a grad programme. The Global Markets space is a fast paced and a mentally stimulating environment, which is a steep learning curve that I always wanted in a graduate programme. Additionally, as naturally inquisitive person, it is a perfect match because from the first day on the floor I’ve encountered people who want you to ask them questions and they are in turn ready to answer them”.


Nkululeko Simelane

MCom Risk Management of Financial Markets (University of Cape Town)

“The GenA Global Markets Graduate Programme has given me a firm foundation and the skills I need to succeed in the fast-paced environment of Global Markets. There are numerous exciting learning opportunities at various desks. The culture and environment are stimulating and with the assistance of my colleagues, I always have the opportunity to directly apply myself and my theoretical knowledge in this ever-changing space”.


Lufuno Mudau

MCom Risk Management of Financial Markets (University of Cape Town)

“The Graduate Programme at Absa prioritizes both technical and soft skills development, creating a well-rounded learning experience. Additionally, the culture at Absa is supportive and collaborative, which enables graduates to learn and grow in a positive environment. It is clear that the program is dedicated to growing and developing young talent, and provides great support to graduates as they begin their career in Global Markets”.


Danae Pavlou

MPhil in Mathematical Finance (University of Cape Town)

“The graduate programme is fun! You meet many interesting and passionate people, and although the experience can be very overwhelming, everyone wants to see you succeed and grow. It provides you with a unique opportunity to rotate amongst various desks and get exposure in more than one field. You get the chance to see where your interests lie, and where you are able to excel.”.


Stefro Millard

MPhil in Mathematical Finance (University of Cape Town)

"The Graduate Program in Front Office Quantitative Analytics offers individuals with a keen interest in pursuing a career in quantitative finance the opportunity to receive advanced training in quantitative techniques and practical experience in their application within a front-office environment. Furthermore, the program places significant emphasis on career development and the cultivation of soft skills. As such, it represents an outstanding opportunity for those aspiring to build a thriving career in front-office quantitative analytics."


Muzikayise Matlala

BSc Honours in Mathematical Sciences (University of the Witwatersrand)

“The Global Markets programme exposes individuals to invaluable, comprehensive training and development. Young talent is nurtured continuously and exposed to different exciting networking opportunities. Graduates are granted the opportunity to join different teams and gain a broad understanding of how the division operates”.

About the progam

  • This Graduate programme is a structured, 18-month fixed-term programme in the Global Markets division.
  • Graduates will be rotated across some of the Global Markets teams in our Front Office and Middle Office divisions which include;
    • Fixed Income
    • Foreign Exchange
    • Equities
    • Credit
    • Commodities
    • Prime Services
    • Index Solutions & Passive investments
    • Quantitative Analysis
    • Data Science
    • Equity Research
    • Fixed Income Research
  • Graduates will gain exposure to, and work with key infrastructure partners in Market risk, Credit Risk, Operations and Product Control.
  • You will learn about the different functions in Global Markets and how they operate and collaborate with the team to drive a successful business. These functions include; Trading, risk management, systems knowledge, sales function, client interactions, model development, deal pricing, product development, regulatory changes.

Are you eligible to apply?

  • We are looking for dynamic, ambitious, analytical, problem solvers who are passionate about financial markets, driving change and are eager to make an impact.
  • Graduates with a minimum Honours degree in Mathematics, Actuarial Science, Engineering, Statistics, Econometrics, Finance or Commerce, Economics and Business Science are eligible to apply.
  • We need well-rounded individuals who work well within a team and are ready for an exponential learning experience to be #BravePassionateReady with us.
  • The Gen A Global Markets Graduate Programme is open to South African citizens with 65%-70% aggregates.
  • Do you have a keen interest in data and views and insights on the future of banking and financial services in addition to the above criteria? You should apply now!

How to apply

  • Do you meet the eligibility criteria above?
  • Click on the Apply Now button.
  • You will be redirected to Leaply, our specialised application management platform for the Gen A Graduate Programme.
  • Please upload your details, share your personal and academic profile, motivate your interest in the graduate programme and tell us what makes you stand out in the crowd.
  • Should you be successful in the first round, you will progress to the next rounds which includes psychometric tests, a culture-fit interview and later, a comprehensive virtual assessment centre.
  • Do you have any queries or questions? Contact us on

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