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Join the leading global student-run financial research network. Spanning 4 continents, our team is made up of over 100 of the brightest minds from 35 of the world's best universities. Our members participate in meaningful work experience while building a global network of friends.
Why Focus Finance?
Our Research Divisions
Our equity research division is made up of two core products, Stocks-In-Focus and Equity Research. The former is a
fundamental analysis of a company, our teams take a bottom up approach to analyzing the business model and putting together an industry canvas to form a hypothesis on the long term success of the business model.
We provide extensive coverage of Mergers, Acquisitions, and major corporate transactions. Our teams dive into deal announcement, proxies, earnings calls, and more. We identify and outline the rationale of both the buyer and seller, underlying trends, market and product opportunities, and key industry consequences of the deals.
Our bi-weekly trend reports analyze how innovations and market catalysts impact respective regions and industries. This is an opportunity for our analysts to add a creative spin on financial analysis. Our flexible approach to these reports allows the authors to approach the trends in their own way.
Our Capital markets division is split up into Equity Capital Markets (ECM) and Debt Capital Markets (DCM). Our DCM reports focus on recent debt issuance's, looking at metrics like financial ratios, credit ratings, and financial statements to forecast the impact of the current capital structure of corporates. Our Equity Capital Markets reports look at the latest equity raises mostly in the form of Initial Public Offerings.
Our News division produces engaging content daily for all Focus Finance viewership. Over a variety of social media accounts, covering different areas, you will have the chance to work on short news flash stories and more in-depth analysis of the most recent financial news, a great introductory opportunity to improve your commercial awareness.
Technical Analysis Division
The Technical Analysis Team at Focus Finance is a brand-new vertical which has been developed specifically to give our members exclusive insights into equities from a technical aspect. As part of the technical analysis team, you will be responsible for creating weekly equity-specific technical reports after analysing candlestick charts. There are no restrictions in terms of the index or equity that the team covers.
"Being able to collaborate and learn from such driven individuals has been a rewarding experience."
Recruitment & Application FAQ
How does the recruitment process look like for research divisions?
- Apply online with a CV/resume and covering letter
Digital Meet and Greet (an asynchronous short video interview)
Sample report writing
Final behavioural and technical interview
How does the recruitment process look like for support divisions?
All support functions openings are considered on a rolling basis. For support openings, we involve only the Human Capital team and the support division head.
- Apply online with your CV/resume and covering letter (check job description)
- Solve a digital assessment (numerical and situational judgement assessment or video immersive practical interview)
- Final interview covering behavioural and competency-based questions (depending on the job, we may also ask you to complete a management-based case study or include technical questions)
What’s the recruitment timeline for research divisions?
- We accept applications year-round, but we screen and assess candidates based on monthly volumes
- You can apply online and complete the digital Meet and Greet at any time throughout a month (from the 1st to the last day of the month)
- At the beginning of the month following your application, the Recruitment Committee (Human Capital and several heads or associates) will select candidates for the report writing stage
- Once the deadline for report writing has passed, submissions will be evaluated and commented by selected business heads
- We invite candidates for an interview and extend offers to the successful ones
Why do you have such a thorough recruitment process for research positions?
Based on our experience, we realized that we need a better benchmark for our candidates. We want to have a more efficient grasp of the quality and skill level of the candidates while considering diversity and inclusivity factors as well. To ensure the high quality of our member experience, we signficantly expanded our report teams involvement in our recruiting efforts to better spot and assess high-calibre talent and a good fit of your talents to your position.
What should I do if I’m interested in more than one opening?
We are fully aware that Focus Finance offers several exciting and challenging initiatives. If you have multiple divisions you are interested in, prioritize the list, and apply to your #1 choice. You will have the option to express your interest in other divisions throughout the recruitment process and during onboarding.
Will I receive feedback on my performance?
We are providing written feedback for all sample reports that have been submitted to us and for final interview performances. Unfortunately, we are not able to provide feedback for candidates not successful in the online application or the Meet and Greet stage.
What happens if I’m rejected at any stage in the process?
We’re genuinely sorry about this – we know this is far from good news. Following the EU's GDPR, we will store your candidate profile and let you know in case more suitable openings pop up. You can also join our Talent Pool following the link at the bottom of this page to receive new openings and more advice from the Recruitment Team.
Whom should I contact if I have additional questions about recruitment or my application?
The Human Capital Management team who coordinates recruitment can be contacted using this page.
How can I prepare for each step of the recruitment process?
We created the Apply, Meet, Write, Impress, Join preparation material to help you navigate each step of the recruitment process, both for research and support positions. Visit the HR Contact page, scroll down to the Application & Recruitment Assistance, and click on the designated hyperlink.
I'm a final year Bachelor student. Should I apply?
We encourage you to do so. In the application form, you will need to state your expected graduation date, and if you are a final year student, to indicate whether you plan on undertaking a Master's degree or joining the workforce. If you are not sure, please contact the Recruitment Team using the HR Contact page.