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CME Group

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CME Group’s Belfast team drives the technology to support its global success.

Chicago based CME Group is the world’s leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace. The company enables clients to trade futures, options, cash and OTC markets, optimise portfolios, and analyse data – empowering market participants worldwide to efficiently manage risk and capture opportunities.

CME group established its presence in Northern Ireland in 2012 with the opening of its Technology and Support Services Centre in Belfast with 50 employees. Since then,
it has grown to include 325 employees, assuring the firm’s place in the region’s vibrant financial services sector.

Our Belfast office is perfectly placed geographically, allowing overlap with our technology centres in Asia and the US, to support our global markets. Combined with the best of local ingredients: talent, work ethic and a can-do attitude, we continue to move the business forward.

Andrew Connolly, Head of CME Group, Belfast

Technology drives everything at CME Group. Its team of technologists is relentlessly focused on developing the world’s most advanced electronic trading and risk management systems to help clients manage their business risks. The company also invests heavily in cyber security – both people and controls – designed to safeguard its systems, information and markets. CME Group’s Belfast team is a key driver of the company’s technology capabilities, supporting technology infrastructure and services, accounting, finance, online marketing, human resources and legal functions. The office also hosts a robust internship program for up to 40 interns each year, helping attract the best and brightest from the local community.

With technology at its core, our recent growth has also seen us tap into the local talent pipeline for Finance and Legal roles, bringing diverse positions and broader opportunities to the local office.

Andrew Connolly, Head of CME Group, Belfast

Invest Northern Ireland supported CME Group to locate in Northern Ireland offering support towards skills and training, alongside the Department for Employment and Learning under its Assured Skills Programme.

About CME Group

  • Belfast office established in 2012
  • HQ in Chicago with offices across Europe, Asia and USA
  • Customers include leading investment and commercial banks, hedge funds, proprietary trading firms, pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, asset managers, corporations and individual traders