The following is a Downtown Vision, Inc. guest blog post as part of our sponsor series. To learn how you can become a DVI sponsor and tell your Downtown story, visit our sponsorship webpage.
Q. Tell us about the Macquarie Group. What are your goals? Where have you been and where are you headed?
Macquarie is a global provider of financial, advisory, investment and funds management services. We operate in more than 70 office locations in 28 countries and employ more than 14,000 people. The diversity of our operations, combined with a strong capital position and robust risk management framework, has contributed to our 46-year record of unbroken profitability.
In the Americas, we operate in 24 locations and deliver a client-centric and differentiated approach. Our deep expertise combined with innovation and capability to develop customized solutions has led to measureable growth and success.
Over the last decade, our innovative and diversified businesses have delivered steady performance for clients, even in challenging markets. This success has enabled us to significantly grow our US presence during a period when other financial services firms were shrinking.
Q. What was the reasoning behind choosing Jacksonville as the next office location?
We are extremely pleased to have selected Jacksonville as the location for a new office for some of Macquarie’s global Finance and Tax functions. Macquarie undertook a robust search for a new location. The city of Jacksonville, its civic leadership and the business community could not have been more welcoming. The city presents a very compelling business case, and we look forward to establishing a presence in Jacksonville to further support the growth of Macquarie’s U.S. and European businesses.
Q. How important is it to connect to the Downtown Jacksonville community?
When Macquarie selected Jacksonville as a new site for some of our Finance and Tax functions, we did so not only because Jacksonville is a great place to do business but also because the city has such a vibrant cultural life. So partnering with Downtown Vision, Inc. to sponsor Art Walk seemed like a natural thing for us to do as we prepare to open our new office early in 2016.
Q. What are Macquarie’s plans these next few months in Jacksonville?
Macquarie is opening a Global Finance Services center in early 2016, creating a range of highly skilled financial services jobs. We are now recruiting candidates to work in a diverse, collaborative environment with modern systems and technologies. We seek candidates who have a natural tendency to problem-solve, and who continually think about improving the way things are done.
Whether you are an experienced candidate or a recent graduate, we will present you with new and challenging opportunities to help you reach your full career potential. We will be opening our office in the Riverplace Tower with state-of-the-art technology and flexible work practices.
To learn more about our new office in Downtown Jacksonville or to apply for a role, visit macquarie.com/jax.
Be sure to attend the First Wednesday Art Walk on November 4 as the Macquarie Group will proudly present Salute to Service @ Art Walk from 5-9 p.m. with live music in Hemming Park by Spice and the Po Boys.