Development Director – Execution and Market Data

Location: Chicago, IL
Job Code: 503
# of openings: 1


PEAK6 Investments is currently seeking a Director of Development focusing on Execution and Market Data Feeds. The ideal candidate will have experience leading and managing software development teams, as well as improving and maintaining financial software systems, specifically focusing on execution management and/or market data feeds.  While a leadership position, the right candidate will be comfortable doing hands on design and development work. The candidate will be able to grow talent within the team as well as develop team approach and process to technical work.  The candidate will be able to quickly come up to speed on a large existing code base, and be able to contribute with little direct oversight. This role will need to closely partner with the director of development for the Idea Scanning and Trading Tools team, as well as frequently collaborate with the other tech team leadership.

Key Skills & Responsibilities:

  • Setting the tone for innovation and the development of pragmatic solutions for the business. 
  • Creating and reinforcing a culture which proactively seeks out, evaluates and introduces new technologies to the organization to efficiently solve problems and increase effectiveness.
  • Help manage and promote core principles of focus on delivery, collaboration, and flexibility.
  • Recruit talent both at the experienced and campus levels. 
  • Maintaining and raising development standards by mentoring and reviewing the work of the team and recruiting top talent.
  • Work with team members on career growth and personal goals.
  • Champion a result oriented culture with a specific eye towards managing risk and keeping things simple.
  • Own technical project/initiatives and improve our existing systems.
  • Focus on performance, latency and client scalability.
  • Work with other business units to adapt to the changing trading environment.

Job Requirements:

  • 3-5 years of management experience
  • 8+ years of financial software development experience (Java/C++)
  • Deeply passionate about technology and effective at developing efficient and sustainable solutions.  
  • Experience working in an environment with large scale distributed systems.
  • Knowledgeable about a variety of different development tools, languages, platforms, technologies and techniques.   This person should be excited and comfortable working in a culture where multiple technology solutions are utilized and introduced as needed.
  • Experience with evolving teams and changing organizations/processes
  • Strong analytic and problem solving skills a must
  • A passion for solving hard problems
  • Capable of making sound long-term tech calls with near term goals in mind
  • Ability to get things done with little direct oversight
  • Able to lead by example

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