Core Trading Technology Engineer

Description

The Role

As a Core Trading Technology Engineer in Alpha Tech, you will be working at the heart of our trading systems, from trade signal capturing to trade monitoring, across all asset classes traded by AHL. In this role you will collaborate extensively with the trading and operations teams. Your challenges will be varied, including implementing new trading functions, optimising and maintaining existing trading systems, contributing to their architecture, and providing second level support. The role offers ample opportunities to make a distinctive mark in our continuous efforts to ensure that our trading systems are aligned with the ever-growing complexity of our trading requirements.

The Team

Core Trading Technology Engineers are part of our Man Alpha Technology team, comprising over 130 individuals representing eighteen nationalities. We have varied backgrounds including Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, Engineering – even Classics – but what unifies us is a passion for technology and writing high-quality code. People often rotate teams to learn more about our systems, as well as find the position that best matches their interests.

Our Technology

Our systems are almost all running on Linux and most of our code is in Python. We implement the systems that require the highest data throughput in Java and C++. For storage, we rely heavily on MongoDB, NFS, S3 and SQL, all backed by petabytes of flash storage. For distributed computing we use Apache Spark. We use Airflow for workflow management, Kafka for data distribution, Bitbucket for source control, Jenkins for continuous integration, Grafana + Prometheus for metrics collection, ELK for log shipping and monitoring, Docker for containerisation, Kubernetes for container-orchestration, OpenStack for our private cloud, Ansible for architecture automation, and Slack for internal communication. But our technology list is never static: we constantly evaluate new tools and libraries.

Working Here

Alpha Tech has a small company, no-attitude feel. It is flat structured, open, transparent and collaborative, and you will have plenty of opportunities to grow and have enormous impact on what we do. We are actively engaged with the broader technology community.

  • We host and sponsor London’s PyData and Machine Learning Meetups
  • We open-source some of our technology. See https://github.com/man-group 
  • We regularly talk at leading industry conferences, and tweet about relevant technology and how we’re using it. See @ManQuantTech.
  • We’re fortunate enough to have a fantastic open-plan office overlooking the River Thames, and continually strive to make our environment a great place in which to work.

  • We organise regular social events, everything from photography through climbing, karting, wine tasting and monthly team lunches
  • We have annual away days and off-sites for the whole team
  • We have a canteen with a daily allowance for breakfast and lunch, and an on-site bar for in the evening
  • As well as PC’s and Macs, in our office you’ll also find numerous pieces of cool tech such as light cubes and 3D printers, guitars, ping-pong and table-football, and a piano.
  • We offer competitive compensation, a generous holiday allowance, various health and other flexible benefits. We are committed to continuous learning and development via coaching, mentoring, regular conference attendance and sponsoring academic and professional qualifications. We also are keen to give back to the community via charity volunteering opportunities.

    Technology and Business Skills

    At Alpha Tech we strive to hire only the brightest, best and most highly skilled, passionate technologists.

    Essential

  • Exceptional technology skills; recognised by your peers as an expert in your domain.
  • A proponent of strong collaborative software engineering techniques and methods: agile development, continuous integration, code review, unit testing, refactoring and related approaches.
  • Strong knowledge of one of following languages: Java/C++/Python. Working knowledge of Python.
  • Proficient on Linux platforms with knowledge of various scripting languages.
  • Experience with developing solutions using SQL databases.
  • Advantageous

  • Experience on developing cross-asset trading systems, possibly gained at a hedge fund or investment bank.
  • Relevant mathematical knowledge e.g. statistics, asset pricing theory, optimisation algorithms.
  • Experience of web-based development for trade monitoring.
  • Java and/or C++ experience.
  • Personal Attributes

  • A keen interest and understanding of financial markets, instruments and trading.
  • Strong academic record and a degree with high mathematical and computing content e.g. Computer Science, Mathematics, Engineering or Physics from a leading university.
  • Craftsman-like approach to building software; takes pride in engineering excellence and instils these values in others.
  • Demonstrable passion for technology e.g. personal projects, open-source involvement.
  • Intellectually robust with a keenly analytic approach to problem solving.
  • Self-organised with the ability to effectively manage time across multiple projects and with competing business demands and priorities.
  • Focused on delivering value to the business with relentless efforts to improve process.
  • Strong interpersonal skills; able to establish and maintain a close working relationship with quantitative researchers, traders and senior business people alike.
  • Confident communicator; able to argue a point concisely and deal positively with conflicting views.
  • Man Alpha Technology


    Front Office technology at Man is known as Alpha Technology. Alpha Technology was formed in 2018, bringing together a number of Investment Manager specific teams into a single business entity. Alpha Technology's purpose is to "create a team, environment and technology platform which promotes the highest level of innovation and agility across all of our investment managers, whilst minimising unnecessary duplication of technology, tools and processes". It is structured into the following teams, each with their own CTO or Head of Technology reporting into the Man Alpha Technology CTO, who in turn reports to Man's Chief Investment Officer:

  • Alpha Platform Technology responsible for the common front-office platform, comprising Data Engineering, Python Research and Development Infrastructure and Linux High Performance Compute.
  • Execution Technology responsible for Electronic Execution Technology and Trader facing tools.
  • Risk Technology responsible for core elements of front office risk technology.
  • AHL Technology responsible for AHL specific technology, including research systems, systematic trading strategies, portfolio construction tools and order management systems.
  • GLG Technology responsible for GLG specific technology, including quant and portfolio manager facing tools.
  • Numeric Technology responsible for Numeric specific technology, including research systems, systematic trading strategies and portfolio construction tools.
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