Job Title IT
Category Computer and Information Systems Managers
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.
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 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.
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’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 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.
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: