Akuna Capital is a proprietary trading firm specializing in derivatives market making and sophisticated modeling with a commitment to cutting edge technology. We welcome ambitious individuals from engineering, science, mathematics, finance, and economics backgrounds who are excited about making a personal impact on our firm. As we are growing, you will play a fundamental role in shaping our company and the markets we make while sharing in our successes.

Quantitative Risk Manager at Akuna Capital

We are looking to expand our Risk Management team by creating the position of Quantitative Risk Manager. Our Head of Risk is currently supported by our Quantitative Department and we are now looking to bring in a dedicated Quantitative Risk Manager to assume full, technical responsibility. The position will have significant opportunities for growth and ownership in not only the Risk Department, as our core founding quantitative specialist, but also within the broader company given Akuna’s growth profile.

Akuna is looking for a hands-on individual who is enthusiastic about owning and managing all aspects of modeling, pricing, and exchange & regulatory risks. The successful candidate will gain exposure to many aspects of the firm and exercise their communication skills by working closely with our Trading, Quantitative, Tech, Control Functions, and Senior Management. We are seeking an individual who can keep pace with, and stay ahead of, the fast pace of innovation which our Trading, Quant and Tech teams are jointly engaged in.

What you'll do as Quantitative Risk Manager at Akuna:

  • Assess and monitor risk across all trading desks
  • Contribute toward setting internal risk limits
  • Drive the building of stand-alone company-wide risk frameworks, models and tooling
  • Work closely within a well-resourced Risk team of quants and engineers
  • Communicate effectively with Trading, Tech, Quant, Control Functions and Senior Management

Qualities that make great candidates:

  • 3+ years of experience as a risk manager in an options trading firm, or related bank/clearing firm
  • Masters or PhD in a Technical field preferred, but not required
  • Experience with SPAN, RBH and related margining methodologies
  • Deep understanding and working knowledge of derivatives pricing, modeling and risk
  • Experience with Python or C++
  • Electronic options market making experience is a definite plus

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Why work with us
Akuna’s unmatched growth profile and non-client structure provides a unique place for innovation and opportunity in the FinTech industry. We develop all of our own software, hardware, trading algorithms, and models to drive our platform. We successfully combine the skills of our talented trading and quant team with industry-leading technology produced in-house by our development team. We have no clients or external investors and trade using our own capital. We trade significant market-share in listed derivatives across all major asset classes in the U.S. and directly compete with the largest market-making, arbitrage and high frequency trading firms in the world. Founded in 2011, Akuna Capital opened its doors in the heart of the derivatives industry and the options capital of the world – Chicago. Today, Akuna is proud to operate from additional offices in Boston and Shanghai. In 2016, we built a brand new office for our Chicago Headquarters. Our modern, collaborative workplace has sweeping views of the lakefront and city skyline, break-out areas, writeable walls and enough room to continue to grow.
Akuna’s employees enjoy a generous work-life balance and an extensive array of company-sponsored events, internal clubs and continuing education. Benefits include our annual sponsored weekend trip, Friday happy hours, and outdoor summer events in and around downtown Chicago. At Akuna, we offer boundless opportunities and foster a collaborative workplace with the entrepreneurial spirit that has fueled our rapid growth to date.
Perks & Benefits
Competitive remuneration packages
Frequent happy hours, events & company trips
Generous paid leave policies
Discounted gym memberships and fitness based outings
Firm-wide industry classes, conferences and tuition reimbursements
Philanthropic opportunities

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