Akuna Capital is a young and booming trading firm with a strong focus on cutting-edge technology, data driven decisions and automation. Our core competency is providing liquidity as an options market-maker – meaning we provide competitive quotes that we are willing to both buy and sell. To do this successfully we design and implement our own low latency technologies, trading strategies and mathematical models. The Akuna Team spans across three major departments: development, quantitative, and trading.

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
Our Founding Partners, Andrew Killion and Mitchell Skinner, first conceptualized Akuna in their hometown of Sydney. They opened the firm’s first office in 2011 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 Shanghai, Cambridge and soon Sydney. Akuna Capital is a proprietary trading firm specializing in derivatives market-making and sophisticated modeling with a commitment to cutting-edge technology. We are the leading options market-maker to successfully enter the industry in recent years with sustainable growth. By providing more liquidity to the markets through rapid innovation, we have the advantage of youth in remaining nimble and agile in an ever-changing competitive landscape. Akuna has no clients or external investors, we trade only with the company’s capital. We have dozens of employee-shareholders and this number continues to grow. We are really proud of what we have accomplished since inception, but even more excited for all that lies ahead of us. We are still building, accessing new markets, trading new products, and creating new strategies, giving you the opportunity to be involved in shaping the future of Akuna. Indeed, the great majority of Akuna’s growth profile is ahead of us.
Culture
We love our casual dress, generous vacation time, and being social. Our office culture is welcoming and supportive with a strong emphasis on collaboration and employee growth. We are competing to be the best, and working together is the only way forward. We’ve designed fun, open offices to encourage collaboration in a relaxed setting. We work hard, but we also work smart and efficiently. Giving us time to be social and enjoy life outside of the office allows us to recharge and re-focus because balanced employees benefit everyone! We encourage our team to live a healthy lifestyle through generous vacation time, nutritious breakfast and snacks provided daily, seminars on well-being, in-building gym and plenty of activities to get you up and moving. We provide plenty of ways to meet other employees and get out of the office. We offer a range of clubs and monthly social activities including team sports, dinners, happy hours, book clubs, fitness classes, trivia nights and much more. Akuna maintains a start-up mentality as we continue to build our firm. Everyone on our team plays a fundamental role in shaping our company and the markets we make while sharing in our successes.
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
Comprehensive medical packages
Awesome work environment
Referral bonuses

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