Content Writer

| Chicago

The Why

At Topstep, individuals fully own their roles and are charged with meaningfully driving results. We work fast and continuously optimize our products to reach more and more traders worldwide.

We’re looking for someone who has a serious interest in the markets, as well as a competency in writing, to produce engaging content for our community. No, this is not simply a ‘financial copywriter’ role, but rather one that requires the natural curiosity and creativity that can come up with great ideas to write about. We’re looking for someone who can provide commentary on the markets beyond surface level; someone with a unique viewpoint on things like trader psychology, how current events affect the markets (or even if they do at all), and what the future of our industry holds. It’s fair to note that this role will also assist the rest of the company in content creation, which could range from email workflows, to editing articles and writing employer branding pieces. No two days will be the same, but you will consistently contribute to high level department and company priorities!

The successful candidate will also have a genuine enthusiasm for entrepreneurship and be able to excel in a fast-paced, high energy start-up environment. 

Excited about this opportunity? Read on, keeping in mind that we strongly encourage candidates of all different backgrounds and identities to apply. Each new hire is an opportunity for us to bring in a different perspective, and we are always eager to further diversify our company. Topstep believes that diverse people and ideas result in better business, and we are committed to fostering an inclusive culture where you can thrive.

The Role, along with everything you’d expect 

  • The Content Writer role is an ideal opportunity to share your passion for trading and financial markets with the world by creating engaging and timely content
  • The role is also a great fit for a freelance financial writer who is looking for more stability and a collaborative team environment
  • The Content Writer will work closely with our Content Manager, who is multi-talented and sets a high bar (be sure to check out our blog)
  • You will work cross-departmentally to create original written content (predominately blog posts and email workflows) according to our brand voice, and company goals
  • Equally important is taking content assets, like our podcast, and turning them into written form in order to repurpose for different audiences and formats

The Ideal Candidate

  • Passion for financial markets is a must. We need someone who knows what our traders care about engaging with, so this is a hard requirement. Do you watch CNBC in your spare time? Do you typically know the price of a barrel of oil? If so, this could be a great fit.
  • Excellent English writing skills, attention to detail, time management skills, and overall positive attitude. This role will be fast-paced, highly productive, and will operate with autonomy within a given content theme post-training.
  • Familiarity with a blogging platform, like HubSpot or Wordpress would be great, but is not required.
  • Consumer of content, and endlessly curious. We want someone who takes initiative to create the kind of content they’d want to read!
  • Smart and approachable. Our entire company will rely on the Content Team for aspects of different projects, and we're team players. As the employees are our clients, establishing a great rapport is one of the most important aspects of the role.
  • Ability to prioritize initiatives and communicate clearly across the company. As a small company, we always have a lot going on, and we rely on our teams to have the skills to navigate the best way to accomplish our goals. 
  • Experience in digital marketing best practices. You don't have to be a pro, but if you have past experience in financial blogging or basic SEO, that’d be great. We can teach you, if not.

Topstep Benefits

  • Competitive salary and bonus incentives 
  • 401(k) plus match, to help plan for your future
  • Generous paid family leave, plus flexible ramp up period upon return, and extra PTO days
  • Access to senior management and mentoring opportunities
  • Monthly team Innovation Labs, which contribute to long term strategic decisions
  • Vacation bonus, when you take off 5 consecutive days to fully clock out
  • #TopstepTravel, a semi-regular raffle for luxury accommodations in a variety of cities
  • Professional development budget, provided for continuing education, training, and workshops
  • Employee Assistance Program, for when you need some professional support in your personal life
  • Company parties and outings, happy hours and catered lunches, breakfast and snack bar
  • Annual company-wide Step Up Day, a day spent giving back to our community
  • Graceful Leave Policy
  • Casual work environment and dress code
  • Summer Friday (flexible) hours 
  • Opportunities to work from home
  • Pre-tax spending accounts, for your dependent and health care needs plus transportation
  • Paid time off (starting at 15 days, increasing annually), plus paid holidays, paid sick days, and paid volunteer hours
  • Medical, dental, vision, life, long-term and short-term disability insurance 

Is Topstep the place for you? If so, apply today! We look forward to hearing from you.

TopstepTrader is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, gender, age, disability, or any other basis protected under the law.

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Location

We have a cool loft space close to Union and Ogilvie stations, lots of great lunch and happy hour places, and even a park! #frenchmarketfridays

An Insider's view of TopstepTrader

What's something quirky about your company?

We have some quirky debates that people are really passionate about. Cinnamon in coffee and the Oxford comma are two long-running ones that get heated. Our most recent debate was whether or not a hotdog is a sandwich! We spent a whole lunch hour debating, and the best part was that, no matter your opinion, you had a chance to make yourself heard.

Nick

Customer Support Rep

What kinds of technical challenges do you and your team face?

We have an exciting challenge to parallelize how we collect and process trading data. It's important for each user to know their account performance before the next trading day, which is less than 2 hours after trading close. Updating, collecting, and evaluating to be more efficient will enable us to take on more users and trading platforms.

Matt

Software Developer

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

At Topstep, I was encouraged to pursue my interests and not just ‘stay in my lane’. As a support rep, I had the unique opportunity to learn everything about our product and users while familiarizing myself with our tech stack in my free time. Now, as a business analyst, I get to combine these skills and help the company decide what to build next.

Phil

Business Analyst

What unique initiatives do you have that encourage innovation?

An exciting aspect about working at TopstepTrader is our commitment to Innovation. The company conducts a monthly Innovation Lab and my team (Marketing) has a weekly Innovation Hour-either meeting together to take advantage of group think or it’s self-directed. We continue to outpace the industry as the concept is so ingrained in our belief system!

Robin

VP of Marketing

How would you describe the company’s work-life balance?

As someone who recently had her first child, I can only describe TST’s work-life balance as fantastic and flexible! I know exactly what is expected of me, so if an emergency comes up and I need to leave to take care of my child, or spend some extra time with him, I’m met with encouragement and understanding instead of opposition or guilt.

Anne

HR Manager

What are TopstepTrader Perks + Benefits

TopstepTrader Benefits Overview

We believe in the well-being of our team, so we always look for more ways to reflect that in our benefits package, and company perks. Along with expected health and life insurance coverage, we offer a generous paid family leave, 401(k) match of 4%, 8 paid volunteer hours, a professional development budget for each team member, and our leadership team is extremely accessible. Not only that, but we’re ahead of the game when it comes to an inclusive environment for our diverse team, as well as an innovative culture (hint: they’re two of our 6 stated company values, and we live them).

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Topstep's 401(k) retirement plan matches 100% of an employee's contributions up to 4%.
Performance Bonus
We have an Employee of the Month - who we call our Topstepper - awarded for performance while living our values, plus we have a discretionary performance bonus which is distributed twice annually.
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
At one year of service: Up to 13 weeks paid leave for primary caregiver + four weeks paid leave for the secondary caregiver + extra PTO days for both + flexible ramp up period upon return!
Flexible Work Schedule
Topstep offers a flexible schedule for most roles and is also very collaborative. We offer Summer Fridays, work from home, and are generally flexible to support your life.
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid time off - starting at 15 days and increasing annually - plus paid holidays, sick days, and floating holidays. The best is a $500 bonus for taking 5 consecutive PTO days!
Paid Volunteer Time
We believe that Giving Back Moves Us All Forward (one of our 6 values), so we offer each team member 8 VPTO hours to use as they wish. We also volunteer as an entire company one day each year!
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
We trust all team members to Dress For Your Day so, get as casual as you like! Slippers are a must-have during the winter.
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Monthly FUNCtions and dept outings, killer annual holiday parties, celebrations galore, Step Up Day, new hire happy hours, and the list goes on.
Stocked Kitchen
Topstep has a fully stocked kitchen including unlimited snacks, Starbucks coffee, Tiesta Tea and all of the Starburst and M&Ms you can handle.
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Recreational Clubs
Some recent examples are: 12" softball league, bocce ball, and shuffleboard at Royal Palms. We're always open to new ideas so, start something!
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
In addition to career coach access and quarterly team learning events, we also offer each team member a professional development budget to use as they wish.
Diversity Program
We started our D&I Committee in March '17 and today have six sub-committees to focus on hiring practices, training, cultural days of awareness and celebration, and major events, like Int'l Women's Day
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
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