IMC Trading
IMC is a proprietary trading firm and market maker in various products listed on exchanges globally.
Chicago, IL

C++ Software Engineer

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LIFE AT IMC AS C++ SOFTWARE ENGINEER

WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE DO

IMC is a leading global market maker, using algorithmic trading and advanced technology to buy and sell securities on multiple trading venues worldwide. We provide liquidity to the financial markets, driving efficiencies for buyers and sellers.

Founded in 1989, we are an ambitious, innovative company and identified early on the importance technology would play in the fast-paced evolution of trading. This entrepreneurial spirit still drives us today and can be found in all of our offices around the world.

OUR TEAM

We now operate globally from offices in Europe, the US and Asia Pacific. Our employees work closely together in multidisciplinary teams, making our success possible.

Technology - At IMC, technology is not a department, it is at the heart of everything we do. Our technologists push the limits of possibility, and then look beyond. In our fast-paced environment, short feedback loops mean projects worked on in the morning can enter production the next day.

Trading – Although our traders come from many backgrounds they all have one thing in common: they are at their best solving complex problems. Their insight into global events, market shifts and pricing ensure we are trading in the right place, at the right time.

Business Support - Around the world, IMC’s business support teams are essential for sustaining our success. In our dynamic environment, we have many exciting challenges and multidisciplinary opportunities to shape our operations and make a real impact.

OUR CULTURE

Our employees are our greatest asset so we give them lots of responsibility and the support they need to make a difference. Our flat structure fosters a culture of openness and collaboration, encouraging the sharing of ideas and knowledge. It makes no difference if you have been with us for three days or three years, the best idea wins.

While we work hard, we also have a lot of fun; whether solving complex challenges or in team building, leisure and sporting activities. IMC also enables its employees to contribute towards a better society through our foundation.

SOFTWARE ENGINEERING AT IMC:

  • We trade in the most competitive markets across the globe. Our software makes millions of trading decisions daily. We win by making better and faster decisions than our competition. As a software developer you’ll be working alongside traders to implement strategies which will challenge you to be creative with your implementation. You’ll need to produce solutions which compete in the extremely latency sensitive environment, whilst managing complexity.
  • You’ll be working in a highly motivated team, controlling end-to-end product development. We work in an environment where slight oversights can be extremely costly, while new features can be extremely profitable. As a team we aim to balance the race to production with software quality and testability. You’ll be placed in an environment consisting primarily of C++ and Java. We have a build chain which has been designed around the concept of daily production releases. A variety of systems and technologies keeps life interesting.
  • Upon joining you will be expected to manage your own time and tasks. We rely on our developers to drive change by taking feedback from traders, and shaping that into an implementation. Your ownership of the task continues until a working production release. Our most successful developers comfortably work in any part of our stack.

WHAT MAKES IT FUN?

  • One of the most fun aspects of the job is that we have a very quick feedback loop. We release early and often to get incremental benefits as they are developed
  • We operate at the bleeding edge of technology. If something new can potentially bring an advantage we will actively invest in developing and utilizing the solution
  • We really believe in sharing knowledge and technology between the different offices. Much of our technology stack is shared between all 3 regions, and we provide opportunities to travel between the regions both for personal growth and to assist where it has the biggest impact.
  • To get the best results we encourage everybody to gain understanding of both the trading strategy and how exchanges work on a technological level.
  • Working at IMC is also an opportunity to learn about financial markets. We know from experience that a lot of people really enjoy learning about a field beyond their immediate area of expertise, it’s one of the things that makes this job more interesting than others.
  • We employ a broad range of people with varying backgrounds. What they have in common is their superior technical expertise, their extraordinary smarts and their collaborative approach. We will not accept less.

    OUR HIRING PROCESS

    To set you up for success, you can find our hiring process including tips on applying and interviewing with us on our website. Now it’s up to you! Apply today to start an amazing journey with IMC.

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    Where we are

    IMC Trading is located across two floors of the iconic Willis Tower. Our office is convenient to travel to with various train & bus stops close by.

    Technology we use

    • Engineering
      • C++Languages
      • JavaLanguages
      • PythonLanguages
      • Backbone.jsFrameworks
      • DjangoFrameworks
      • SpringFrameworks
      • HiveDatabases
      • MySQLDatabases
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    What are IMC Trading Perks + Benefits

    IMC Trading Benefits Overview

    At IMC we believe in taking care of our people. But don’t just take our word for it, here’s a taste of the perks you can expect when you work at IMC Chicago:

    GO GLOBAL: With IMC, your success can take you around the world — or at the very least to our offices in Amsterdam and Sydney.

    FOOD'S ON US: We’ve got your weekday breakfast, lunch and snacks covered! Choose from a variety of different restaurants daily – your meal is delivered right to the office.

    PLAN AHEAD: We’ll match your 401K contributions dollar-for-dollar, up to 4% of your base salary.

    TRANSPORTATION: Commuting is a part of life in Chicago, so we cover up to $130 per month toward parking, public transportation or a bike-share membership.

    GET COVERED: Your well-being is our priority. We offer fully paid medical, dental, and vision insurance as well as STD, Life, and LTD. Additionally, our parental leave policy offers 16 weeks of paid primary caregiver leaver and 15 days of paid parental leave for non-primary caregivers.

    GIVE BACK: The IMC Foundation supports non-profits around the world, as well as the causes that matter to you. We’ll match your donations and support your community service.

    SWEAT IT OUT: We’ll reimburse you for gym or fitness studio memberships, workout apps, and race registrations so you can stay active in ways that motivate you. In the event you overdo it, take advantage of our free, 20-minute on-site massages.

    SPECIAL EVENTS: At IMC we celebrate with events such as concerts, a summer family BBQ,  Cubs games, our annual holiday party, sports teams, and cross-team dinners…just to name a few! We also come together for our annual Weekend Away – a trip where you and your colleagues can hang out at a suprise location!

    Culture
    Volunteer in local community
    Partners with Nonprofits
    Friends outside of work
    Eat lunch together
    Intracompany committees
    IMC has committees and groups such as the Sustainability Committee, DEI Council, Book Club, Gaming Club and more.
    Daily sync
    Open door policy
    Team owned deliverables
    Team based strategic planning
    Group brainstorming sessions
    Pair programming
    Open office floor plan
    Diversity
    Documented equal pay policy
    Highly diverse management team
    Unconscious bias training
    Diversity manifesto
    Mean gender pay gap below 10%
    Diversity Employee Resource Groups
    Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
    Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
    Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
    Disability Insurance
    Dental Benefits
    Vision Benefits
    Health Insurance Benefits
    Life Insurance
    Pet Insurance
    IMC offers pet insurance and emergency pet care. Unfortunately, we do not allow pets onsite due to the WIllis Tower building restrictions.
    Wellness Programs
    Team workouts
    IMC's team fitness initiatives include sponsored race teams as well as virtual fitness sessions including Barre, Yoga, HIIT, Meditation and more!
    Mental Health Benefits
    Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
    401(K)
    401(K) Matching
    Performance Bonus
    Match charitable contributions
    Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
    Child Care Benefits
    Generous Parental Leave
    Flexible Work Schedule
    Remote Work Program
    Family Medical Leave
    Restricted work hours
    IMC employees are encouraged to communicate with their managers and re-prioritize tasks/projects to avoid working outside business hours.
    Return-to-work program post parental leave
    Company sponsored family events
    Vacation & Time Off Benefits
    Generous PTO
    Paid Volunteer Time
    Paid Holidays
    Paid Sick Days
    Perks & Discounts
    Beer on Tap
    Casual Dress
    Commuter Benefits
    Company Outings
    IMC hosts a company weekend trip each year.
    Free Daily Meals
    We provide free breakfast, lunch and snacks every day. We also have our own in-office barista!
    Game Room
    IMC's game room includes ping pong, a pool table, Foosball and gaming consoles. Employees are encouraged to use this room when they need a break!
    Stocked Kitchen
    Some Meals Provided
    Happy Hours
    Parking
    Pet Friendly
    IMC offers pet insurance and pet care, however pets are unfortunately not allowed in the Willis Tower.
    Recreational Clubs
    Relocation Assistance
    Fitness Subsidies
    Home Office Stipend for Remote Employees
    Professional Development Benefits
    Job Training & Conferences
    Tuition Reimbursement
    Depended on individual needs.
    Diversity Program
    Lunch and learns
    Cross functional training encouraged
    Promote from within
    Mentorship program
    Continuing Education stipend
    Depended on individual needs.
    Time allotted for learning
    Online course subscriptions available
    Customized development tracks
    Paid industry certifications
    Depended on individual needs.

    An Insider's view of IMC Trading

    What's something quirky about your company?

    IMC is proactive about giving! What impresses me is not the financial generosity (which is large) — it's the time generosity. We have two giving managers who make sure everyone gets a chance to participate. Whereas in other companies, philanthropy feels abstract and mainly a tax write-off, here it is woven into everyday office culture.

    Stephan

    Hardware Engineer

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

    We tackle complex, massively scaled projects and thrive on a quick turnaround cycle. Since we're our own clients, everyone is their own product manager. This frees us up to focus on the hardest parts of problems, not aesthetics. The code we push is trading around the world within a day or two, and as a result we see immediate results of our work.

    Theo

    Software Developer

    What are some things you learned at the company?

    I started at IMC as an intern. I’d never studied anything finance-related before. Through training, IMC brought me up to speed in a way that was fun, interesting and made me excited to learn about trading. I also think about problems differently now: there is never one set answer but multiple potential solutions to any problem.

    Veronica

    Software Developer

    How do your team's ideas influence the company's direction?

    I’ve been at IMC for nine years. When I started, we were a trading company with good technology. Now, we’re a technology company that trades. Traders used to be nervous when we were doing upgrades. Now, if we go a day or two without being able to upgrade, traders start craving the new thing that’s coming.

    Andy

    Head of Technology

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