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

Graduate Software Engineer at IMC Trading (Chicago, IL)

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WHAT’S DIFFERENT ABOUT A TECHNOLOGY CAREER AT IMC?

At IMC, technology is not a department; it’s at the heart of everything we do. Since the late 1980s, we’ve pioneered the use of technology to advance the development of market making and low-latency trading. Today, our technologists work alongside IMC traders in multidisciplinary teams to 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.

GRADUATE FULL-TIME SOFTWARE ENGINEER:

Are you someone who is passionate about challenging the status quo?
Do you enjoy the process of problem solving, a process where you recognize areas of improvement and iterate and innovate to improve? Does your curiosity and desire to learn drive you?

ROLE OVERVIEW:

If so, then join IMC as a Software Engineer! Why? Because here you‘ll not simply write software or design technology. You will be responsible for spotting new opportunities, developing new technologies and solving problems. As a result, your development skills will enable you to actually deliver results and make a difference. IMC knows that having the best software is what drives our business. Software development here is innovative, pragmatic and fun, even as complexity grows. We are looking for talented Software Engineers who will drive the development of cutting-edge trading algorithms to further our business. 

How We Work

  Agile software development with continuous integration and delivery

  Frequent peer code reviews

  Collaborative cross-functional culture with emphasis on continuous improvement and innovation

  Local autonomy with global input and best practices


Your First Six Months
You will start your career at IMC with an international traineeship, in at least two of our global offices, after which you will be mentored by one of our seasoned Software Engineers. On a day to day basis you will work directly with traders, quants and other engineers to bring our trading strategies and platform to the next level. Your responsibility does not stop at programming; it also encompasses knowledge building of our trading platform and software stack and building expertise within the entire software development lifecycle. You will have continuous opportunities to learn new technologies and programming languages in our dynamic environment. At IMC, we foster a supportive environment allowing you the freedom to contribute and assume real responsibility, even on day one. 

WHAT WE LOOK FOR:

  BA/BSc/MA/MSc in Engineering, Computer Science with a minimum 3.0 GPA

  Strong analytical skills and desire to solve complicated problems programmatically

  Must have strong knowledge of algorithms and data structures

  Must have proficient experience in a programming language (Java or C++ preferred)

  Willingness to interact and work closely with non-engineers in a constantly changing environment

  Interest in the Financial Markets; previous knowledge is NOT required

WHO WE ARE

IMC is among the world’s leading proprietary trading firms, and a market maker in securities listed on exchanges across the globe. Our cutting-edge technology drives everything we do. High performance algorithms, smart strategies and collaborative teams are the core of our business.

Today, IMC is 500+ people working together to build software and trade financial products in our offices in Amsterdam, Chicago, and Sydney. What does this mean for you? The chance to join a multi-national, multi-cultural team of exceptional individuals, focused on making IMC the world’s best trading firm.

READY TO APPLY?

Our hiring process, including tips on applying and interviewing with IMC, is described on our website. Now it’s up to you! Apply today to start your journey with IMC.

IMC: JOIN THE LEADER IN GLOBAL MARKET MAKING

IMC is a leading global market maker with offices in Europe, the US and Asia-Pacific. We use algorithmic trading and advanced technology to buy and sell securities across multiple trading venues. Our vital role, at the centre of the financial markets, provides liquidity for buyers and sellers worldwide.

In the late 1980s, IMC quickly identified the importance of technology in the fast-evolving trading environment. Our passion for innovation continues to drive us today. Although our company has grown rapidly over recent decades, we still approach our work with the same entrepreneurial spirit, with an emphasis on continuous improvement and innovation. We like our people to think for themselves and we give them the responsibility and support they need to make an impact. This means real work as well as dedicated training programmes and mentors.

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

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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

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    • JavaLanguages
    • PythonLanguages
    • Backbone.jsFrameworks
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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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