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

Performance Engineer at IMC Trading

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Performance Engineer

 

Trading nowadays happens in a highly competitive technological landscape; the best trading idea alone doesn’t cut it anymore. Instead, only the best trading ideas that are enabled via robust, scalable and fast technology win. 

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?

 

PERFORMANCE ENGINEERING AT IMC

 

As a performance engineer at IMC, you’ll analyze, optimize, and continuously tune the complete trading environment in order to improve performance of our low latency trading systems on financial exchanges.

 

You’ll also:

  • Contribute towards the development of our toolset used to measure and improve performance of our trading infrastructure.
  • Provide performance ideas, solutions, and recommendations that are both smart and scalable to the business.
  • Understand internal and external developments in technology, as well as competitor approaches that can help improve IMC performance.
  • Build IMC's knowledge base to ensure deep understanding of exchange infrastructure and protocols.
  • Work closely with traders and other technology teams (locally and globally) to drive global thinking, information sharing, and sustainable, long-term solutions.

 

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.

 

WHO YOU ARE:

 

  • Ability to clearly communicate complex ideas
  • The ability to work without supervision; a true self starter
  • Motivation and ability to conduct undirected research and to challenge ideas
  • Ability to see opportunities and to make them happen
  • Qualifications in Computer Science, Business Information Systems/Technology.  Other degree qualifications will be considered if supported by strong IT components.
  • Relevant working experience, either in a similar performance role or other technically demanding, low level technology engineering role.
  • Expert level knowledge of Linux with a focus on operating system internals.
  • Expert Level understanding of networked systems (TCP/IP, UDP, IP multicast).
  • High level of competency with C, C++ and/or Java programming.
  • Experience with tuning and monitoring distributed systems
  • Expert level troubleshooting skills.
  • Bash and Python/Perl fluency
  • Strong automation skills with scripting languages

 

OUR CULTURE:

 

We are at the core a trading firm, however we value trading and technology equally and we believe that cooperation between traders and technologists is one of our great strengths. This is also reflected in our organizational and remuneration policies. We believe in fostering a truly flat environment in which great ideas can be recognized as well as put into practice from anybody within our organization

 

WHO WE ARE:

 

IMC is among the world’s leading technology-driven 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.

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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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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 and lunch covered! Choose from a variety of different restaurants daily – your meal is delivered to the office.

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

PLANES, TRAINS & AUTOMOBILES: 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 secret location!

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Open office floor plan
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
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
Generous Parental Leave
Family Medical 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 and lunch every day.
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Recreational Clubs
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Mentorship program

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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