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Chicago, IL
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Software Development Engineer in Test (Chicago, IL)

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Apex Fintech Solutions (AFS) powers innovation and the future of digital wealth management by processing millions of transactions daily, to simplify, automate, and facilitate access to financial markets for all. Our robust suite of fintech solutions enables us to support clients such as Stash, Betterment, SoFi, and WeBull, and more than 20 million of our clients' customers.
Collectively, AFS creates an environment in which companies with the biggest ideas in fintech are empowered to change the world. We are based in Dallas, TX and also have offices in Austin, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Portland, and Belfast.
If you are seeking a fast-paced and entrepreneurial environment where you'll have the opportunity to make an immediate impact, and you have the guts to change everything, this is the place for you.
AFS has received a number of prestigious industry awards, including:
  • 2021, 2020, 2019, and 2018 Best Wealth Management Company - presented by Fintech Breakthrough Awards
  • 2021 Most Innovative Companies - presented by Fast Company
  • 2021 Best API & Best Trading Technology - presented by Global Fintech Awards

Apex Fintech Solutions is currently searching for an SDET (Ledger). At Apex, we're all about building the next-generation trade clearing platform that enables the hottest stock trading apps the capabilities they need to introduce a new generation to investing. We need passionate, determined, courageous, and principled software engineers in test like you to help us achieve this mission. If what you need next in your career is an opportunity to be empowered to make your own decisions, learn from your mistakes and execute what works, Apex Clearing is likely the place for you.
We're looking for someone who:
  • Always feels they can do things better the next time around - You consistently look for better, faster, and more inclusive ways to prove that our software quality meets the mark.
  • Software Engineer by training, quality practitioner by trade - You really enjoy applying your software engineering practices in meaningful ways to continue pushing the quality bar forward.
  • Understands how to strike the balance between manual and automated testing - You understand that your time is valuable and prioritize your automation efforts towards the highest risk, most repeatable, and highest value test cases.
  • Enjoys working with an integrated team through problem identification, requirements gathering, design, code review, testing, and release.
  • Works hard to understand the whole problem and isn't afraid to ask questions or point out concerns.

A few reasons why you might love working here:
  • We have an incredible track record - We foster success and ongoing innovation with our customers so you get all the benefits of a stable company, while enjoying a very entrepreneurial culture.
  • Our team is passionate and driven to succeed - We are deeply invested in providing quality services and products for our customers. Their success is our success.
  • You are open to change - The landscape is ever-changing. We do not sit idle; we are not satisfied with status quo. We will push industry standards and strive to deliver world class solutions through innovation.
  • You will have genuine opportunities for growth - We care about your career goals and provide options for both managerial and technical career paths. We encourage outside learning from conferences to seminars and meetup groups.
  • The ability to contribute to and benefit from a culture of continuous learning - Generous policies regarding attending industry conferences, books, and training reimbursement. We also hold lunch and learns.
  • Quarterly 2-day hackathons

What you'll do all day:
  • Work embedded in a software development team that is focused on rapidly delivering stable software
  • Build and contribute to a culture of quality by improving processes, building stakeholder buy in, and mentoring peers
  • Test Microservices through the use of manual exploratory testing and building automated test suites to ensure it meets the use cases and requirements
  • Build test plans and risk assessments
  • Build advanced tools for test automation
  • Participate in all phases of the development process

Our ideal candidate will:
  • Build brand-new testing infrastructure, as the organization identifies novel testing opportunities to safely expand our cloud-based microservices (K8s, Docker, GCP)
  • Hit the ground running by contributing their expertise in testing and SDLC process improvements to the team and Engineering as a whole
  • Lead a community of practice at Apex clearing by unifying the testing efforts across development teams
  • Work closely with the team to debug and troubleshoot existing issues while preemptively identifying weaknesses in new systems
  • Help hire and mentor the next generation of Apex Clearing engineers

Skills that will help you achieve the above goals:
  • 2+ years of software testing experience
  • The ability to pick up new languages, framework, or tooling on the job as we continuously improve our stack.
  • Working knowledge of event-driven systems using RabbitMQ, Kafka, Google Pub/Sub or similar
  • Experience working with open/closed box testing methodologies
  • A financial services background
  • Familiarity with running and testing software in *nix environments

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Where we are

The area around 141 W Jackson has been a focal point of businesses and visitors for over 150 years, recognized for its historical importance and architectural grandeur. With its first-class hotels, world-class restaurants, and premier retail offerings, it epitomizes Chicago and its residents.

Technology we use

  • Engineering
    • GolangLanguages
    • JavaLanguages
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • PythonLanguages
    • jQueryLibraries
    • ReactLibraries
    • ReduxLibraries
    • Node.jsFrameworks
    • MemcachedDatabases
    • MongoDBDatabases
    • MySQLDatabases
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What are PEAK6 Perks + Benefits

PEAK6 Benefits Overview

At PEAK6, you’ll find flexibility with our work-life balance, collaborative spirit, and the ability to cater to your strengths while having opportunities to cultivate new ones.

At PEAK6 we’ve created a company that not only does great work, it’s also a great place to work. PEAK6 employees enjoy the generous health, vision, and dental insurance plans and matching 401(k) programs you’d expect from a company consistently rated one of “Chicago’s Best and Brightest Employers.” And, then some.

We offer a formalized mentorship program for entry-level trading associates and software engineers, as well as several internships and bootcamps for college students. We make diversity, equality, and inclusion a focus and have invested in a vibrant philanthropy program to support the communities where our people live and work.

Culture
Partners with Nonprofits
PEAK6 offers coordinated volunteer and philanthropic opportunities throughout the year including, Go Red For Women, Socktober, Filling in the Blanks Backpack Drive, Matching Gifts, and Holiday Giving.
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Unconscious bias training
Diversity manifesto
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
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Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
We offer generous medical, vision & dental plans, including Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) and Health Savings Account (HSA) options.
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
We offer annual wellness screens and flu shots at no additional cost to employees.
Onsite Gym
Employees have access to the FFC-affiliated gym located in the Board of Trade at a discounted rate and free access to yoga classes at Bottom Line Yoga.
Mental Health Benefits
Offering Ginger, emotional well-being, and mental health apps to employees and their dependents ages 18 and older. GuidanceResources, is an employee assistance program to help with life's challenges.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Performance Bonus
Match charitable contributions
PEAK6 offers a Matching Gift Program to encourage employees to become active in the support of non-profit organizations and to have a voice in determining the recipients of charitable contributions.
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Flexible Work Schedule
Family Medical Leave
PEAK6 offers up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave per year, as well as maintained health benefits, for any employee eligible under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).
Adoption Assistance
PEAK6's adoption assistance program provides employees with reimbursement for up to $5,000 (per child) of adoption expenses.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
PEAK6's vacation policy includes three weeks of PTO, plus 5 personal days. Employees with 5 years of service accrue four weeks of PTO, plus 5 personal days.
Sabbatical
Employees with 10+ years of service can apply to take an 8-week Sabbatical, as well as adding up to 4 weeks of accrued PTO.
Paid Holidays
Whenever the U.S. financial markets are closed, PEAK6 is closed.
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Our employees wear casual attire like jeans, button-down shirts, and t-shirts. On any given day, many employees will be wearing branded PEAK6 clothing.
Commuter Benefits
PEAK6 offers pre-tax commuter benefits for all employees through WageWorks, as well as a Zipcar discount.
Company Outings
PEAK6 has themed social events throughout the year as well as a popular annual company party known for featuring surprise, high-profile stars like Imagine Dragons, The Chainsmokers, and Keith Urban
Free Daily Meals
For three Fridays a month, employees enjoy noshing on bagels. For the remaining Friday, employees are treated to a free "Expiration Date" lunch.
Game Room
We host (in the office) ping pong, cornhole, and poker tournaments. Our employees enjoy a rooftop bar/deck that also includes a game room.
Stocked Kitchen
PEAK6 has a fully-stocked kitchen that includes a cereal bar, coffee bar, a variety of healthy food choices and drinks, as well as an abundance of snacks to put a rumbling stomach to rest.
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
The Culture Club at PEAK6 works to host themed social events throughout the year.
Parking
Recreational Clubs
We sponsor various teams based on employee interest, such as: table tennis, beach volleyball, soccer, kickball, flag football, dodgeball, and whirlyball.
Relocation Assistance
We offer relocation assistance plans for new employees and their families.
Fitness Subsidies
PEAK6 offers free yoga classes to Chicago employees at Bottom Line Yoga, which are currently conducted via Zoom.
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
PEAK6 is firmly committed to learning and development as a way to grow and develop employees.
Tuition Reimbursement
At the discretion of management and after completing one full-year of employment, we reimburse up to $8,000 per employee each calendar year for certifications and other educational programs or degree.
Diversity Program
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Continuing Education stipend

Additional Perks + Benefits

We have a dedicated team of employees who volunteer to be a part of our Culture Club. This group works to connect employees through delightful experiences while making a positive impact on PEAK6 life. The Culture Club plans many social and philanthropic employee events throughout the year.

We host bi-annual Hackathons as a collaboration of our technology, trading, support and analytics teams to develop, build, and present new ideas to the firm. The teams are free to explore solutions to problems in and outside of the day-to-day work. Winning Hackathon solutions are frequently deployed and tested in the firm.
Additional perks include:
-Matching gift up to $1000/employee/year
-Free semi-monthly massage day
-Free monthly manicures, pedicures, and mens clip and clean
-Free onsite/Zoom yoga
-Discounts: Lasik eye surgery, Zipcar, Dell computers, local hotels

An Insider's view of PEAK6

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

This is very important and luckily, we feel it’s something attainable for our employees. We have a generous time off policy, in addition to other affiliated vacation perks and leave benefits.
For example, to help employees save time on conventional tasks, we offer complementary services in the office, such as manicures, massages, and yoga classes.

Courtney Schroeder

Human Resources Business Partner

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

Our developers are also a part of the decision-making process. We help our technologists take an interest in the business side of things - they know how the end product should work. Our developers know how the traders are going to use a product and after a product is delivered, the developer stays involved – making sure that things work efficently.

Rishi Kamath

QA Development Lead

How does the company support your career growth?

We have a big focus on career growth, especially for those in technology. Because of our size, there are opportunities to prove yourself and rapidly increase your responsibility on a team. And because of Peak6’s culture of constantly trying new things, there are often opportunities to get in at the ground floor of new ventures in a leadership role

Paul Whalen

Software Engineer

What unique initiatives do you have that encourage innovation?

We organize “tech days” where employees are encouraged to work on tech projects of their choosing. Projects have ranged from mobile apps to Sega emulators to workflow improvements for our developers. Recently, tech days took the form of a more formal hackathon, in which technologists and traders teamed up to prototype several new trading tools.

Luke Peeler

Software Engineer

What’s the vibe like in the office?

I like working at PEAK6 because there’s always something exciting to work on and I’m always learning something new. It’s also a privilege to work with so many smart people that are never hesitant to act as mentors. Lastly, PEAK6 gives me the opportunity to wear many different hats – I’m never restricted to working on just one thing.

Sean Lester

Software Engineer

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