Head of Risk

| Chicago

We are looking for a hands-on individual who is enthusiastic about owning and managing all aspects across market, systems and regulatory risk as well as greatly enhancing our Risk department through various Greenfield projects. This role will have significant opportunities for growth and ownership not only in the Risk Department but also across the firm as a whole, given Akuna’s growth profile. As Head of Risk, you will gain exposure to Akuna’s main business functions by working closely with our Trading, Quant, Development and Senior Management teams. You will ensure that the firm’s Risk Infrastructure keeps pace with and stays ahead of the rate at which our main business functions are innovating while offering a fresh approach.

What you’ll do as Head of Risk at Akuna:

  • Head up an innovative Risk department that protects Akuna’s interests and ensures the smooth operation of Akuna’s trading
  • Manage a team including a risk analyst with room for growth
  • Work closely with Tech and Quant teams, including dedicated technical Risk resources, to build a highly automated Risk framework
  • Ensure adherence to Akuna’s risk policies, and craft new policies to best protect Akuna including market, systems, exchange and regulatory risk measures
  • Maintain and advance Akuna’s already strong Risk culture on the Trading desks
  • Maintain strong adherence to our written supervisory procedures, specifically in relation to systems risk as this is crucial to the role
  • Build and maintain strong external relationships, especially with our exchanges and clearing organizations

Qualities that make great candidates:

  • 4+ years of experience as a risk manager in an options trading firm active in SEC & CFTC regulated markets, or related bank/clearing firm
  • Deep understanding and working knowledge of derivatives pricing, financial markets and their associated risks
  • Prior experience working closely with low latency, automated trading systems
  • Coding or scripting experience in Excel VBA, Python, MATLAB or similar
  • Ability to manage projects from start to finish
  • Knowledge and experience in options on both Futures and Equities/ETFs
  • Strong communication and relationship building skills required
  • Professional experience in electronic options market making preferred
  • Prior experience liaising directly with engineering teams a plus
  • Quantitative skills a definite plus
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Location

333 South Wabash Avenue , Chicago, IL 60604
333 South Wabash Avenue , Chicago, IL 60604

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401(K)
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Generous PTO
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