Vice President, Trading Operations at TopstepTrader

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The Why

At TopstepTrader, individuals fully own their roles and are charged with meaningfully driving results. We work fast and continuously optimize our products to reach more and more traders worldwide.

In the almost seven years since our inception, we've funded thousands of traders across the globe, including almost 1,100 futures and forex traders in 2018 alone. Funding traders is what we do! As we continue to grow and expand to new asset classes, we need a senior leader to create a strategic approach to risk management across a global base of funded traders, and that’s why we’re hiring a Vice President of Trading Operations.

While experience in the trading industry will certainly be helpful, it’s not a must. Our traders are empowered to trade the strategy that works for them, so this position won’t be managing a desk of traders or implementing a profitable trading strategy. Instead, we’re looking for a proven leader, strategizer, and collaborator who can build a roadmap for how we will achieve our lofty goals and create a scalable, trader-focused experience. Our vision is to be where the world goes to safely engage in and profit from financial markets, and we’re excited for this person to help us get there.

The successful candidate will have extensive experience owning a business line within a fast-paced, high-achieving company and will be eager to apply those experiences at TopstepTrader.

Excited about this opportunity? Read on.

The Role

  • The role is a great fit for a proven leader who is looking for the opportunity to develop and execute on a strategic plan to grow and continuously improve the funded trader side of our business.
  • The VP of Trading Operations will work closely with our Risk Management Team to learn the current operations, and then recommend process and technology improvements to drive profits.
  • Continually work to provide our funded traders an excellent experience, keeping up to date with modern tools and best practices.
  • Oversee department P&L and work to increase the upside and reduce risk.
  • Identify and manage new business and partnership opportunities that enhance our funded traders’ experience.
  • Work cross-departmentally to ensure our funded trader business can scale in parallel with all other departments.
  • Lead and manage team members according to our company values. This includes monthly one-on-one meetings, professional development goals, and overall quality performance toward achieving business goals, as well as planning for and assisting in future hiring needs.
  • Users are the center of our work and as this is a new role, it will be yours to craft an approach that ensures the best possible experience, so that traders are our best source for referrals.

The Ideal Candidate

  • At least 15 years of experience operating a business unit, with P&L responsibility. We’re looking for an execution-oriented leader with extensive experience converting ambitious strategic goals into impressive results. You’ll also be responsible for setting and adhering to a budget and monitoring the “ins” and “outs” of our funded trader business
  • Experience identifying, initiating, and strengthening partnerships. Our relationships with brokerage firms, clearing firms, data feed providers, trading companies, and technology partners are crucial to the long-term success of TopstepTrader
  • Must be business-minded with strategic thinking abilities to ensure profitability of the business unit and be able to cite previous successes
  • Proven success building flexible, scalable, systems and processes to support growth across the company
  • Previous experience working in a regulated environment is necessary to expertly navigate the trading industry across asset classes. You don’t need to be a former trader, but comparable experience will set you up for success
  • Passion for user experience and knowledge about how to create and consistently improve it, using quantitative and qualitative data. Our users are the center of our work and we care about their experience in all situations and decisions
  • Ability to prioritize initiatives and communicate clearly across the company. We rely on our team members to have the skills to navigate the best way to accomplish the short/long-term goals of the department and company
  • A creative thinker with a growth mindset and beginner approach who thrives on solving hard problems
  • Forward thinking, be able to anticipate, identify, and remove sources of friction while also empowering your team during this high-growth period
  • Previous experience managing a small team; we believe in the well-being of our team, so capable leaders are essential

TopstepTrader Benefits

  • Competitive salary and bonus incentives
  • 401(k) plus match, to help plan for your future
  • Generous paid family leave, plus flexible ramp-up period upon return, and extra PTO days
  • Access to senior management and mentoring opportunities
  • Monthly team Innovation Labs, which contribute to long term strategic decisions
  • Vacation bonus, when you take off 5 consecutive days to fully clock out
  • TopstepTravel, a semi-regular raffle for luxury accommodations in a variety of cities
  • Professional development budget, provided for continuing education, training, and workshops
  • Employee Assistance Program, for when you need some professional support in your personal life
  • Company parties and outings, happy hours and catered lunches, breakfast and snack bar
  • Annual company-wide Step Up Day, a day spent giving back to our community
  • Graceful Leave Policy
  • Casual work environment and dress code
  • Summer Friday (flexible) hours
  • Opportunities to work from home
  • Pre-tax spending accounts, for your dependent and health care needs plus transportation
  • Paid time off (starting at 15 days, increasing annually), plus paid holidays, paid sick days, and paid volunteer hours
  • Medical, dental, vision, life, long-term and short-term disability insurance

Is TopstepTrader the place for you? If so, apply today! We look forward to hearing from you.

TopstepTrader is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, gender, age, disability, or any other basis protected under the law.

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An Insider's view of TopstepTrader

What's something quirky about your company?

We have some quirky debates that people are really passionate about. Cinnamon in coffee and the Oxford comma are two long-running ones that get heated. Our most recent debate was whether or not a hotdog is a sandwich! We spent a whole lunch hour debating, and the best part was that, no matter your opinion, you had a chance to make yourself heard.


Customer Support Rep

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

We have an exciting challenge to parallelize how we collect and process trading data. It's important for each user to know their account performance before the next trading day, which is less than 2 hours after trading close. Updating, collecting, and evaluating to be more efficient will enable us to take on more users and trading platforms.


Software Developer

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

At Topstep, I was encouraged to pursue my interests and not just ‘stay in my lane’. As a support rep, I had the unique opportunity to learn everything about our product and users while familiarizing myself with our tech stack in my free time. Now, as a business analyst, I get to combine these skills and help the company decide what to build next.


Business Analyst

What unique initiatives do you have that encourage innovation?

An exciting aspect about working at TopstepTrader is our commitment to Innovation. The company conducts a monthly Innovation Lab and my team (Marketing) has a weekly Innovation Hour-either meeting together to take advantage of group think or it’s self-directed. We continue to outpace the industry as the concept is so ingrained in our belief system!


VP of Marketing

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

As someone who recently had her first child, I can only describe TST’s work-life balance as fantastic and flexible! I know exactly what is expected of me, so if an emergency comes up and I need to leave to take care of my child, or spend some extra time with him, I’m met with encouragement and understanding instead of opposition or guilt.


HR Manager

What are TopstepTrader Perks + Benefits

TopstepTrader Benefits Overview

We believe in the well-being of our team, so we always look for more ways to reflect that in our benefits package, and company perks. Along with expected health and life insurance coverage, we offer a generous paid family leave, 401(k) match of 5%, 8 paid volunteer hours, a professional development budget for each team member, and our leadership team is extremely accessible. Not only that, but we’re ahead of the game when it comes to an inclusive environment for our diverse team, as well as an innovative culture (hint: they’re two of our 6 stated company values, and we live them).

Volunteer in local community
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Unconscious bias training
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Team workouts
Acme Co.'s team fitness initiatives include In-office yoga, Sponsored race teams.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Topstep's 401(k) retirement plan matches 100% of an employee's contributions up to 4%.
Performance Bonus
We have an Employee of the Month - who we call our Topstepper - awarded for performance while living our values, plus we have a discretionary performance bonus which is distributed twice annually.
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
At one year of service: Up to 13 weeks paid leave for primary caregiver + four weeks paid leave for the secondary caregiver + extra PTO days for both + flexible ramp up period upon return!
Flexible Work Schedule
Topstep offers a flexible schedule for most roles and is also very collaborative. We offer Summer Fridays, work from home, and are generally flexible to support your life.
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid time off - starting at 15 days and increasing annually - plus paid holidays, sick days, and floating holidays. The best is a $500 bonus for taking 5 consecutive PTO days!
Paid Volunteer Time
We believe that Giving Back Moves Us All Forward (one of our 6 values), so we offer each team member 8 VPTO hours to use as they wish. We also volunteer as an entire company one day each year!
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
We trust all team members to Dress For Your Day so, get as casual as you like! Slippers are a must-have during the winter.
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Monthly FUNCtions and dept outings, killer annual holiday parties, celebrations galore, Step Up Day, new hire happy hours, and the list goes on.
Stocked Kitchen
Topstep has a fully stocked kitchen including unlimited snacks, Starbucks coffee, Tiesta Tea and all of the Starburst and M&Ms you can handle.
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Recreational Clubs
Some recent examples are: 12" softball league, bocce ball, and shuffleboard at Royal Palms. We're always open to new ideas so, start something!
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
In addition to career coach access and quarterly team learning events, we also offer each team member a professional development budget to use as they wish.
Diversity Program
We started our D&I Committee in March '17 and today have six sub-committees to focus on hiring practices, training, cultural days of awareness and celebration, and major events, like Int'l Women's Day
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Time allotted for learning
Online course subscriptions available
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