Data Engineer

| Chicago

IMC-Where Technology drives Trading
 
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?
 
DATA ENGINEERING AT IMC:

As a data engineer at IMC, you’ll build and administer data workflows in an evolving, modern Hadoop-based environment. You’ll also:

  • Develop and extend in-house data toolkits based in Python and Java.
  • Consult and educate internal users on Hadoop technologies and assist them in finding and effectively utilizing the best solutions for their problem space.
  • Improve the performance of financial analytics platforms built around the Hadoop ecosystem.

 
WHAT MAKES IT FUN?

  • IMC is on the cutting edge of financial applications of Hadoop, processing terabytes of data daily for mission critical trading systems. 
  • We operate at the bleeding edge of technology. If something new can potentially bring an advantage we will adopt and incorporate the new technology.
  • The landscape is always changing creating new and exciting challenges. What we focus on today is very different than what we focused on two years ago.
  • We really believe in sharing knowledge and technology between the different offices. Much of our technology stack is shared globally between our offices, and we provide opportunities to travel between the regions both for personal growth and to assist where it has the biggest impact.
  • Working at IMC is a great way to gain exposure to and learn about financial markets and technology. 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. 

 
WHO YOU ARE:

  • 3+ years of experience working with Hadoop 2 (YARN), cluster management experience preferable
  • 3+ year of experience with Hadoop SQL interfaces including Hive and Impala
  • 2+ years of experience developing solutions using Spark
  • Experience with common data-science toolkits, Python-based preferred
  • Strong Java, SQL, and Python development skills
  • Strong statistical analysis skills
  • Strong systems background, preferably including Linux administration
  • Unix scripting experience (bash, tcsh, zsh, python, etc)
  • Experience with DevOps tools such as SALT and Puppet as part of a CI/CD development and deployment process.
  • Demonstrated ability to troubleshoot and conduct root-cause analysis
     

Experience with the below (not required, but definitely desired):

  • Developing with Apache Kafka
  • Containerization and Docker
  • OSS scheduling tools, preferably Luigi
  • Developing solutions in the Machine learning space, with an emphasis on Change/Anomaly detection
  • Building Cube/Cube-like products

 
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 Financial Markets 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 Financial Markets 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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Technology we use

  • Engineering
    • C++Languages
    • JavaLanguages
    • PythonLanguages
    • Backbone.jsFrameworks
    • DjangoFrameworks
    • SpringFrameworks
    • HiveDatabases
    • MySQLDatabases

Location

We occupy the 42nd and 43rd floors of the Willis Tower, enjoying 360 degree views of our beautiful city.
IMC values sharp intellect over prior fintech experience when hiring
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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

What are IMC Trading Perks + Benefits

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Free Daily Meals
Stocked Kitchen
Happy Hours
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences

Additional Perks + Benefits

Global travel opportunities • Regular social events including an annual company weekend away • A focus on wellness with onsite massages, gym reimbursements and in-office health events • Opportunities for giving back through IMC's foundation

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