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Trading Systems Operations Engineer, 2nd Shift

Next Step Systems • Chicago, IL

Posted 21 hours ago

Job Snapshot

Travel - None
Experience - 3 to 10 years
$100,000.00 - $150,000.00 /Year
Banking - Financial Services, Securities, Computer Software
Information Technology, Engineering
Relocation - Yes

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Job Description

Trading Systems Operations Engineer, 2nd Shift


We are seeking a 2nd Shift Trading Systems Operations Engineer to join the team.  The role encompasses mission critical support for trading systems including (but not limited to) application testing, automation, project management, software deployment and configuration, system monitoring, and support of production trading desks.  The system environment consists of proprietary and 3rd party software applications, covers the entire stack of software needed to trade, and consists of broad and varied technologies.  You should be a person who has the ability to think on your feet and is able to adapt to technical challenges.  The desire to continually self-improve and seek continual improvement are a must-have skill set.  Hours will be approximately 4pm-1am.




All members of the Trading Systems Operations team are responsible for 3 primary duties:


1. Production Trade Support
  • Provide level one and level two support of trading system issues and trader support.
  • Escalate issues to other teams as appropriate by providing detailed log analysis that brings the development team up to speed quickly on the problem without the need for them to conduct a level one and/or level two analyses themselves.
  • Document outages in the outage tracking system and interact with development teams to drive permanent resolutions.
  • Utilize a “fix it twice” mentality to use tactical solutions to get trading systems stable again but then follow up with the strategic fix soon after.
  • Sit next to traders on the trade desk to allow full immersion in the trading workflows.


2. Build and enhance operational infrastructure

  • Create/enhance tools to make operational workflows more automated and less error-prone.
  • Add to the monitoring infrastructure to allow more proactive detection of problems and issues.


3. Management of all changes to the production systems

  • Identify risks and provide guidance around timing of changes and releases.
  • Execute software deployments and upgrades.

Job Requirements



  • 3+ years of experience in an application support, operations, or systems administration role required.
  • Knowledge of Linux/Unix command shell navigation required.
  • Python/Perl/Shell or similar scripting experience required. Working knowledge of a programming language such as Java is a plus.
  • Knowledge of basic SQL queries required.
  • Experience with FIX/Exchange protocols a plus.
  • Incident and problem management preferred.
  • Trading industry experience a plus.
  • Bachelor's degree in relevant field or equivalent experience required.


Desired traits:


  • Able to handle high-pressure multi-tasking environments within time constraints, SLA, and delivery targets.
  • Able to categorize, prioritize, analyze, and triage application and hardware problems quickly prior to escalation.
  • Possess a logical and inquisitive mindset with a desire to share knowledge acquired with others for the benefit of the whole.
  • Places high value on improving process and procedures.
  • Organized and detail orientated.
  • Driven to take pride and ownership over your work product and results.
  • Possess excellent communication skills, customer focus, and ability to bridge communication gaps between trading and technology.
  • High sense of integrity and honesty.  Able to take ownership of and learn from mistakes even if it means calling yourself to account.


Keywords:  Chicago IL Jobs, 2nd Shift Trading Systems Operations Engineer, Linux, UNIX Command Shell, Python, Perl, Shell, Scripting, SQL Queries, Trading, Chicago Recruiters, Information Technology Jobs, IT Jobs, Chicago Recruiting


If you are an employer and recruiting for similar IT professionals / positions, please contact our Technical Recruiters at Next Step Systems.  We are a national IT Recruiting Firm / Agency specializing in full-time direct hire Information Technology employment opportunities.


Company Will Sponsor Visas!  Company Will Relocate Candidates!


No Corp-To-Corp Or Third Party Recruiters; W-2 Direct Hire Only.

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