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Software Engineering Lead: High Frequency Trading (HFT)



Software Engineering
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Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2024

We are looking for a backend developer with extensive HFT options trading experience to join our team. As our technology is based on Rust, Node.js, and Python, the ideal candidate must be willing to learn and become an expert in RUST if not already proficient. We are open to candidates from C++/C backgrounds as well.

You will be responsible for leading the Options HFT engineering team, driving continuous improvements and supporting the trading infrastructure. We are looking for candidates in Australian, Asian or European time-zones.

Keyrock is expanding!

Keyrock was founded in 2017 and has quickly grown from 3 to over 180 people today. As an industry recognized liquidity provider and market maker, Keyrock is a leader in algorithmic trading in digital assets. Keyrock is one of Europe's fastest-growing fintech companies.

Keyrock's beating heart is its expert team filled with software engineers, traders, and digital specialists whom thrive in problem solving and aim at being the best. Over the years Keyrock has become a company that is both idealistic and pragmatic.

Read more about our commitment to Rust technology in our Rust Foundation Membership spotlight: https://foundation.rust-lang.org/news/2022-09-27-member-spotlight-keyrock/

We are looking for a senior engineer:

  • Specialised in low latency option HFT trading

  • Capable of leading a team of engineers (currently 7 engineers)

  • Pragmatic in their approach to problem solving and the design of solutions

Background and experience

  • Expert in High Frequency Options Trading systems (7+ years experience)

  • Very strong experience with either Rust and/or C/C++

  • Willingness to become an expert in Rust (if not already)

  • Excellent understanding of algorithmic option trading

  • Experience working with SQL databases

  • Familiarity with functional and component testing

  • Previous experience with crypto exchange connectivity and/or FPGA technologies is strongly preferred

  • Strong knowledge of gRPC and interaction with Node.js is also strongly preferred

Competences and personality

  • Team player willing to lead, mentor and guide other team members

  • Problem solving and pragmatic approach to system design and implementation

  • Outside the box thinking

  • Ability to communicate effectively - especially when encountering unfamiliar contexts where clarity is critical

Recruitment process

  1. Initial HR interview

  2. Interview with the heads of the options business unit

  3. Technical +Experience based Interview with Head of Algorithm Development and Senior Algorithm Engineer

  4. Technical challenge (home-work type, it is neither a live coding challenge nor pair programming)

  5. Challenge debrief (a discussion where you present your solution, guide us through your thought process and receive feedback)

  6. Offer

Our recruitment process typically lasts 2-4 weeks

Our recruitment philosophy

We believe the most important aspect of our recruitment process is self-awareness: we are looking for people who have a clear understanding of themselves and what they are looking for in their professional career. That means that we expect to work with people who not only have the right skills, but who have also made the conscious decision to look for a company in our industry and with our characteristics and are willing to ask questions and learn in a context that may not be familiar to them.

Our offer

  • A competitive salary package with exceptional variable compensation upside, including benefits that you choose and manage according to your needs and those of your family (car/bike, meal vouchers, health insurance, 25 days off, etc.). Benefits are dependent upon the contract type you are offered.

  • We are open to you having a B2B Freelance contract or a full time permanent position

  • Autonomy in your time management thanks to flexible working hours and the opportunity to work remotely

  • The freedom to create your own entrepreneurial experience by being part of a team of people in search of excellence who all receive stock options from the first year

  • A ton of fun in a thriving and multicultural environment, with colleagues enjoying regular team building activities

  • Monthly wellbeing allowance

  • Professional development support

  • Career growth plans

  • Team building and social events (both remote and in person)

  • Access to world class tools to do your job

  • IT allowance to purchase the equipment you need to do your job

  • Remote Working OR the ability to work from any of our global country offices (depending on your location)

Keyrock offers you both a career and a large range of benefits that we will gladly discuss in the course of the application process.

As an employer we are committed to build an inclusive, diverse and non-discriminating work environment. We welcome employees of all backgrounds, ethnicities, genders, creed and sexual orientation. We hire, reward and promote entirely based on merit and performance.