Applications Developer

Location: Chicago
Job Code / Req #: Developer
# of Openings: 1


This is an opportunity to work with a highly accomplished investor who has generated a track record of returns that substantially exceeds market indices and with a firm which possesses a significant capital structure.  This combination creates a unique opportunity for the Applications Developer to influence and participate in the investment and trading process.

The Applications Developer will work closely with the Portfolio Manager to create and maintain tools, processes and system architecture for the quantitative trading strategies developed by the team.  These are niche-oriented strategies that reflect the Portfolio Manager’s track record in finding actionable market opportunities and compelling investment and trading dynamics.  The Applications Developer will be working in an environment of immediate and substantial feedback, and is expected to be instrumental in guiding the design, development, and implementation of these processes and tools.

This opportunity will best fit two distinct types of candidates.  It will be an ideal fit for an Applications Developer who is capable of handling an entire trading application, from doing the database work to building the conduit into the process and then taking the model’s calculated statistics and put them into an application that is adaptable to the needs of the trade and the trader.

This opportunity will also fit candidates who are experienced Applications Developers looking to expand and develop their own Quantitative Research credentials.  This opportunity will provide a strong degree of collaboration for an entrepreneurial Applications Developer who is seeking to increase their integration into the security selection and portfolio management process.  Our next critical development stage is ramping up the cohesive integration of our proprietary research analytics into our existing trading platform.

The candidate will need strong communication skills and experience managing multiple projects, and should be comfortable letting their work speak for itself.  This opportunity offers consistent learning and development opportunities, and will be a highly rewarding environment for results oriented professionals.


  • Work closely with the Portfolio Manager to develop tools, processes and architecture for the trading and investment strategies.
  • Design, develop, test, deploy and maintain applications and modules.
  • Manage and communicate workflow requirements and project updates.
  • Follow firm and industry standards, procedures and methodologies for development of efficient application systems (i.e. design, design reviews, architect reviews and code reviews).
  • Perform related duties as required.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
  • Solid understanding of object oriented techniques and design patterns.
  • Development experience with various messaging architectures.
  • Experience with .NET languages, specifically C#.
  • Relational database programming and design experience (Linux and SQL).
  • Experience with Financial Information eXchange (FIX) Protocol.  
  • Proficiency in Excel and VBA.
  • Two years of application development experience.
  • Knowledge of finance and trading is highly desirable.
  • Strong commitment to working collaboratively in a team.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

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