Volant Trading

  • Front End Engineer

    Job Locations US-IL-Chicago
    # of Openings
    Information Technology
  • Overview

    Volant Execution is a business unit at Volant Trading. We provide our clients with access to the OCC options exchanges with smart routing that optimizes execution quality. Our next generation trading platform raises the bar on what an execution business can offer, and our technology-first approach allows us to both be nimble and keep operating costs significantly lower than our competition. Our focus provides us interesting and challenging problems to solve, ranging from low-level technology optimizations to large-scale improvements in the service offering to our clients. We work with our external clients, interact with the exchanges, and collaborate with our market making team to provide optimal solutions that keep us far ahead of the competition. Over the last six months, we've increased our volume over 600% and expect to continue to grow in the near and long term.


    The position primarily focuses on front-end development and requires management of all aspects of the software development life cycle (e.g. coding, debugging, testing, documentation, support). Some of the challenges include performance optimization of large datasets updating in real-time, optimizing the transmission and rendering of data tables with 100,000+ rows, handling hundreds to thousands of updates per second, engineering reusable components, and inventing new types of visualizations for options-specific data. This role can also lead into multiple opportunities beyond GUI development for candidates interested in expanding and growing beyond the initial role. You’ll be joining a four-person dev team based in New York City and Chicago working our Chicago office.  


    The ideal candidate will possess the following experience: 

    • BS in Computer Science or Engineering
    • 2+ years developing software on a NodeJS-based stack (e.g. Meteor, React, Vue, Angular, etc.)
    • 2+ years working on a Linux platform
    • 2+ years UI development experience (web and/or application)
    • Proficiency with design/prototyping applications such as Sketch, InVision, or Creative Suite
    • Proficient in a scripting language (e.g. Python, Perl)
    • Comfortable with databases (e.g. MySQL, MongoDB, PostgreSQL)
    • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written)

    Additional desired experience includes:

    • 2+ years of Meteor.js experience
    • Conversant in C++
    • Experience with JavaScript testing frameworks (e.g. Mocha, Chai, Cypress)
    • Experience maximizing reactive code performance
    • 2+ years working in an execution services business
    • Familiarity with the FIX protocol
    • Knowledge of options trading, OCC options markets, and option exchange microstructure

    Volant Trading is an Equal Opportunity Employer 


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