Algorithmic Trader
Chopper Trading - Chicago, IL

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Chopper Trading LLC is a privately owned proprietary trading firm headquartered in Chicago’s historic Board of Trade Building with growing offices in New York, London, San Francisco and Washington DC. Our 200+ employees form a strategic blend of Traders, Software Engineers, and Quantitative Analysts that has consistently produced results since our founding in 2002.

One key to this success has been the pledge to hire extremely bright, motivated, and passionate employees who are tasked with developing our proprietary trading applications and implementing these applications in the financial markets. Chopper Trading thrives on innovative ideas and continuously explores new opportunities within the global marketplace.

Just as important as our employees is the technology they use to reach the market quickly and effectively. Our commitment to this technology has propelled Chopper Trading through the global financial crisis to the top of the proprietary trading community and has the rest of the financial world playing catch up.

All of this is a credit to the vision of our executive leadership whose combined experience in trading and technology is unmatched. We participate in one of the most intense and challenging private sector domains in the world and have effectively positioned ourselves for further success over the coming years. In order to continue to excel we need bright, strategic thinkers who will thrive in a high-performance environment. Chopper Trading rewards intelligence, hard work, and commitment while giving each employee the freedom, opportunity, and support to pursue and achieve success.


Manage trading risk and market exposure within pre-defined limits set by the firm. Design, implement, and monitor proprietary algorithmic trading strategies in various product classes. Liaise with proprietary traders, software engineers, and analysts to capitalize on current markets and future trading opportunities. Report trading activities on a regular basis to senior management personnel.


Applicant must possess a Bachelor’s or foreign equivalent degree in Engineering, Computer Science, Math, Business Administration, Physics or in a related field, along with 5 years of experience in the algorithmic trading industry. Alternatively, applicant may possess a Master’s or foreign equivalent degree in Engineering, Computer Science, Math, Business Administration, Physics or in a related field, along with 2 years of experience in the algorithmic trading industry.

Additionally, the applicant must have professional experience in the following: 1.) Designing, implementing and monitoring algorithmic trading strategies; 2.) Data mining; 3.) Statistical analysis of past data and identifying abnormalities or interesting behaviors; 4.) Finding an appropriate statistical model that fits past data and identifying appropriate parameters for the model; 5.) Coding and simulation testing in C++ and R; and 6.) Adjusting the parameters of trading strategies as market conditions change.

Please send resumes to:

Jennifer Strand

141 W. Jackson Blvd.

Suite 2201A

Chicago, IL 60604