Technical Architect
Allston Trading, LLC - Chicago, IL

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Allston Trading

Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, Allston Trading, LLC is a premier principal trading firm that trades over 40 financial exchanges, in 20 countries, and in nearly every conceivable product class. We sit at the intersection of financial strategy and high-technology; this requires us to hire the best and brightest and give them the tools and freedom they need to be successful. Our vision is to become the industry leader by creating an environment where innovative and collaborative people thrive.

Job Description

The technical architect reports to the Director of Architecture.


Participating in the full software development cycle from ideation to implementation that directly align with the business' key priorities and support of IT strategies.
Working with traders,trade developers, and quantitative researchers to understand project specificiations.
Working closely with development teams to understand the architecture of existing products and systems to ensure the alighnment of new solutions with the company's strategic and tactical goals.
Supporting quality assurance and documentation as required.
Guiding and consulting on the creation of technical solutions and providing approval of development efforts through detailed reviews with internal and external development teams.
Defining standards, best practices, and mentoring junior employees.
Acting as an advisor to the EVP of Technology in matters relating to the IT strategy of the company.
Other responsibilites as assigned by management.


Bachelors degree in Computer Science and Computer Engineering, or its equivalent.
7+ years of experience as systems architect.
Expert knowledge of java and/or C/C++.
Experience with all aspects of software development lifecycle.
Experience developing software solutions for trading desks.
Concrete understanding of trading in futures, options, cash, equities or FX.
Familiarity with big data solutions a plus.
Demonstrated ability to manage multiple, concurrent development projects.
Solid CS fundamentals (Data structures, Algorithms, OS, Databases).
Experience with design and implementation of low latency, high volume solutions.
In-depth understanding of existing technologies.
Cross-domain and cross-functional experience.
A passion for technology and innovation.
A proven technical lead on mission critical projects.
Strong team player, excellent communication skills and the ability to work in across teams in a highly-productive environment.
Exceptional analytical and problem solving skills.
Excellent spoken and written communication skills.
Confident team player motivated by a fast paced environment.