FI Trading Java Developer

The Responsibilities

Job Description:

The role is for a Java developer working in the Fixed Income Trading IT team. The candidate will be responsible for the design, implementation, and 2nd level support of large-scale, multi-tiered Electronic Trading systems, primarily for the US Rates business, as part of a global team. 

 

Role/Team Summary:

The US Fixed Income Trading Technology team focuses on numerous components of the electronic trading application environment.  The application stack is primarily built in-house, both locally and in conjunction with the global development team including London and India.  The US team plays a critical role in adapting and improving the software to meet the needs of the US Rates business as Fixed Income markets continue to move towards lower latency electronic execution.

 

The team is responsible for a wide range of applications/functions that range from responding to electronic customer request-for-quote (RFQ) via Tradeweb and Bloomberg, real-time price contribution, and the automatic hedging of customer trades and related execution algos.

 

Given the small team size and the business direction towards automating existing manual processes, significant exposure to the trading desk is expected for the role, including 2nd level support when issues or questions arise.  Most of the application stack is in Java, although other technologies come into play as well and flexibility is required.  This is an excellent opportunity to play a significant role in the automation and lower latency efforts that are not only happening within NatWest Markets, but within the highly liquid US Treasury bond and USD Interest Rate Swaps markets.

Essential Experience: (Must have skills)

  • 3+ years of Java OO server-side (not EJB or Web) development
  • 2+ years of FI electronic trading workflow, trade execution strategies and Order Management Systems in the Fixed Income space
  • Solid understanding of the fundamentals of vanilla Java programming - Multithreading, OO, distributed computing, message-based architectures. 
  • Development experience on Spring framework and version control systems like SVN and Git.
  • Experienced a structured environment such as software house or large team.
  • Application development involving an understanding of the user domain, rather than just implementing technical solutions.
  • Proven experience of complete project lifecycle, and exposure to Agile methodologies (Scrum).
  • Development experience on a large complex codebase
  • Ability to work in a Unix/Linux server environment
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Supplementary Experience: (Useful additional skills)

  • Experience of working and developing software in a real-time environment.
  • Familiarity with US Fixed Income trading venues for bonds and futures specifically
  • Experience with Improving development practices for team as a whole

Personal Attributes:

  • Strong interest in financial products and eager to develop a career in technology in the front office of an investment bank.
  • Takes ownership of issues and manages them appropriately.
  • Genuine interest in teamwork. Proven record of making improvements for the team as a whole, assisting and working with others and aligning development work with team objectives.
  • Understanding that application development is more than purely coding.
  • Good communication skills – to work with local Dev/Support teams and traders, and global Dev/Support teams
  • Enthusiastic
 
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