Network Engineer

Sydney, Australia

About Akuna:

Akuna Capital is an innovative trading firm with a strong focus on collaboration, cutting-edge technology, data driven solutions and automation. We specialize in providing liquidity as an options market maker – meaning we are committed to providing competitive quotes that we are willing to both buy and sell. To do this successfully we design and implement our own low latency technologies, trading strategies and mathematical models.

Our Founding Partners, including Akuna’s CEO Andrew Killion, first conceptualized Akuna in their hometown of Sydney. They opened the firm’s first office in 2011 in the heart of the derivatives industry and the options capital of the world – Chicago. Today, Akuna is proud to operate from additional offices in Sydney, Shanghai, and Boston.

Akuna Sydney opened in early 2018 and is at the center of Akuna’s Asian trading operations. Akuna’s focus in Asia is currently trading HK, Korea, cryptocurrencies and US night markets and is looking to expand to trading on all major Asian exchanges. Employees will work together towards achieving Akuna’s goals across all areas of the business, including trading and desk buildout, cutting-edge research and data analysis, strategy creation, and building ultra-low-latency trading systems that are tailored to local market conditions.

What you'll do as a Network Engineer at Akuna:

We are seeking a Network Engineer to join our innovative and growing technology team at Akuna. The ideal candidate is likely to have worked within the financial industry and able to demonstrate a successful history in network architecture, design, maintenance, and monitoring. We are looking for highly self-motivated multi-taskers who are comfortable working in a demanding, state-of-the-art electronic trading environment. In this role, you will:

  • Analyze business requirements and design, implement, and manage an effective (WAN/LAN) network that supports our global trading platform
  • Proactively identify enhancements to existing configurations, technologies, or procedures to improve performance and reduce bottlenecks
  • Evaluate current/new technology and network providers on an ongoing basis to ensure that the trading infrastructure remains stable, competitive, and cost effective
  • Work closely with our entire IT team as well as traders to improve all aspects of our infrastructure
  • Provide day-to-day support of network and application environments
  • Assist in breaking down complex issues within the network stack
  • Document and focus on automation of all our day-to-day operations                                  

Qualities that make great candidates:

  • 3-5 years of experience working with Cisco/Arista/Juniper
  • Experience with layer 1 switches/muxes is a plus
  • Familiarity with a diverse path/low latency WAN utilizing multiple vendors with traffic engineering
  • Multiple years of experience in maintaining internet security and actively managing remote and site-to-site VPN connections
  • Experience with cloud-based networking such as AWS
  • Experience performing network traffic and protocol analysis using standard industry tools (Wireshark, tcpdump, iperf)
  • Expertise in layer 3 routing protocols such as BGP and OSPF
  • Experience configuring and troubleshooting multicast routing (IGMP and PIM)
  • Experience in IP telephony, experience with T1/E1s is a plus
  • Ability to multitask and meet numerous business goals
  • Ability to diagnose and troubleshoot issues
  • Knowledge of exchange network topologies preferred
  • Knowledge of low latency exchange implementations preferred 
  • Automation experience with Python and Ansible is a plus
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds
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