Systems Engineering Team Lead

Chicago

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 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, London, Boston, and Austin. 

What you'll do as the Systems Engineering Team Lead at Akuna: 

We are seeking a Systems Engineering Team Lead to join our dynamic team at Akuna Capital. In this role, you will lead Akuna’s Systems Engineering team – a highly collaborative, results-oriented engineering team tasked with delivering high value across the company. This fast-growing team believes in doing it right the first time and building for the long term! You will play a key role in the design of our high performance, low latency trading platform that enables trading desks and developers to remain competitive in today’s markets while providing technical leadership and mentorship to other team members. If you have a passion for automation, consistency, scalability, and simple design -- you’ll be right at home. In this role, you will: 

  • Lead the Systems Engineering team based in our Chicago office, mentoring and setting priorities for a team of highly skilled engineers 
  • Optimize our system setup, builds, and configuration management to improve operational efficiencies and performance, allowing our systems to withstand the busiest trading days in the world economy 
  • Advance our technology stack with innovative ideas and new creative solutions by having your pulse to current & emerging technologies, evaluating and recommending new hardware and software technologies that exist in the space 
  • Work alongside other leaders within IT Infrastructure, aligning to a single vision under the CIO 
  • Produce organized and coherent technical documentation on system configuration standards and procedures 

Qualities that make great candidates: 

  • 5-7 years of systems engineering experience, trading industry experience strongly preferred 
  • Advanced Linux knowledge including, but not limited to, kernel bypass, kernel tuning, and customizing kernels 
  • Strong leadership and experience in building and growing teams, including the ability to hire and retain talented engineers, and mentor junior team members 
  • In-depth Linux/Unix system administration experience, where you’ve had root access in a large (5,000+ servers) critical production environment 
  • Deep understanding of system monitoring and configuration management tools (Ansible, Foreman, Rundeck, Prometheus, and Icinga/Nagios) 
  • Experience as a cross-functional team member with a focus on accountability and collaboration 
  • Experience codifying and automating Continuous Integration/Continuous Delivery processes and solutions pertaining to build infrastructure 
  • Demonstrated ability to systematically troubleshoot problems in complex systems 
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