Developer - Data Engineering

Chicago, IL

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.

What you’ll do as a Developer on the Data Engineering team at Akuna:

We are a data-driven organization and are seeking Developers to take our data platform to the next level. We collect large volumes of data from both internal and external sources and are looking to add talented individuals to the team to identify opportunities to improve and expand our data capabilities. Working on our data infrastructure is a high impact position and you will have opportunity to work closely with our world-class team of developers, quant researchers, traders and management. In this role, you will:

  • Lead the effort to democratize data access at Akuna
  • Drive the ongoing growth, design and expansion of our data platform from across a wide variety of data sources, and supporting an array of streaming, operational and research workflows
  • Assist in standardizing our data management best practices
  • Work closely with stakeholders throughout the firm to identify how data is consumed
  • Build and deploy pipelines to collect and transform our rapidly growing Big Data set
  • Propose and effect changes to our data generation processes
  • Produce clean, well-tested, and documented code with a clear design to support mission critical applications
  • Challenge the status quo and help push our organization forward, as we grow beyond the limits of our current tech stack

 

Qualities that make great candidates:

  • BS/MS/PhD in Computer Science, Engineering, Physics, Math, or equivalent technical field
  • 5+ years of professional experience developing software applications
  • Java, Scala or Kotlin experience required – Python experience an added plus
  • Highly motivated and willing to take ownership of high-impact projects upon arrival
  • Prior hands-on experience with data platforms and technologies such as Kafka, Presto, Delta Lake, Spark, etc. is ideal
  • Experience building large-scale ETL pipelines
  • Must possess excellent communication, analytical, and problem-solving skills
  • Demonstrated experience working with diverse data sets and frameworks across multiple domains – financial data experience not required, but a plus
  • Experience with containerization and container orchestration technologies, like Docker, Kubernetes, and Argo
  • Past hands-on experience with AWS or other public cloud providers (GCP, Azure) is strongly preferred
  • Demonstrated experience using software engineering best practices like Continuous Integration / Deployment to deliver complex software projects

 

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