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Senior Engineer, Reference Data

Chicago Trading Company (CTC) is a proprietary market-making firm with floor and electronic operations in the derivatives market.

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Senior Engineer, Reference Data

CTC is a cutting-edge proprietary trading firm with a long-term vision and a clear focus on helping the world price and manage risk. Our fun and trusting culture inspires us to solve the industry’s most challenging problems and take calculated risks in a collaborative environment.

We strive to be the most innovative firm in the industry today, tomorrow, and long into the future while upholding ethical excellence. We believe that CTC makes a positive impact on the markets, the lives of our employees, and all the communities to which we belong. Started in 1995 by a team of forward-thinking Traders, we are proud to call ourselves an industry leader that keeps making markets and each other better.

As a Senior Engineer on the Reference Data team, you will be building our next-generation multi-asset, global security master platform providing critical functionality for the trading, research, middle and back office processes. You will help expand reference data coverage and contribute to the data quality controls definition and automation. You will work closely with quants, traders and development teams to onboard new datasets, unlock new business opportunities and scale as markets grow. 


  • Develop simple resilient services, both in the cloud and on-prem, to read, process, and distribute security reference data within the firm
  • Contribute to an asset class-agnostic security master that will provide scale to quickly add new asset types, enrichment, and data sets
  • Develop and collaborate on client APIs written in C++, Java and Python, with quants and developers in research, pricing and valuation, trading, exchange access, inventory, compliance, risk management and operations
  • Be an active member of a software engineering team whose role is to understand requirements, propose solutions, and deliver software into production in a timely and robust manner
  • Use new technologies and architectures with continuous improvement in mind
  • Contribute to the growth of our platform through in team code reviews and system reviews, standardizing methodologies and CI/CD tooling

Key requirements:

  • Experience loading and processing security reference data and/or alternate data sets from exchanges and vendors such as Bloomberg, Refinitiv, S&P, etc.
  • Experience working in a quantitative/systematic trading environment; understanding of financial markets, instruments, corporate actions, and their effects on financial instruments life cycle
  • Proficiency and comfort working in multiple programming languages including at least two of the following: Python, Java, and/or C++
  • 5+ years of development experience
  • Knowledge of database technologies e.g. SQL, Snowflake and ability to write complex queries
  • Familiarity to streaming technologies e.g. Kafka, Solace
  • Experience with cloud environments e.g. Azure, AWS, GCP is not required, however is preferred
  • Experience with multi-threaded, event-driven, and micro-services application architecture

What it takes to be successful:

  • You are a highly motivated, humble, and collaborative team member
  • You have strong problem-solving skills, able to quickly triage issues and drive resolution effort through completion
  • You can optimally communicate sophisticated ideas both written and verbally

Compensation • Salary Range: 175k - 225k, plus a discretionary bonus. • The discretionary bonus will be dependent upon the individuals skills, experience, qualifications, and firm performance

Our Benefits

(Disclaimer: does not apply to contract roles) We strongly believe in the well-being of our employees and their families so we offer outstanding benefits to support you both professionally and personally. These benefits include generous medical coverage, paid parental leave, free breakfast and lunch (plus healthy snacks, of course), wellness reimbursement, quarterly recharge days, and a variety of other benefits focused on providing the best employee experience.  

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

At CTC, we aim to cultivate a workplace that celebrates diversity and each person feels included, engaged and empowered. Where each of us feels we belong. We are committed to having a diverse workforce and are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. CTC does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform crucial job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. 

If you have a disability and believe you need a reasonable accommodation in order to search for a job opening or to apply for a position, please contact us at Note that emails sent to this email account for non-disability related issues, such as following up on an application, will not receive a response.