Senior Trading Systems Specialist

  • Location: Chicago, IL, USA
  • Job Type: Permanent, Full time

Senior Trading Systems Specialist

Company Description:
William Blair is a global investment banking and asset management firm. We are committed to building enduring relationships with our clients and providing expertise and solutions to meet their evolving needs. An independent and employee-owned firm, William Blair is based in Chicago, with offices in 18 cities across four continents. For more information, please visit williamblair.com.

Job Summary & Responsibilities:
  • Work closely with trading desks, third party vendors, Operations and IT on requirements, design, implementation and support of trading related technologies.
  • Maintain and support existing custom trading applications and third party products of medium to high complexity with an emphasis on trading workflow and integration.
  • Work closely with senior IT development staff and Development Manager to ensure that technical design and programs satisfy business needs.
  • Work with IT support staff to ensure all processes have appropriate monitoring, recovery, and security.
  • Participate in other projects as requested by management.


Qualifications:
  • 10+ years of experience with 5+ years in a trading system management / trading support role, leading trading technology related projects required.
  • Significant hands-on experience with trading systems and the related back-office systems.
  • Financial services experience required.
  • Bachelor's degree strongly preferred.
  • In depth technical knowledge in various trading technologies on both the buy and sell sides. Emphasis on sell-side equity desk using Fidessa and Bloomberg OMS systems, Broadridge back office.
  • Excellent business knowledge with emphasis on inner workings of broker/dealer and/or financial services business including the operational aspects of the business.
  • Knowledge of fix protocol, OATS reporting, various executing brokers, algos, exchanges and other broker dealers.
  • Must be able to explain SEC market access rules
  • Working knowledge of Bloomberg SSEOMS, TOMS, EMSX (buy-side for order testing)
  • Superior problem solving and analytical skills.
  • Capable of working on technical projects with little or no supervision and with strong attention to details. Demonstrated project management experience.
  • High level of commitment and enthusiasm.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and the ability to work directly with business partners in a team-based environment.


As a William Blair associate, you'll enjoy Medical, Dental, Life and AD&D Insurance, along with a generous profit sharing program that includes a 401K plan in addition to a firm contribution. We also offer three weeks of vacation, flexible spending accounts, a business casual dress code, a 75% discounted commissions on trades, and discounts at restaurants, museums, parks and retailers.
William Blair is an equal opportunity employer. It complies with all laws and regulations that prohibit discrimination in employment practice because of race, color, religion, creed, ancestry, marital status, gender, age, national origin, sexual orientation, unfavorable discharge from the military service or on the basis of a physical or mental disability that is unrelated to the employee's ability to perform the duties of the job applied for.
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As a William Blair associate, you’ll enjoy Medical, Dental, Life and AD&D Insurance, along with a generous profit sharing program that includes a 401K plan in addition to a firm contribution. We also offer three weeks of vacation, flexible spending accounts, a business casual dress code, a 75% discounted commissions on trades, and discounts at restaurants, museums, parks and retailers.

William Blair is an equal opportunity employer. It complies with all laws and regulations that prohibit discrimination in employment practice because of race, color, religion, creed, ancestry, marital status, gender, age, national origin, sexual orientation, unfavorable discharge from the military service or on the basis of a physical or mental disability that is unrelated to the employee's ability to perform the duties of the job applied for.

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