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The Trading team within Aladdin Product Group is responsible for designing and building software used by BlackRock and BlackRock Solution clients for portfolio management and trading. This position is for a VP on Aladdin’s trading platform. The Aladdin Trading System is one of the most critical components of the BlackRock technology stack and is designed to handle multiple asset classes on a unified platform. The System is engineered to handle billions of transactions a day with millisecond latency. The system is always available and has no single point of failure.
The Aladdin Trading System consists of applications built using a micro-services architecture and leverages technologies like Apache Cassandra, a highly available NoSQL database, Apache Zookeeper, a distributed coordinator and Spark Streaming for its rule engine. The key components of the trading system include the order management system, the order crossing components, smart order routing, FIX-connectivity and execution management system.
- Manage individual projects priorities, deadlines and deliverables using AGILE methodologies
- Deliver high throughput, high availability, concurrent and fault tolerant software systems
- Significantly contribute to development of Aladdin’s global, multi-asset trading platform
- Contribute as a senior individual contributor in building various capabilities of the OEMS(Order & Execution Management System) like real-time market data pipelines, algorithmic trading, trade analytics, pre & post-trade TCA, watch lists, smart order routing and integrated news & twitter feeds
- Develop and mentor other team members in order to build a highly performant team
- Manage large scale deployments and rollouts with an emphasis on risk-mitigation
- Work with product management and business users to define the roadmap for the product
- Design and develop innovative solutions to complex problems, identifying issues and roadblocks
- Be a thought leader and a partner in brainstorming solutions for team productivity, training and motivating developers, and hiring new developers
- Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Computer Science or engineering required.
- 8 + years hands-on experience in Java.
- Experience in using Project Management methodologies such as Agile/Scrum is required.
- Experience in building Order and Execution Management, Trading systems is required
- In depth understanding of concurrent programming and experience in designing high throughput, high availability, fault tolerant distributed applications is a must.
- Experience in building distributed applications using NOSQL technologies like Cassandra, coordination services like Zookeeper, and micro services architecture / SOA is required.
- Experience in message oriented middleware architecture is required.
- Experience in building UI components using swing, web technologies is required.
- Understanding of relational databases is a must
- Strong analytical and software architecture design skills with an emphasis on test driven development.
- Experience in programming languages such as Scala, python would be a plus.
- Experience in using streaming technologies like spark streaming or storm would be a plus.
- Expected to drive growth of the trading platform through performance, stability, usability and new investment product capabilities
- Effective communication and presentation skills (written and verbal) are required
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