Kdb+/q - Trading Systems Developer

New York, NY 10153

Posted: 07/01/2024 Industry: Information Technology Job Number: RO.7.20.1 Pay Rate: 180,000-200,000 base Remote Friendly: Experience: Open to 3 years plus or highly experienced

Job Description

Kdb+/q Developer for NYC-Based High-Frequency Trading (HFT) Firm

Are you a talented and passionate developer with expertise in kdb+/q seeking an exciting opportunity in the heart of the financial capital of the world? Join our NYC-based High-Frequency Trading (HFT) firm as a Kdb+/q Developer and be at the forefront of cutting-edge technology in the fast-paced world of algorithmic trading. As a key member of our technology team, you will play a crucial role in designing, building, and optimizing ultra-low-latency trading systems to execute high-frequency strategies on global financial markets.


  1. Develop and maintain kdb+/q applications: Utilize your proficiency in kdb+/q to design and implement high-performance trading applications, data processing pipelines, and analytics tools.
  2. Optimize performance: Continuously fine-tune and optimize the performance of trading systems to achieve ultra-low-latency data processing and execution.
  3. Collaborate with trading teams: Work closely with quantitative researchers and traders to understand their requirements and implement solutions that meet their needs efficiently and accurately.
  4. Real-time data handling: Implement real-time data streaming and processing capabilities to handle large volumes of financial market data with low latency.
  5. Support and troubleshooting: Actively monitor trading systems, identify and resolve issues promptly, and ensure system stability and uptime.
  6. Research and innovation: Stay up-to-date with the latest advancements in kdb+/q and HFT technologies, and proactively suggest improvements and innovations to enhance trading strategies and system performance.
  7. Data integration: Integrate data from various sources, including exchanges, brokers, and other third-party providers, into the trading infrastructure.
  8. Documentation: Maintain comprehensive documentation of the codebase, system architecture, and development processes to facilitate knowledge sharing and team collaboration.

This role offers an exciting opportunity to contribute to the success of a prominent NYC-based HFT firm, working on state-of-the-art trading systems in a fast-paced and intellectually stimulating environment. If you are an ambitious developer with a passion for the financial markets and cutting-edge technology, we invite you to join our team and be part of our continued success.




Job Requirements


  1. Strong expertise in kdb+/q: Proven experience in designing and developing applications using kdb+/q in a high-frequency trading environment.
  2. HFT experience: Previous experience working with High-Frequency Trading systems and understanding the intricacies of low-latency data processing and algorithmic trading strategies.
  3. Financial market knowledge: Solid understanding of financial markets, instruments, and trading concepts, including equities, futures, options, and other derivatives.
  4. Programming skills: Proficiency in other programming languages such as Python, C++, or Java, and the ability to integrate kdb+/q solutions into existing systems.
  5. Performance optimization: Demonstrated ability to optimize code for low latency and high throughput, ensuring efficient data handling and execution.
  6. Problem-solving skills: Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, with a keen eye for detail and the ability to identify and resolve complex issues efficiently.
  7. Communication and teamwork: Excellent communication skills with the ability to work collaboratively in a fast-paced, dynamic team environment.
  8. Degree in Computer Science, Engineering, or related field: A bachelor's or master's degree in a relevant discipline is preferred.



Meet Your Recruiter

Rolf Otten
Technology Recruiter



In 2004, shortly after graduating from NIU's College of Business, my recruiting career at CPS, Inc. started. During this time, I have been able to learn from some of the best recruiters within the industry and continually look to improve myself in order to better serve both the candidates and client companies I represent. 

I partner with several of the leading tech firms in Chicago and across the country in helping them secure hard to find technologists.  These companies are in a variety of industries: Financial/Trading, E-Commerce, Data Analytic, Ad-tech, Education Tech, SaaS, Hedge Funds, and more. 

The positions I work include: Software Engineers (C++, Java, C#, Python, Ruby, etc.), Network/Systems Engineers, DevOps, DBA's, Data Scientists, and more. 


About me: 

I grew up in the west suburbs of Chicago just blocks from the famed Brookfield Zoo. I enjoy spending time with my wife and our three children and try to keep up with all of their activities. I try to remain as active as possible and enjoy all things "sports". You can find me at Soldier Field for most Bears games and will never say no to a good chicken wing.



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