Software Developer (Quantitative Trading Desk)

Location London
Discipline: Software Design and Application Development
Job type: Permanent
Salary: Package is up to £350k depending on skills and experience.

Offering a rare permanent opportunity with up to £350k package and Hybrid working, a Global Investment Company is seeking a Software Developer (Quantitative Trading Desk) to join their team based in Central London.


  • Package is up to £350k depending on skills and experience.


The company is a globally recognised alternatives investment manager that specialises in long/short equity. They employ a combination of fundamental investing and systematic and quantitative strategies to generate returns from a wide range of investment solutions. With over 550 employees stationed in London, New York, Hong Kong, and Singapore, they are one of the world's largest alternative asset managers, managing in excess of $63 billion.

Their history is one of continuous development and innovation. They take pride in being the creators of the TOPS Alpha Capture System, and they extensively use proprietary systems throughout their investment and operations environment. In a challenging industry, they strive to remain competitive by fostering diversity and providing the people with the systems, data, technology, and work environment they need to thrive. Their culture encourages innovative ideas to emerge from all areas of the firm and to be executed expeditiously. TOPS is a remarkable example of how innovation within the company has generated a one-of-a-kind investment solution for their clients and boosted efficiency and critical processes and controls across the firm.


The Quantitative Trading Team is a front office technology team responsible for the research, enhancement, and innovation of algorithmic execution strategies that focuses primarily on the execution of the company's global trade flow across multiple asset classes. The scale of the company's activity leads to significant operating leverage, where deliveries of all sizes from the team can have large revenue and profit impact.

The successful candidate will join the current team of ten computer science / domain experts based in London and New York. The candidate must be a passionate, hands-on developer with experience in designing and implementing trading systems, and building research and back-testing pipelines on a Linux platform.

The role will require frequent contact with the global trading, operations, treasury and technology teams. As such, the successful candidate will possess excellent communication skills, be confident discussing their contributions to senior partners/business leads, and have confidence in problem solving under pressure.

The successful candidate is likely to have experience working on a real-time execution platform at a systematic hedge fund, a systematic broker, a systematic desk at a top tier investment bank, a high frequency trading environment or a market maker, but all applications from other backgrounds are welcome if they demonstrate suitability for the role. 

Required Skills and Experience:

  • Ideally 4-8 years of experience

  • Advanced C++ on Linux

  • Excellent software engineering skills with experience designing high-performance, real-time enterprise-grade trading systems / execution platforms / order management system 

  • Experience routing orders; managing fund positions at trade time; understanding trade costs, financing costs, and the trade off between them

  • Great architecture, design and implementation skills

  • Highly proficient with unit testing frameworks 

Desirable Skills and Experience:

  • Python

  • Kafka, UMS/LBM

  • Understanding of linear/convex optimisation

  • Experience developing execution algos and/or quant APIs and research pipelines, and handling data intensive workloads

  • Experience with large scale distributed computing technologies

  • Interest in global equity/future/FX/options/debt market microstructure

  • Awareness of real-time market data feeds and FIX protocol applications, preferably from an algorithmic trading perspective 

Important Characteristics:

  • Ability to work in often highly pressurised environments with tight deadlines

  • Motivated, enthusiastic, and thrives in a dynamic environment

  • Extremely rigorous, but pragmatic

  • Assured and confident in own abilities and speaking with senior members of the organisation

  • Record of delivery and professional innovation and achievement 


  • Annual Discretionary Bonuses: Reflecting firm and individual performance.

  • Health and Life Insurance: Range of healthcare benefits to help you manage your personal, physical and emotional wellbeing.

  • Food & Beverage: Complimentary breakfast and lunch for all employees plus on-site coffee bars and a wide variety of healthy snacks.

  • Global Office Design: They aim to create a cohesive environment, regardless of region. They've designed office spaces to ensure everyone feels the connection no matter where you're located.

  • Cycle to Work Initiative: Green loan scheme which employees are able to use for the purchase of bicycles.

  • Enhanced Caregiver Leave: Enhanced, flexible primary and secondary caregiver leave.

  • Annual Training Allowance: Encourage personal and professional development. This allowance may be used towards conferences, seminars, and training courses which supplement extensive on-site training materials.

  • Pension Scheme: Generous pension and retirement savings plans.

  • Sabbatical: Generous sabbatical after you've been with the company for 8 years and every 4 years after that.

  • Charity Donation Matching: Generous charity matching scheme and ample opportunities to become involved in the community. They offer charity of the year awards in each region and encourage employees to submit causes they're passionate about.

  • Carbon Offset Programme: The company offsets its CO2 emissions annually and aims to sustainably source all office materials.

  • Physical and Mental Fitness: Health and wellness benefits include an onsite gym & classes (LDN and NYC), gym subsidies in other regions, access to mental health support, and subscriptions to mindfulness platforms.

  • Employee Referral Programme: Bonus for each successful hire in the month your referral joins the company.