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Senior C++ Software Engineer

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tastyworks, Inc.
Chicago, IL

As a Senior C++ Software Engineer, you’ll be part of a team of engineers that builds out the technology that powers our retail brokerage business and supports our other business initiatives. We care about the speed and stability of our back-end systems as much as we care about the customer-facing applications we build. Our architecture is consistently evolving as our business grows and we face different technical challenges, but always with a focus on practicality and performance. 

You’ll help by contributing to tastyworks’ trading systems. This includes adding new features and tackling improvements to reliability, fault tolerance, and speed. As well as tackling new business needs and troubleshooting issues as they arise.

What you’ll do: 

  • Add, modify, and support features of the retail brokerage order flow in C++
  • Provide technical leadership for more junior members of the team, by both managing small project teams and providing general technical mentorship 
  • Provide concise, constructive, and thoughtful peer reviews for both more junior engineers as well as for other senior engineers. Your peer reviews will cover general codecraft, quality of implementation, and overall business domain correctness
  • Translate requirements and technical direction into production-quality code 
  • Evaluate and build proof of concept implementations leveraging new technology or novel architecture in order to spike a path for new projects 
  • Contribute to scaling existing technology by profiling current architecture and refactoring existing code and/or leveraging new technology within existing systems 
  • Write comprehensive tests for your code 
  • Perform infrastructure work as necessary with support from the infrastructure team to support application development projects 
  • Take ownership over several of tastyworks’ order routing systems  

Who you are: 

  • Mastery of C++, STL, and modern C++ practices, and the ability/willingness to deploy and manage production systems built using these in a production context 
  • The ability to learn quickly in areas in which you don't already have deep expertise 
  • The ability to jump into the code base and quickly become productive in it 
  • 5+ years of professional experience working as a software engineer on a team, preferably with some experience as a technical lead or mentor
  • Experience with trading systems is a bonus; the desire to learn about trading is a must

Team Perks:

  • Performance Bonuses
  • Subsidized Engineering Training Program
  • Stock Purchase Options
  • Tuition Reimbursement Program
  • Gym Membership Reimbursement
  • Commuter Benefits
  • Pet Insurance
  • Wellness & Mental Health Programs
  • Charitable Donation Matching
  • Two Paid Volunteer Days Off
  • Daily catered lunch when in the office
  • Full kitchen with snacks and beverages
  • Dog-friendly office
  • In-building gym
  • CTA stop a block away, Shuttle to/from Metra
  • Office located in the West Loop - Chicago's growing center of tech, great cuisine, and high-end bars

Our Company:

The tastytrade family of companies (tastytrade, tastyworks, Dough by tastyworks, and quiet foundation) empowers individual investors by providing educational media, intuitive and powerful trading software, high-speed order execution, innovative derivatives products, and portfolio guidance. The diversity of our offerings and the technology that powers them provide our engineers with exposure to a broad set of tools and the opportunity to dig deep into specific problems. We are an ideal environment for those who are self-motivated, engineering-focused, pragmatic, and who truly enjoy creating and operating large, highly available, and performant systems. Our team is lean at roughly 40 members and we follow a management philosophy that values the autonomy of our engineers.


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