Saturday, March 3, 2012

ION - Fixed Income Trading Developer

The SGCIB (SG Corporate & Investment Banking) Fixed Income business has been a world leader for the last several years.  Fixed Income trades different listed and OTC products in multiple strategies such as US Treasuries, Agencies, Interest Rate Derivatives, Futures, and Repos in a complex set of legal entities involving proprietary and agency trading.  As this business evolves and continues to develop in a difficult economic context, we require dynamic and motivated resources to build the best and most effective technology environment in order to help the business reach its goals.
Main Accountabilities

Projects will involve the implementation, configuration, and use of the ION MarketView platform.    Primary tasks include but are not limited to:

  • MMI customization for traders
  • Training on both existing and new features in the MMI
  • Periodic upgrades to MMI, including testing of existing functionality, and verification of new enhancements, if any
  • Serve as a resource to and work with development staff on upcoming work that is likely to make use of ION gateways or components for trade execution
  • ION components installation and configuration
  • Document configurations and deployment procedures
  • ION platform periodic upgrades, including testing of existing functionality, and verification of new enhancements, if any
  • Help with troubleshooting of trader MMI issues, and working with ION staff to correct as necessary
  • ION server (VMO, VMQ gateways) monitoring and troubleshooting

Typical requirements could be the enhancement of the e-trading platform to support a new type of security, or the expansion of the platform to support a new electronic market or internal trading desk.   The candidate will also be responsible for providing guidance on platform integration and architectural issues.

Position Purpose / Context

The Client Trading and Technology (CTT) Fixed Income team develops software for price/inventory publication, inquiry management and straight through processing of electronic trades with various external electronic trading systems such as Bloomberg, TradeWeb, BrokerTech, Market Axess, etc. The position involves working closely with both the front office and trading system development teams to provide solutions to sales and trading desks.  Candidates will be exposed to e-trading functions including streaming prices, trade STP, electronic trade execution, order management, and market depth aggregation. The candidate might also be exposed to advanced trading techniques such as intelligent auto-quoting and order routing, automatic hedging and automated trading strategies.
The developer is needed to provide expertise in these products and systems to develop solutions for the relevant business lines.
Capabilities – Required Qualification

Technical skills
Skills Required:
  • Linux/Unix, Scripting (e.g. PERL, Shell)
  • Ability to configure MMI GUI based on business requirements
  • Ability to configure ION server side components
  • ION system admin knowledge


  • Windows server
  • Real-time pub/sub
  • Java
  • C# .Net (WPF)
  • Working knowledge of rates/fixed income trading systems (eSpeed, BorkerTec, Dealerweb, ICAP etc…)
  • Experience with ION Server side C++/Java API
  • Experience with ION C# MMI component framework
  • WINFits a plus
  • Scheduling tools such as autosys and cron job

Other: Required/Must have:

  • Clear written and verbal communication skills, appropriate to a given audience, (technical, functional, etc.)
  • Ability to communicate to a wide range of clients.
  • Must be a self-starter who is comfortable working in a very dynamic environment, with rapidly changing priorities.
  • Excellent problem solving skills.  
  • Must be able to interact with a variety of clients and support staff – traders, middle office, development, infrastructure, etc.
  • Must be able to provide accurate estimation of work effort, and effective status to management as well as clients.
  • Must be able to manage multiple tasks in parallel
  • Knowledge of trading and brokerage operations – front to back
  • Knowledge of derivative product lifecycle workflow
  • Knowledge of Fixed Income products  and markets including UST, When Issue securities, Agency Debt, TIPS, and Corporate Bonds

Prior Work experience

The ideal candidate will have at least 5 years experience, have excellent communication skills, knowledge of Fixed Income cash and derivatives products and markets, coupled with the following skills:

 Prior Experience Required:

• ION platform (MMI, system admin and server side component configuration) – 1-2+ year experience is A MUST
                This includes other related ION components such as VMO, VMQ, entitlements server
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
• Must be a self-starter who is comfortable working with rapidly changing priorities, must be able to handle multiple deliverables simultaneously.
• Must be able to interact with a variety of global teams – support, infrastructure, development
• Knowledge of Fixed Income TSY, Govy, Future and IRS product and pricing data.
• 5+ years of work experience in a related department

  • Knowledge of  Fixed Income trading
  • Knowledge of Fixed Income electronic markets and market connectivity

Desired/ Plus:

Required: BS in Computer Science/Finance or related field

Desired/ Plus:


  • Desired/ Plus: Fluency in French

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