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Software Development Full-Time Chicago, IL March 5, 2018


Are you passionate about helping a team realize their greatest potential? Do you love getting to know the personalities and ambitions of each team member to help them thrive? Are you a highly skilled coach that enjoys developing software engineers and teams? CTC is seeking a Software Team Manager for the Emerging Businesses team. Our growing team is focused on implementing trading strategies primarily in Futures and Equities products. As a member of our team, you will develop and lead a team of skilled engineers. Your team will partner with Traders and Quants to help deliver end-to-end trading systems.


  • You will ensure the strategic direction of the group is well understood and that each employee understands how their role and personal goals connect to it.
  • You regularly solicit feedback from others about the performance of the individuals and the team as a whole, and use that feedback to build a team that is stronger than any one individual.
  • You work hard to understand and apply each team member’s strengths to responsibilities where they can do their best work and make the most impact for the team.
  • You craft development plans that are tailored to the individual – set up to amplify their strengths and mitigate their weaknesses. These plans are a match between what the company needs and the career path the individual craves.
  • You continually advocate for, and implement changes that improve the productivity, efficiency, and general environment for the development team.
  • Reviewing the team's capacity and capabilities is a meaningful activity for you, and is how you drive employee development as well as recruiting.
  • You create an environment of psychological safety where all team members are able to voice their opinions, be heard, and influence the company.
  • You make technical contributions that enhance team productivity and effectiveness (build and test improvements, automation, etc).
  • At times you will be asked to run projects and efforts that the team is involved in.


  • Prior experience leading a software development team, and a passion for coaching and team development.
  • You are great at providing timely and effective feedback that help employees learn and grow.
  • You are familiar with structured interviewing techniques and can accurately assess the values and abilities of potential additions to our team.
  • Motivation is an important coaching practice for you. You understand the difference between intrinsic motivation and extrinsic motivation.
  • You know how to balance giving direction versus coaching an employee to find the path for themselves.
  • Ability to build trust and influence within the team, the company, and with external partners.
  • You have experience using contract labor and know how and when to employ it to augment the team.
  • Performance management is a topic you take very seriously and approach with urgency when there is a gap.
  • You understand basic project management concepts and can break work down into manageable achievements, and keep the team on track.
  • You have technical experience with one or more of the following languages: Java, C++, and Python.
  • You have experience with source control (preferably Git), continuous integration/delivery, automated testing, and software development best practices.
  • It would be helpful but not required if you had experience with distributed Linux trading system development.
  • B.S. in Computer Science or related engineering fields.

Who we are

Chicago Trading Company is a highly analytical, team-based, derivatives trading firm that employs a dynamic, disciplined approach to trading across a variety of products and strategies. We take decisive action to position ourselves at the forefront of the financial markets.

We actively trade in a broad spectrum of asset classes that include Equities, Interest Rates, and Commodities. We have grown dramatically since our inception in 1995. Recognized as a leading provider of liquidity and pricing on numerous derivatives exchanges globally, we trade more than 20 hours a day, six days a week.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

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