Java Developer, Associate Java Developer, Associate …

in London, United Kingdom
Permanent, Full time
Last application, 23 Nov 20
in London, United Kingdom
Permanent, Full time
Last application, 23 Nov 20
Java Developer, Associate

About this role

At BlackRock, we are looking for Software Engineers who like to innovate and solve complex problems. We recognize that strength comes from diversity, and will embrace your unique skills, curiosity, drive, and passion while giving you the opportunity to grow technically and as an individual.

With over USD $7 trillion of assets we have an exceptional responsibility: our technology empowers millions of investors to save for retirement, pay for college, buy a home and improve their financial wellbeing.

Being a developer at BlackRock combines working for one of the most advanced financial companies and being part of a software development team responsible for next generation technology and solutions.

What is Aladdin and the Aladdin Product Group (APG)?

You will be working on BlackRock's investment operating system: Aladdin. Aladdin is used both internally and externally by many financial institutions. Aladdin combines sophisticated risk analytics with comprehensive portfolio management, trading and operations tools on a single platform to power informed decision-making and create a connective tissue for thousands of users investing worldwide.

Our development teams sit inside APG. We collaboratively build the next generation technology that changes the way information, people, and technology intersect for global investment firms. We build and package tools that manage trillions in assets and supports millions of financial instruments. We perform risk calculations and process millions of transactions for our users every day worldwide!

The Trading & Liquidity team within Aladdin Product Group is responsible for designing, development and support of software used by BlackRock and BlackRock Solution clients for all trading workflows. The team's responsibilities include order management, execution management, pre and post trade analytics, algorithmic trading and liquidity discovery. The team focuses on delivering best-in-class enterprise trading solution for all financial products on one global real-time platform. We are a global team with people based in New York, London, San Francisco, Gurgaon and Budapest.

The Aladdin Trading System consists of applications built using a micro-services architecture on top of distributed highly available systems such as Apache Cassandra, Zookeeper, Spark, Kafka.


  • Work with global team to design, develop, and integrate trading functionality into our trading platform

  • Collaborate with traders and product managers to improve our trading ecosystem by coming up with creative ideas and discussing feature requests, issues, and resolution

  • Be involved in entire life cycle of project, from design to development and deployment. Work with traders to assess impact and usability as a feedback loop to continuing to improve functionality.

  • Design and develop innovative solutions to complex problems, identifying issues and roadblocks around support, testing, development effort


  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or related field or equivalent experience

  • 1-3 years professional experience in Java programming

  • Strong analytical and software architecture design skills with an emphasis on test driven development.

  • Strong knowledge of data storage including relational and NoSQL databases

  • Knowledge of concurrent programming and designing high throughput, high availability, fault tolerant distributed applications

  • Knowledge of message-oriented middleware architecture

Familiarity with the following is a plus:

  • Experience in building one or more of the following: Market Data, Algorithmic Trading, and FIX Platforms

  • Experience and familiarity with the latest performance techniques in Java/JVM/low/no GC, off-heap caching, kernel bypass, cache locality, CPU pinning, Linux customizations, etc.

  • Experience in building distributed applications and familiarity with: NOSQL technologies like Cassandra, coordination services like Zookeeper, and micro services architecture and restful APIs.

  • Basic understanding of financial markets for FX, Equities, Futures.

Our benefits

To help you stay energized, engaged and inspired, we offer a wide range of benefits including a strong retirement plan, tuition reimbursement, comprehensive healthcare, support for working parents and Flexible Time Off (FTO) so you can relax, recharge and be there for the people you care about.

About BlackRock

BlackRock's purpose is to help more and more people experience financial well-being. As a fiduciary to investors and a leading provider of financial technology, our clients turn to us for the solutions they need when planning for their most important goals. As of September 30, 2020, the firm managed approximately $7.81 trillion in assets on behalf of investors worldwide.  

For additional information on BlackRock, please visit | Twitter:  @blackrock | LinkedIn: .

BlackRock is proud to be an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.  We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status, and other statuses protected by law.

BlackRock will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest or conviction records in a manner consistent with the requirements of the law, including any applicable fair chance law.
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