The candidate should have very strong knowledge of modern C++ and solid real-world experience with distributed, Linux-based high frequency trading systems. Experience handling very high messaging volumes is highly desirable. Excellent written and oral communication skills are also a must as well as the ability to work both independently and as part of a team as needed. The ideal candidate would be comfortable assisting traders in implementation of trading strategies using reliable, best practice designs while on tight schedules. Additional highly desirable skills include SQL and python, and in general the more familiarity with financial instruments (stocks, bonds, options, futures) the better.