MEET THE TEAM
The Development Team
JOINING THE DEVELOPMENT TEAM
Developers are typically placed in a small team, where you’ll begin with simple projects to help you get comfortable and familiarize yourself with our systems.
As you build up experience and demonstrate your ability, we gradually increase the complexity of the projects and give you greater responsibility. You’ll have an experienced Developer overseeing your work and on hand for any questions you may have.
The Quant Team
Our Quant Developers, Quant Researchers and Quant Traders are working across every aspect of Akuna’s system. Quants connect with both the Trading and Development Teams to innovate on data analysis, modeling, and strategies.
At Akuna our Quants work across 2 major areas; data analysis & infrastructure, and quant trading & research.
From hypothesis to research and prototyping, Quants are given the opportunity to challenge themselves and learn from each other to expand Akuna’s reach into new forms of liquidity.
DATA ANALYSIS & INFRASTRUCTURE
This team is responsible for finding insights that differentiate us from our competition – a difficult task that requires enthusiastic problem solving and a willingness to challenge our current way of thinking. They are our experts in combining Big Data and Machine Learning to identify new strategies while optimizing existing ones.
QUANT TRADING & RESEARCH
Comprised of mathematicians, statisticians and technologists, this team creates trading strategies scientifically by combining quantitative expertise with a sophisticated understanding of derivatives and financial markets.
As a Quant Developer or Researcher you will be paired with a mentor who will help introduce you to our libraries, applications, infrastructure and theoretical training of advanced derivatives pricing.
As a Quant Trader you will be introduced to basic and advanced option theory and programming training while becoming familiar with our existing strategies, infrastructure and research process.
THE TRADING TEAM
Trading at Akuna means making hundreds of decisions a day.
Our Trading Team is responsible for the firm’s trading and risk management decisions on a day to day basis. Traders manage risk by reacting to new information in news, weather, interest rates, politics, the economy and much more.
Akuna Traders have a competitive drive and are motivated to succeed in the fast and challenging world of trading. They work across 2 major areas; options market-making and quantitative trading.
Options Market-Makers are competitive, ambitious and bright. This team leverages our proprietary technology while implementing a variety of trading strategies and ideas to make an impact on the bottom line of the firm. Our Traders work together in teams and require strong communication and rapid mental math skills.
The Trading Department has a specialized Quant Trading Team which works on the full spectrum of strategy development including hypothesis, analysis, back-testing, implementation and trading. Quant Traders are creative thinkers who improve our profitability by converting ideas into quantitative models and strategies using Python programming skills, advanced mathematics and statistical analysis.
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No prior trading knowledge is required for Junior Options Market-Makers or Junior Quant Traders. You’ll be immersed into the dynamic world of trading through an intensive group education program followed by rotations and mentorships.
AKUNA HEADQUARTERS CHICAGO
Our Chicago office functions as Akuna’s Headquarters, we first opened our doors in the summer of 2011 and haven’t stopped growing since. We have representation across all of Akuna’s major business functions including Development, Quant, Trading, I.T. and Business Operations.
Our Chicago team trades significant market-share in listed derivatives across all major asset classes in the U.S. and directly competes with the largest market-making and arbitrage trading firms in the world.
Akuna Technologies was our first international office and opened in the Fall of 2014. Our Shanghai office works with the latest hardware and software technologies to develop high performance low latency solutions that are robust and scalable, ensuring our strategies are as fast as possible for Akuna’s global trading operations.
Our Cambridge office opened in the Fall of 2015 and is comprised of a select team of Quants whose projects encompass data collection, analysis and back-testing. They work collaboratively with traders to develop advanced automated trading strategies from idea to implementation while supporting our trading activities in Chicago.