Senior Network Engineer

Chicago, IL

We are seeking a Senior Network Engineer to join our innovative and growing technology team at Akuna. The ideal candidate is likely to have worked within the financial industry and be able to demonstrate a successful history in network architecture, design, maintenance and monitoring. We are looking for highly self-motivated multi-taskers who are comfortable working in a demanding, state of the art electronic trading environment.

What you’ll do as a Senior Network Engineer at Akuna:   

  • Analyze business requirements and design, implement, and manage an effective (WAN/LAN) network that supports our current domestic trading platform and a future global platform
  • Proactively identify enhancements to existing configurations, technologies or procedures to improve performance and reduce bottlenecks
  • Evaluate current/new technology and network providers on an ongoing basis to ensure that the trading infrastructure remains stable, competitive and cost effective
  • Work closely with our entire IT team as well as traders to improve all aspects of our infrastructure
  • Day to day support of network and application environments
  • Assist in hardware/software evaluation and make recommendations on purchases
  • Ability to multitask and meet numerous business goals
  • Work on open sourced and proprietary monitoring tools that are customized to fit our business
  • Assisting in breaking down complex issues within the network stack
  • Document and focus on automation of all our day to day operations                                                      

Qualities that make great candidates:

  • Minimum of 7 years’ experience working with Juniper/Arista/Cisco
  • CCIE level expertise in BGP, iBGP, eBGP, OSPF and Multicast routing
  • Experience designing and maintaining CWDM/DWDM networks
  • Extensive knowledge of Exchange network topologies
  • Strong knowledge of low latency Exchange implementations
  • Experience in IP telephony, multi campus video conferencing, Hoot-n-holler, instant messaging
  • Familiarity designing a diverse path/low latency WAN utilizing multiple vendors
  • Multiple years of experience in maintaining internet security and actively managing VPN connections
  • Experience performing network traffic and protocol analysis using standard industry tools (Wireshark, tcpdump)
  • Background in hardware or software based messaging protocols
  • Scripting language experience such as python is a plus


Location: Chicago, IL

Department: IT/Infrastructure