DevOps Manager


As the DevOps Manager you are responsible for leading Akuna’s Trade Support groups, who are the guardians of our production trading systems. This group is responsible for all aspects of supporting, managing, optimizing and troubleshooting the various production trading systems, both proprietary and 3rd party. Akuna’s trading systems rapidly change, with a high rate of software releases which must be managed with an eye on both innovation and risk. The DevOps manager will work closely with the business, development and infrastructure leaders on a daily basis as well as the senior management, with this role reporting directly to the CTO. Akuna is big on automation in all aspects of our business and this is especially valid in DevOps and Trade Support, we are constantly on the lookout for ways to improve our efficiency as we grow. This is a green-field opportunity to build a DevOps function at Akuna from the ground up, using your experience to shape the team, helping to guide the design of the trading system, enacting 1st and 2nd line support protocols and automating our world.

What you’ll do as a DevOps Manager at Akuna:

  • Build the DevOps/Application Engineer function at Akuna from the solid foundations we have in Trade Support
  • Lead and contribute in the team to support and maintain our proprietary trading systems, adapting the team and environment as required to meet changing needs
  • Work with cutting-edge technologies such as high-performance servers, FPGA, GPU and low-latency networking equipment
  • Strive for automation and continuous improvement of our trading system configuration, monitoring, log collection and analysis
  • Work closely with Development, Trading and Infrastructure teams to position Akuna and its system optimally for every event, both expected and unexpected
  • Own and drive the process in which Akuna releases its software on a daily basis such that you are able to make informed risk-based decisions that affect trading operations
  • Work closely with 3rd party providers and ensure smooth running and integration with Akuna’s proprietary trading system
  • Ensure 24 hour coverage as and when required, taking on the same responsibilities as the DevOps engineers
  • Recruit, motivate and mentor the best DevOps engineering talent as Akuna continues to change and grow

Qualities that make great candidates:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Engineering or similar field
  • 2+ years’ experience leading, or at a senior position in an Ops/DevOps team
  • Experience working with Linux/Unix in large distributed systems
  • You are a technologist, passionate about your field, and able to show deep technical credibility to your team and the wider company
  • Hands-on, collaborative working style and enjoy working with engineers from many different backgrounds
  • A history of taking smart risks and being aggressive with change to push forward with technology initiatives
  • Comfortable writing scripts in python/bash. Familiarity with C++ would be a big plus
  • A good understanding of the whole stack (both in the trading business and the technology itself)
  • Broad experience in Salt, Puppet, Nagios, Cobbler, Ansible would be beneficial
  • Trading industry experience preferred

Location: Chicago

Department: IT/Infrastructure