C++ programmers are in demand as Trading Systems Developers in Tech/Quant Finance?

Tech/Quant Finance jobs are mostly located near the financial hubs - New York, Chicago in the US; London, Amsterdam in Europe; Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore, Tokyo in Asia; Sydney in Australia, etc.

These jobs are typically hired by firms via headhunters. The best way to get noticed is with a good profile on LinkedIn. Usually, the recruiters reach you out if you hit certain keywords related to the job such as C++, Linux, Multithreading, Trading Systems Development, previous work experience in tech/quant finance roles, etc. You may also reach recruiters via LinkedIn InMails. Another way to get interviews is by applying to jobs on efinancial careers, LinkedIn Jobs, dice, etc. which are posted by the head hunters.

Most firms have no problem hiring software developers from junior to senior levels with no previous work experience in tech/quant finance roles as long as they have a strong relevant technical background. Tech Lead/Engineering Management roles are typically for people with a background in developing similar systems.

There are a variety of firms operating in this space such as - Hedge Funds, Quant Trading firms, Algo Trading firms, Prop Trading firms, Exchanges, Market Makers, Investment Banks, Brokerages, Trading Software/Analytics providers, etc. While the work for the software developer varies based on what the firm is doing, the underlying technical skills are very similar.

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