Network Engineer

| Chicago, IL, USA
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Company: tastytrade 

Role: Network Engineer 

As a Network Engineer with tastytrade you’ll be part of the team that builds out the retail brokerage business and supports our other business initiatives. We care about the speed and stability of our back-end systems as much as we care about the experience our customer-facing applications create. Our architecture is consistently evolving as our business grows and we face different technical challenges, but always with a focus on practicality and performance. 

The tasty family of companies empowers individual investors and traders by providing educational media, intuitive and powerful trading software, high-speed order execution, competitive pricing, and innovative financial products. The diversity of our offerings and the technology which powers them provide our engineers with exposure to a broad set of tools and the opportunity to dig deep into specific problems. We are an ideal environment for those who are self-motivated, engineering-focused, pragmatic, and who truly enjoy creating and operating large, highly-available, and performant systems. Our team is lean and our management philosophy values the autonomy of our people.

You’ll help tastytrade exceed this goal by bringing a detail-oriented approach, be up to date with current and future networking technologies, proactively identifying potential issues on tastytrade’s infrastructure and taking on a variety of tasks and projects. Our primary focus is maintaining the most reliable and performant network possible for the best possible customer experience. 

This position is based in tastytrade's Chicago office and requires travel to tastytrade's data center locations (greater Chicago metro and New Jersey) as needed. 

What you’ll do: 

  • Collaborate with the rest of the tastytrade network team to help design, implement, and manage tastytrade’s network infrastructure 
  • Leverage automation skills and take a "dev ops" approach to improve efficiency and resiliency of the network environment 
  • Contribute to the advancement of our monitoring and alerting systems 
  • Maintain comprehensive network diagrams and documentation, creating new artifacts where necessary 
  • Monitor, guard and analyze the network infrastructure from threats. 
  • Partner with the development team to deliver value to tastytrade's customers 
  • Provide technical support to employees as needed 
  • Troubleshoot network, security or voice related issues through resolution 
  • Participate in a network on-call rotation 
  • Assist with data center operations, maintenance, migrations and upgrades 

Who you are: 

  • Bachelor's Degree in Information Technology, Computer Science or related field experience 
    CCNP or equivalent cert or network experience 
  • Strong understanding of switching and routing concepts and demonstrable experience managing switching and routing in a medium to large-scale network. 
  • Have advanced knowledge of TCP/IP stack, Switches, Routers, Firewalls, IPS/IDS, and Linux 
  • Advanced understanding and a history of working with protocols including: BGP, Vxlan, and vPCs 
  • Have a history of supporting mission critical, production network infrastructure and are able to respond quickly while remaining calm during high-pressure incidents 
  • Take a high degree of ownership in your work, constantly striving to improve the state of the infrastructure 
  • Strong history of working as part of a larger team where collaboration and constructive conflict exist 
  • Desire to master your craft and become a subject matter expert in multiple facets of network infrastructure 
  • Familiarity with and current experience of designing and maintaining Cloud Network Infrastructure (AWS/GCP) 
  • Able to lift to 75lbs (network equipment, servers, cabling), comfortable working in a datacenter environment, and moving equipment across datacenters 

Additional, But Not Required Qualifications: 

  • Advanced knowledge and history working with Linux networking including diagnostic tools (packet capture) 
  • Experience working in the financial services or a similarly regulated industry 
  • Familiarity with infrastructure as code tooling (Terraform, CloudFormation, or Arista Cloudvision) 
  • Experience with configuration management technologies such as Ansible and/or Chef 
  • Strong familiarity with ticketing systems (Jira) and modern version control, i.e. git(hub) 
  • Experience with Arista, Checkpoint, Cisco, Fortinet, Palo Alto is a plus 

Team Perks: 

  • Performance Bonus Opportunities
  • Stock Purchase Options 
  • 401k Plan 
  • Continued Education Support 
  • 20 Paid Vacation Days (plus an additional paid vacation day the month of your birthday!) 
  • 10 Paid Sick Days 
  • Annual educational / conference stipend 
  • Sustainable workday with minimal on-call responsibilities 
  • Gym Membership Reimbursement 
  • Commuter Benefits 
  • Pet Insurance 
  • Wellness & Mental Health Programs 
  • Charitable Donation Matching 
  • Two Paid Volunteer Days Off 
  • Daily catered lunch when in the office 
  • Full kitchen with snacks and beverages 
  • In-building gym 
  • CTA stop a block away, Shuttle to/from Metra 

Our Company: 

The IG North America family of companies empowers individual traders differently. tastylive, founded in 2011, is an online financial media network, tastytrade (previously known as tastyworks) is a self-directed retail brokerage firm that launched in 2017, tasty Software Solutions and IG US, is a registered Forex broker-dealer. In 2021, London-based IG Group acquired tastylive, Inc. (previously known as tastytrade) and assigned it to lead business in North America. This combined team has years of experience like institutional brokers but also a passion for disrupting the entire trading industry.  
Our dream is simple: we want more people to find more success with a better trading experience. That’s why we’re investing heavily in the right people, technology, and media to make that happen in the US and across the globe. 

Location: Our office is in the West Loop - Chicago's growing center of tech, great cuisine, and high-end bars.

tastytrade | tastylive | IG North America 
1330 W Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60607  

*Don't meet every single requirement? Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply to jobs unless they have every single qualification. Our team is dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace, so if you’re excited about this role but your experience doesn't align perfectly, we encourage you to apply anyway. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles!  

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What’s the vibe like in the office?

We’re in a fast-paced industry, but no matter how busy people get, no one’s ever too busy to help a colleague out. We’re surrounded by smart, driven people and the collaboration amongst the teams is the reason why we are constantly growing. Plus, there’s free food and puppies to get you through the day!


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How does the company support your career growth?

Because we're on a relatively small team, I feel I'm able to make more of an impact. I often see features I've worked on reflected on the platform in real time: Something that's incredibly satisfying. And best of all, I get to learn from ridiculously talented senior engineers who have become not only mentors, but also close friends.


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What are IGNA - tasty Perks + Benefits

Volunteer in local community
This year, our employees Vonetta and Tracy helped raise money for Chicago Reads, a program to send every child home with a book to read this summer!
Partners with nonprofits
Open door policy
Open office floor plan
Employee resource groups
Employee-led culture committees
Day off for your birthday
Hybrid work model
Employee awards
Flexible work schedule
Dedicated diversity and inclusion staff
Mandated unconscious bias training
Diversity employee resource groups
Hiring practices that promote diversity
Diversity recruitment program
Health Insurance + Wellness
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability insurance
Dental insurance
Vision insurance
Health insurance
Life insurance
Pet insurance
Wellness programs
Our employee assistance program provides support on stress management, dependent/elder care, fitness, and legal and financial issues.
Team workouts
Mental health benefits
Our employee assistance program provides employees and their families with counseling services (general, bereavement, tobacco cessation).
Financial & Retirement
401(K) matching
Employee stock purchase plan
Performance bonus
Charitable contribution matching
Child Care & Parental Leave
Generous parental leave
Family medical leave
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Vacation + Time Off
Generous PTO
Paid volunteer time
Paid holidays
Paid sick days
Office Perks
Commuter benefits
tastytrade offers pre-tax commuter benefits for all employees (both public transport and rideshare).
Company-sponsored outings
Free daily meals
Free lunch in-office!
Free snacks and drinks
Company-sponsored happy hours
Recreational clubs
Fitness stipend
Onsite gym
Professional Development
Job training & conferences
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Our engineering team hosts a mentorship program for younger or newer additions to the team.
Continuing education stipend
Continuing education available during work hours
Online course subscriptions available

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