Meet a Linux Systems Engineer

Meet a Linux Systems Engineer

Tell us about your role.

Our team is responsible for providing insight and direction for our Linux-based trading systems. We also automate large-scale deployments and the management of our Linux server infrastructure. On top of this, we are responsible for troubleshooting complex problems that arise in our ever-changing environment. Our morning begins with a few routine checks to ensure the server environment is ready to go, but then we dive into various projects. Our time spent on these projects is sometimes broken up by support calls, people bouncing a question off us, or for general discussion. The end of our day involves planning for changes after the financial markets close.

What made you decide to join our team?

I learned about SIG from my Resident Assistant, who was a co-op and then joined SIG full-time. I also completed a co-op with SIG and really enjoyed it. I chose to join the team full-time because I felt there was opportunity to grow and explore many new areas of technology.

What do you like best about working here?

The positive culture. Everyone has great ideas to resolve the problems we encounter. We work together to merge our ideas and develop the best solution for the firm.

What is unique about your current role?

We have several teams that work together to manage our infrastructure. The expertise of each of our technical teams overlaps and allows us to be a “Master of One Trade” in a specific area, while still being a “Jack of All Trades” across the rest. There are no walls to prevent us from being exposed to other technologies.

What projects and experiences have been most rewarding for you so far?

I was recently involved with onboarding two new versions of SIG’s operating system. I got to participate in everything from testing the products to deploying them, and then optimizing them to adapt to the needs of the teams we support. When my team brings in a new product and the impact can be seen firm-wide, the effort feels well worth it.

What inspired you to choose this career path?

My career path was shaped by the people and projects at SIG. Surprisingly, I had little interest in Linux during my high school and early college years. I had always been more of a Microsoft guy until I was exposed to Linux at SIG. I developed an interest, gained hands on experience, and now it has become my career.

What is your favorite thing about living in the Philadelphia area?

Philadelphia offers the best aspects of big and small cities. It is small enough to walk around, but big enough to always offer something new to check out. There are tons of great restaurants, places to see, and things to do. Go Flyers!