Our team is responsible for supporting our network. We accomplish this by ensuring we are ready for business before the financial markets open each day. We also monitor and maintain an optimized and reliable connection as the day goes on. We check the status of all our major connections between sites and the exchanges, and make sure that our links are optimized for speed and capacity. I must balance troubleshooting any problems that arise with projects I’m working on, like working with the senior engineers to implement new solutions and enhancements that keep SIG’s network ahead of the curve.
I started on SIG’s Trading Room Support team right after graduating from college. My team took on the responsibility of managing the network connections for the traders, so I started working on some network projects and got a better understanding of basic connections. It was a great learning experience and I realized networking was something that really interested me. A spot opened up on the Networking team and my boss encouraged me to pursue the opportunity.
During my interview, I got to walk through the trading floor. I was blown away by the environment and how traders were working with technology. What was really interesting was that SIG’s founder was sitting on the floor and actively trading just like everyone else. Since I majored in IT and minored in Business Administration, SIG seemed like an awesome place to experience the intersection of finance and technology.
It’s a casual atmosphere. There are no suits and ties, and technology and trading aren’t compartmentalized. Everyone sits and works together and no one is hung up on titles or rank. I get to touch a lot of cutting-edge technologies and also learn about trading. I like that SIG encourages me to understand the businesses I support.
Our team is usually kept pretty busy with the support aspect of the job, but each team member has a lot of personal control over the design and implementation of new technologies. We aren’t forced to follow a rigid set of steps to present our ideas and designs. The entire network group has a weekly meeting to talk about current projects and throw out ideas so we can brainstorm together. It doesn’t matter if the idea comes from the manager of the department or someone that joined the team yesterday, everyone can submit their suggestion.
It’s a fast-paced and demanding environment, but it’s very rewarding. You get to learn a lot about the business and work with cutting-edge technologies. People start their careers here from all different backgrounds, so your degree and area of formal education don’t rule out your prospective career path. Your opportunities at SIG are driven by your passion to learn, interest in technology, and how you work through problems.
Catered breakfast and lunch is great, but so is the casual dress code, gym, and game room. Though I must say, my manager beats me in shuffleboard every time!
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