Careers

JOIN THE RIVAL TEAM

At Rival Systems, we are always looking for people who have a passion for technology. We built a trading platform that we believe is a faster and more accurate than any other – and are only interested in hiring professionals who want to keep it that way. If you have that kind of drive, there is a career opportunity for you here.

If you’re interested in joining our team, email your resume and cover letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

RIVAL SYSTEMS BENEFITS

  • Healthcare benefits for health, dental and vision insurance
  • Health savings account (HSA) with employer contribution
  • Retirement Plans (401k) with employer contribution
  • Complimentary Basic Life and Disability Insurance
  • Flex Spending Account (FSA)
  • Paid Time Off
  • Pre-tax transit benefits
  • Access to an Internal Gym, massages & workout sessions.
  • Onsite Internal cafe

Current Opportunities

Applications Developer

Description

Rival Systems is a powerful technology company that offers best-in-class products in the capital markets and financial services industries.  Our team has been working with capital markets professionals over the past 13 years to develop these products.  We are ready to expand our market share.

Rival is seeking to hire an Applications Developer to be a member of a development team charged with developing, implementing, and testing trading applications.  The ideal candidate will have experience in systems design, programming and integration of high-volume, high-availability applications.  This position will be located in our Chicago, Illinois office.

Interested parties should submit a letter of interest and a resume (attached in MS Word or PDF format) via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Please specify "Applications Developer” in the subject in of the email.  Rival Systems, LLC does not accept unsolicited resumes from search firms or employment agencies.  Any unsolicited resume will become the property of Rival Systems, LLC.  No phone calls, please. 

Responsibilities

  • Work closely with senior development team members to understand business requirements and design efficient and scalable desktop solutions based on technical expertise and experience
  • Develop, test, deploy and maintain applications and modules
  • Assist in creating and maintain up-to-date work plans
  • Keep pace with new technologies, directions and the latest industry trends
  • Follow firm and industry standards, procedures and methodologies for development of efficient application systems (i.e. design, design reviews, architect reviews and code reviews)
  • Perform related duties as required

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree with emphasis in Computer Science or equivalent experience
  • 1-2 years of C#, C++, HTML5/Javascript development experience in a Windows or Linux-based environment.
  • Experience working on real time, multithreading applications preferred
  • Experience with end user GUI design and implementation with solid software development and debugging experience a plus
  • Understanding of large-scale system design and implementation with solid software development and project management methodology experience is a plus
  • Strong understanding of system architecture and design
  • Strong commitment to working collaboratively in a team and being held accountable for achieving business goals
  • Ability to successfully work in a high-pressure, dynamic trading environment
  • Good team player with strong verbal and written communication skills.

Customer Support Specialist

Description

Rival Systems is a powerful technology company that offers best-in-class products in the capital markets and financial services industries.  Our team has been working with capital markets professionals over the past 13 years to develop these products.  We are ready to expand our market share.

Interested parties should submit a letter of interest and a resume (attached in MS Word or PDF format) via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Please specify “Customer Support Specialist” in the subject in of the email.  Rival Systems, LLC does not accept unsolicited resumes from search firms or employment agencies.  Any unsolicited resume will become the property of Rival Systems, LLC.  No phone calls, please. 

Responsibilities

  • Quickly obtain a comprehensive knowledge of Rival’s proprietary trading and risk applications.
  • Act as escalation point providing remote and onsite support to troubleshoot and resolve end user technology issues.
  • Responsible for installing, onboarding, and training new trading groups.
  • Document and prioritize user requests and provide end users with updates and timelines for completion.
  • Perform Linux Server monitoring and gain familiarity with command lines.
  • Work with senior systems administrators to test, debug, and deploy infrastructure.
  • Work with internal development groups to support development initiatives.

Requirements

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills with the ability and desire to work in a fast-paced, high stress environment, meeting deadlines with minimal supervision.
  • Thorough understanding of options theory and trading. Previous trading experience preferred.
  • Excellent analytical and quantitative skills with proven ability to independently prioritize projects and work effectively in a multi-task environment.
  • Self-motivated, meticulous and detail oriented with strong planning and organizational skills, with the ability to document processes and procedures

Linux Administrator

Description

Rival Systems is a powerful technology company that offers best-in-class products in the capital markets and financial services industries.  Our team has been working with capital markets professionals over the past 13 years to develop these products.  We are ready to expand our market share.

We are currently seeking a Linux Administrator with experience managing Linux systems. The position will include Linux sysadmin tasks such as provisioning servers, troubleshooting, performance tuning & monitoring. Additionally, the individual in this position will also be responsible for automating infrastructure at Rival. The position is in Chicago, IL.

Interested parties should submit a letter of interest and a resume (attached in MS Word or PDF format) via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please specify "Linux Administrator" in the subject line of the email. Rival Systems, LLC does not accept unsolicited resumes from search firms or employment agencies. Any unsolicited resume will become the property of Rival Systems, LLC. No phone calls, please. 

Responsibilities

  • Linux systems administration including server deployment, software and hardware installation, troubleshooting, automation, scripting, monitoring and tuning.
  • Monitoring processes on Internal / Customer servers.
  • Deploy updates and security patching for Linux servers and Windows desktops.
  • Implementing IT best practices to improve infrastructure.
  • Maintain disk-based backup systems.
  • Documentation and standardization of IT procedures and policies.

Requirements

  • 5+ years of extensive experience administering Linux systems.
  • OS: Centos 6 & 7. Windows 10 
  • Experience with server hardware and management tools, esp. IBM/Dell
  • OS provisioning: Kickstart/WDS
  • Configuration management utilities: Ansible would be highly desirable.
  • Ability to use / write API’s for infrastructure deployments.
  • Monitoring software: Nagios & Icinga.
  • Knowledge of Jenkins, AWS, SAN, Veeam, Git & Active Directory would be a plus.
  • Solid understanding of networking concepts.
  • Scripting: Python, Bash & PowerShell would be desirable
  • Understand concepts of performance tuning in a low-latency environment.
  • Virtualization experience, especially with VMWare.
  • Some experience with HA server infrastructure using Nginx or HAproxy.
  • Good team player with strong documentation and procedure skills.
  • Flexibility in work schedule due to market-dictated maintenance windows and occasional off-hours support.
  • Ability to address both immediate needs and undertake long-term projects.

Sales Engineer

Description

Rival Systems is a powerful technology company that offers best-in-class products in the capital markets and financial services industries.  Our team has been working with capital markets professionals over the past 13 years to develop these products.  We are ready to expand our market share.

We are seeking a Sales Engineer to assist us with our growth and expansion.  This role will work directly in the Rival Sales team servicing prospects and will report directly to the EVP of Global Sales.  The position is located at Rival’s office in Chicago, Illinois. 

Interested parties should submit a letter of interest and a resume (attached in MS Word or PDF format) via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Please specify “Sales Engineer” in the subject of the email.  Rival Systems, LLC does not accept unsolicited resumes from search firms or employment agencies.  Any unsolicited resume will become the property of Rival Systems, LLC.  No phone calls, please. 

Responsibilities

  • Obtain comprehensive knowledge of Rival’s proprietary trading and risk applications
  • Provide support for scheduled in-person and/or phone meetings with prospects (remote or on-site)
  • Perform excellent product demos for Rival Trader and Rival Risk
  • Responsible for investigating and understanding prospects’ client software, hardware and networking needs
  • Strategize and assist Rival Sales members with opportunities and help draft proposals and RFP responses
  • Contribute to achieving the overall Rival Sales goals for customer acquisition and revenue on a monthly and annual basis
  • High daily utilization and data input into Salesforce.com to maximize communication flow with Rival Sales and Executive management
  • Responsible in assisting the onboarding of new clients (if necessary)
  • Responsible for responding to all prospect requests with Rival Sales team in an expeditious manner
  • Represent Rival with high professional standard and deep preparation for meetings and events

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in any subject
  • Minimum of 2+ years of experience in Sales or as a Sales Engineer in a consultative sales environment within a technology company
  • Minimum of 2+ years of experience in the trading industry
  • Knowledge of options trading, exchanges, clearing processes, networking and hardware/hosting within the trading industry
  • Excellent written, verbal and presentation skills; strong interpersonal, listening and communication skills to perceive needs of others
  • Experience in large contract proposals and negotiations
  • Self-motivated to meet deadlines with proven track record of goals
  • Strong planning and organizational skills
  • Fervent desire to document processes and procedures
  • Computer proficiency in Microsoft Office and Salesforce.com
  • Ability to travel 25% of the time
  • Valid driver’s license

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Rival Systems

350 N. Orleans St., Chicago, IL 60654
312.244.5900
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