Senior FPGA Engineer

Chicago, Illinois
Technology – Execution Systems /
Full-Time /
Belvedere Trading is a leading proprietary trading firm proudly headquartered in downtown Chicago. Our traders work hard to provide liquidity to the market through their market-making activities and are the masters of a diverse set of commodities, interest rates, exchange-traded funds (ETF), and equity index options. From the beginning, we began iteratively investing in our proprietary technology and committing to building our systems from the ground up. Our trading models and software systems are continually re-engineered, optimized, and maintained to stay on top of the industry. This wouldn’t be possible without the dedicated efforts of our technology teams who utilize and perfect our innovative technology solutions. 

High-performance proprietary development is the source of our success and competitive advantage at Belvedere, further fueling our passion for performance. We are a team driven by intellectual curiosity, seeking answers that will change not only how we trade in this technological age, but also the future landscape of the trading industry. We place a high premium on defining, developing, and deploying high performance trading software using a team-based, holistic development approach. We look for passionate team members that excel and their contribution is critical to our continued success. 

Belvedere Trading is looking for an FPGA Developer to supplement the team and drive projects that will optimize our options market making systems. Successful candidates will have a proven track record of success delivering complex FPGA systems on a chip design, possess excellent problem-solving abilities, possess a can-do/self-driven attitude, and have the ability to thrive in a collaborative, entrepreneurial environment. The ideal candidate is a creative thinker who has had previous experience developing networks, exchange encoding/decoding, and custom logic on the card. Exchange protocol encoding/decoding experience is desirable. Additional experience developing hybrid hardware/software systems communicating over PCIe is also desirable.  The successful candidate will direct their own learning, grow their expertise, and pass that knowledge on to other team members.   

What You'll Do

    • Use modern technology while working on high performance/low latency systems  
    • Collaborate with team members to investigate and create automated trading algorithms  
    • Work on high-performance computing systems to break speed and performance boundaries  
    • Solve low-latency trading problems and optimization of performance-critical code 
    • Develop new hardware platforms 
    • Identify opportunities for improvement and experiment with performance optimizations 
    • Apply industry knowledge and technical skills in new and innovative ways  
    • Help to continuously improve team productivity, code quality, tool, and technology adoption  
    • Create new features and help improve existing experiences  
    • Share ideas, experience, and knowledge with other members of the team  

What You'll Need

    • 5+ years of development experience with FPGAs (Verilog/VHDL, functional verification, and static timing closure) 
    • Demonstrated experience with Bash, TCL, and/or Python scripts 
    • Experience with FPGA design, simulation, and verification tools (Synopsys, Riviera, ModelSim, Questasim, etc.) 
    • Experience with FPGAs and CPLDs from vendors (Xilinx, Altera) 
    • A desire to push the boundaries on performance and lower latency 
    • Demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced, mission-critical environment 
    • Careful attention to detail, and the vision and skill to push beyond expectations 

Nice to Have

    • Experience in programming languages such as C/C++ 
    • Experience implementing network protocols such as TCP/IP, UDP, IGMP, BGP 
    • Experience analyzing performance requirements and designing systems handling very large volumes of real-time data at extremely low latencies 
    • Prior experience with exchange protocols: MDP, Ilink, Itch, Pitch, etc. 
Women and underrepresented groups frequently apply to jobs only if they meet 100% of the qualifications.
We encourage you to break that mold and apply. No candidate is perfect; all have a lot to offer.
We welcome your application.

Core Values
The secret to our award-winning culture is our Core Values: Team Belvedere, Me In Team, Own It, Iterative Innovation, and Passionate Discourse. We live and breathe these values every day.

Our Stance
Belvedere is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to providing a non-discriminatory employment environment for its employees. Discrimination against employees and applicants due to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, military, and veteran status is prohibited. Belvedere encourages initiatives to increase diversity and provide equal opportunity to all applicants and employees. Belvedere is committed to providing a positive environment in which team members are treated with respect, dignity, and courtesy. Our firm believes in a dynamic culture of inclusion and diversity, where people thrive on individual and organizational characteristics, values, experiences, and backgrounds.
Please note that Belvedere Trading does not accept unsolicited resumes from search firms or employment agencies. Any unsolicited resumes will become the property of Team Belvedere. No phone calls, please.
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Work Schedule: Regular and reliable attendance during standard business hours with the ability to be on-site prior to the start of business on occasion 
Amount of Travel Required: None