Banks may be shifting some of their technology jobs from Hong Kong to lower-cost markets like India, but there are still plenty of IT roles based in the city.
We’ve looked through careers website of major banks in Hong Kong and identified some of their more interesting tech openings – where you’ll be working on new products or projects, or in teams which are expanding in size.
Goldman Sachs: equities technology, FPGA developer
Here's your chance to work in cutting-edge trading tech…at Goldman Sachs. The bank’s electronic trading technology team is developing an in-house ultra-low latency product for clients. You'll “develop complex FPGA solutions for equities trading” and focus on areas such as direct market access, algorithmic trading and smart-order routing. You’ll be a senior FPGA developer with a degree in electronic engineering and experience in low-latency trading.
J.P. Morgan: CIB tech algo developer
JPM is “growing” its risk-algo execution platform for Asian-markets trading – so this is an opportunity to get into an expanding part of the business. You’ll be working with quants and traders to develop, implement, support and maintain the platform. This job requires at least five years’ development experience in “low-latency, real-time, scalable trading” systems, of which three years or more must be in algo strategies, systematic trading, and electronic trading.
Societe Generale: trainee, information security
This is one of the only Hong Kong-based graduate technology jobs you can apply for now at a major bank (and not have to wait until the autumn campus hiring season kicks off). SocGen has no yearly application deadline for its Asian traineeships. You’ll be working on two new SocGen IT initiatives: SIGMA – a global programme to enhance operational security – and the “managerial supervision project”, a review of permanent supervision controls. To get an interview, you’ll need knowledge of IT infrastructure, and a degree in computer science, engineering, information technology (or similar).
UBS: IT software engineer, equity derivatives, trade lifecycle, Java
Banks in Hong Kong may be cutting equities traders, but the're also investing heavily in trading technology. Credit Suisse wants to double the size of its equities derivatives tech team in Asia, for example. Rival UBS also has several vacancies in the field. This one focuses on developing the systems that manage the post-trade lifecycle of equity derivatives products. As at Credit Suisse, experience in investment banking is desired but not mandatory. UBS wants to hire “smart developers with strong communication and tech skills”.
Standard Chartered: agile senior software engineers
In comparison with Singapore, Stan Chart doesn't have many technology employees in Hong Kong – so these are rare openings. The bank is hiring "engineers", but doesn’t say exactly how many it wants. Knowledge of one or two languages won’t cut it, however, because this role is for “polyglot programmers” with skills in “many” of these fields: C, Java, Python, Ruby, Clojure, and Scala. “Successful candidates will participate in evaluating, selecting, developing, and integrating the components of the DevOps and backlog pipelines.”
Morgan Stanley: client-facing senior front-office Java developer
There currently aren’t many tech vacancies at global banks in Hong Kong where you get to work so closely with the front office. This role is in the FX technology team, which provides platforms for trade capture and risk management for Morgan Stanley’s trading desk. You'll have “hands-on” responsibilities for designing, developing, testing and deploying server-side services and applications. This is a senior role, demanding at least eight years’ experience, leadership expertise, and confidence when “talking to the business”.
BAML: voice recording infrastructure engineer
BAML is fishing from a small candidate pool for this role – it wants expertise in both trading-floor and voice technologies. You’ll be leading global projects, and collaborating with vendors, the front-office, operations and other tech teams to develop and support voice-recording products. The ability to work with compliance and legal is key, as is experience with data network and WORM storage, and with carrier network services.
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