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Global Banking & Markets - Birmingham - Vice President - Software Engineering

Goldman Sachs

Goldman Sachs

Software Engineering
Birmingham, UK
Posted on Thursday, June 6, 2024

Job Description

The Global Markets Division enables our clients to execute transactions in fixed income, equity, currency, commodity, and more exotic products all over the globe. We work with some of the largest, most sophisticated, and systemically important institutions in the world, from asset managers to governments to corporates you would see on the front page of the news. Our transactions range from simple equity and futures trades at high volume, to innovative and highly bespoke derivatives; all to deliver our clients the very best experience, execution, and outcomes.

Margin Engineering owns the systems that enable Goldman Sachs to manage the risk on this trading activity every single day; one of the firm’s competitive advantages. We process millions of trades & positions daily to calculate margin, reconcile portfolios, and deliver valuations & reporting to our clients and regulators in the most scalable, performant, reliable and efficient way possible. Our platform manages tens of millions of continually changing datapoints, hundreds of thousands of complex computations, and tens of thousands of user workflows daily. Our systems are at the front line during geopolitical and market-moving events. Our work protects the firm and its clients and makes the global financial markets safer and more transparent.

Your impact will be to help us build, improve, and adapt this platform at rapid pace to constantly changing market and client demands. You will join a global team of talented and driven technologists who are continually innovating to deliver solutions for our clients and impact the firm’s bottom line.

This role will provide a unique opportunity to develop your technical skills and gain exposure to one of the firm’s most complex and fascinating businesses. Learning, teamwork, partnering with stakeholders, product ownership, working with very large data, designs, technical expertise, and user experience; these are all aspects where you will build your skills and make your mark. Our technology stack consists of Java, AngularJS, React, BPMNs, RESTful web services, Elastic Search, MongoDB, Graph and DB2 databases and Slang/SecDB (GS-proprietary scripting language & risk-management DB). We use Git for Version Control and new development is increasingly cloud-native, either on or off-prem.

A dedication to producing high-quality software, a mindset of relentless improvement, and a willingness to learn new languages, technologies, and the business, will all be key to your success in this role.


• A wide variety of projects are active. We have a long pipeline of proposed business solutions, and plenty of stretch opportunities for motivated people to grow
• Participate in the analysis, design, development, testing and documentation of our Margin platform
• Evolve the platform to meet business, client, regulatory, operational and technical needs
• Participate in the entire SDLC from definition of requirements through deployment and support
• Gain technical expertise and practical experience in managing mission-critical platforms from technical experts within and outside the team
• Work closely with a global Business and Operations user-base across the Global Markets Division as well as Core Engineering teams
• Excellent opportunity to gain strong domain knowledge across the firms’ margin processing function across any type of trade executed by our clients
• On a rotation basis, be involved in addressing questions, isolating and fixing problems as part of daily processing of the margin infrastructure


• Strong technical, analytical and communication skills; must be a self-starter

• Ability to thrive in a highly collaborative environment working with a diverse set of colleagues and stakeholders across regions

• Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or equivalent work experience
• Minimum of 8 years of experience in software development

• Demonstrable core Java skills; solid understanding of Object-oriented concepts and design patterns
• Experience in design and architecture of various enterprise applications with considerations of performance, scalability, resilience, supportability etc.
• Familiarity with CI/CD practices and the DevOps mindset
• Experience with either relational databases, NoSQL DBs, or both
• Exposure to RESTful web services

• Cloud-native development/architecture (K8S, AWS, etc.)

Preferred Qualifications
• Knowledge of financial markets
• UI skills a plus (JavaScript/Angular/React etc.)

• Graph database experience
• Big data technology stack such as Spark, HDFS, Apache Flink etc.

• Data domain modelling

• Working knowledge of UNIX/Linux


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