Chicago Mercantile Exchange Contractor - Java Developer in Belfast, United Kingdom

Contractor - Java Developer




CME Technology and Support Services is relentlessly focused on developing the worlds most advanced electronic trading, post trade processing and risk management systems. We are the world’s leading and most diverse derivatives market place providing risk management solutions that help drive the global economy. Our customers include leading investment and commercial banks, hedge funds, proprietary trading firms, pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, asset managers, corporations, and individual traders.

The selected candidate will join the CME Engineering and Execution team in Belfast as a Software Engineer, initially supporting CME CORE Application team.The Belfast team is a high performing group of individuals that deliver on a broad range of functions including systems/business analysis, software development and quality assurance services. The team is responsible from initial request review, impact assessment, and prioritization through to solution implementation.

Although initially working in the CME COREspace, the engineering and execution team also develop a variety of trading and post-trade solutions, supporting our exchange and clearing business. Internal mobility and flexibility are a key part to our agile approach to technology delivery. The successful candidate, throughout their career, will form a key part in driving our success across technology, and will find opportunities to work in a variety of projects and technologies, beyond their initial team and specialism.

Principal Accountabilities

  • Develop code and unit tests.

  • Participates and contributes to dialogue on detailed design and architecture plans.

  • Applies knowledge of java language, DBMS and middle-ware technologies in independently designing and developing key services.

  • Participates in code reviews, proactively identifying and mitigating potential issues and defect.

  • Participates in story review, providing constructive feedback and input on both work effort estimation as well as architecture/design improvements.

  • Works well in a team, fostering an environment of collaboration and innovation.

  • Plays supporting role in white box test case identification sessions to establish high level consensus on test case sets for corresponding stories.

  • Participates in troubleshooting efforts, proposing potential fixes and workarounds.

  • Provides 3rd Line Support for applications and services.

  • Assists with environment build deployments, release notes, and build notices.

  • Participates in continuous improvement efforts by suggesting practical means of reducing time to market while maintaining high quality products (i.e. – process improvements/automation opportunities).

  • Embraces and enforces CME Group SDLC and information security standards.

Essential Criteria

  • Bachelor's degree (with honours) or equivalent/better strongly preferred, but substantial relevant experience could substitute

  • Strong knowledge and experience of SDLC methodologies; agile is a big advantage.

  • Strong core Java development skills

  • Expertise in Object Oriented Design and Patterns

  • Expertise in Spring, Hibernate, JQuery and AJAX

  • Strong DBMS skills (Oracle preferred)

Desirable Criteria

  • HTML5, AngularJS, ExtJS or other Front End Development experience.

  • Experience coding in a story-driven, agile environment.

  • Prior experience working in financial services/exchange space.

  • Prior experience working with BDD methodologies and automated acceptance criteria.

  • Prior experience using Confluence, JIRA, or other Atlassian tools.

  • Fortify, Sonar, Coverity experience.

As the world’s leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace, CME Group ( is where the world comes to manage risk. Based in Chicago, with offices in New York, London, Singapore, Calgary, Houston, São Paulo, Singapore, Tokyo and Washington D.C., our team of more than 2,500 employees has an impact on the global economy every day. We offer:

  • The widest range of global benchmark futures and options available across all major asset classes;

  • The most advanced trading technology;

  • Industry-leading clearing and risk management capabilities;

  • A relentless customer focus, serving leading investment and commercial banks, hedge funds, proprietary trading firms, pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, asset managers, corporations and individual traders; and,

  • A great place to work.

With this strong foundation in place, we are looking to continue growing our business in both listed and over-the-counter markets. To support this growth, we are seeking highly motivated individuals to help foster our corporate culture and uphold our core values of leading with conviction and integrity, advancing the global economy, building lasting relationships and acting with ingenuity every day.

We hope you will consider joining our world-class team.