Job description Posted 13 December 2022

Role: ION Platform Specialist

Location:8 Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London


Fixed Income Department:

Part of HTS Global Banking and Markets, the FI etrading team has a proven track record of delivering critical front office e-trading solution and pricing.  The team covers the main aspects of an e-trading solution (ie: pricing, market data, market connectivity, order management).  A successful candidate will be working with a global team, that is spread over Paris, NY, and London, to build a multi-tier, high availability system that covers a large range of products; i.e.: government bonds EUR/GBP/USD, repos and IRS.


Part of Digital Growth Program for Fixed E trading, the candidate will be part of Majors Projects within the E-trading space to enhance HSBC global trading platform to supports new functionalities and next generation functionalities.

Responsible For:

  • Implement business changes, upgrades to the ION Marketview platform including advanced bond pricing
  • Continuous optimisation of ION topology including tuning to maintain a high performance platform
  • Hands on configuration, integration and testing of ION Marketview components
  • Create, update documentation and provide demos to the traders, business managers and COOs
  • Coordinate and organise changes with external vendors, markets, ECNs and infrastructure teams
  • Ability to run projects end to end without supervision


ESSENTIAL EXPERIENCE (in order of importance)

  • Good business knowledge on Rates and Credit products and the markets they are traded on and experience of the full product/trade life cycle
  • Proven hands on experience of ION Marketview platform. Detailed knowledge of MMI.NET (master/slave, multi process, XAML RFQ, RFQ Designer), D2C and D2D connectivity gateways, TOMS, PXE, Curvebuilder, Refdata, VMO, VMQ, Trade Server, STP Server, Snapshot Manager
  • Proficiency in platform automation tools such as ION DPLAYER/Shell or Auto Confx and keen interest in automation
  • Performance and RTD monitoring using ION Perfmeter
  • Good understanding of ION routing infrastructure, connections and protocols and experience on platform re-engineering, tuning and failover setup
  • Considerable experience in Topology optimisation, Router tuning and platform resiliency
  • Solid Linux experience including shell and python scripting (or PERL)
  • Knowledge and experience on using source controls systems, build tools (maven or gradle) automated way of building and deployment of ION Platform components
  • Strong troubleshooting skills in a complex electronic trading environment such as static data, pricing, RFQ life cycle, trade capture etc
  • Automate, build productivity improvement tools to industrialise development on highly advanced in-house eTrading platform
  • Experience of running ION platforms in COLO


The candidate has been part of E-trading/Pricing team or Algo Team for a major Trading House

strong knowledge with ION environment


  • ION Marketview platform experience to an expert level
  • Strong communication skills both verbal and written. Ability to effectively interact with business stakeholders.
  • Experience working in DevOps model
  • Solid experience & Understanding of trading activities and market data feeds.
  • Ability to multitask several ongoing issues. This involves the ability to assess priority and make appropriate decisions quickly and effectively.
  • Effective interpersonal skills and relationship-building skills.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving abilities with keen attention to detail.
  • Self-motivated and directed, with the ability to effectively prioritize and execute tasks in a high-pressure environment.