Tech Lead Java - Trading

  • Sygnum Bank
  • Zurich, Switzerland
  • 27/05/2024
Full time Forex Fintech IT - Software Development Trading

Job Description

The Team

The trading Scrum team is responsible for building, running, and enhancing Sygnum’s trading and order management systems.

As a tech lead you will drive these efforts and lead a team dedicated to enhancing Sygnum's electronic trading infrastructure, encompassing both spot and derivatives trading. We're looking for a technically skilled and passionate leader ready to innovate in the fintech space, guiding our team towards new heights in our trading offering. This role offers collaboration with a diverse set of departments across both technology and business domains and forms an essential contribution to Sygnum's operational robustness and ongoing success in the rapidly changing crypto landscape.

The Role

As a tech lead, you are comfortable wearing two hats: tech and management.

With the technical, you will

  • Lead a team of software engineers to develop and own state-of-the-art solutions
  • Constantly enhance the quality and security of applications, actively managing the quality of the systems
  • Actively take part in developing new features and improvements by writing and reviewing high-quality, secure code with comprehensive test coverage
  • Collaborate with platform engineers to enhance CI/CD pipelines and streamline release processes
  • Collaborate with SRE (Site Reliability Engineering) and solution architects to perfect application availability, resilience, and observability
  • Respond to production incidents promptly and efficiently, collaborating with cross-functional teams to resolve issues and restore service continuity

With the managerial, you will

  • Nurture and guide software engineers through coaching and mentoring
  • Enhance the team's efficiency and effectiveness by driving continuous improvement initiatives
  • Partner with product managers and stakeholders to plan new features and improvements
  • Facilitate blameless retrospectives and post-mortems to foster a culture of learning from mistakes
  • Cultivate a psychologically safe environment where every team member feels empowered to contribute meaningfully to the organization's growth

This is a great opportunity for you if

  • You like to create scalable backend services based on our tech-stack: Java/Quarkus running on AWS.
  • You enjoy doing both: technical and people leadership work
  • You have a collaborative and growth mindset
  • You care about quality and security and bake those aspects in the software development lifecycle
  • You are comfortable taking ownership of the whole development lifecycle, from designing solutions to running the application in production
  • You are proactive and get motivated with new opportunities and challenge

Few things that will help on the job

  • Expertise in Java (17+), as well as Quarkus or Spring
  • Knowledge of working with RDBMS (ideally PostgreSQL)
  • Designing flexible and robust REST APIs with an API first approach
  • Understanding microservices, event driven architecture and being able to implement features with focus on performance, fault tolerance and security
  • Working knowledge of Docker and containerization (Kubernetes is beneficial)
  • Experience of working with AWS is beneficial
  • Experience with the FIX protocol is beneficial
  • Basic knowledge in TypeScript, Node.js, NestJS, and React is beneficial
  • Prior experience with a trading platform or other front office function is preferred but not required
  • Prior experience with cryptocurrencies is preferred but not needed
  • Prior experience in leading an engineering team with focus on quality and delivery
  • Prior experience in dealing with various stakeholders (Business users, IT Architecture, Product Owners, Business Analysts)

Our Engineering Culture

Do you identify with these values and principles?

  • Team first mindset. The team above its individuals
  • Our people always. Everything starts there.
  • We deliver frequently, with high quality and security. Yup, that’s right.
  • We celebrate success and learn from failures. The key to a healthy balance.
  • We are pragmatic and look for simplicity. KISS everywhere.
  • We have positive impact. We deliver results.

About Sygnum

Sygnum is a global digital asset banking group, founded on Swiss and Singapore heritage. We empower professional and institutional investors, banks, corporates and DLT foundations to invest in digital assets with complete trust. Our team enables this through our institutional-grade security, expert personal service and portfolio of regulated digital asset banking, asset management, tokenisation and B2B services.

In Switzerland, Sygnum holds a banking license and has CMS and Major Payment Institution Licenses in Singapore. The group is also regulated in the established global financial hubs of Abu Dhabi and Luxembourg.

We believe that the future has heritage. Our crypto-native team of banking, investment and digital asset technology professionals are building a trusted gateway between the traditional and digital asset economies that we call Future Finance. To learn more about how Sygnum’s mission and values are shaping this digital asset ecosystem, please visit

Our Benefits

  • The chance to be part of a movement shaping the future of finance.
  • Work on new, cutting-edge technology in the blockchain space.
  • Chances to leave individual footprints and an amazing, diverse, highly skilled, international, and motivated team of professionals.
  • Regular gatherings and team events like Christmas parties, Oktoberfest, Apéro’s, hence plenty of jokes and laughs!

If you’re passionate for technology and blockchain with a massive worldwide impact, then please send us your CV!