who we are
Marquette Partners is a leading proprietary trading firm that trades a variety of asset classes on every major exchange across the globe. Headquartered in Chicago, Marquette has over twenty five years of experience in cultivating talented trading professionals that embrace the entrepreneurial spirit.
We offer capital, infrastructure, and clearing relationships that are crucial to success in the trading industry. By utilizing a wide variety of trading styles, combined with cutting-edge technology and metrics, Marquette Partners has been able to recruit and develop an exceptional group of professional traders dedicated to maximizing their full potential.
Marquette Partners was founded by James F. Heinz and Robert B. Moore as a small arbitrage firm in 1990, consisting of a handful of employees implementing a few arbitrage strategies on the DTB and LIFFE. In the years since, Marquette has grown to encompass over one hundred traders, including individuals trading for their own account and groups of traders that have developed their own strategies and run semi-autonomously. Marquette has been a significant presence on the CBOT in both fixed income and agricultural futures/options for years and is also an active participant in FX trading.
Marquette Partners is dedicated to building an organization of extraordinary individual traders and groups that have the passion and commitment required to monetize market opportunities. Though our operation has grown exponentially since our founding in 1990, Marquette continues to embody the values of trust, loyalty, and mutual respect that have helped us create a culture of success. Our wealth of experience and our ongoing commitment to excellence has fostered a positive environment for nurturing personal and professional growth. Marquette strives to promote a close-knit atmosphere that encourages innovation and collaboration among its individual traders and groups, while providing the technical and back office support necessary for successful trading.
Marquette Partners prides itself on being an inclusive and supportive environment, both for our employees and towards the community at large. We believe it’s important to regularly plan events in which our staff can socialize away from the stresses of the workplace. Marquette organizes both a holiday party and summer outing each year, as well as other events designed to build community. We also recognize the importance of engaging with the local community. In addition to the many Chicago charity initiatives we support—such as the FIA’s “Futures Cares” organization and the Juvenile Protection Agency—we are also sensitive to the concerns and causes of our employees. Marquette has supported many charitable initiatives that have touched our employees on a more personal basis.
What We Do
Marquette Partners utilizes a multi-faceted trading style, covering a wide variety of products across all asset classes. We hold memberships on every major electronic exchange and trade a variety of products, including options on fixed income instruments, agricultural products, and commodities. We also actively trade algorithmically on futures and cash instruments. Marquette is agnostic with regards to trading platforms, and supports most front end ISVs; this gives us the flexibility to partner with many established trading groups.
Individual candidates are either selected through on-campus recruiting or resumes submitted through our website. Over the years, our rigorous training program has developed a multitude of highly successful traders.
Trading groups with proven track records that have the desire to build their own brand are also a precious commodity at Marquette. We diligently screen and carefully select our trading partners to ensure that not only will they provide the desired return on capital, but that they will also be a good fit for our office culture.
Marquette Partners is always looking for the next rising star. Prior trading experience, though helpful, is not required to be successful at Marquette; our comprehensive training program will provide you with the knowledge and skills required to succeed in futures trading. Over the past 25 years, Marquette has successfully trained and nurtured a wide variety of talent in the trading industry. Qualities we look for in prospective traders include strong analytical and mathematical skills, critical thinking, and the ability to make decisions quickly and decisively. Programming experience is also beneficial, but not required for the position unless otherwise stated.
- Medical and Prescription Drug Insurance
- Dental Insurance
- Vison Insurance
- Group Life and AD&D Coverage
- Short-term Disability and Maternity Coverage
- 401K Retirement Plan
- Competive Salary with Discretionary Bonus
- Complimentary Breakfast and Snacks
- Lunch Delivery Program
- On-site Workout Facility
As Quantitative Researcher, you will work primarily on building, back-testing, and optimizing quantitative trading strategies. You will work with large amounts of high-resolution, high-frequency historical data sets and use variety of statistical methods to back-test trading models against it. You will work closely with traders on testing, optimizing, and implementing new trading ideas as well as improving existing trading models and validating their real-life performance against that predicted by the model.
+ Required Qualifications
- Bachelor's Degree in quantitative discipline (computer science, engineering, physics, mathematics) from a top univeristy. Master's or Ph. D. preffered.
- Proven quantitative analysis skills: analyzing large datasets; building statistical models; back-testing; optimization.
- Strong understanding and experience with practical application of statistics: hypothesis tests, confidence levels, simulation.
- At least 2 years experience with one of the following statistical language/package: Python for fianance (Pandas, Numpy, etc.); MATLAB: R
- Experience and strong interest in financial markets and trading
- Preferred Qualifications
- Software development/programming experience with languages such as C, C#, C++ or Java
- Experience with Excel and VBA
- Experience with relational databases, SQL, and time-series databases
- Familiarity with Bloomberg and/or Reuters
Experienced Futures Trader:
Marquette Partners is always seeking to recruit talented and experienced traders for their Chicago team. Traders confident in their ability and knowledgeable across any or all asset classes will be considered. Experience in proprietary trading at a hedge fund or investment bank is preferred. Highly energetic, motivated, and results-driven individuals looking for a new challenge should apply.
+ preferred qualifications:
- A proven track record of profitable trading (minimum mid-six figures annually).
- Self-starters with strong interpersonal and decision making skills.
- Individuals who demonstrate an excellent fundamental understanding of markets and spreads.
- Ability to identify trading opportunities and develop proprietary trading strategies based on their own analysis.
- Willingness to work within given risk management guidelines.
Experienced Trader Assistant:
Marquette is seeking self-motivated, highly energetic individuals interested in learning the business of trading from the ground up. Potential candidates should possess strong analytical skills who thrive in a dynamic, fast-paced environment. Marquette Partners employs a comprehensive training program for its trading assistants. The program includes classroom training, simulated electronic trading, and opportunities to attend presentations given by prominent figures in the trading industry. In addition, trading assistants will be mentored by Marquette’s senior-level traders.
+ Preferred Qualifications:
- Bachelor's degree required; majors in Math, Finance, or Engineering are a plus.
- Excellent communication skills and enthusiastic attitude.
- The drive to work as a productive member of the team and supporting the trading group as needed.
- An interest in learning the business of trading.
Work in Shanghai as a junior trader:
Location: Shanghai, China.
Start Date: Immediate
Our quantitatively driven trading firm seeks motivated and quantitatively skilled candidates to work as a trader. As a junior trader, you will learn about algorithmic trading and derivative markets, providing the support for more experienced traders as you build your knowledge base. Ideally, you should be eager to learn, value exciting challenges, and welcome constructive feedback as you progress. We provide comprehensive training to all our new traders so prior experience in trading is not necessary and we will teach you skills needed to improve and develop trading strategies. We are looking for individuals with strong math or computer science backgrounds, with a strong desire to work in trading.
+ Preferred Qualifications:
- Bachelor’s in Engineering, Math, Physics, Computer Science, Finance, Statistics, or other science/math majors or Master’s Degree in Computational Finance, Finance, or Financial Mathematics.
- Outstanding quantitative and logical reasoning skills.
- Ability to work and perform in a fast-paced environment.
- Desire to constantly improve.
- Experience in programming is preferred, but not required.