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Lead Architect - Equity Derivatives IT in London

Job description

Big Bank Funding. FinTech Thinking.                                       

Our technology teams in the UK work closely with HSBC’s global businesses to help design and build digital services that allow our millions of customers around the world, to bank quickly, simply and securely. We also run and manage our IT infrastructure, data centres and core banking systems that power the world’s leading international bank. Our multi-disciplined teams include DevOps Engineers, IT Architects, Front and Back-End Developers, Infrastructure specialists, Cyber experts, as well as Project and Programme Managers.

Following extensive investment across our Technology and Digital domains and with plans for continued expansion throughout 2023 and beyond, we are currently seeking experienced individuals to join HSBC Technology.

Equities Technology solve some of the most interesting and complex challenges in the financial industry to help our global business and its customers succeed. Shipping code early and often using Agile and DevOps principles is critical for us to deliver business value, with continuous improvement and learning at the centre of everything we do.

Role Description

This Equity Derivatives IT Lead Architect will be part of the Equity Derivatives IT team in HSBC’s Global Banking and Markets Division. The Equity Derivatives technology group spans the globe and services all client areas within the bank for Equities related services. Curiosity and a growth mind-set driven by continuous learning are key values within our team.  We’re looking for a talented Lead Architect with a passion for designing, building, deploying and supporting large-scale systems in a rapidly moving environment


The Equity Derivatives Lead Architect will work with department’s functional team to transform a largely legacy platform to a modern, service-orientated set of strategic services to support the front-office Equity Derivatives business. The focus will be on building highly scalable solutions for a growing business using the latest technologies.

The Lead Architect will be responsible for defining the target state architecture and principles and for ensuring all development meets the department’s architecture guidelines. 

  • Establish and maintain successful relationships with key business sponsors, peer IT groups, Product Owners, Front Office, Risk Management and Finance to ensure all developments and deliveries across the Equity Derivatives stacks are following global architecture guidelines and supporting the Future State Architecture strategy.
  • Participate actively to all relevant committees to promote IT strategy.

Essential Skillset/Experience


  • Experience working in Equity Derivatives with excellent understanding of products and front-to-back flows
  • In-depth knowledge of distributed systems, micro service, message-oriented architecture
  • Able to design performant, scalable, robust applications and services
  • Strong relationship management skills with proven history in dealing with multiple stakeholders
  • Knowledge of Continuous Integration products such as TeamCity and Jenkins
  • In-depth knowledge of architecture modelling tools
  • In-depth knowledge and hands-on experience of at least one of the following Cloud Providers: Google Cloud Platform, Amazon Web Services and Azure
  • Ability to clearly articulate and present on complex, technical topics
  • Ability to work in agile with proven capacity to engage and transform teams
  • Excellent skills using DevOps tools (Git, Jenkins or Team City, Ansible, Terraform, ...)
  • Strong knowledge of DevOps workflows (CICD pipelines, automated testing, automated deployment, release evidencing automation
  • Excellent technical and algorithmic skills (multi-threading, design patterns, memory optimization …)
  • Strong knowledge in the following languages: C++, C#, Java, Python, SQL (Postgres & Oracle), NoSQL (MongoDB + Cloud-native equivalents like BigQuery etc)


Desirable Skills

  • Ability to manage relationships with the Front Office in different regions

The role will be based in London, but some travel may be required. This role supports Hybrid working

Come Power a Business that Defines How to Power the World

HSBC is committed to being an inclusive employer and providing an inclusive and accessible recruitment process for all. We will provide reasonable adjustments to remove any disadvantage to you being considered for this role. We are proud members of the Disability Confident Scheme and will offer an interview to disabled candidates who meet the minimum criteria for the role. If you would like to receive any information in a different way or would like us to do anything differently to help you apply for our roles, please contact our Recruitment Helpdesk:

Telephone: +44 2078328500.

Within the workplace you will have access to various employee resource groups which aim to promote and achieve a healthy work / life balance and support our diversity ambitions. HSBC has processes in place to avoid nepotism.  This means we will avoid circumstances in which the appearance or possibility of conflicts of interest may exist within the hiring process.”

We want everyone to be able to fulfil their potential which is why we provide a range of flexible working arrangements and family friendly policies.

As an HSBC employee in the UK, you will have access to tailored professional development opportunities and a competitive pay and benefits package. This includes private healthcare for all UK-based employees, enhanced maternity and adoption pay and support when you return to work, and a contributory pension scheme with a generous employer contribution.

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Extra information

Type of Contract
Graduate jobs
Profession type
Full UK/EU driving license preferred
Car Preferred
Must be eligible to work in the EU
Cover Letter Required

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