Chicago Mercantile Exchange Director Software Engineering in United States

Director Software Engineering




Job DescriptionCME Group is seeking an evangelist with strong engineering background to manage our Innovation Center at UIUC Research Park as the site director. In this leadership role, the site director will collaborate with Research Park staff, university faculty, students, and represent CME Group in all those interactions. As a strong hands-on technologist, the site director will also collaborate with CME Group technology architects in researching and bringing the latest technology advances into the core CME technology platform. The site director will create a strong brand for CME Group with students, university faculty, and the broader research park community by engaging year round with innovative technology project opportunities.

An ability to work remotely is a requirement in addition to having a strong leadership mindset of mentoring, coaching, and communication skillsets.Responsibilities & Expectations:

  • Help build new organizational capability that provides a technology incubator/innovation facility

  • Build relationships with faculty across various engineering disciplines looking for future project opportunities

  • Collaborate and facilitate learning by interacting with other professionals from peer companies in the research park

  • Explore and facilitate student collaboration opportunities with events like Tech Talks, industry presentations, etc.

  • Be the go-to person for all administrative/infrastructure related help for new student/intern employees during onboarding and with day-to-day project work

  • Provide overall oversight to all students/projects collaborating with project teams across CME Group technology division

  • Mentor interns/onsite employees and build strong talent pool for CME Group

  • Working with broader technology and business divisions, build a strong project pipeline, help prioritize project execution with a rapid experimentation mindset

  • In an effort to promote innovation culture among all CME Group employees, provide learning and contribution opportunities towards new technology exploration projects to be executed at our innovation center


  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or related field

  • 10-12 years of software development experience

  • Well versed in agile development methodology


  • Masters’ degree or MBA

  • Experience working in a university environment

  • Experience in developing and growing technology innovation center

This role will be based in Champaign, IL.

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.