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Lead Market Data Feed Business Analyst

Business Support
20000939 Requisition #

Job Purpose


ICE Data Services is looking for a Lead Business Analyst who will provide guidance, direction and management to the team of Business Analysts within the Real Time Consolidated Feed Business.  The Business Analyst team is responsible for acquiring and maintaining detailed understanding of Exchange and other 3rd party market data “raw” feeds, and the associated market conventions for those sources.  This knowledge will then be applied to produce the business requirements documents which will be used by the technology team to write software which consumes and normalizes the market data into IDS’s standard data model. 


The candidate is expected to be the “go to” person for all questions regarding Real Time Consolidated Feeds.  The candidate will be responsible for both establishing rules for new feeds interact with clients and client facing staff, and sometimes directly interact with clients.



  • Team management - run recurring team and one-on-one meetings, assign opportunities and manage/track overall team workload, represent the team to senior management, ensure a healthy and collaborative team spirit, set the team standard, lead by example
  • Understanding Market Data Conventions - Achieve deep understanding of the market conventions for each relevant data source (market conventions include such things as how instruments are traded, special trading conditions that can occur and how they impact various derived data such as VWAPs, daily highs and lows, etc., trading units, minimum trade sizes, etc).  Market Data Conventions must be understood from the perspective of the provider (exchange), the vendor (IDS), and the customer
  • Writing Content Requirements - Review feed specifications provided by the Exchange or 3rd party source, and translate such specifications into detailed and documented business rules for the Development team to implement. Such rules include mapping of incoming fields to the IDS data model, defining appropriate rules/business logic for correctly calculating derived data such as VWAPs, highs/lows, normalizing trade condition codes into the IDS global standard, and defining how fields need to be presented to customers (e.g., ensuring proper scaling of numbers)
  • Ownership of Requirements - Ensuring all requirements, both new and changes, are reviewed, acknowledged, and properly handed off to the appropriate technology and business teams in a complete and timely fashion
  • Monitoring for Changes - Monitoring exchange and 3rd party source change notifications, and ensuring that tickets are immediately raised and analyzed for impact to accommodate the change
  • Content QA Support - Working with software QA and content QA teams to ensure any new/changed data is appropriately tested to ensure compliance with the business rules defined by this individual in the aforementioned requirements documentation
  • Proactive Improvements – Proactively review of existing market data implementations, followed by sensible suggestions for improvements based on knowledge of local and global market conventions
  • Reporting / Support – Keeping appropriate managers and other groups informed of progress in key areas of market data content changes and improvements.  Supporting appropriate client facing personnel in matters of content modeling and quality, with a view towards superior client satisfaction and increased sales.  From time to time, “light” project management may be required



Knowledge and Experience

  • 5+ years of experience creating well written, concise and comprehensive business requirement documents which clearly define how Development should implement support for a new or modified market data feed such that it conforms to the IDS defined data model standards and any and all relevant local market rules and conventions
  • 3+ years of experience reading and understanding technical specifications provided by Exchanges and other 3rd party sources
  • 1+ years management experience running a team
  • Prior experience working for a market data vendor, specifically in the area of real-time data feed processing, either as a business analyst or a content specialist.  Ability to explain challenges with respect to ingest and normalization of real-time market data
  • Ability to acquire detailed knowledge of market trading rules and conventions for various Exchange and other 3rd party / OTC venues through independent research, networking amongst internal and external peers, industry forums, reference materials provided by the Exchanges and other 3rd parties, etc


  • ​​​​​​​Deep knowledge of ‘raw’ exchange feeds across at least one geography but preferably across multiple geographies.  Global knowledge is best in class.  Expertise in C&E markets is a plus
  • Experience in quality assurance in either software or content products
  • Knowledge of financial services, data vendors, end user customer firms
  • Bachelor’s or equivalent university degree
  • Multi-lingual




Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin or ancestry, age, disability or veteran status, or other protected status.

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