DRW
Chicago, IL

Trading Systems Engineer

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DRW is a technology-driven, diversified principal trading firm. We trade our own capital at our own risk, across a broad range of asset classes, instruments and strategies, in financial markets around the world. As the markets have evolved over the past 25 years, so has DRW – maximizing opportunities to include real estate, cryptoassets and venture capital. With over 1,000 employees at our Chicago headquarters and offices around the world, we work together to solve complex problems, challenge consensus and deliver meaningful results. It’s a place of high expectations, deep curiosity and thoughtful collaboration.

As a Trading Systems Engineer supporting our QA & Development environments, you will provide mission critical support for our core proprietary trading systems.  You will manage a wide variety of technical support and engineering functions, including application support in testing and development environments, software deployment, and configuration and system monitoring.  It’s a fast-paced, dynamic environment that provides new technical challenges constantly and demands that you learn new things daily. 

Core Duties:

  • Manage all system processes running in development, QA, mirror, and UAT environments, including monitoring, start/stop schedules and error log monitoring
  • Configuration management for all environments
  • Balance server and core process usage to optimized use of available resources and work with IT teams to add more systems as necessary
  • Set up new environments or applications for various groups as needed
  • Support developers, QA, and other company groups using test systems; troubleshoot and resolve issues as they arise
  • Work with DB admins and developers to understand and manage changes in databases between development and QA database instances, ensuring that they are in line with production systems
  • Manage deployment process to development and QA systems and coordinate with production support team on upcoming deployments to production
  • Assist with production support operations when necessary
  • Manage exchange cert/test environment connectivity and IDs, working with exchanges when necessary to troubleshoot issues
  • Support and continue development of web-based interface for running all test system processes, written in Python using Django
  • Develop additional code and scripts to improve process of running processes, monitoring, configuration, etc.

Required Skills & Experience:

  • Previous experience supporting, monitoring and troubleshooting high performance applications
  • 3+ years of prior experience working with FIX protocol and alternative exchange protocols
  • 5+ years of script development experience with Python, Java/JavaScript
  • 5+ years of SQL experience including queries/updates/table creation/basic database maintenance
  • 5+ years of experience in Linux & Windows platform support
  • 5+ years of experience supporting electronic trading systems; prior experience at proprietary trading firm preferred
  • Demonstrated knowledge of network communications, including use of multicast networking
  • Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • B.S. in Computer Science or equivalent degree
  • Self-motivation and intellectual curiosity; desire to continually self-improve and seek continual improvements in production support function
  • High level of ownership and accountability, reliability, and strong follow through
  • Ability to handle pressure and time constraints with composure
  • Strong organizational skills, including ability to effectively plan and prioritize 

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Where we are

Situated in Chicago's thriving West Loop, our HQ is convenient for Metra and CTA riders alike - and foodies looking for a bite on "Restaurant Row."

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What are DRW Perks + Benefits

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Unconscious bias training
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Team workouts
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Performance Bonus
Match charitable contributions
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Our remote work program includes work from home remotely on occasion as needed.
Family Medical Leave
Adoption Assistance
Company sponsored family events
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Free Daily Meals
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Parking
We offer employees Paid on-site garage parking.
Recreational Clubs
Relocation Assistance
Fitness Subsidies
Home Office Stipend for Remote Employees
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
Lunch and learns
DRW hosts lunch and learn meetings once per month.
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Our mentorship program includes Cross-department program, Career mentoring, Leadership mentoring.
Time allotted for learning
Online course subscriptions available
Customized development tracks
Paid industry certifications

Additional Perks + Benefits

Daily catered breakfast and lunch. On-site yoga and meditation classes. Trivia nights. Chair massages. Wine, beer, and whiskey tastings. Mentorship program. Game tournaments. Speaker series and "Geek Lunches."

An Insider's view of DRW

How does your team reward individual success?

Our team acknowledges individual success and provides an environment to further new ideas. The team then ensures higher management is aware of your contribution. These accomplishments become part of the individual’s and team’s record at the end of the year. This approach I believe has led to a lot of innovations on my team.

Kumbi

Network Engineer

What kinds of technical challenges do you and your team face?

During my internship in Chicago, I built models in python, ones that are still used on that desk today. The next summer, I returned as a full-time trading analyst and picked up right where I left off. I focus on systematic research and the development and execution of new strategies for the foreign exchange (FX) options desk in Chicago.

Alex

Quantitative Trading Researcher

What are some things you learned at the company?

We’re free to choose the technology stack that best solves each individual problem, so the learning happens project to project. I started programming in C#, but changing teams exposed me to a new suite of languages that I’m now working in regularly

Carissa

Software Engineer

How do your team's ideas influence the company's direction?

Working on the risk team, I combine the principles of risk management and computer science. I help direct how we take risk across the organization, and ensure reliability with the use of really innovative tech.

Brawnski

Software Engineer

What are some social events your company does?

DRW is not all work, all the time. We offer a number of activities and events for all interests, like monthly wine tastings, sports leagues, hobby clubs and movie outings to name a few.

Michelle

Systems Team Lead

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