DRW
Chicago, IL

Senior Strategic Sourcing Specialist at DRW (Chicago, IL)

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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 1000 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 recognized sourcing and negotiations expert, you will lead sourcing strategies across multiple categories including hardware, software, and data licensing, as well as lead contract and pricing negotiations.  You will help manage budgets with business stakeholders and provide executive summaries to business leaders. You will liaise with a variety of internal teams to understand their business needs and work to maximize the value of the products and services acquired. 

Responsibilities: 

  • Lead negotiations for the acquisition of assets and services globally 
  • Guide and shape vendor relationships, including evaluating new suppliers with a focus on developing strategic partnerships  
  • Develop competitive sourcing and negotiation strategies and implement best-practices across the firm 
  • Drive vendor performance management including establishing and measuring KPIs; conduct regular business reviews 
  • Train and coach procurement team and business leads on successful negotiation strategies and tactics specific to our needs 
  • Perform detailed review of IT infrastructure hardware and software BOMs (bill of materials) and quotes 
  • Collaborate with internal stakeholders to gather requirements and make recommendations 
  • Analyze spend to identify patterns and opportunities across asset categories to reduce total cost or increase value 
  • Proactively anticipate supply risks and communicate them to the business 
  • Facilitate the complete requisition and PO process, including application of our cost allocation methodologies 

Qualifications: 

  • 8+ years of experience in IT sourcing, procurement, or technical sales
  • Proven track record of negotiating multi-level deals/contracts with manufacturers and service providers 
  • Demonstrates experience developing relationships and influencing high level vendor contacts 
  • Extensive knowledge of IT hardware and software 
  • Thrives in a fast-paced environment with competing priorities 
  • Excellent communication skills both verbal and written 
  • Intelligence and creative thinking are vital assets 
  • Passion for continuous improvement and process evaluation 
  • Strong knowledge of Excel, Tableau or other similar BI reporting tools 

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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."

Technology we use

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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 sync
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 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
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
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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