Chicago, IL

Storage Team Lead 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 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. 

DRW is seeking a Storage Team Lead to lead the efforts in designing, implementing, and refining the firm’s complex storage infrastructure and overall strategy. The Storage Lead will be responsible for leading a team of engineers towards ensuring the storage environment supports the needs of the business. 


  • Lead a team of engineers, acting as the point of contact, ensuring continuity of operations, and providing career guidance and evaluations.  
  • Regularly meet with stakeholders to discuss initiatives and ensure storage environment stays ahead of any expected growth/changes.
  • Conduct performance, capacity, and lifecycle planning across the suite of storage products, adjusting overall strategy as required. 
  • Author business case documents to justify purchases of hardware/software/support. 
  • Deploy and administer hardware and software-based storage solutions utilizing a variety of third-party and open-source products while taking part in routine operations/support. 
  • Manage storage-specific network equipment and networks. 
  • Manage backup environment to ensure data integrity and archiving of data critical to the firm. 
  • Perform problem resolution, root cause analysis, and implement projects to reduce issues. 
  • Implement automation and scripting to reduce manual tasks and provide proactive alerting to get ahead of outages. 
  • Maintain vendor relationships and research and test new/updated technologies. 
  • Act as point of escalation within the team and to other teams for storage-specific issues. 
  • Work with other internal teams on hardware specifications, quoting and provisioning. 
  • Document systems and configurations for ease of support for other members of the team. 
  • Establish cross-training programs for knowledge sharing across disparate storage technologies. 
  • Be part of a 24x7 support team with on-call rotation. 


  • Prior experience leading a team of storage engineers in a global, fast-paced environment with minimal downtime. 
  • 10+ years of experience deploying, configuring, and maintaining a wide variety of storage hardware and software. 
  • Knowledge of storage-related connectivity protocols and technologies (iSCSI, NFS, Fibre Channel, SAN, NAS, DAS, block, etc.) as well as major vendors (NetApp, Nimble, Dell, EMC, RedHat, etc.) 
  • Prior experience with public cloud providers (AWS, Azure) and associated storage management/tiering (S3, Glacier, Azure Blob) a plus. 
  • Solid knowledge of and experience using scripting or automation technologies (i.e. PowerShell or Python) 
  • Experience with a variety of backup vendors (NetBackup, Veeam, Rubrik, etc.) 
  • Proven ability to troubleshoot and resolve production issues while making sensible decisions in times of stress. 

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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

  • Engineering
    • .NETLanguages
    • C#Languages
    • C++Languages
    • GolangLanguages
    • JavaLanguages
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • PerlLanguages
    • PythonLanguages
    • RubyLanguages
    • ClojureLanguages
    • ElixirLanguages
    • RustLanguages
    • D3JSLibraries
    • jQuery UILibraries
    • ReactLibraries
    • ReduxLibraries
    • Twitter BootstrapLibraries
    • ASP.NETFrameworks
    • Node.jsFrameworks
    • Ruby on RailsFrameworks
    • PhoenixFrameworks
    • RiakDatabases

What are DRW Perks + Benefits

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
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) 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
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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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