Software Engineer, Risk Technology

DRW, Chicago

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DRW is a diversified, technology-led principal trading firm. We trade our own capital at our own risk, across a broad range of asset classes, instruments and strategies, in markets around the world. As the markets have evolved over the past 25 years, so has DRW – growing to include real estate, cryptocurrencies, venture capital and several industry acquisitions. With more than 800 employees at our Chicago headquarters and six global offices, we work together to solve interesting problems and capture opportunities. It’s a place of high expectations, deep curiosity, and constant collaboration, with some of the smartest, most passionate people you will meet. 

We are looking for an outstanding Software Engineer with diverse skills to join our Risk Development and Operations team. The Risk team is responsible for developing tools to manage position, market, and derived data to calculate risk measures such as option greeks, VaR, and PnL across broad time and modal domains.  While previous experience working the in the trading/finance industry is beneficial, we're looking for talented software engineers, not specific industry experience. 


  • Hands-on development, design, and testing of proprietary applications
  • Work on a small team as a self-starter
  • Test at the unit, functional, and integration level
  • Working on legacy code as well as green field development
  • Provide on-call support as needed
  • Collaborate with various software, IT, and trading support teams
  • Code in multiple languages and across multiple platforms


  • Capable of collaborating on ETL processes and consuming their results in batch and real-time
  • Professional experience with distributed systems
  • Proficient in distributed version control systems
  • Practiced in imperative, object oriented, and functional languages

 Familiarity with:

  • More than one of the following languages: Elixir, Elm, Erlang, Haskell, Scala, Julia, Clojure
  • More than one of the following languages: Ruby, JavaScript, Python
  • At least of one of the following languages: C, C++, C#
  • PostgreSQL, the database and the query language
  • Data structures and design/analysis of algorithms
  • Analysis of concurrency and parallelism for speed/space performance tradeoffs
  • Exchange traded financial assets, statistics, or financial engineering
  • Front-end behavior organization frameworks such as React, Ember, and Angular 2

Personal traits:

  • Strong initiative and a proven track record of independently driving projects to completion
  • Takes an active interest in software craftsmanship with a desire to learn and explore programming languages that are new to them
  • Excellent problem-solving and debugging skills
  • Strong attention to detail

About DRW

Our History DRW was founded by Don Wilson, who got his start trading on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange in the late 1980s. Every trader on the floor had a three letter acronym for identification—Don chose his initials, DRW, and the name stuck. Over the past 25 years, DRW has expanded globally while staying true to what has always set us apart…our ability to identify and capture opportunities by leveraging technology, research and risk management. Our Approach We characterize our trading activity as following three general approaches — Liquidity providing: making markets, buying and selling products every day, with execution on a trading floor, over the phone and electronically Risk taking: doing our homework, formulating a view and putting on a position. Some positions are held for a few days, some for a few months or even years. Latency sensitive: combining research and risk management with superior technology and execution Trading in any asset class might include just one of these or may bring together all three; it all depends on what we see as the right strategy in that market. Our knowledge of the markets, pricing and modeling skills, risk management, and leading technology work together to create liquidity, improve market efficiency, and capture opportunities. Our Culture DRW combines the best of both worlds: the opportunity and spirit of a startup and the stability of an established, experienced firm. Our employees work hard to solve interesting problems, and their results are rewarded. We value continuous learning—from our outcomes, from the environment and from each other. It’s a place of high expectations, deep curiosity, and constant collaboration, with some of the smartest, most passionate people you’ll meet.

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