Senior Software Engineer, Risk Technology

Job Description

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 30 years, so has DRW – maximizing opportunities to include real estate, cryptoassets and venture capital. With nearly 1500 employees at our Chicago headquarters and offices around the world, we work together to solve complex problems, challenge consensus and deliver meaningful results. It is a place of high expectations, deep curiosity and thoughtful collaboration.

The Risk Management team is responsible for measuring the risk of the firm at all aggregation levels and any time horizon, monitoring and disseminating risk at appropriate aggregation levels, and ensuring DRW has procedures and operational controls in place which align with regulatory requirements and industry standards. Risk managers act as an independent check on trading desks. In collaboration with the desk and partners, risk managers are responsible for parameterizing desk's risks analytical terms such as VaR, DV01, factor models, and option sensitivities. Risk managers utilize the Risk Technology team to build and automate the measurement, monitoring, and dissemination of risk to desks and senior management across the firm.

We are looking for an outstanding Senior Software Engineer with diverse skills to join our Risk Technology team to develop and maintain applications and tools used to administer and govern trading desks’ adherence to risk parameters and limits. While previous experience working the in the trading/finance industry is beneficial, we're looking for talented software engineers, not specific industry experience.  This role can be hybrid (Chicago) or remote.


  • Hands-on implementation, management, and operation of infrastructure supporting proprietary applications
  • Growing and participating in a culture of Infrastructure-as-Code and GitOps
  • Work together on a team, cooperating with the teams we support
  • Evaluate tools to solve problems and verify the operation of those tools
  • Operating legacy infrastructure as well as improving it to mitigate risks
  • Provide on-call support as needed
  • Collaborate with various software, IT, and trading support teams
  • Code in multiple languages and across multiple platforms


  • Skills in organized, systematic problem solving
  • 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, Clojure
  • More than one of the following languages: Ruby, JavaScript, Python
  • More than one of the following tools (or similar): Terraform, Dhall, Ansible, Chef, Puppet
  • More than one of the following tools: Kafka, RabbitMQ, Redpanda, Cassandra, Scylla
  • Experience with Linux System Administration
  • At least of one of the following languages: C, C++, C#
  • PostgreSQL, the database and the query language
  • Managing compute resources, storage, observability, and continuous integration/deployment

Personal traits:

  • Demonstrates talent and skill in working with others
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Takes an active interest in DevOps/SRE culture with a desire to learn and explore observability and infrastructure tooling that is new to them
  • Excellent problem-solving and debugging skills
  • Strong attention to detail

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