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Head of Global Electronic Trading Platforms & Trade Support

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Head of Global Electronic Trading Platforms & Trade Support

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DRW is a diversified trading firm with over 3 decades of experience bringing sophisticated technology and exceptional people together to operate in markets around the world.  We value autonomy and the ability to quickly pivot to capture opportunities, so we operate using our own capital and trading at our own risk. 

Headquartered in Chicago with offices throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Asia, we trade a variety of asset classes including Fixed Income, ETFs, Equities, FX, Commodities and Energy across all major global markets. We have also leveraged our expertise and technology to expand into three non-traditional strategies: real estate, venture capital and cryptoassets. 

We operate with respect, curiosity and open minds. The people who thrive here share our belief that it’s not just what we do that matters–it's how we do it.  DRW is a place of high expectations, integrity, innovation and a willingness to challenge consensus.  

Core Responsibilities:

  • Manage technology infrastructure for key firmwide electronic trading platform at DRW that also acts as an underpinning technology / software solution to a variety of trading teams at DRW
  • Drive hardware (server devices, network devices, etc.) selection and utilization optimization
  • Drive, or assist with, advanced troubleshooting - encompassing network level, system level, and application level
  • Conduct technology planning and continual performance optimization exercises
  • Collaborate with Compliance technology team to maintain database of all exchange order sessions for compliance capture and trading team attribution purposes
  • Matrix management / prioritization with firmwide shared infrastructure / services teams for implementation of optimizations or new projects, including expanding to new colocation sites / exchanges or expanding scope of activities with existing colos/exchanges
  • Help with technology resource management to ensure optimal usage of hardware and global colocation site space and power
  • Manage cost allocations of exchange and technology infrastructure out to various global trading teams
  • Ensure 23x5.5 smooth production operation of global trading systems and software platforms
  • Manage production implementations and trading system support for software platform supporting firmwide trading systems

Required Business Skills:

  • Prior experience with electronic trading of equities, futures, options, fixed income, FX or some combination of each
  • Prior experience with exchange co-location, exchange connectivity, and communication with technical and business staff from exchanges
  • Knowledge / familiarity with various compliance/regulatory requirements globally
  • Strong business acumen, with an ability to assemble cost/benefit studies for various technology projects being contemplated
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with, and coordinate activities with, internal and external technologists covering various technical disciplines
  • Maintain existing established relationships with key technical and business counterparts at exchanges and Prime Brokers / FCM's

Preferred Technical Skills:

  • Prior experience with CI/CD and process deployment/automation
  • Familiarity with connectivity methods and optimizations for various global electronic exchanges
  • Understanding of networking and communication protocols, for use within a site (LAN) and across long-haul links (WAN)
  • Prior experience with server and network device selection and trade-offs
  • Familiarity with inter-site wireless communication technologies and methods
  • Hands-on technical skills, including, but not limited to, things like ability to analyze network packet captures, comfort with Linux command-line tools, ability to analyze system/application log files, database skills for ad-hoc queries. Python and/or shell scripting skills will be a huge plus

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