Head of Brand & Communications

| Chicago

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 nearly 900 employees at our Chicago headquarters and six global offices, 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 the Head of Brand & Communications, you’ll lead a growing team focused on building a strong brand and reputation for DRW and our affiliated companies (Convexity Properties, Cumberland, DRW Venture Capital, to name a few) and telling our story strategically and creatively to internal and external audiences. This is an ideal role for someone who prefers breadth over a narrow focus and who thrives when the pace is quick and each day brings new opportunities.

What you’ll do in this role:

  • Lead the creation and execution of brand, strategic communications and public relations initiatives to support the business objectives of DRW and our affiliated companies
  • Oversee content strategy and planning for all communications channels, including social media, websites, blogs, newsletters and company meetings
  • Serve as the principal communications advisor to CEO and key company leaders
  • Manage media relations strategy and develop and maintain relationships with industry, national and international media
  • Collaborate with other teams, including talent acquisition, HR, public policy and corporate philanthropy, to ensure a consistent and compelling brand narrative
  • Build the brand and communications capabilities of the firm globally

You’ll be right at home if you have:

  • 10+ years of experience in brand marketing, PR or strategic communications, including managing global teams and agencies
  • Extensive experience working with top tier media outlets and deep understanding of media relations process
  • Top notch writing, editing and storytelling skills
  • A demonstrated ability to implement process and best practices, but also adapt quickly to the changing demands of the business
  • An open and collaborative approach to getting the job done
  • Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, PR, Communications, Marketing or related field
  • Relevant experience in the financial trading industry or related industries (fintech, venture capital, cryptoassets, B2B tech) is a bonus
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Technology we use

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Location

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."
540 W. Madison St., Chicago, IL 60661

Insider's spotlight

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

What are DRW Perks + Benefits

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Free Daily Meals
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Recreational Clubs
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement

Additional Perks + Benefits

Daily catered breakfast and lunch. On-site yoga and meditation classes. Trivia nights. Chair massages. Wine Tastings. Mentorship Program. Game Tournaments. Speaker Series and "Geek Lunches".

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