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Director Of It And Development Resume

Glenview, IL

SUMMARY:

  • Growth - Focused IT Leadership in High-Frequency Trading Environments
  • Strategic Planning & Prioritization - Vendor Strategy & Negotiations - Business Continuity - Executive Collaboration
  • Compliance Strategy - Highly Available Systems - Governance - Business Case Development - QA Standards
  • Strategic Business and Technology Leadership of impact to Confidential, with insight to performance via regular trading exchange dialogue to ensure software alignment and optimization.
  • Cost-Saving Vendor Agreements, including $1.5M reduction via renegotiation (identical service levels).
  • Budget Management and Planning for $5M+ in annual software development, licensing, and support, plus projects of up to $9M for systems / networking and trading exchange connectivity.
  • Technology-Agnostic, Strategic Decisions reducing latency (30,000% improvement in response time).
  • Development Project Turnarounds achieved by setting clear vision, eliminating siloed practices, working closely with business users, and raising respect among teams with low morale.
  • Financial Industry Expertise exemplified as co-founder of RapiData trading data firm (sold to Confidential ).

PROFESSIONAL HISTORY:

Confidential, Glenview, IL

Director of IT and Development

Responsibilities:

  • Built business case for IT investments pivotal to trading system performance, with presentations to CEO. Worked with trading exchanges to understand order matching process and direct related software changes.
  • Maintained 100% compliance - selling and delivering new compliance mindset affecting IT and stakeholders.
  • Expanded HQ office, handling all communications, power, hardware site, and wiring decisions for trading floor.
  • Spearheaded co-location facility build-outs worldwide for proximity to trading exchanges; chose optimum telecom carriers / paths, network infrastructures, and protocols based on latency and redundancy requirements.

Confidential

Director of IT and Development

Responsibilities:

  • Built high-productivity team of developers, quantitative analysts, QA analysts, and systems / network engineers, improving retention and morale with collaborative team atmosphere. Mentored employees in business and technical tasks, with “team-first” approach eliciting strong sense of loyalty.
  • Quickly turned around software development efforts , setting clearly defined, big-picture strategy and providing tools for success instrumental in achieving profitability in 4 months.
  • Improved systems consistency by tightening change control procedures.
  • Set stringent SLA terms for production trading environment performance and availability. Created QA standards instrumental in preventing costly trading process errors, with team cross-training to promote problem-solving.
  • Guided full contingency and recovery strategies critical to seamless operations in high-pressure settings, establishing redundant servers, business continuity plans, and escalation procedures.
  • Built mutually beneficial vendor and exchange relationships key to quick problem resolution; gained insight on complex trading systems processing and connectivity.
  • Boosted performance and reliability, with business case and oversight of strategic projects for maximum effect.
  • Led trading software migration (Windows to Linux) for improved speed (300% drop in latency), operating system predictability, and context switching.
  • Managed major Cisco and Juniper / Arista upgrades (affecting hardware, operations, security, connectivity).

Senior Network & Systems Engineer

Confidential

Responsibilities:

  • Oversaw 30,000-sq-ft electronic trading floor buildout , conferring with architects, engineers, and stakeholders, while contributing input to strategic plan. Initiated effort to move company into co-location space.
  • Developed and presented business case for fully redundant technical environments, server room, cutting-edge network, and other IT advantages crucial to fast growth - while controlling costs.

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