Equity Derivatives Client Facing Web Platform Lead - Executive Director

  • Competitive
  • New York, NY, USA
  • Permanent, Full time
  • JPMorgan.
  • 29 Sep 16

Equity Derivatives Client Facing Web Platform Lead - Executive Director

J.P. Morgan's focus on being the world's most successful financial services institution starts with Technology - the driving force that gives us our leading edge. Ongoing $billion investment in the firm's technological future means that by joining J.P. Morgan, you'll have a front-row seat to product innovation, and work on complex solutions to the most difficult financial problems.

The team
Markets Technology provides end to end technology solutions for the firm's Investment Banking, Sales & Trading and Risk Management business areas.

Pyramid is a strategic platform for processing and risk managing equity derivatives in the Investment Bank. It is currently used by Equity Derivatives businesses globally. It is responsible for product modeling, trade capture, risk, event and position management, providing the books and records to the bank for trades and feeding downstream back office systems such as accounting, settlements, legal documentation and regulatory reporting. The products traded on this platform range from high volume listed and flow derivative products to extremely complex over-the-counter structured and securitized derivatives.

This is an opportunity to join an award winning technology team with very strong business sponsorship to deliver revenue enhancing technology and industry wide transformation.

The role
Delivering high-quality and timely solutions on the Pyramid platform requires strong business analysis, stakeholder management, technical and problem solving skills. The ideal candidate will have solid experience in financial markets and be a subject matter expert in equity derivatives, together with having a proven track record in delivering complex technology projects.

This specific role will be tasked with joining an aggressive platform transformation programme, whereby critical deliveries need to be made to adopt to the complex landscape which is forming across the global derivatives market, whilst also delivering true business growth and ensuring the platform and it's technology is suited to the rigorous demands of the business over the future years.

The successful candidate will work within the Pyramid transformation team as a project lead, who will be responsible for the delivery of a client facing on-line platform, comprising of pricing, trading, research of equity derivative products. They will be expected to contribute fully to the analysis, functional design and implementation of their stream, together with platform-wide contributions.

The candidate will be a super strong web-orientatated full-stack technologist with exception Java middle tier skills having a track record of delivering similar buy/sell side web solutions.

The ability to bridge the gap between business and technology is paramount in this role, to drive the business forward in their objectives whilst shaping truly innovative web-based technology solutions. They will be required to lead technical discussions; design sessions and project manage the build-out of solutions through to delivery. Experience in technical design and a strong desire to be involved in the detail of technology is critical for this role. The candidate will be expected to manage local resources, manage any vendor/partner resources and work in partnership with business product managers and user experience teams.

Key Responsibilities

· Business facing full-stack developer / technical lead for a multi-year client facing web platform transformation programme, responsible for the end to end delivery of the stream
· Work with business stakeholders, subject matter experts, project/product managers, other programme leads & external vendors to deliver the solution, in-line with the strategic end-state and overarching business requirements
· Work with the team to gather business requirements, perform detailed analysis, and produce associated functional specifications
· Drive the technology build out of the detailed solution, working with other group technology leads to adhere to
· Hands on coding of the framework , of the key components , leading of the other front-end / Full stack / Java developers in the team (10/15)
· Oversite of vendor deliverables and quality control of their code
· Chair / Participate in weekly Project Working Group meetings
· Provide regular updates to senior management in technology, middle office & front office
· Definition of testing strategy, timelines, scripts
· Produce implementation approach, timelines, go-live strategy
· Recruit, manage & retain a team of top talent developers
· Manage the go-to-market and go-live of the platform (support model & processes/operating principlies)


· Strong HTML5, JavaScript, full stack development skills- with team lead experience
· Expert Java middle tier background - caching technology / messaging
· Excellent analytical/problem-solving skills
· Proactive, self-motivated and flexible with a positive attitude
· Experience delivering client-facing buy/sell side web solutions ideally in derivatives / equity derivatives space
· Strong background of understanding end to end lifecycle of financial products (Equity derivatives or other derivatives) including: pricing, risk management, trade capture, confirmations, legal entity flows, accounting and regulatory requirements
· Ability to clearly define and articulate technical solutions
· Excellent written, verbal and presentation communication skills
· Confidence in communicating internally at all levels; candidate will be dealing with front office, middle office and technology teams on a daily basis who are both business and technically sophisticated
· Ability to coherently construct and present business requirements and solution based on input from various sources
· Excellent team-working skills
· Strong time management skills; efficient at multi-tasking and able to work under pressure to deliver multiple business demands on-time, to a high-level standard
· Experience of a project life-cycle, including breaking requirements down into technical deliverables and estimating the work required
· Experience in working with technology development teams during build and implementation phases of requirements
· Experience working and driving development teams in multiple locations

Desirable skills
· Retail structured products experience
· Buy-side PB/Asset management experience/knowledge
· Understanding /experience of challenges facing investment banking in emerging markets