Senior Director - Head of Quantitative Development  …

Ameriprise Financial, Inc.
in Boston, MA, United States
Permanent, Full time
Last application, 21 Sep 20
Ameriprise Financial, Inc.
in Boston, MA, United States
Permanent, Full time
Last application, 21 Sep 20
Senior Director - Head of Quantitative Development
Job Description

Provide thought leadership to accelerate the Front Office business and technology teams migration to Cloud solutions and GitOps. Lead, design, architect and deliver solutions and processes for data integration, process re-engineering, application re-platforming, data science and automation problems. Work across all Front Office domains including Quantitative Investments, Research, Data Science, Portfolio Management and Trading to ensure consistency and security of our solutions, leveraging common platforms, design patterns and reference architectures.


  • Lead a team of business and Cloud savvy application developers to enable developer agility and access to Cloud and Enterprise solutions, interact regularly with Front Office development teams and business stakeholders in New York, Boston, London and Minneapolis, foster a culture of collaboration and reuse.
  • Lead Cloud native application development and DevSecOps architectures and best practices. Drive cross-functional collaboration to deliver business outcomes.
  • Identify and execute on opportunities to modernize investment applications and processes, improve time-to-market and delivery of technology capabilities to support new assets, products and strategies.
  • Collaborate with Architecture and Infrastructure teams to assure technological and security compatibility and compliance with the enterprise road map and best-practices.
  • Take initiative to lead/contribute to overall team efforts in application development and integration, analytics and data pipelines.
  • Technology enabler for business and partner to technical leads, foster a culture of collaboration and reuse. Provide cost and feasibility analysis to support and gain strategy approval.
  • Deliver operational excellence through development, formal release schedules and release management processes, service level agreements (SLAs), problem resolution through system monitoring, and change management.
  • Participate in the annual budget and financial planning process for assigned organization, technical assets, and related projects.
  • Oversee annual asset health and security assessments and incorporate output into the development strategy.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelors degree or equivalent (4-years) in Computer Science and Engineering; or equivalent.
  • 10+ years of relevant experience required.
  • Full stack JAVA or .Net architecture and development experience, R/Python expertise.
  • Knowledge of application, information, infrastructure, middleware and security architectures.
  • Experience with Agile methodologies, DevOps, and CI/CD toolchain automation.
  • Cloud native and microservices architecture experience.
  • Exceptional skills in data analysis, analytics and systems architecture.
  • Strong experience working in an AWS environment with tools and services such as Jenkins, Cloud Formation, Terraform, Ansible, Kubernetes, Lambda, ECS, EKS, S3, Athena, Spark, Glue, etc.
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze complex business/technical problems, show proper judgment and make sound technical decisions.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, ability to communicate effectively with both business and technology partners.
  • Experience in migration approaches for applications moving from traditional hosted to cloud based environments.
  • Ability to evaluation various re-factors, re-engineer, lift-and-shift approaches and the criteria necessary to make informed capability level decisions.
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze complex business/technical problems, show proper judgment and make sound technical decisions.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Architect, developer or other specialized certifications for Amazon AWS.
  • Ability to quickly learn, understand, and work with emerging technologies, methodologies, and solutions in the Cloud/IT technology space.
  • Experience with Domain Driven Design and Test Driven Development.
  • Experience transforming product or software development practices to become more agile.
  • Experience in any of the following: machine learning, artificial intelligence, IoT, advanced analytics, big data.
  • Experience supporting Data Scientists and related toolkit (e.g. Notebook/Workspace, CI/CD, data/computer/visualization).
  • Practical job experience refactoring or re-engineering applications to take advantage of cloud native capabilities including PaaS, Daas, elasticity, availability zones/HA, Lambda/Functions or other serverless constructs, and/or re-architecting traditional batch type process to cloud paradigm.
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