VP Software Engineering - Data Platform Fintech Firm

J Harlan Group, LLC - New York, NY

VP Software Engineering

Data Platform Fintech Firm

J Harlan Group is currently conducting a search for a VP Software Engineering at a prominent Data Platform Fintech organization. They are flexible as to location providing the following location alternatives, Remote / New York/ Boston / Salt Lake City / San Francisco - supporting both full remote and on-site work environment.

They are building the next generation data platform to power the world's largest institutions - starting with the radical idea that you should only pay for market data on a metered, pay-as-you-go basis.

Data is one of the fastest growing segments within fintech, but the incumbent financial data providers are still stuck in the past, with cumbersome onboarding processes, APIs that are difficult to integrate, slow infrastructure, and expensive licensing costs.

As the VP of Software Engineering, you will serve as the senior thought leader to the firm’s technical resources to ensure the firm’s data assets enable business outcomes.

You will be responsible for building amazing, market differentiated products that users love.

They are looking for an extraordinary individual as a Player/Coach with an unusually high level of technical knowledge and “Hands On” Application Development experience.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Managing daily development cycle, including planning, scheduling, and triaging of engineering tasks for majority of the software engineers at the firm
  • Working with other engineers and CTO to implement and architect applications, especially those at the highest level of complexity
  • Improving engineering workflows and standards, e.g., release cycle, bug management, feature triaging, decision-making, documentation quality, code style.
  • Setting engineering best practices and identifying new technologies with CTO.
  • Assisting with recruiting, interviewing, hiring, and training of engineers.
  • Collaborating with executive leadership and CTO to translate organizational goals to engineering targets and make performance evaluations.
  • Collaborating with product team to synchronize product and engineering requirements.

The ideal candidate would have a background including:

  • Bachelor's degree and/or at least 7 years of experience in software engineering or electronic trading.
  • Proficiency in at least three of the following languages: C, C++, Rust, Python.
  • Prior experience managing at least 3 engineers.
  • Experience implementing distributed applications.
  • Results oriented, willingness to commit to a direction and drive initiative to completion.
  • Strong desire to contribute and build a business – not just solve novel problems

Desired areas of experience:

  • Prior work at an electronic trading firm (quantitative hedge fund, market maker, proprietary trading) or high growth tech firm.
  • Clustered, multiprocess and/or multithreaded applications.
  • Prior work designing APIs or wire protocols.
  • User-space networking (Solarflare OpenOnload, ef_vi, TCPDirect) and low latency environments (Xilinx FPGA, Arista/Metamako, PTP timestamping).
  • Experience with line rate feed handlers or parsers for binary market data feeds.
  • Knowledge of modern web application architecture and web API design.
  • Knowledge of computer architecture (SIMD, cache hierarchy), Linux kernel (synchronization primitives, sendfile, O_DIRECT) and assembly (rdtscp).
  • Knowledge of source automation, build and CI/CD tools (GitLab CI, TeamCity).
  • Knowledge of containerized application deployment (k8s, Docker).
  • Exposure to large data sets on networked, distributed file systems.
  • Familiarity with OSI layers 4-7.

An individual who loves solving deep and complex technical challenges and wants to have an outsized impact with the products they deliver. An individual with a passion for application development, high level of intellectual curiosity, a commitment to excellence and an unparalleled drive to deliver world-class services / technologies.

If you or anyone in your network would be interested in this opportunity, please send resume to Jerry Goldberg at jgoldberg@jharlan.com or directly contact us at (212) 792-0099

About the Client:

Our client is a fintech organization in the data environment building the next generation data platform to power the world's largest institutions - starting with the radical idea that you should only pay for market data on a metered, pay-as-you-go basis.

Since starting in 2019, they have raised over $27.8M in funding and have over 2,000 companies signed up prelaunch. Their team brings years of experience running high-frequency trading desks and includes alumni from large firms such as Two Sigma, Google, Microsoft and Bloomberg.

They provide full health and dental benefits, 401(k) matching, visa sponsorships and support both full remote and on-site work.

They seek candidates who are high-energy self-starters who want to join a Data Platform Fintech organization on the leading edge. The management team needs an individual of the highest professional caliber who is a “Hands-On” leader, problem solver, analytic, detail-oriented, and entrepreneurial. Everyone at the firm works side-by-side in a highly collaborative and charged environment.

Successful candidates are:

  • Analytic and relentless in pursuit of the right answer
  • Strong communicators who excel at rapid synthesis
  • Able to demonstrate sound business judgment
  • Able to digest complexity while maintaining an understanding of the “big picture” of business needs
  • Team players who are energized by a collaborative enterprise 

The firm’s employees maintain the highest professional and ethical standards. The firm has earned a reputation for honesty, fair dealing, and transparency in a competitive industry. They believe that these standards are the foundation for superior performance and are critical to delivering performance to clients.


Posted On: Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Position Contact
Jerry Goldberg
Manager Director
(212) 792-0099

After years as a Senior Financial Services Executive, I have decided to make a career change and leverage my vast knowledge of the financial services and technology industry as an executive recruiter and have opened an executive search and recruiting firm "J Harlan Group, LLC' specializing in technology and financial services talent search.

Financial Services Executive with expansive Private Equity, Hedge Fund, Investment Banking, Asset Management, Securities Brokerage, Commercial Banking and Insurance experience. With combined expertise as a Chief Information Officer, Chief Administrative Officer and Principal/Consultant, my responsibilities have expanded a broad cross-section of business disciplines – technology, strategic planning, operations management, HR, administration, outsourcing, business development, strategic partnering, product development, financial operations and reporting, client relationship management.

Specialties: • Leadership authority for building and managing the technological, operational, and administrative platforms for financial services organizations.

• Contributed significantly to starting, developing and building a privately-held organization into a $1 billion market cap publicly traded company on the NYSE within five years of inception.

• Recognized achievements in building top-performing, best-in-class organizations capable of supporting corporate objectives.

Contact: jgoldberg@jharlan.com – 212-792-0099 – www.jharlan.com 

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