Technical Team Lead ______

The Technical Team Lead will work within the Calastone Engineering Team to lead the design and delivery of new products and features for our technology platforms.  Additionally, they will participate in the Calastone Architecture Group in defining the technology and process strategy for Calastone IT, including occasionally leading on innovation or technical debt refactoring pieces of work.

Key Responsibilities

General

  • Develop and maintain a deep and broad grasp of the business context within which Calastone operates to drive interpretation of the business strategy and the competitive and regulatory environment.
  • Work with business stakeholders to shape business initiatives and requirements as early in the process as possible
  • Stay abreast of new technology and process trends and propose changes for adoption to the Calastone Architecture Group
  • Take ownership of specific initiatives in innovation or technical debt
  • Review and develop strategies to improve or replace legacy parts of the system
  • Maintain Calastone’s reputation for high-quality service support and delivery.
  • Contribute to all aspects of general business improvement
  • The development team provide out-of-hours on-call assistance to the operations team on a rota basis, typically once every 6-8 weeks. The role holder would be invited to join this rota once suitably skilled.
  • Help informally coach and mentor less experienced members of the team to aid their development, and generally relay any experience or knowledge that may be beneficial to the team overall.
  • Be in charge of direct line management of a small group of engineers in terms of:
    • Mentoring
    • Time management
    • Personal development
    • Wellbeing

Delivery

  • Lead groups of engineers in the delivery of new software solutions for the Calastone business
  • Define solutions in architectural and operational terms within the overall architectural and design principles in use at Calastone and defined by the Calastone Architecture Group and the Secure SDLC
  • Help team members understand and respect agreed solutions and follow team processes and conventions
  • Design, document and communicate system solutions ensuring a good balance of time, quality, cost and performance
  • Develop proofs of concept to demonstrate new solution possibilities
  • Develop software and software architectures in support of solutions
  • Plan solutions implementation rollout and development across multiple iterations
  • Make sure management understands solutions, tools and technology choices (to the appropriate level of detail)
  • Recognize scalability and volume requirements of new solutions and engineer appropriate solutions
  • Define necessary performance testing to prove solutions are fit for purpose
  • Aid testers and support personnel as needed to determine system problems
  • Lead and organise peer code reviews, daily scrum meetings, change analysis sessions and technical presentations.

 

Knowledge & Experience

You will need to demonstrate a deep and thorough understanding of:

 

Essential

  • Knowledge of the mutual funds industry or related experience
  • Object Orientation, SOA, and related design patterns.
  • Modern software development practices: agile, version control, code reviews, continuous integration
  • C# at a mature commercial level, and additionally either C# or Angular in a strong commercial setting
  • Test Driven Development
  • Experience of cloud frameworks, preferably Azure and the ability to design and develop for them
  • Enterprise messaging systems (e.g NServiceBus/Azure Service Bus/RabbitMQ).
  • SPAs and responsive web development using Angular and Bootstrap.
  • XML, JSON, and related technologies (e.g. schemata and XSLT)
  • Relational database concepts, Microsoft SQL Server and SQL.
  • Experience with multi-threaded / high concurrency systems

 

Desirable

It would be to your advantage to have some level of experience in one or more of the following:

  • Knowledge of mutual fund trading, settlement, reconciliation, lifecycle management and regulation within the context of the distributor/platform, Transfer Agent (TA), and fund/asset management industry.
  • Knowledge of NoSQL
  • Experience of .NET Core and related open source technologies
  • Experience of Blockchain technology specifically Ethereum
  • Containerisation (using e.g. Docker) and container orchestration (using e.g. Kubernetes)
  • Knowledge of financial messaging protocols like Swift 15022, ISO/SWIFT 20022, and FIX
  • Experience of leading an agile team in a strong commercial setting.

 

Person Specification

  • Eager and proactive self-starter with a strong work ethic and the ability and desire to learn quickly
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills allowing conveying of complex concepts with both technical and non-technical colleagues
  • Always exhibits the highest levels of professionalism, transparency and integrity and works within the aims of the Company Values
  • Passionate about delivering elegant but pragmatic software
  • Dedicated to understanding and delivering for customers and other stakeholders
  • Team player in multi-disciplined environment
  • Strong work ethic and entrepreneurial approach
  • Ability to stay calm and focused under pressure and able to positively direct customers, colleagues and service partners when resolving service issues
  • Passionate about quality and ‘getting it right’
  • Willing to pursue a problem through to root cause identification then back to a full solution.
  • Attention to detail
  • Balanced individual able to critically appraise own strengths and weaknesses
  • An example setter by deed as well as words

 

On-Call Requirement:

  • The development team provide out-of-hours on-call support to the operations team on a rota basis, typically once every 3-4 weeks. The role holder would be invited to join this rota once suitably skilled.