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About Steven Davis

An unconventional recruiter and successful career coach. The recruiting process needs to match the job-seeker's goals as well as the hiring manager's needs. Consequently, substantial time is devoted to identifying requirements from both sides. Submitting only the best two or three candidates for any position enables us to have a 90% track record filling positions that we work on. Our placements and relationships with hiring managers endure the test of time because time is taken to fulfill expectations. Specialties:Hands on team building, planning and management of resources and procedures designed to maximize the hiring process. Filling front, middle and back office positions in Financial Services; domain areas include Compliance, Fixed Income, Investment Banking, Equities, Trading and Derivatives to name a few. Extensive experience providing resource management solutions for industries including manufacturing, personal care products, pharmaceutical, life sciences and biotechnology among others.

Java Developers


  • Bachelors Degree
  • 5+ years of hands-on programming in core Java, and experience with standard APIs like multi-threading, JDBC, JMS and XML processing
  • 3+ years experience required in relational database technology using Microsoft SQL Server or Oracle, including SQL, table design, indexing techniques, stored procedures, transactions and performance optimization


  • Experience using the Spring Framework or similar framework to implement stand-alone servers is a plus.
  • Knowledge of object-oriented design techniques and common design patterns.
  • Able to apply multi-threading or distributed server techniques to enhance server throughput and responsiveness.
  • Able to access the database via Java JDBC and have knowledge of persistence frameworks such as the IBatis, Hibernate or similar is desirable.
  • Knowledge of networking utilizing Java JMS apis and publish/subscribe messaging systems like Tibco Rendezvous and EMS.
  • Able to understand serialization techniques used to exchange object and non-object data over networks between Linux and Windows systems.
  • Familiar with Web Services using Java via J2EE or similar framework.
  • Familiarity with technologies for developing web applications. Ability to design web pages using html and CSS and add interactive features using AJAX and jQuery.
  • Knowledge of maven and ant to build java programs and manage dependencies. Use of tools to optimize execution performance.

Always needed, on-going opportunities

  • Enhance WPF applications to support of new business initiatives
  • Design UI screens using XAML and utilize C# to implement UI logic
  • Utilize messaging technologies to communicate with servers in a multi-tier architecture
  • Develop an understanding of the business and refine the application based on the knowledge

Required Skills

  • BS degree in Computer Science or related discipline
  • 2+ years working with WPF/Silverilght
  • Strong UI design skills
  • Understand multi-tier architectures
  • Ability to manage all software product requirements
  • Familiar with SQL or Oracle
  • Financial industry experience

Senior Software Developer

Demonstrate an advanced level of understanding of general systems concepts/computer science fundamentals and applications to solve business problems.

Position Requirements:

  • BS in Computer Science and 5 years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Experience with UNIX/Linux environments and scripting languages Perl, Python, and UNIX Shell, awk, etc
  • Hands-on experience with Enterprise relational databases, preferably Oracle including complex table joins, PL/SQL and stored procedures
  • Object-oriented programming skills, work with C++ or Java
  • Knowledge of Fixed Income, Equity and Derivatives
  • Initiative and enthusiasm to learn detailed processes and technologies supporting trading floor operations

Senior Developer, NYC

If you are experienced working with big data technologies, we have a few big opportunities to share with you. Join a Financial Data Infrastructure team and provide a core infrastructure and service framework to manage, access and analyze financial data sets in a distributed environment.

Work closely with many businesses to design and develop systems that facilitate the ability to make better financial data driven products and decisions. Work with a mission critical system with 24x7x365 uptimes. You will work with big data technologies to manage increasing amounts of data to leverage scalability, performance and cost efficiencies including Hadoop, Hbase, IBM DB2, Kafka/RabbitMQ, Oozie, Storm, MapReduce and possibly Flume, Solr, and LogStash. This is exciting!

We have a long history with the hiring managers and will cut through normal procedures if you are a self-motivated, talented programmer with an interest in solving data problems with a passion for big data technologies and a flexible creative approach to problem solving.


  • 3-5+ years of Java programming
  • Experience with Hadoop/HDFS/MapReduce
  • Experience with Hbase/NoSQL or similar technology

Nice to have

  • Experience with Oozie, Zookeeper, Flume, Solr, ElasticSearch, Storm, or Spark
  • Experience with MQ technologies (Kafka, RabbitMQ)
  • C/C++ programming experience
  • Experience improving, maintaining mission-critical software

Assistant Director, Risk Management


Develop robust risk analytics, asset portfolio and liability risk across multiple lines of business.

  • Implement hypothetical scenario analysis to support business decision making, recommend hedging strategies and other risk management actions, develop analytics within an object oriented database framework, specialized for financial applications
  • The position is highly technical and involves integrating or building sophisticated models of assets  including core bonds, structured products and alternatives, liabilities for complex products and derivatives
  • Highly quantitative in nature, and the candidate must have solid understanding of financial engineering, technology and risk management practices
  • Requires a detailed expert knowledge of ALM, investment risk, and derivatives to identify risks embedded in products and risk management tools need to manage them
  • Strong influencing skills will find common ground on complex issues and processes working across Risk, Finance, Actuarial, business areas 


Graduate degree in finance, mathematics or related discipline, post graduate and/or professional certificate is preferred

  • Minimum of 3-5 years combined work experience in capital markets or insurance industry with a focus on risk management and asset and liability management, fixed income, foreign exchange, structured products, equity and related derivatives experience is necessary
  • Experience building and designing quantitative risk frameworks.
  • Hands-on experience developing and implementing methodologies and systems related to market risk quantification, solid understanding of derivatives pricing
  • Insurance risk experience, actuarial or financial modeling
  • Excellent analytical skills, critical thinking with the ability to synthesize sources of data, and make sound decisions


Director of Risk Management, Relo Provided

This is ideal for either an unsatisfied or mismatched candidate.


  • Build out and manage a Program Management Office, determine key milestones, dependencies and challenges
  • Work with senior management to develop project plans to meet milestones; oversee work streams, identify, remediate or escalate risks and issues
  • Design and manage a project plan which utilizes plans from many work streams and identifies and manages dependencies, including technology plans
  • Lead the creation of status reports, track updates, executive level dashboards; and assist in drafting steering Committee presentations


  • 10 + years experience working in large complex financial institutions,
  • A solid understanding of finance and risk management topics, testing and capital planning
  • Experience operating in an extremely dynamic and high profile environment
  • Extensive experience in end-to-end Project, Program Management and delivering change in regulatory projects
  • Experience managing Senior Project Managers and third party vendors on high profile and technologically innovative enterprise solutions

Lead Risk Analyst

A challenging, high visibility career enhancement opportunity:

  • Perform time series analysis of financial risk drivers such as interest rates, credit spreads, equity levels and inflation asset correlations to calibrate extreme scenarios
  • Provide analyses in asset modeling platforms including Algorithmics, PolyPaths to quantify risk exposure under stress scenarios
  • Build models to automate risk quantification using Excel or document business requirements
  • Create detailed documentation for key models and analyses, collaborate with model validation to refine existing documentation
  • Present modeling methodologies and analysis results to market and credit risk analytics teams


  • Graduate degree in statistics, physics, mathematics, economics, or quantitative finance
  • Experienced with advanced statistical models to fit distributions to historical data and testing performance of forecast models
  • 4+ years of consulting, investment banking or risk management experience
  • Working knowledge of capital markets instruments and concepts
    Experience building robust and well document models across a range of analytical platforms

Mongo Database Administrator

Lead efforts for cluster administration, manage, architect, design, implement software solutions in conjunction with MongoDB.


  • Extensive experience in deployment, management, development with MongoDB clusters: replication, sharding, high availability, localization for low latency availability
  • Knowledge of core and concurrent design patterns
  • Development of solutions using Java
  • Strong Linux/UNIX including scripting,bash/perl/python/ruby
  • Ability to direct, tutor and work with other developers in the team
  • Travel to NYC, London, Romania, Shanghai

Lead Programmer, Architect

We have an opportunity to join a leading technology services and solutions company for global hedge fund and active trading markets. Based in NYC, positions are available in FL, NJ and NYC. Work on a platform that manages the entire trade lifecycle by integrating order management and execution with real time risk, portfolio management and shadow account reporting using one solution.


  • BS or MS in Computer Science
  • 5+ years development on the client and server side
  • Strong knowledge of VB.NET, C# and the .NET framework
  • Understanding of UML design and interpretation
  • Experience designing financial applications


Senior Engineer, NLP

Our long time, NYC based client is recruiting for a new addition to an  R&D Knowledge Engineering Group team. Their efforts help drive intelligent modeling of financial activities, generate multi-lingual content, based upon trends and user requirements. The ideal candidates will have exceptional core engineering skills, experience with Natural  Language Processing and be familiar with Statistical Modeling techniques.


  • 2+ years experience writing robust C++ code and a familiarity with STL
  • Experience with NLP, OIE or MT
  • A desire to share and acquire knowledge and create an ambitious, understandable product vision
  • A strong plus would be a Probability and statistics background