last updated 12 August 2020
I am a technologist who enjoys solving real world problems using the best technologies available. This sometimes means having to push certain envelopes in order to achieve results. My assignments have often been through recommendations or direct introduction, which so far have seen me delivering some very challenging but rewarding applications to end users.
In the last twenty four years I have been providing consultancy services on architecture, design and implementations of large scale Enterprise E-commerce projects, and take charge in their delivery for various financial institutions around the City of London. I have been fortunate enough to have been involved in Front, Middle and Back Office projects in the investment banking environment and as a result, I have accumulated a very prolific knowledge of the flow of information between different units and operations within an investment bank
My specialist expertise revolves around the area of electronic and paper confirmation of fixed income deals, domestic and international Prime Brokerage services to Hedge Fund clients, and have personally seen to the inception, construction and delivery of Enterprise wide platforms in two consecutive leading financial institutions, where the second assignment was a direct result of the successful roll out of the first. Each time the projects had strategic sponsorship from the business and ultimately became their client facing technology platform of choice throughout the organisation.
Another project of note was the implementation of the electronic messaging interface Markitwire and DTCC (Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation) for all dealers to confirm trades and centrally settle cash flows in real time. These projects were challenging due to high industry visibility, scope of product coverage, and aggressive timeline.
I have a few projects published, which can be used as examples of fluency/competency:
Java: https://github.com/transcraft/myaccountant, a stand alone book keeping desktop application written in Java/SWT
I have also designed and implemented a full stack home security solution with Node.js server, Android and Raspberry Pi clients, together with hardware and 3D case designs, which is currently in active use. A demonstration is available.
Another project is an Android app to consolidate together real time information from trains, underground and buses around London, with geo-location overlay which can be synced to the cloud. Demonstration is also available for this project.
Address: on request
Telephone Number: on request
Mobile : on request
Date of Birth: 1964
Nationality : British
Status : Married, male
Degree: BSc (Upper Second Division / 2:1) Electronic and Electrical Engineering & the Associateship of University of Surrey 1988
8 'O' levels : Maths, Additional Maths, English Language, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Art, Electronics
3 'A' levels : Maths, Physics, Chemistry
. EP1 (IEE approved) at Bracknell Technical College (Orbitel ltd)
. X Windows Advanced Programing (Uniplex ltd)
. Capital Markets Fundamentals, with emphasis on Fixed Income
. Derivatives and Government Bonds markets (CS First Boston ltd)
Operating Systems : Linux (Ubuntu and Redhat), Solaris
Programming frameworks: Node.js, Android Studio, JAXB, JPA, Hibernate, JMS, MQ Series, Web Sockets, Jquery, React Native, Angular
Environments/Tools: git, Perforce, BitBucket, Jira, Greenhopper
Platforms : Spring Framework, Apache & Tomcat, Jetty, Ruby on Rails
Database Environments: DB2, Sybase, MySQL, sqlite3
Graphical Interface Builders : Eclipse IDE, Android Studio, WebStorm, Visual Studio .NET
Trading Systems : Prime Brokerage, Murex
Others : Full clean driving licence
Assignment History :
April 2003 – August 2019 Morgan Stanley, London Docklands, England
Electronic trade matching and affirmation for Equity Swaps and Interest Rates Derivatives at Markitwire (Java 8, Spring, JPA, JAXB, AOP)
Regulatory reporting to the GTR (Global Trade Reporting) for CFTC, ESMA, JFSA and FCA jurisdictions (Java 8, Spring, JAXB)
Implementation of the DTCC Trade Information Warehouse initiative for confirmation, payment and central settlement electronic messaging of Credit Derivatives and Rates Derivatives trades
Credit Derivatives trade confirm processing and FpML modelling (Java/MQ Series/SOAP/XML)
Straight through processing of electronic confirms for Credit Derivatives and Index trades to DTCC (Java/MQ/FpML/Perl)
Risk mitigation tool for the purpose of trade affirmation (ASP.NET/C#/DHTML)
Electronic dispatch of trades and executed confirms to external reconciliation agents (ASP.NET/C#)
Manual trade confirms of all Fixed Income trades (Scrittura/Apache/Tomcat/Java/Perl)
Open Image document repository (Perl/mod_perl/cgi)
Central reporting database for all Fixed Income trades (Java/Sybase/FpML/Perl)
Consolidated data feeds for the central data warehouse (Java/Perl/XML/Sybase)
Sarbane-Oxley 404 remediation of the above products
Fax indexing tool for incoming faxes (Struts/DHTML/Java/Sybase)
Incoming fax processor, providing page re-ordering and rotation functions (Struts/Java/Sybase)
January 2001 - April 2003 Deutsche Bank AG, London, England
Development Manager for the Primeservices web portal, offering consolidated equity financing services (Prime Brokerage, Stock Lending and structured products) to all Hedge Fund clients
delivery of web portal using Weblogic 5.1 J2EE container (Java/DHTML/JSP/Oracle)
Consolidate data feeds from other business units for portal reporting (Axis/WSDL/SOAP/Jini)
Product roll out involving initial PR, client training, support and site maintenance
Reporting engine for both real time and batch delivery of critical daily client reports
devise means of remotely supporting clients via the same business portal by essentially sharing the same view with them in a different remote session
coordinate development efforts across multiple regions and manage the delivery of product enhancements and bug fixes
business analysis for new requirements, design and architect solution, full cycle product development and deployment
Technical authority for the group, responsible for the cross team development framework and mentoring team members
October 1998 - December 2000 Nomura International Plc, London, England
replacement of the legacy Prime Brokerage application with a web enabled version (Java/RMI/Sybase)
rationalise the delivery process to serve external Hedge Fund clients
in charge of Euro conversion for the Prime Brokerage application
head the development team, reporting directly to the Front Office CTO
Real time profit and loss engine for Prime Brokerage clients (Java/Sybase)
In house Stock Lending booking and reporting application for client liaison managers (Java/Swing/Sybase)
Stock Lending fees calculation engine (Java/Sybase)
Marked to market valuation of client portfolios (Java/RMI/CGI)
Real time price feed engine from Reuters Teknekron into the valuation engine (Java/C/JNI)
Y2K conversion of applications under my responsibility
represent the bank to present the application architecture and E-commerce potentials to visiting European Members of Parliament's
technical authority and coordinator of all Prime Brokerage development efforts, later reporting directly to the Head of Prime Brokerage's business unit
October 1997 - August 1998 Nomura International Plc, London, England
involved in Strategic Middle Office (SMO) project Hoodini to replace legacy mainframe
Production and User support for the Sub-Ledger Manager application as part of the Dodge batch which runs after the end of business event from the Middle Office.
Enhance the Sub-Ledger Manager for statistics gathering, reporting and tracking of trades throughout the system all the way into the Dodge Ledger (C++/Motif/Sybase)
April 1997 - October 1997 J. P. Morgan, London, England
Object modelling, implementation and system testing of the Swaps Trading System's Message Processor, which converts all system wide messages and settlement instructions into Swift, Telex, Fax, E-mail messages for external transmission as part of project Odyssey (C++/Rational Rose/Sybase)
October 1995 - April 1997 Nomura Research Institute, London, England
GUI development of the Sub-Ledger Manager sub-system, which routes accounting events into the Dodge General Ledger as part of project Hoodini (Sybase/C++/Motif/Teknekron)
Development of the Transaction Express (Tp-TIB from Teknekron) interface for publication and subscription of Trade information from the Middle Office (C++/Sybase)
implementation of the Longview and Rolfe and Nolan Gateway for the Dodge General Ledger
August 1995 - October 1995 Salomon Brothers Asset Management, London, England
Design and implementation of the Scenario Dependent Optimising Tool (SDO) to performs risk analysis for investment portfolios under different financial and political scenarios (Ilog/C++/Sybase)
April 1995 - August 1995 Nomura Research Institute, London, England
Object modelling, functional design, technical specification and implementation in C++ of the Profit and Loss and Accruals Engine for the strategic trading system using Teknekron technology.
Design of the GUI based configuration tool to specify event mapping rules between the Front and Back Office systems using UIMX , C++ and Sybase.
April 1994 - April 1995 CS First Boston Ltd, London, England
Trade monitoring tool for Front Office Fixed Income trades (ObjectBuilder/C++)
Automation of Front Office system procedures, maintenance and support for all server processes.
development of TradeSheet, the trade blotter and trade capture system for Bond traders.
support and maintenance the Teknekron Information Cluster (TIC) for real time prices
Build of the disaster recovery system.
Options and Futures trading application support (Murex).
June 1992 - April 1994 Digital Equipment Service Industries Solutions Company (DESISCo) Ltd, Uxbridge, England
Responsible for the control of video and digital information printing from the Video Distribution System.
Enhance the existing product to support faster and more sophisticated new generation of video printers.
Non-preemptive Kernel design and implementation on proprietary hardware and also on SCO UNIX platforms. The kernel was also ported to run on 8051 embedded system by myself.
Port of the existing product line in the Video Distribution System from proprietary hardware to SCO UNIX . Also ANSI-fication of source code.
Compiler design and development using C++ . The compiler generates binary information for the Video Distribution System from high level language configuration files
Development of an authentication and notification service for a distributed network, which monitors the entire network of users' status and restricts access according to the individual user's access rights to a service.
Implementation of Telerate and NYSE requirements for Dectrade system management on reporting and access restriction for auditing purposes.
September 1991 - June 1992 Uniplex Ltd, Hemel Hempstead, England
Escalated product support, automation of product maintenance and installation, ensuring product can be build across some 120 variants of UNIX.
Development of the installation software for the new Uniplex GUI software suite.
Implementation of the in-house makegen utility which resembles X11 imake. It examines the host machine to generate the appropriate Makefiles used to build the entire product in the product porting phase.
March 1989 - September 1991 Advent Systems (Imaging) Ltd, Wokingham, England
Design of the S-Bus & VME based interface cards between Sun SPARCstations to various document (A4) and wide format (A0) scanners.
Development of device drivers and programmer's toolkits for the interface cards described above
Sunview & XView software development for document and engineering drawings database management, mostly user interfaces
Windows and PCNFS toolkit software development of PC based access stations to documents and drawings held in Informix database on servers across the network.
September 1988 - March 1989 Orbitel Mobile Communications Ltd, Basingstoke, England
Digital ASIC design for GSM Base Stations
Main work includes signal equalisation, digital signal encoding and decoding, product field trials and test data analysis
July 1986 - August 1987 Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Didcot, England
Hardware design using Transputer technology and ISDN Megastream Wide Area Network.
Design of real time image capture and processing cards using arrays of Transputers for teleconferencing purposes in the Alvey programme.
Software development using OCCAM and PASCAL to perform real time image manipulation and compression.