Director of Operations, Toronto

About OANDA

We have come a long way since our first currency feed 23 years ago, we are an award-winning global company offering leading currency solutions for both retail and corporate clients, from a tech start-up to a global corporation. Founded in 1996, we became the first company to share exchange rate information on the internet free of charge and in 2001, we launched a trading platform that helped pioneer the development of online-based trading around the world, enabling forex and CFD investors the ability to trade the financial markets.  Our vision is to transform how our clients can meet all of their currency needs with innovative and award-winning solutions. Under new ownership with significant ambitions to grow the business on the global stage, we are looking for highly motivated, passionate individuals who want to make a mark in a dynamic environment.

The Director of Operations is responsible for organizing, directing and leading all technology Infrastructure and DevOps activities within the company. This includes leading, mentoring and developing a number of highly-skilled technical teams, including our Release Management, Corporate IT, Systems Engineering, DevOps and DBA groups. This position will report to a member of our executive team, and will have a number of Team Leads as direct reports.

Primary Duties:

  • Responsible for the design, development, monitoring and support of financial trading systems located in multiple datacentres globally.
  • Internal support for multiple offices within our corporate environment: this includes voice/data networks, security, systems admin, desktop support, email, storage, servers and data center management.
  • Project management: Lead and direct various enterprise project initiatives, to include managing all phases of an infrastructure project including staffing, requirements definition, design, vendor selection and management, hardware/software development and/or customization, testing, deployment, and post-deployment support.
  • Team management: Develop, manage and support a set of highly-skilled technical teams. Set priorities, mentor, direct professional growth, and lead implementation of new technologies and methodologies.
  • Actively manage the Operations capex and opex budgets, to meet budgetary expectations and corporate goals.
  • Work with team and vendors to continually improve cost efficiencies through competitive vendor negotiations through formidable bidding and metrics-based vendor management.
  • Develop and maintain performance Service level Objectives (SLO’s ) and metrics relative to the areas being supported.
  • Identify technology solution opportunities and/or processes to support business growth opportunities.
  • Comply with laws and regulations as they pertain to services provided by OANDA. This includes supporting and demonstrating compliance with OANDA’s obligations with respect to Financial regulations and Privacy regulations.
  • Represent the culture and values of the Company to other groups, agencies and the general public, and ensure accuracy of public information materials.
  • As applicable, attend in-service, continuing education or seminar programs to stay current with industry and community trends.

The duties listed above are intended to outline the main responsibilities of this position. The duties are not intended to be all-inclusive or to limit the discretionary authority of supervisors to assign other tasks of a similar nature or level of responsibility.

Education Requirements:

  • Bachelor degree in Computer Science or Computer Engineering, and/or equivalent work experience
  • Experience & Skills:
  • 8+ years managing technical teams; preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate experience in a variety of different corporate and technical environments
  • 10+ years engineering, developing, planning, executing enterprise-wide technology infrastructure initiatives
  • 5+ years in vendor management  
  • Strong management skills, with a proven track-record of performing against measurable performance indicators
  • Demonstrated ability to manage large cross-functional projects, including establishment of goals (both financial and non-financial), scope, and strategy; ability to plan, organize, coordinate and implement strategic initiatives. 
  • Strong presentation skills; ability to present data and conclusions in an organized and understandable fashion 
  • Strong problem solving and analytical skills
  • Ability to provide leadership, guidance and direction to a team with varied skill levels
  • Ability to work cooperatively with internal & external team members and interface with all levels of management

OANDA Global Corporation is a diverse and global team with offices around the world. We value the unique skills and experiences each individual brings to OANDA. We are committed to creating and sustaining a collegial work environment in which all individuals are treated with dignity and respect and one which reflects the diversity of the community in which we operate. We provide an inclusive and accessible environment for everyone.  Candidates selected for an interview will be contacted directly. If you require accommodation during the recruitment and selection process, please let us know. We will work with you to provide as seamless a recruitment experience as possible.

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