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Sunday, May 29, 2011

The Emperor Carol Bartz Has No Clothes, Mark Haines, Oprah, and Other Shareholder Matters.

The Emperor Carol Bartz Has No Clothes, Mark Haines, Oprah, and Other Shareholder Matters.

The Patriot Act extension was 'robo signed' - how many other laws from the past 10 years may not even be valid due to Presidents not actually signing the law in person as they should be?

President Did NOT Sign Patriot Act Extension In Person - Is the Law Invalid?

Thursday, May 26, 2011

New York Start-Ups RIDE Tech Boom!

New York Start-Ups RIDE Tech Boom!

Ford Sales Helped by In-Car Health Monitoring

Ford Sales Helped by In-Car Health Monitoring

"The black Ford Explorer had a warning for the test driver at the lab in Dearborn, Michigan, last week: “It is important for you to recheck your blood glucose now.”

The driver’s blood-sugar reading was 81 milligrams per deciliter at 6:32 a.m., the robotic female voice said in the prototype demonstration. When he replied that it has fallen to 71, close to where he can have lightheadedness or blurry vision, the car instructed him to take some glucose tablets and check again after 30 minutes. Then it signs off: “Have a nice drive.”

"North Korea needs a stable region to develop and wants to return to nuclear disarmament talks, the country's leader, Kim Jong-il"

"North Korea needs a stable region to develop and wants to return to nuclear disarmament talks, the country's leader, Kim Jong-il"

Sounds familiar.  Return to talks while planning bombings and other Dr. Evil-like activity!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Traders/Developer/Strategist (individual or team) with Track Record - Top Financial CHICAGO

If qualified for the below spec, send updated CV in word format onto Quant at QuantRec dot com.

If qualified for the below spec, you may call or text 203.297.8268 with any questions you may have.

Prefer candidates in Chicago, but out of town candidates with a track record will certainly be considered as well if meeting 95% of below!
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Trade developers with a track record. Individuals or (usually) small
teams who have a profitable trade, do their own research, and continue
development of new trades.

Entrepreneurial types who need capital, infrastructure, sponsored
access, back office, and the benefit of reduced exchange fees.

As long as they're profitable pretty flexible in making something work.

Active in all futures/options on futures, cash treasuries, and
increasingly SpotFX.

Not currently a BD or connected to the equity ECN's, but open to
proposals. Thanks.

Which Major Investment Firms are Holding the Bag From the Latest Chinese Investment Fraud?

Which Major Investment Firms are Holding the Bag From the Latest Chinese Investment Fraud?

Invasion of the Chinese Reverse Mergers: “We Are Under Attack,” Josh Brown Says

Invasion of the Chinese Reverse Mergers: “We Are Under Attack,” Josh Brown Says
"Let's not get distracted here, we should simply focus on the accounting chicanery and falsified filings with which Chinese companies are daily relieving US investors of their capital," Brown writes at his blog The Reformed Broker. "Working with American law firms and shameless stock promoters, these companies have found a financial engineering solution that lets them steal on our shores."

Friday, May 20, 2011

New York PROBING CORINTHIAN, Trump's for-profit colleges

New York PROBING CORINTHIAN, Trump's for-profit colleges

"The New York Attorney General is investigating colleges run by Corinthian Colleges and real estate magnate Donald Trump, adding to the list of states probing illegal business practices at for-profit schools."

LinkedIn: ONLY Worth $27 a Share?

LinkedIn: ONLY Worth $27 a Share?

"Still, even good companies should be bought for less than they are worth.
Our fair value estimate of $27 assumes LinkedIn extends its dominance as the preferred social-networking site for professionals. We are forecasting annual revenues to increase 43% during the next five years, as combined revenues from hiring solutions and advertising reach more than $1.3 billion. We are also assuming generally accepted accounting principles operating margins reach the mid-20s by 2015.
So, by Morningstar’s measure, LinkedIn is 270% overpriced, even with all these positives. Be careful out there."

Thursday, May 19, 2011

At LinkedIn’s Valuation, Apple Would Be WORTH $3 TRILLION!

At LinkedIn’s Valuation, Apple Would Be WORTH $3 TRILLION!

"We’ve thrown a bunch of numbers at you today to explain just how bananas the LinkedIn IPO is.
Via Twitter, @lessien gives us even more fodder to explain the madness. LinkedIn’s IPO went off at an already wacky $45 a share, slapping a $4.3 billion value on the company.
Now today, LinkedIn’s stock price has shot up by more than $60 a share. At LinkedIn’s current valuation of roughly $10 billion, LinkedIn is trading at roughly 41 times its 2010 net revenue.

Mirrorpix/Courtesy Everett Collection
Yes, this is bananas.
If Apple were trading at the same multiple, it would have a market value of $2.7 trillion. That is not a typo. And that figure is based on Apple’s revenue for the year ended Sept. 25. Given Apple’s rapid revenue growth, we could be looking at more than $3 trillion in market value, if Apple had the same crazy stock multiple as LinkedIn."

digits: Is LinkedIn Evidence of a BUBBLE?

digits: Is LinkedIn Evidence of a BUBBLE? - Shira Ovide, Spencer Ante, and Rolfe Winkler join digits to talk about LinkedIn's soaring stock its first day out of the gate and discuss the sky-high valuations of social media companies.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

SEC CRACKING DOWN (finally??) on Foreign Shell Cos.

SEC CRACKING DOWN (finally??) on Foreign Shell Cos.

"While the Securities and Exchange Commission has recently stepped up its enforcement efforts against allegedly fraudulent U.S. shell companies in greater China, those efforts aren't limited to that region, according to James Kroeker, the SEC's chief accountant.
Speaking at last week's Zicklin Center Financial Reporting Conference at Baruch College in New York City, Kroeker did not mention China by name. He said that "while there are a number of [reverse-merger stories] from a particular country that have grabbed headlines recently, the problems coming to the forefront are not limited to companies based in any geographic region."
Still, it was clear that the headline-grabbing nation was China. In an April 27 letter to a House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee, SEC chair Mary Schapiro reported that in the prior five weeks, the commission had suspended trading in at least three 
China-based entities (Heli Electronics, China Changjiang Mining & Energy, and Rino International) that had become U.S. domestic issuers through reverse mergers. The SEC also revoked the U.S. registrations of at least eight other such companies "in the last several months alone," she stated."

Monday, May 16, 2011

DEAR LINKEDIN & Linkedin investors

Dear Linkedin & Linkedin investors:  consider this.  Linkedin has NO PHONE CUSTOMER SERVICE.  How can any company serving 100,000,000+ people not have a human there to answer questions for PAYING MEMBERS?  Oh please!

Friday, May 13, 2011

WE'RE HIRING: Junior Java/C++ Developer, TOP FINANCIAL NYC

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Finder's fees can be offered for anybody you can recommend that YOU KNOW (providing contact info is a start) and obviously they MUST BE QUALIFIED and get interviewed and HIRED. 
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Call or text 203-29-QUANT 203.297.8268 if you have any questions and are qualified for this role or others posted. Please speak clearly if leaving a voicemail, and let me know the role you are applying for and if you have sent a resume or not. You may call or text at any time. All discussions and messages are fully confidential... If QUALIFIED &AUTHORIZED FOR USA WORK, email resume QuantRec @gmail.com 

Goto http://www.QuantRec.com for updates on jobs, bookmark it! 

You can fax in resume to 206-202-7703 as well. 

PLEASE BE SURE TO INCLUDE your salary requirements (2010 base/bonus), location preferences, and for my notes where you have been interviewing or been submitted to in the past 6 months (as there are multiple opportunities if you are a solid techie). Must currently be in USA and be Green CARD/US CITIZEN/h1b with enough years left on visa (at least 3 years). 

Also include the best times to reach you over the near term. 

Candidates MEETING MOST OF the SPEC below will be contacted PROMPTLY. 

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Note:  This position is for deeply technical developer with either bachelors or masters in computer science who has strong computer science and programming fundamentals.  Looking for person with 1-5 years of experience.  Person will take on role which is 50% development and 50% IT support.  The support duties, will be technically challenging work in rich, complex IT environment.   After two years role will graduate to full time development.  
 
Position is in the infrastructure development team of a core trading system development team.  The group is in the front office, working on the premeir flagship trading platform for the firm.   At same time, this is the develompent team which focuses on infrastructure level code, eg: software for builds/deployments, software for source code control, reuseable api's for other development teams.  The end users for this team are other software development teams who focus on the actual trading software development used by traders.   This role is excellent for someone who would prefer to learn trading systems development from the ground up or someone who simply prefers to work on the deeper application and systems and O/S development challenges.   This environment is mostly a Java environment, but there is some C++ and C# and it's equal parts Windows and UNIX - person must have at least some experience with both OS platforms.    Person must have a computer science degree from good Comp Sci program.   
 

•Highly technical and passionate about software development (e.g. codes for fun)
•Flexible and adaptable; quick to embrace new ideas, designs, platforms, languages
•Debugging java
•Goal oriented, wants to get things done and make impact – no theoreticians
•Ability to recognize priorities and make/ follow through on deadlines
•Good team player, willing to help out, no superiority complex
•Deep in one or more programming languages (e.g. java, c++, c#) & platforms (i.e. windows, linux)

WE'RE HIRING: Python Developers / C++ Developers - Top Tier Firm NYC/CA/Chicago

Python Developers / C++ Developers - Top Tier Firm NYC/CA/Chicago

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Finder's fees can be offered for anybody you can recommend that YOU KNOW (providing contact info is a start) and obviously they MUST BE QUALIFIED and get interviewed and HIRED. 
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Call or text 203-29-QUANT 203.297.8268 if you have any questions and are qualified for this role or others posted. Please speak clearly if leaving a voicemail, and let me know the role you are applying for and if you have sent a resume or not. You may call or text at any time. All discussions and messages are fully confidential... If QUALIFIED &AUTHORIZED FOR USA WORK, email resume QuantRec @gmail.com 

Goto http://www.QuantRec.com for updates on jobs, bookmark it! 

You can fax in resume to 206-202-7703 as well. 

PLEASE BE SURE TO INCLUDE your salary requirements (2010 base/bonus), location preferences, and for my notes where you have been interviewing or been submitted to in the past 6 months (as there are multiple opportunities if you are a solid techie). Must currently be in USA and be Green CARD/US CITIZEN/h1b with enough years left on visa (at least 3 years). 

Also include the best times to reach you over the near term. 

Candidates MEETING MOST OF the SPEC below will be contacted PROMPTLY. 

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$$ All levels from Junior to Expert Level

Note to Recruiters: Team expects to hire at least 6 developers in 2011, most in Q1. 

Team wants to hire at all levels, junior, mid level and senior level. This team is developing the core trading platform for the firm which will cover all asset classes and this team is responsible for all aspects of the system from the low level infrastructure code to the data technology to the front end, but the bulk of the development which needs to be done is the server side development - the core business logic to the core systems. This is a team which only hires best of breed talent, whether junior or senior level candidate, must have excellent academic and/or professional accomplishments which make them stand out. 

The bulk of the development will be done in Python but there will be some C++. They are happy to hire a pure Python developer, but some C++ is desirable and they will not hire a pure C++ developer. Financial background is not particularly critical to the job function. Candidates need to be able to show great fluency in Python. The "extras" they're really looking for though are some background with dependency graphs, python twisted, python numpy, python numeric. In general they would also like developer with experience developing large-scale, high performance systems as well as developers who have experience developing software solutions to work with very large data sets. The GUI will be developed in Python WX which is also a plus. This may show up in math people or compiler people or data mining people.

WE'RE HIRING: Unix Engineer/ Admin Large Financial Company NYC

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Candidates MEETING MOST OF the SPEC below will be contacted PROMPTLY.
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**CANDIDATE SENDING IN ALL THE RELEVANT INFORMATION AS MENTIONED ABOVE SHALL BE PLACED SOONER THAN THOSE SENDING A GENERIC RESPONSE WITH ONLY A RESUME**
Also include the best times to reach you over the near term.
Candidates MEETING MOST OF the SPEC below will be contacted PROMPTLY.


If we asked around, what are you known for in terms of expertise in:
§ Types of systems?
§ Technologies?
· Got a recent instance where your technical contribution had a real impact on the organization?


Then more importantly, your Wish List
· What's the job you want? 2nd choice?
· Industry preference?
· Size/culture?
· Maximum commute radius?
· Least acceptable compensation?
· What specific companies in this area are you interested in?


Motivation
· Why are you looking to leave?
· What aspects of your job would you change in order to stay?
· How soon can you start a new job?
· What about when you get a counter offer?
· What specific requirements do you have before accepting a new job?


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Summary:   The dedicated Unix Infrastructure team for the Credit Derivatives business of the Investment bank is looking to add a member to the team.   They're open to hiring a promissing junior level person with as little as 2-3 years of professional experience or a more experienced senior level team member who can hit the ground running.   Person must have good coding skills in Perl and/or Shell but ideally both.   Must also have some experience with SQL, but he more the better and would ideally have experience with Autosys.   Interpersonal fit is just as important as technical fit - person must be team player with good interpersonal / communication skills.    This team spends more time on engineering, upgrading and automating the envrionment than anything else, but support is also a responsibility and they group of 8 shares that responsibility with a rotation which requires on-call responsibilities about one every two months.   Full spec below.  

Position Description:
The Credit Trading Operations team provides direct day to day support and integration services for the firm's credit derivatives trading platform.
Members of the team provide real time support for the credit derivatives trading system throughout the day. The team additionally executes all deployment work, is responsible for capacity planning, performs general integration work, infrastructure management, stability management and has complete ownership of all infrastructure, batch processing and downstream data delivery. The team works closely with the credit derivatives development team to ensure a smooth delivery of services to its users. The role involves direct interaction with traders, sales, operations and controllers as well as other technology groups involved in all aspects of electronic trading, trade capture and risk management.

Skills Required:
- Good team player with a sense of integrity and ownership
- Ability to work collaboratively across teams
- Ability to work within tight time constraints and resource dependencies
- Excellent communication and organizational skills
- Excellent problem solving skills
- High degree of motivation to expand technical and business knowledge
- Results-oriented and highly motivated
Technical: 
- Strong technical ability in solving low-level problems
- Capable of effectively handling incidents for critical systems in a fast-paced environment
- Strong infrastructure knowledge in Linux / Unix, Windows, databases, storage and networking technologies
- Solid understanding of client-server applications and distributed systems
- SQL, shell scripting, perl scripting
- Proven ability to deliver improvements to supported systems
Desired Skills:
- Hands-on support experience with front office applications and infrastructure
- Exposure to derivatives trading applications
- Familiarity with credit derivatives and bonds
- Development experience in any programming language

WE'RE HIRING: Structured Credit/ Corporate Credit Quant/TOP FINANCIAL NYC

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Candidates MEETING MOST OF the SPEC below will be contacted PROMPTLY.
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**CANDIDATE SENDING IN ALL THE RELEVANT INFORMATION AS MENTIONED ABOVE SHALL BE PLACED SOONER THAN THOSE SENDING A GENERIC RESPONSE WITH ONLY A RESUME**
Also include the best times to reach you over the near term.
Candidates MEETING MOST OF the SPEC below will be contacted PROMPTLY.


If we asked around, what are you known for in terms of expertise in:
§ Types of systems?
§ Technologies?
· Got a recent instance where your technical contribution had a real impact on the organization?


Then more importantly, your Wish List
· What's the job you want? 2nd choice?
· Industry preference?
· Size/culture?
· Maximum commute radius?
· Least acceptable compensation?
· What specific companies in this area are you interested in?


Motivation
· Why are you looking to leave?
· What aspects of your job would you change in order to stay?
· How soon can you start a new job?
· What about when you get a counter offer?
· What specific requirements do you have before accepting a new job?

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$$$ is OPEN.

The Coporate Credit Desk in Credit Derivatives Trading business is looking for experienced Quantitative Modeler to join their business.   Must come from Corporate Credit side not Asset Backed Side of business.   Must be true Quant with Phd in Math or Mathematically based science.     Quant will develop models for Pricing, Risk, PnL Attribution.  Should have basic coding skills to implement own models.   Will consider VP Level or higher depending on person. 

We're HIRING: Desk Quant/ Strategist for the Corporate Credit Desk TOP FINANCIAL NYC

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Candidates MEETING MOST OF the SPEC below will be contacted PROMPTLY.
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**CANDIDATE SENDING IN ALL THE RELEVANT INFORMATION AS MENTIONED ABOVE SHALL BE PLACED SOONER THAN THOSE SENDING A GENERIC RESPONSE WITH ONLY A RESUME**
Also include the best times to reach you over the near term.
Candidates MEETING MOST OF the SPEC below will be contacted PROMPTLY.


If we asked around, what are you known for in terms of expertise in:
§ Types of systems?
§ Technologies?
· Got a recent instance where your technical contribution had a real impact on the organization?


Then more importantly, your Wish List
· What's the job you want? 2nd choice?
· Industry preference?
· Size/culture?
· Maximum commute radius?
· Least acceptable compensation?
· What specific companies in this area are you interested in?


Motivation
· Why are you looking to leave?
· What aspects of your job would you change in order to stay?
· How soon can you start a new job?
· What about when you get a counter offer?
· What specific requirements do you have before accepting a new job?


$$ Open

Credit Derivatives business of a leading Investment Bank is looking to hire a Desk Quant/ Strategist for the Corporate Credit Desk.  They trade Bonds, Loans, Credit Derivatives, Structured Credit Products.  Person will probably focus on trading of corporate bonds and then transition into credit indicies.   Client would prefer someone with Electronic Trading Background, potentially even Equities Electronic Trading background.   Client would also prefer someone with Hedge Fund background rather than banking.  

The desk quant/ strategist with be a business savvy technologist with strong math skills.   Minimally, person must have experience implementing and tuning strategies, but ideally person has experience working with traders on trading idea generation.    Must have at least basic, if not advanced proficiency in Java or C++ or C#. 

WE'RE HIRING: Junior C# Developer Large Financial Company NYC

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Candidates MEETING MOST OF the SPEC below will be contacted PROMPTLY.
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**CANDIDATE SENDING IN ALL THE RELEVANT INFORMATION AS MENTIONED ABOVE SHALL BE PLACED SOONER THAN THOSE SENDING A GENERIC RESPONSE WITH ONLY A RESUME**
Also include the best times to reach you over the near term.
Candidates MEETING MOST OF the SPEC below will be contacted PROMPTLY.


If we asked around, what are you known for in terms of expertise in:
§ Types of systems?
§ Technologies?
· Got a recent instance where your technical contribution had a real impact on the organization?


Then more importantly, your Wish List
· What's the job you want? 2nd choice?
· Industry preference?
· Size/culture?
· Maximum commute radius?
· Least acceptable compensation?
· What specific companies in this area are you interested in?


Motivation
· Why are you looking to leave?
· What aspects of your job would you change in order to stay?
· How soon can you start a new job?
· What about when you get a counter offer?
· What specific requirements do you have before accepting a new job?



  
Junior C# Developer
Large Financial Company/ NYC
80-110K base +bonus

Summary:  Company is looking for C# developer with 1-5 yrs of experience who is proficient in front end Winforms development. 

Position Description:

The portfolio risk and margins team develop and support the bank's global margin requirement calculation system. We are building a cross-asset class, portfolio-based margin calculation system that also does U.S. regulatory requirement calculations and generates portfolio risk measures that used by our risk managers to review and assess the margin requirements.
Calculations are triggered by regional overnight batches, and they also run in on-demand and near-real-time systems during the day. Calculators are implemented in Java, and GUIs are in C#. We use Perl and Python to load data, to build tools for developers, and to glue the system together. We also rely on industry-standard technologies such as Sybase, DB2, IBM MQ, and web services.
We are looking for a .Net C# developer with experience building WinForms applications. The position will be broad-based across the team, with particular focus on enabling the Risk Management teams of various businesses to define and implement different risk/margin calculations quickly. This is a good opportunity to work on some challenging technical problems while at the same time getting exposure to market risk methodologies.

Required Skills:
Client side C# development, with emphasis on windows as opposed to web
WinForms,
Strong fundamental technology skills (OO design, threading, SDLC) SQL (Sybase preferred)
Design Patterns

WE'RE HIRING: Senior Java Developer w/ strong SQL Development skills

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Candidates MEETING MOST OF the SPEC below will be contacted PROMPTLY.
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**CANDIDATE SENDING IN ALL THE RELEVANT INFORMATION AS MENTIONED ABOVE SHALL BE PLACED SOONER THAN THOSE SENDING A GENERIC RESPONSE WITH ONLY A RESUME**
Also include the best times to reach you over the near term.
Candidates MEETING MOST OF the SPEC below will be contacted PROMPTLY.


If we asked around, what are you known for in terms of expertise in:
§ Types of systems?
§ Technologies?
· Got a recent instance where your technical contribution had a real impact on the organization?


Then more importantly, your Wish List
· What's the job you want? 2nd choice?
· Industry preference?
· Size/culture?
· Maximum commute radius?
· Least acceptable compensation?
· What specific companies in this area are you interested in?


Motivation
· Why are you looking to leave?
· What aspects of your job would you change in order to stay?
· How soon can you start a new job?
· What about when you get a counter offer?
· What specific requirements do you have before accepting a new job?

Summary:  Positions is for a senior developer with 8+ years experience with strong server side Java coding skills and strong database development skills.   Position is responsible for development of real time trade capture system and intraday risk system.  

Position Description:

Hands-on data-oriented developer/architect required to perform a strategic renovation on mission critical Credit Risk data infrastructure. This individual will work with users and fellow developers/architects to understand business/technology requirements, derivative products, and existing data flows in order to renovate and enhance functionalities. This role requires an individual who is experienced in large batch oriented systems, as well as real-time event-driven high-throughput systems.
Key technologies are Java, Informatica, DB2, Perl, Unix shell scripting, and Autosys. The system processes OTC derivatives data, listed derivatives, futures, options, repos, stock loan, and other instruments which carry counterparty risk. Prior experience with financial data required. Prior experience with team leadership, project management, and large system design strongly desired.

Skills Required:
3+ years experience in relational database technology, including design, development, and performance tuning.
3+ years Core Java with multithreading.
3+ years Perl and/or Unix Shell scripting
Prior experience with financial products, preferably OTC Derivatives
Working knowledge of Informatica a plus

Skills Desired:
DB2
Informatica
Java
Knowledge of financial products and risk management
Exposure to counterparty risk, margining, collateral or confirmation systems

WE'RE HIRING: SQL Server Database Developer (Jr - Mid Level)

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Candidates MEETING MOST OF the SPEC below will be contacted PROMPTLY.
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**CANDIDATE SENDING IN ALL THE RELEVANT INFORMATION AS MENTIONED ABOVE SHALL BE PLACED SOONER THAN THOSE SENDING A GENERIC RESPONSE WITH ONLY A RESUME**
Also include the best times to reach you over the near term.


If we asked around, what are you known for in terms of expertise in:
§ Types of systems?
§ Technologies?
· Got a recent instance where your technical contribution had a real impact on the organization?


Then more importantly, your Wish List
· What's the job you want? 2nd choice?
· Industry preference?
· Size/culture?
· Maximum commute radius?
· Least acceptable compensation?
· What specific companies in this area are you interested in?


Motivation
· Why are you looking to leave?
· What aspects of your job would you change in order to stay?
· How soon can you start a new job?
· What about when you get a counter offer?
· What specific requirements do you have before accepting a new job?



80-110K base +bonus



Position Description:
This position is for a SQL Server Database developer who will support the integration and modification of SQL Sever tables and stored procedures delivered by the third-party vendor(Clarity) to meet the changes needed for business processing.

Required Skills:
SQL Server Developer skills
Scripting skills - DOS, Korn Shell, Perl environments
Knowledge of Infrastructure/Engineering resources and related processes (e.g. change management)
Solid understanding of web services implementation (for purposes of engineering coordination)
Solid understanding of AFS/VMS and Citrix (for purposes of engineering coordination)
Solid understanding of desktop build/MSOffice capabilities
General application troubleshooting skills
Solid understanding of Clarity CPM/Essbase

Skills Desired:
SQL Server DBA experience a plus.
Junior

WE'RE HIRING: Database Developer X2 (1 Midlevel & 1 Senior) Top Financial NYC

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Also include the best times to reach you over the near term.
Candidates MEETING MOST OF the SPEC below will be contacted PROMPTLY.


If we asked around, what are you known for in terms of expertise in:
§ Types of systems?
§ Technologies?
· Got a recent instance where your technical contribution had a real impact on the organization?


Then more importantly, your Wish List
· What's the job you want? 2nd choice?
· Industry preference?
· Size/culture?
· Maximum commute radius?
· Least acceptable compensation?
· What specific companies in this area are you interested in?


Motivation
· Why are you looking to leave?
· What aspects of your job would you change in order to stay?
· How soon can you start a new job?
· What about when you get a counter offer?
· What specific requirements do you have before accepting a new job?



  
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Note: Team is looking to hire two people, a mid-level person with 5-10 yrs exp and senior person with 10+ years.   Person must have:
Backend Database Development Skills (Stored Procedures)
Reporting (Cyrstal Reports or Similar)
ETL, Informatica or similar
Understanding of basic Data Warehousing concepts, Star or Snowflake Schema, Where/how data is stored, how to write efficient stored procedures.

Senior person must also have database, datawarehouse design skills (logical design/modeling) 

Position Description:

This position is for a Developer in the Data Warehouse team of the North America based Credit Risk Technology team.
The successful candidate will have an opportunity to work closely with the Credit Risk business unit, IT business analysts, GUI development teams and Data providers and consumers to deliver Credit Risk Data Reporting & Warehouse systems related projects.
The candidate must have minimum 5 years hands-on IT experience, preferably in the financial services industry working on all aspects of SDLC with focus on Java/ C# / ETL and Data Warehouse.
Must have strong ability to work on multiple IT projects simultaneously, working with the stake holders, clients and other system owners to drive the projects to successful completion.
Must have previous involvement in data modeling and/or systems architecture.
Responsibilities will include technical analysis, design, development and perform enhancements. The candidate will participate in all of the following activities:
- Working with business analysts and other project leads to understand requirements.
- Developing Credit Risk Reporting including sourcing data from Data Warehouse.
- Designing, developing, maintaining and supporting Data Warehouse Extract, Transform and Load (ETL) software using Informatica, Shell Scripts, DB2 UDB and Autosys.

Required Skills:
- Ability to deliver multiple simultaneous projects under pressure of regulatory driven deadlines
- 5+ years of relational database experience with emphasis on Data Warehouse (DB2 UDB / Oracle / Sybase / SQL Server)
- Reports generation and cofiguration
- 3+ hands on experience working with Java / C#
- Reporting tools experience
- Excellent analytical ability
- Strong collaboration and communication skills

Desired Skills:
- Credit risk knowledge
- OLAP cubes
- Job scheduler knowledge - Autosys

WE'RE HIRING: Webtrends Implimenter / Admin Day Bill Rate NYC

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Candidates MEETING MOST OF the SPEC below will be contacted PROMPTLY.
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**CANDIDATE SENDING IN ALL THE RELEVANT INFORMATION AS MENTIONED ABOVE SHALL BE PLACED SOONER THAN THOSE SENDING A GENERIC RESPONSE WITH ONLY A RESUME**
Also include the best times to reach you over the near term. 
If we asked around, what are you known for in terms of expertise in:
§ Types of systems?
§ Technologies?
· Got a recent instance where your technical contribution had a real impact on the organization?

Then more importantly, your Wish List
· What's the job you want? 2nd choice?
· Industry preference?
· Size/culture?
· Maximum commute radius?
· Least acceptable compensation?
· What specific companies in this area are you interested in?

Motivation
· Why are you looking to leave?
· What aspects of your job would you change in order to stay?
· How soon can you start a new job?
· What about when you get a counter offer?
· What specific requirements do you have before accepting a new job?
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Job Description:

The resource will be responsible for implementing and maintaining the Webtrends (web analytics) platform. The duties will include responsible for engineering, build / configuration, implementation, BAU requests, and support of the infrastructure. Involvement in documentation of the best practices, processes and research of the latest techniques for system and application measurement and tuning. Additional duties may include load testing, performance analysis and troubleshooting.

Must Have:
Must be strong in the following areas:
§ Web Analytics toolsets - Webtrends
§ Website behavior and customer experience analysis
§ Experience in advanced web analytics methodologies such as experimentation and testing, competitive analysis, surveys and market research.
§ Business requirements synthesized from multiple sources including product managers, development teams, and functional group members
§ Documentation relating to existing processes and suggestion / presentations for improving those processes
§ Coordinating tags, tracking parameter implementations
§ Data consolidation and validation
§ Development of senior management dashboards

§ Proficient in using the Microsoft Office suite with very strong Excel skills

Must have a working knowledge of the following:
§ Web Systems – IIS, .NET, Websphere
§ IP Routing and Switching
§ Internet Explorer
§ Business analysis experience in large size companies with multiple functions / business units preferred
§ Effective and persuasive presentations (verbal and written) for project teams and business leaders
§ Exposure to ITIL, project management skills, business process redesign principles, tools and techniques

WE'RE HIRING: Junior Java, C# or C++ Developer Investment Bank/ NYC

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Candidates MEETING MOST OF the SPEC below will be contacted PROMPTLY.
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**CANDIDATE SENDING IN ALL THE RELEVANT INFORMATION AS MENTIONED ABOVE SHALL BE PLACED SOONER THAN THOSE SENDING A GENERIC RESPONSE WITH ONLY A RESUME**
Also include the best times to reach you over the near term.
Candidates MEETING MOST OF the SPEC below will be contacted PROMPTLY.


If we asked around, what are you known for in terms of expertise in:
§ Types of systems?
§ Technologies?
· Got a recent instance where your technical contribution had a real impact on the organization?

Then more importantly, your Wish List
· What's the job you want? 2nd choice?
· Industry preference?
· Size/culture?
· Maximum commute radius?
· Least acceptable compensation?
· What specific companies in this area are you interested in?

Motivation
· Why are you looking to leave?
· What aspects of your job would you change in order to stay?
· How soon can you start a new job?
· What about when you get a counter offer?
· What specific requirements do you have before accepting a new job?


Note:  This position is for deeply technical developer with either bachelors or masters in computer science who has strong computer science and programming fundamentals.  Looking for person with 1-5 years of experience.  Person will take on role which is 50% development and 50% IT support.  The support duties, will be technically challenging work in rich, complex IT environment.   After two years role will graduate to full time development. 

Position is in the infrastructure development team of a core trading system development team.  The group is in the front office, working on the premeir flagship trading platform for the firm.   At same time, this is the develompent team which focuses on infrastructure level code, eg: software for builds/deployments, software for source code control, reuseable api's for other development teams.  The end users for this team are other software development teams who focus on the actual trading software development used by traders.   This role is excellent for someone who would prefer to learn trading systems development from the ground up or someone who simply prefers to work on the deeper application and systems and O/S development challenges.   This environment is mostly a Java environment, but there is some C++ and C# and it's equal parts Windows and UNIX - person must have at least some experience with both OS platforms.    Person must have a computer science degree from good Comp Sci program.  

This is a hands-on role that requires strong debugging skills, technical testing capabilities and some coding / programming (primarily java). As such, this person will provide level 1 & 2 support of customized tools, infrastructure and environments for a large-scale, diverse (multiplatform/multi-language) agile software development lifecycle.
The users of the technology include business application developers and front office quants.
We anticipate the typical candidate staying in this role up to 2 years before moving onto a fulltime developer or technical tester role.

Required:
•Highly technical and passionate about software development (e.g. codes for fun)
•Flexible and adaptable; quick to embrace new ideas, designs, platforms, languages
•Debugging java
•Goal oriented, wants to get things done and make impact – no theoreticians
•Ability to recognize priorities and make/ follow through on deadlines
•Good team player, willing to help out, no superiority complex
•Deep in one or more programming languages (e.g. java, c++, c#) & platforms (i.e. windows, linux)

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Two MAJOR SIGNS the Market Is Nearing a Top

Two Major Signs the Market Is Nearing a Top

"There are many signs that this market is getting long in the tooth and a myriad of concerns could trigger a significant selloff over the summer. The two that seem to be going unnoticed by the market are the massive increase in merger and acquisition activity and what is happening in the IPO market. In short, the smart money is heading to the hills. Some would argue that these increases are a result of a robust and brightening economy and the unleashing of animal spirits after a few years of depressed activity due to the economic crisis. I would counter that some of the same arguments were made during the IPO and M&A booms of 1998 and 1999 as well as the private equity heyday of 2007. In both cases, the direct cause of the boom turned out to be more the excess liquidity that was available to go into risky assets."

Barrons' Writer Completely WRONG so far on RIMM.

Barrons' Writer Completely WRONG so far on RIMM.
"RIM's valuation is far too cheap given the potential. But for the valuation to mean anything, and the stock to rise to our original target of 100 or more within a year, RIM must shake the perception that the company is hurting. Balsillie, take note."

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Why Berkshire and Buffett NEVER LOSE

Why Berkshire and Buffett NEVER LOSE

"Ah yes, the old Buffett standby, "intrinsic value." Loosely put, intrinsic value is the value of a company or asset based on the underlying perception of its true value including all aspects of the business in terms of both tangible and intangible factors.
In other words, who cares what anybody would actually pay for those Kraft and Wells Fargo assets? What Berkshire investors should remember is how valuable Buffett really thinks they are."

Monday, May 9, 2011

Housing Crash Is Getting WORSE: Report

"Housing Crash Is Getting Worse: Report"

"There's no way we can get to flat, from these depreciation levels, in the last nine months of the year," says Zillow economist Stan Humphries. "Demand is a lot more anemic than we had previously thought."
When in 2012 does Zillow see the market bottoming out? Humphries won't say.
What a foolish boondoggle those tax breaks for home buyers have turned out to be. The government spent an estimated $22 billion between 2008 and 2010 on tax breaks to prop up the housing market. All it achieved was a brief suckers' rally that ended last summer.
"As we said at the time, it was a giant waste of money," says Mark Calabria, economist at the conservative Cato Institute. "None of these things really turned the housing market around. They just put off the adjustment for awhile."

Friday, May 6, 2011

Portfolio Manager: "Game Over For Many... Don't Know Who Yet"

Portfolio Manager: "Game Over For Many... Don't Know Who Yet"

China To Companies: Thou Shall Not Raise Prices Or Talk About Such Plan!

China To Companies: Thou Shall Not Raise Prices Or Talk About Such Plan!

"Unilever, the world’s second-largest consumer-goods maker, will be fined 2 million yuan ($308,000) in China for telling the media about its plans to raise prices, which the government said led to hoarding.
News reports in March that cited Unilever as saying it may raise prices strengthened fears of inflation, the National Development and Reform Commission, China’s top economic planning agency, said in a statement on its website today."

Thursday, May 5, 2011

WE'RE HIRING: Jr/ Mid-level DesktopTrade Support / Client OnBoarding

Jr/ Mid-level DesktopTrade Support / Client OnBoarding
Large Financial Company / Jersey City
70-100K base +bonus
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Candidates MEETING MOST OF the SPEC below will be contacted PROMPTLY.
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**CANDIDATE SENDING IN ALL THE RELEVANT INFORMATION AS MENTIONED ABOVE SHALL BE PLACED SOONER THAN THOSE SENDING A GENERIC RESPONSE WITH ONLY A RESUME**
Also include the best times to reach you over the near term.
Candidates MEETING MOST OF the SPEC below will be contacted PROMPTLY.
Work closely with a trading group in Asia to develop fast and elegant tools for high frequency, low latency trading systems. Because this group trades the Asian markets, you will be working 5:30 pm to 1 am.

If we asked around, what are you known for in terms of expertise in:
§ Types of systems?
§ Technologies?
· Got a recent instance where your technical contribution had a real impact on the organization?

Then more importantly, your Wish List
· What's the job you want? 2nd choice?
· Industry preference?
· Size/culture?
· Maximum commute radius?
· Least acceptable compensation?
· What specific companies in this area are you interested in?

Motivation
· Why are you looking to leave?
· What aspects of your job would you change in order to stay?
· How soon can you start a new job?
· What about when you get a counter offer?
· What specific requirements do you have before accepting a new job?
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Desktop Support/ Client OnBoarding, Trading Systems Roll out
Large Financial Company/ Jersey City
Consulting Position (Rate / Duration TBD)


Note: Our client is rolling out a new Futures Trading Platform and this position will focus on the client (trader) on-boarding, application installation on desktop, connectivity of desktop apps and general desktop troubleshooting. Experience supporting Futures markets is a plus but not required. Team would like to hire an experienced person with 5+ years of experience who can hit ground running.

Person Requirements:
? Experience of trouble shooting application installations and connectivity issues.
? Good working knowledge of the Microsoft Windows desktop environment.
? Knowledge of client set up and administrative on boarding.
? Basic Project Management skills.
? Ability to train users in confident manner - proven previous experience.
? Knowledge of the Futures markets.
? Experience of using or supporting Futures electronic execution systems.
? Experience of working in a Front Office environment.
? Strong communications Skills (verbal & written)
? Proven track record of working effectively as part of a team.
? Any other language skill will be advantageous
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Note:   Client is rolling out new Futures Trading Platform and they're seeking a junior to mid-level person with 3-7 years experience to troubleshoot desktop/application problems, assist with client on-borading and troubleshoot FIX connectivity. 

Main Function
Client onboarding, resolution of client and application issues stemming from client’s use of BARX Live (FX, FX Options, Metals, Money Markets), FX FIX connections, Business support, trade issue resolution, new client set-up, creation and contribution to MIS data, training users.

Main Duties

Liaison between IT, Operations, Business Desks and Clients.
Involvement with Client set-up, installations and upgrades.
Problem management and escalation.
Close interaction with Sales and Traders.
Understanding the various business areas to ensure concise assistance and feedback to the users.
Person Requirements
Basic Qualifications
BA Degree (or equivalent)
 5 - 7 years experience of 1st and 2nd line client and trade support.

Preferred Qualifications

Series 7, 63 and/or 3 licenses
Knowledge of the FX and Commodities markets, Front office operations
Client facing experience
Investment Banking
Strong Sales/Trading business knowledge

WE'RE HIRING: Desktop Support/ Client OnBoarding, Trading Systems Roll out

Candidates MEETING MOST OF the SPEC below will be contacted PROMPTLY.
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**CANDIDATE SENDING IN ALL THE RELEVANT INFORMATION AS MENTIONED ABOVE SHALL BE PLACED SOONER THAN THOSE SENDING A GENERIC RESPONSE WITH ONLY A RESUME**
Also include the best times to reach you over the near term.
Candidates MEETING MOST OF the SPEC below will be contacted PROMPTLY.
Work closely with a trading group in Asia to develop fast and elegant tools for high frequency, low latency trading systems. Because this group trades the Asian markets, you will be working 5:30 pm to 1 am.

If we asked around, what are you known for in terms of expertise in:
§ Types of systems?
§ Technologies?
· Got a recent instance where your technical contribution had a real impact on the organization?

Then more importantly, your Wish List
· What's the job you want? 2nd choice?
· Industry preference?
· Size/culture?
· Maximum commute radius?
· Least acceptable compensation?
· What specific companies in this area are you interested in?

Motivation
· Why are you looking to leave?
· What aspects of your job would you change in order to stay?
· How soon can you start a new job?
· What about when you get a counter offer?
· What specific requirements do you have before accepting a new job?
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Desktop Support/ Client OnBoarding, Trading Systems Roll out
Large Financial Company/ Jersey City
Consulting Position (Rate / Duration TBD)


Note:  Our client is rolling out a new Futures Trading Platform and this position will focus on the client (trader) on-boarding, application installation on desktop, connectivity of desktop apps and general desktop troubleshooting.    Experience supporting Futures markets is a plus but not required.   Team would like to hire an experienced person with 5+ years of experience who can hit ground running. 

Person Requirements:
? Experience of trouble shooting application installations and connectivity issues.
? Good working knowledge of the Microsoft Windows desktop environment.
? Knowledge of client set up and administrative on boarding.
? Basic Project Management skills.
? Ability to train users in confident manner - proven previous experience.
? Knowledge of the Futures markets.
? Experience of using or supporting Futures electronic execution systems.
? Experience of working in a Front Office environment.
? Strong communications Skills (verbal & written)
? Proven track record of working effectively as part of a team.
? Any other language skill will be advantageous

WE'RE HIRING: Jr Project Manager / Business Analyst: NYC

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Call or text 203-29-QUANT 203.297.8268 if you have any questions and are qualified for this role or others posted. Please speak clearly if leaving a voicemail, and let me know the role you are applying for and if you have sent a resume or not. You may call or text at any time. All discussions and messages are fully confidential... If QUALIFIED &AUTHORIZED FOR USA WORK, email resume QuantRec @gmail.com
Goto http://www.QuantRec.com for updates on jobs, bookmark it!
You can fax in resume to 206-202-7703 as well.
PLEASE BE SURE TO INCLUDE your salary requirements (2010 base/bonus), location preferences, and for my notes where you have been interviewing or been submitted to in the past 6 months (as there are multiple opportunities if you are a solid techie). Must currently be in USA and be Green CARD/US CITIZEN/h1b with enough years left on visa (at least 3 years).
**CANDIDATE SENDING IN ALL THE RELEVANT INFORMATION AS MENTIONED ABOVE SHALL BE PLACED SOONER THAN THOSE SENDING A GENERIC RESPONSE WITH ONLY A RESUME**
Also include the best times to reach you over the near term.
Candidates MEETING MOST OF the SPEC below will be contacted PROMPTLY.
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**CANDIDATE SENDING IN ALL THE RELEVANT INFORMATION AS MENTIONED ABOVE SHALL BE PLACED SOONER THAN THOSE SENDING A GENERIC RESPONSE WITH ONLY A RESUME**
Also include the best times to reach you over the near term.
Candidates MEETING MOST OF the SPEC below will be contacted PROMPTLY.
Work closely with a trading group in Asia to develop fast and elegant tools for high frequency, low latency trading systems. Because this group trades the Asian markets, you will be working 5:30 pm to 1 am.

If we asked around, what are you known for in terms of expertise in:
§ Types of systems?
§ Technologies?
· Got a recent instance where your technical contribution had a real impact on the organization?

Then more importantly, your Wish List
· What's the job you want? 2nd choice?
· Industry preference?
· Size/culture?
· Maximum commute radius?
· Least acceptable compensation?
· What specific companies in this area are you interested in?

Motivation
· Why are you looking to leave?
· What aspects of your job would you change in order to stay?
· How soon can you start a new job?
· What about when you get a counter offer?
· What specific requirements do you have before accepting a new job?
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Jr Project Manager / Business Analyst
Large Financial Company / NYC
90-110K base +bonus

Leading Financial Company is looking to hire junior project manager with 2-5 years of experience (or thereabouts) with experience in Project Management and Business Analysis.  This role will be in an IT team which builds and supports trading systems so background of PM and BA work in context of IT systems development and support is preferred.   Financial Industry experience is not required.   However, person must possesses above average interpersonal skills, eg: be able to articulate their thoughts very well and know how to interact with a diverse group of people from IT personnel to business stake holders.   The person must also be extremely smart and be very ambitious. 

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

We're HIRING: Business Manager - Budgeting/ Financial Reporting

Business Manager - Budgeting/ Financial Reporting
Large Financial Company/ NYC
80-110K base +bonus
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Call or text 203-29-QUANT 203.297.8268 if you have any questions and are qualified for this role or others posted. Please speak clearly if leaving a voicemail, and let me know the role you are applying for and if you have sent a resume or not. You may call or text at any time. All discussions and messages are fully confidential... If QUALIFIED &AUTHORIZED FOR USA WORK, email resume QuantRec @gmail.com
Goto http://www.QuantRec.com for updates on jobs, bookmark it!
You can fax in resume to 206-202-7703 as well.
PLEASE BE SURE TO INCLUDE your salary requirements (2010 base/bonus), location preferences, and for my notes where you have been interviewing or been submitted to in the past 6 months (as there are multiple opportunities if you are a solid techie). Must currently be in USA and be Green CARD/US CITIZEN/h1b with enough years left on visa (at least 3 years).
**CANDIDATE SENDING IN ALL THE RELEVANT INFORMATION AS MENTIONED ABOVE SHALL BE PLACED SOONER THAN THOSE SENDING A GENERIC RESPONSE WITH ONLY A RESUME**
Also include the best times to reach you over the near term.
Candidates MEETING MOST OF the SPEC below will be contacted PROMPTLY.
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**CANDIDATE SENDING IN ALL THE RELEVANT INFORMATION AS MENTIONED ABOVE SHALL BE PLACED SOONER THAN THOSE SENDING A GENERIC RESPONSE WITH ONLY A RESUME**
Also include the best times to reach you over the near term.
Candidates MEETING MOST OF the SPEC below will be contacted PROMPTLY.
Work closely with a trading group in Asia to develop fast and elegant tools for high frequency, low latency trading systems. Because this group trades the Asian markets, you will be working 5:30 pm to 1 am.

If we asked around, what are you known for in terms of expertise in:
§ Types of systems?
§ Technologies?
· Got a recent instance where your technical contribution had a real impact on the organization?

Then more importantly, your Wish List
· What's the job you want? 2nd choice?
· Industry preference?
· Size/culture?
· Maximum commute radius?
· Least acceptable compensation?
· What specific companies in this area are you interested in?

Motivation
· Why are you looking to leave?
· What aspects of your job would you change in order to stay?
· How soon can you start a new job?
· What about when you get a counter offer?
· What specific requirements do you have before accepting a new job?
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Leading Financial Company is currently looking to hire a Business Manager for one of its IT organizations to take responsibility for overseeing the entire budget for that organization - everything from payroll to IT equipment (software/hardware) expenses.   This person will track and report all expenses and keep management updated on regular basis.

The ideal person will have from 2-5 years of experience with a bachelor's degree or better and exude ambitious and strong work ethic.