Simon Barry

Summary

I am an invigorating, decisive and multi-faceted departmental leader with over 10 years blue chip experience directing multi-national departments and successfully managing enterprise level software development projects and developing clear strategy and governance in the financial sector.

I have extensive programme management experience, and come with a Prince 2 Practitioner Qualification

Work History

Work History
Jun 2010 - Present

Head of Data Quality

Activ Financial

Manage the Data Quality department for Europe, Middle Easy and African regions, mainly dealing with complex data testing and quality assurance, and software development

Headline Achievements:

  • Advise on Global content strategy
  • Work with clients on a pre-sales basis
  • Manage a team of software and data testers
  • Developed International strategy and governance for software and quality
  • Work at board level to deliver value
  • Look after over 60 unique sources
Sep 2005 - Jun 2010

Managing Director

Big Lion Ltd.

Owned my own contracting company, where I hired out my services to the following companies:Planet Group, Marlow – Led the creation of a Software Development DepartmentState Street Bank and Trust, London – Worked on data quality for a major investment bankS&P, London – Head of Data, Europe – Managed data and departments for S&P in Europe

Mar 2009 - Sep 2009

Head of IT [Contract]

The Planet Group

Helped The Planet Group set up an internal software development, testing and IT department (previously outsourced) by recruiting staff, setting up processes and procedures and working with the software development team to focus on Agile development methodologies.

Headline Achievements:

  • Set up a new internal IT, Software and testing department
  • Created all the internal procedures and processes
  • Introduced Agile methodology to the development team
  • Delivered on board level KPI's and saved the company over £100,000 per month in outsourcing costs
Jun 2008 - Mar 2009

Head of Product Management

SIX Telekurs

Managed the European Product Management Department for a Swiss Data Vendor selling market data and software solutions.

Headline Achievements

  • Set the strategy and thought leadership for SIX Telekurs, UK
  • Managed a team technical and customer facing Product Managers
  • Led successful launch of ApiD resulting in £3m per year in new recurring revenue.
  • Management of large-scale software projects in partnership with third parties.
  • The focal point for data and real-time product queries for European data, software and exchanges
May 2007 - May 2008

Associate [Contract]

State Street Bank & Trust

Worked with the Data Integrity department to set up new processes and procedures for on boarding new data sources.

Headline Achievements:

  • Worked extensively to train and set up procedures for the Data Integrity department
  • Set up testing procedures to validate Bloomberg and Interactive Data's data
  • Worked with fund manager's and traders to set up new trading methods
Nov 2006 - May 2007

IT Director (CTO)

Global Energy Decisions

Managed the UK division of an energy trading and risk management (ETRM) company and ran software development, quality assurance, project management, account management, client services and HR departments.

In 2007 the venture capitalists withdrew funding for the company.

Headline Achievements:

  • Successfully delivered projects of up to $2 million in value
  • Integrated QA, Development and Client Services under the ETRM business unit
  • Provided first-class relationship management of third parties and off-shore resources.
Mar 2006 - Nov 2006

European Data Manager [Contract]

Standard & Poor's

Responsible for all European data and software projects

Headline Achievement: 

  • Led the project to introduce Management Information (MI) tools using Business Objects and Oracle.
  • Successful outreach to third parties leading to new partnerships/extended business reach
Nov 2000 - Mar 2006

European Software Development Manager

Interactive Data

Software Development Manager for a ‘top four’ Data Vendor, deploying front, middle and back office solutions. Responsible for leading a team of 8 software developers and QA testers.Headline Achievements:

  • Managed both Development and QA Departments.
  • Promoted five times over six years to manage multiple market data departments.
  • Built up valuable relationships with data sources to help represent the data in the best way possible
  • Worked with high profile clients on enhancements, extra data sets or special projects
  • Developed a static reference system for clients,
  • Documented all client software, api’s and exchange sources for developers and business analysts
  • Worked extensively with Sales and Marketing on new opportunities on a pre-sales basis
Mar 1999 - Nov 2000

Business Analyst

Thomson Financial

Business Analyst/Test Manager for a number of European exchanges responsible for historical and real-time data for both Datastream and Global Topic products.Headline Achievements:

  • Worked extensively with the development team, based in Cambridge, to develop in house testing tools.
  • Tested the data for a number of European exchanges, building relationships with the data sources
  • Understood the internal software infrastructure to allow suggestions for improvements
  • Worked with external customers on data quality issues, and fed these back to development
  • Managed the input of corporate actions onto the system, such as stock splits
  • Developed an internal training programme to train others on data quality issues
  • Monitored for exchange defects and alerted the source as necessary
Apr 1994 - Feb 1999

Technical Administrator

Granger Telecom

Responsible for client documentation, technical testing and audit of telecommunications equipment.

Education

Education
Sep 1992 - Jul 2004

A Level

Rydens Sixth Form