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Led by Caspian One consultants Michael Davies and Ben Dowdle, in this market we manage cross asset, front to back infrastructure and application support.

We work with managers that are either on the trade floor facilitating the trading environment or with middle to back-end operations supporting their day to day.

The people we look for in this community are problem solvers, usually with a propensity for fixing things and with natural interpersonal communication abilities, enabling them to interact with vendor and in-house individuals as well as applications throughout the business. As the banks emergency response unit, dedication and commitment to the job is vital, the stability of the platforms is mission critical and a bug/issue could cost millions.

In such a broad market our services must remain agile and flexible to meet client demands. These can range from basic desktop 1st line support, to demands for 2nd and 3rd line specialist and those people with business area-specific knowledge, e.g. experience with equities products, FX or Cloud technologies.

Connectivity is another area of focus:- Order management, execution management, FIX engines, the exchange of information between different trading systems and their latencies - ensuring one system is sending orders to another system quicker than their competitors in the market.  
  • Cloud Migration (Azure, AWS, GCP)
  • Network/Connectivity
  • VDI
  • Database - DBA/Big Data
  • O365 Projects
  • Windows 10 Projects
  • Real Time Data Flows/Low Latency Environments
  • Cross Asset Capabilities

Ben Dowdle

CPC Lead | Platform & Infrastructure
+44 (0) 2036 919 176
Michael Davies

CPC Lead | Platform & Infrastructure
+44 (0) 2036 919 205
The truth of this market is that there will always be a need for exceptional technologists, to keep the lights on across the city. Gains are incremental as large team build outs are rare and tenures are strong... but we have a constant flow of roles.

In the last 12 months we’ve witnessed mid to senior-level 1st and 2nd line support initiatives heavily expanding, especially in terms of contract work. Historically contract demand has been for Architects, Network Engineers, more specialist professionals - whereas there has been a switch in talent demand, with specialists now being offered and pursuing permanent roles.

In terms of in-demand technologies, these centre around Cloud vendors, the front runner being AWS with a declining demand for Azure, but a rapidly growing need for Google Cloud Platform (GCP) knowledge. Scripting capabilities is a requirement we see a lot predominantly in Python. Ultimately in todays’ market, clients are looking for people with a broad and diverse collection of skills and experiences to draw from.

Our lead contacts within the Infrastructure & Platform Support market are; 

Consultant, Michael Davies - View Profile | Connect on LinkedIn

Principal Consultant, Ben Dowdle - View Profile | Connect on LinkedIn

We have been engaging with Caspian for a number of years, their partnered capability model has been a refreshing change from working through the traditional consultancy methods and their delivery and speed have helped me achieve significant gains for my division
Head of Technology Transformation

Market People Types:
Network Engineer

Specialist in low latency networking for market data delivery and high frequency trading.

Market People Types:
Infrastructure Architect

Strong architecture design experience across front to back banking flows, can translate business goals into holistic designs across disparate stakeholders covering FX and FIC asset classes.

Market People Types:
Migration Specialist

Worked on several of the city’s largest migration projects away from Vendor software and also been responsible for decommissioning legacy trading elements for front office systems.