HEAD OF TECHNOLOGY

Toronto, Ontario

Savvii Group Inc. is looking for a Head of Technology to support the company’s strategy of building a world-class fintech while embracing a culture of diversity and inclusion. The Head of Technology will be responsible for leading a team of IT specialists working to provide cards and payments solutions, build application capabilities across the company and support maintenance of Call technology systems in conjunction with applications and processors managed by external vendors. The candidate should be able to identify the big picture of the Savvii strategy coming together from inception through implementation and production across the entire Payments ecosystem.

JOB DESCRIPTION

Savvii Group Inc. is looking for a Head of Technology to support the company’s strategy of building a world-class fintech while embracing a culture of diversity and inclusion. The Head of Technology will be responsible for leading a team of IT specialists working to provide cards and payments solutions, build application capabilities across the company and support maintenance of Call technology systems in conjunction with applications and processors managed by external vendors. The candidate should be able to identify the big picture of the Savvii strategy coming together from inception through implementation and production across the entire Payments ecosystem.

Your Role:

Reporting to the CEO, the candidate will be responsible for providing technical leadership in designing Cards and Payments solutions and driving technological advancements in line with the most recent standards and protocols. The Head of Technology will also be responsible for managing the entire IT budget and will continue negotiating contracts with vendors to optimize vendor payouts.

This role would require interaction with the Head of Product, Finance, Operations and Marketing.  He/she requires exceptional communication skills across technology, operations, and business to develop and implement best-in-class solutions. A rigorous knowledge and ability of how to build scalable, enterprise-level global Cards and Payments applications will be a must for this role.

This candidate will also be directly responsible for providing talent management and people leadership for the Technology division.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Envision, build and lead a team of IT system analysts, integration specialists, developers and engineers to support the entire Cards and Payments platforms.
  • Manage and implement system capabilities based on the understanding of business functions. An integrated approach to embedding systems in an agile manner will be required to eventually position the ecosystem as BAAS (Banking as a Service).
  • Be able to identify and operate according to a Fintech as opposed to a large bank. This will include an ability to. Manage P&L costs lines efficiently and carve out vendor contracts/payments in an optimized manner to ensure cash flow optimization and net revenue maximization.
  • Be responsible for designing functional solution construct for the Cards processor platform and other distribution functions. The technological ecosystem will have to be built using an agile approach with the aim of quickly implementing solutions that are needed by the business team.
  • Ensure cross-functional analysis is carried out during the requirement and solution phase through collaboration with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Work with partners and cross-functional teams to optimally and safely secure data within the Savvii infrastructure and design the ability to provide in-house analytics to the product team.
  • Lead and engage in innovative problem-solving activities, requiring conceptual thinking creating ‘out of the box” solutions with prototypes and pilots.
  • Implement and design a data storage capability in-house in a PCI DSS environment.
  • Partner with Program managers and Business Solution Specialists to collate, understand and finalize functional requirements. Build a culture of collaboration with application development and testing teams to facilitate discussion of concepts with business, Operations and technology stakeholders in order to establish use cases.
  • Lead with establishing MVP based on priorities and cost involved.
  • Champion the delivery of a best-in-class cards systems design and ensure adherence to global architecture principles, enterprise design principles, security and control standards Thorough understanding of associated IT costs including but not limited to cloud storage, card processing, payment channel development and more. Drive an environment of excellence and innovation
  • Build, manage and ensure the upkeep of middleware within the Savvii environment along with ensuring capacity planning and putting in place appropriate DR and BCP controls.
  • Possess a deep understanding of how the cards issuance and acquiring a business with the ability to support balance transfers, installment plans, cash advances and more.
  • Partner with Test Management teams to review test strategy/test scripts, ensure completion of SIT, UAT, performance/load testing and application security testing with quality outcomes.
  • Demonstrate exceptional collaboration with an ability to work under pressure and prioritize tasks in an intense & complex environment.

YOUR PROFILE

  • You are data-driven and use metrics to inform strategic decisions.
  • A passion and hunger for working within the Fintech space
  • An ability to lead technical teams in an ever-changing environment
  • Deep technical understanding of the card’s issuance and acquiring business
  • You should be a self-starter as opposed to waiting for directions. We value people who bring new knowledge and creativity adding to the team’s collective wisdom
  • Ability to self-prioritize during competing priorities
  • You are a team player – including colleagues in planning, decision-making, facilitating and process improvement and enjoy a collaborative way of working and co-creating.
  • Cultural Ambassador – exhibits and promotes Savvii Group’s corporate values at all times and thrives in a fast-paced international environment with room for ideas and actions.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

  • Proven experience as an IT head either in a bank or non-banking financial services industry.
  • Proven track record of managing cards and payments technology infrastructure.
  • Agile and Scrum certifications will be an advantage.
  • Deep understanding of the cloud environment along with hands-on experience in working on these.
  • A specialist in understanding technical and other API documents.
  • Proficiency with project tracking software, such as Jira.
  • Project management experience will be a plus point.

Savvii was founded in 2021 and is a rapidly growing, leading financial technology firm developing breakthrough innovation in the payments industry. If you want to work in a professional, innovative environment with dynamic individuals in a relaxed culture, submit your resume today.
Savvii is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. Savvii prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy, national origin, age, disability status, and genetic information. If you have any accessibility requirements or concerns regarding the hiring process or employment with us, please notify us so we can provide suitable accommodation.
While we sincerely appreciate all applications, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.