KX Technical Evangelist

First Derivatives plc is a global leader in consulting, business services and technology. We are the home for diverse thinkers and innovators. We know that our people are vital to our success and we are proud of the diverse and vibrant team we have built across the globe. We are committed to hiring top talent, creating an environment where they can thrive, and recognizing and rewarding their dedication as they progress within the company.

 

To meet the growing demand for our technology and services, we are currently growing our KX team in the role of KX Technical Evangelist.

The KX Evangelism Team is a unique function within KX that allows successful candidates to apply their technical skills to creating content (presentations/demonstrations) for developer audiences. Given the nature of our audience, we place a strong emphasis on continual learning and staying current with the technologies being used within our clients and wider industry.

Placement within the team carries a high level of public visibility in part due to the on-going interaction with clients, as well as presenting at conferences and other institutions.

This team also carries high internal visibility as we often work closely with various stakeholders in R&D, Sales, Marketing and Customer Success.

In KX, we have both a great technology and an exciting tech roadmap we want to highlight and showcase – this is the focus of the Evangelism Function.

The role of a developer (or Technical) Evangelist centres around communicating the merits of a given technology to tech-literate audiences.

 

Key Responsibilities:

 

Technical Evangelism involves presenting your created demonstrations within a number of forums:

  • Internally across functions
  • Externally to KX client developers – showcasing the latest and greatest
  • Externally to developer audiences at conferences or other speaking events e.g. Meetups
  • Other responsibilities will include the co-ordination of the regional KX Meetup group in conjunction with the global team and once monthly delivery of our free public one-day introductory workshop

 

Criteria:

 

  • 5+ years’ experience working in an active kdb+/q development rol
  • Enthusiasm and interest in learning new technologies
  • Must enjoy speaking about code, infrastructure
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills

Desirable :

  • Previous experience with content creation
  • Experience with education/training
  • Experience with containerization software like Docker
  • Experience working within public Cloud Environments (AWS, GCP, Azure)
  • Experience with other programming languages and/or software (preferred C++, Java & C#)
  • Experience working in client-facing roles
  • Experience working cross-functionally within an organisation

Location: 

This role is based in London.

 

Working for FD:

At FD, you will embark upon a career with life-long learning at its core, facilitating rapid professional and personal development and the opportunity to design your own path. We support a variety of external training courses and accreditations and are truly passionate about our Mentor Program, through which our senior colleagues generously set aside personal time to coach and support others in their career progression.
We are delighted to have several active internal networks, social committees, and charity initiatives, designed with the intention of meeting the holistic needs of our employees and giving back to our communities.

Our employees are rewarded with numerous benefits as part of their employment, including:

  • Competitive Salary
  • Extensive Health Care Package
  • Pension plan
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Annual leave increasing with service
  • Group Life Protection Benefit
  • Training opportunities
  • FD Internal Network and Sports & Social Calendar

 

Who are we?

First Derivatives plc (FD) is a leading software and services company, with world-leading intellectual property in ultra-high-performance analytics (KX) across industries, and extensive domain expertise and capabilities in capital markets systems and technology (managed services and consulting).

KX

KX technology is designed to capture and analyze data to make real-time decisions in a world where data volumes generated by markets and machines are increasing exponentially, and existing technologies fail due to technological or commercial limitations.
KX is widely adopted throughout the financial industry and is poised for accelerated growth across high-tech manufacturing, automotive, oil and gas, utilities, and telecommunications.

First Derivative

First Derivative provides a range of managed services and consulting worldwide to its clients in the capital markets sector, including many of the world’s leading banks, focused on supporting mission-critical systems as well as helping them to achieve and maintain regulatory compliance.

If you meet these requirements and would like to apply for this role.