Head of API Banking (Fintech)

Head of API Banking (Fintech)

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Shivalik Bank: Head of API Banking (Noida)

Shivalik is on a mission to be the first port-of-call for fintech developers in India

As digitally savvy Indian consumers increasingly approach fintechs for their financial needs, fintechs will need a reliable and agile banking partner to launch financial products such as savings accounts, fixed accounts, current accounts, credit cards and innovate on net new products that we may not have seen yet (including solutions for small businesses). This trend has played out in western markets where smaller but more agile banks have capitalized on the fintech boom with a strong API offering. The Indian market shows similar signs of strong demand for developer-centric banking partners.

Shivalik aims to be the partner of choice for all fintech companies by delivering speed, reliability, and developer-friendliness with our API suite. We aim to break the red tape and inflexibility typically associated with banks when working with fintech companies and provide a stable, reliable, and aligned banking partner for the fintech ecosystem. Shivalik aims to build a top- notch banking API stack which fintech partners can leverage.

We are uniquely positioned for this - we have a strong foundation having built an enduring banking business, and we are backed by top tier global venture capital funds with decades of experience backing and working with fintechs and who believe in our vision and ability to disrupt the next frontier of API banking.

We are looking for a Technology Head to lead API banking

Shivalik Bank is looking for a seasoned technology leader for our API Banking vertical. Currently Shivalik has developed an initial set of APIs, and a few customers have already benefited from them. Launch of the developer portal and product branding is underway and is expected to be live in a few weeks.

The candidate must be well versed with building middleware, high performance APIs and high throughput products. Understanding of both the banking world and the fintech world is ideal, but if you are a strong technologist who is excited about fintech that works too! With the company's current focus on rapid growth and adoption, the candidate should ideally have built and managed a scaled engineering team in their previous roles. You will have complete flexibility to build the team out in the way that you see fit.

This position is based out of NCR/ Noida (for the right candidate we are willing to be flexible).


Company Name: Accel in India

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What your responsibilities and day-to-day will look like

Technology and business

● Lead development of new APIs and updates to existing APIs

● Work collaboratively with leadership and product teams to identify areas of new development / modifications

● Institute best-in-class technology stack and tools for API development, while ensuring compatibility with essential banking technology

● Identify performance / north star metrics to track (e.g., response time, maximum load, integration time) and strive for best-in-class performance through necessary tech stack, programming, and processes

We are looking for someone who can take this from 1 to 100. The candidate will own all technology decisions going forward, as well as build out the team and culture for the API banking vertical. They will report to the COO with a dotted line reporting to CTO of Leadership

● Identify, interview, and hire required people for the team as it scales

● Be responsible for the professional development, performance, and retention for people in your org.

● Define the culture, ethos, and processes we must institute to accomplish our mission of being the first choice for developers, and lead by example

● Work collaboratively with Shivalik Bank leadership to align what's best for the API banking team and what's best for the organization

● Switch between a leadership role and a more hands-on programmer role, depending on what's required of you

What we are looking for

● Total of 8+ years' experience and 4+ years' experience in people management.

● Strong problem-solving skills, data structures, and algorithms

● Experience with distributed systems handling large amounts of data

● Excellent coding skills in one of the languages PHP/Python/C++/Java.

● Experience in building scalable API oriented products - ideally in financial services/ fintech

● Experience in managing secure, scalable & highly available systems

● Must have led a team of at least 5-10 engineers

● Ability to implement intuitive products and interfaces

● Experience in hiring and mentoring engineers

● Experience in collaborating and negotiating with senior stakeholders

● Passionate about technology and developments in the API space

More about Shivalik Bank

Shivalik is an RBI-licensed commercial bank. Over the last 2 decades, Shivalik has evolved with the times and transformed from an urban co-operative to a commercial bank offering digital banking. In 2022, Anshul Swami joined us as the CEO and MD. He comes with 20+ experience in banking and is dedicated to leading Shivalik through its next phase of innovation

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