HEAD OF ENGINEERING & TECHNOLOGY, DUMAC

Employer
Duke University
Location
DUMAC, LLC
Closing date
Sep 16, 2021

Job Details

About DUMAC

In 1989, Duke University’s Board of Trustees approved the creation of Duke Management Company (now DUMAC, Inc.) as a separate, nonprofit support corporation of the university. The organization began operating in July 1990 and is controlled by a 12-member Board of Directors, including the President of DUMAC and the President of Duke University. DUMAC manages the investment assets of Duke University, The Employees’ Retirement Plan of Duke University, Duke University Health System, and The Duke Endowment (a separately controlled private foundation that, by terms of its indenture, provides significant support to Duke University). Assets managed are approximately $25 billion with about 25% managed directly by DUMAC staff and 75% managed by external firms selected by DUMAC. The company employs a staff of 60 investment and non-investment professionals.

Investment exposures include public security asset classes (Global Equity, Hedged Strategies, Commodities, Fixed Income, Opportunistic, and Cash) and private investment asset classes (Venture Capital, Buyout, Credit, Real Estate, and Natural Resources). These exposures are obtained through externally managed commingled funds, externally managed separate accounts, and internally managed accounts. Externally managed separate accounts are mostly managed through a platform that includes multiple prime broker and ISDA (International Swap and Derivatives Association) arrangements and a platform administrator. Internally managed account activities include trading in public securities and derivatives as well as co-investment and direct investment in companies/assets that are not publicly traded. RSR Partners is the search firm manaing this recruitment.

Responsibilities

Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, the Head of Engineering & Technology essentially serves as DUMAC’s chief technology officer with responsibility for managing, designing, implementing, and building the complex systems that underpin the organization’s day to day operations. This includes functional oversight of business systems, cybersecurity, disaster recovery and business continuity, enterprise reporting, and anything related to the organization’s technology infrastructure. These responsibilities will be accomplished with the support of a four to six-person team of engineering specialists. The Head of Engineering & Technology must be able to engage with multiple teams across the organization and see that key projects are completed on time. Specific responsibilities include:

Solution Architecture, Development, & Implementation; Data Governance; and Reporting

  • Overall responsibility for the oversight, architecture, selection, project management, and implementation of all technology solutions;
  • Work closely with the COO, Investment team, Group Heads, and Head of Risk & Analytics as we imagine and plan the next generation of systems at DUMAC;
  • Design and develop a responsive and flexible architecture that can power large volume data processing pipelines and the corresponding tools to enable complex data analysis;
  • Maintain the data warehouse and enhance capabilities to meet evolving requirements;
  • Use data warehouse to create enterprise reports for various constituencies;
  • Evaluate buy vs. build decisions for enterprise-wide software solutions;
  • Assist with the evaluation and selection of third-party software platforms;
  • Implement and maintain data governance procedures appropriate to enterprise needs;
  • Review data contracts and agreements for appropriateness and cost effectiveness;
  • Monitor innovations in the fintech ecosystem, seeking best solutions for the enterprise;
  • Provide appropriate quality control and problem resolution frameworks.

Technology Infrastructure and Cybersecurity

  • Responsible for daily oversight of all infrastructure and related user support from both internal team and external sources;
  • Consult and coordinate with Duke University’s Office of Information Technology and attend group meetings with their security team;
  • Prepare and maintain a cutting-edge cybersecurity strategy for the company, and monitor the daily cybersecurity environment;
  • Assist with third-party cybersecurity due diligence;
  • Approve security-related changes implemented by MSPs;
  • Keep an up-to-date list of staff documenting their software use and privileges;
  • Maintain internal and cloud-based hardware using a combination of internal staff supplemented by external providers;
  • Assist with preparing, maintaining, and testing the DR and BC plans;
  • Upkeep and testing of the UPS, HVAC, and fire suppression systems for the data room;
  • Oversee security systems and access related to physical office space.

Skills & Qualifications

The ideal candidate will possess strong leadership and management abilities with a demonstrable record of successfully leading teams of internal and/or external developers in complex data architecture projects, including data integration from multiple sources. They will have experience managing, mentoring, and leading a team with the ability to both delegate and get their hands dirty. Importantly, candidates must have the ability to bring sound judgement to problem solving and possess superior analytical abilities, as well as a high level of general business acumen. Solid organizational skills and high EQ are a must. The successful candidate will need a blend of self-confidence and humility to thrive, contribute, and lead in this supportive environment. Additional qualifications include:

  • Strong understanding of systems and network architecture, data warehousing, data governance, and experience integrating complex data systems and applications;
  • Experience with modern cloud-based infrastructure tools as well as various data storage platforms;
  • Exposure to solutions such as Snowflake or databricks, and tools such as Alteryx are a must;
  • Well developed skills around, and a genuine interest in, data science, business intelligence, data architecture strategy, and data governance;
  • Solid experience with programming languages such as Python, C, C++, and .Net a plus;
  • Inquisitive nature that notices patterns and phenomena and seeks to understand “why?”;
  • Superior oral and written communication skills and the ability to articulate clear goals;
  • The ability to see and describe the big picture, while paying great attention to detail;
  • Unquestioned integrity and a strong work ethic;
  • Common sense as well as a sense of humor;
  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or related field; a Master’s in Engineering or Computer Science a plus.

Compensation

Given the importance of the position and the desire to attract a truly outstanding individual, DUMAC is prepared to offer a competitive base salary, an annual incentive bonus, and generous benefits.

RSR Contacts

Edward Fowler

Managing Director

(434) 977-0061

efowler@rsrpartners.com

Emily Kochard

Associate

(203) 618-7027

[email protected]

Laurie Anne Eamma

Senior Associate

(212) 984-1811

leamma@rsrpartners.com

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Organization

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Duke University was created in 1924 by James Buchanan Duke as a memorial to his father, Washington Duke. The Dukes, a Durham family that built a worldwide financial empire in the manufacture of tobacco products and developed electricity production in the Carolinas, long had been interested in Trinity College. Trinity traced its roots to 1838 in nearby Randolph County when local Methodist and Quaker communities opened Union Institute. The school, then named Trinity College, moved to Durham in 1892, where Benjamin Newton Duke served as a primary benefactor and link with the Duke family until his death in 1929. In December 1924, the provisions of indenture by Benjamin’s brother, James B. Duke, created the family philanthropic foundation, The Duke Endowment, which provided for the expansion of Trinity College into Duke University.Duke Campus

As a result of the Duke gift, Trinity underwent both physical and academic expansion. The original Durham campus became known as East Campus when it was rebuilt in stately Georgian architecture. West Campus, Gothic in style and dominated by the soaring 210-foot tower of Duke Chapel, opened in 1930. East Campus served as home of the Woman's College of Duke University until 1972, when the men's and women's undergraduate colleges merged. Both men and women undergraduates now enroll in either the Trinity College of Arts & Sciences or the Pratt School of Engineering. In 1995, East Campus became the home for all first-year students.

Duke maintains a historic affiliation with the United Methodist Church.

Home of the Blue Devils, Duke University has about 13,000 undergraduate and graduate students and a world-class faculty helping to expand the frontiers of knowledge. The university has a strong commitment to applying knowledge in service to society, both near its North Carolina campus and around the world.

Mission Statement

Duke Science"James B. Duke's founding Indenture of Duke University directed the members of the University to 'provide real leadership in the educational world' by choosing individuals of 'outstanding character, ability, and vision' to serve as its officers, trustees and faculty; by carefully selecting students of 'character, determination and application;' and by pursuing those areas of teaching and scholarship that would 'most help to develop our resources, increase our wisdom, and promote human happiness.'

“To these ends, the mission of Duke University is to provide a superior liberal education to undergraduate students, attending not only to their intellectual growth but also to their development as adults committed to high ethical standards and full participation as leaders in their communities; to prepare future members of the learned professions for lives of skilled and ethical service by providing excellent graduate and professional education; to advance the frontiers of knowledge and contribute boldly to the international community of scholarship; to promote an intellectual environment built on a commitment to free and open inquiry; to help those who suffer, cure disease, and promote health, through sophisticated medical research and thoughtful patient care; to provide wide ranging educational opportunities, on and beyond our campuses, for traditional students, active professionals and life-long learners using the power of information technologies; and to promote a deep appreciation for the range of human difference and potential, a sense of the obligations and rewards of citizenship, and a commitment to learning, freedom and truth.Duke Meeting

 “By pursuing these objectives with vision and integrity, Duke University seeks to engage the mind, elevate the spirit, and stimulate the best effort of all who are associated with the University; to contribute in diverse ways to the local community, the state, the nation and the world; and to attain and maintain a place of real leadership in all that we do.”

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