James Ramirez

James Ramirez

Formal First Name

James Ramirez is Chief Technology Officer of Essentia Analytics, a behavioral data analytics provider that helps professional investors make more skilled investment decisions. James is an experienced hands-on technology leader with a proven record in building high-performing, diverse and globally-distributed teams within the financial services and fintech sectors. He is also a commercially-focused intrapreneur with a reputation for engineering excellence, innovation and highly-performant, cloud-native architecture and design. Throughout his career, he has built and designed client-facing systems for massive scale in a highly regulated environment. Prior to joining Essentia, he spent 15 years as a technologist with Barclays – working in the firm's investment banking and wealth management businesses, as well as contributing to technology governance and strategy across the Group.

Professional Experience

Academic History

  • James was involved in founding the Barclays Group Mobile Community of Practice, and ran the Back and Middle Office technology platform for the Asian futures business.

  • He also built and designed multiple client-facing systems for Barclays.

  • He is experienced in operating Lean, Kanban and DevOps at velocity within highly regulated or strongly governed environments.

  • He operated strongly-governed environments such as ISO27001 and ITIL.

  • He has worked in London and Singapore, and has a track record of building high performance teams across geographies and time zones.