Cristina Stam

Cristina Stam

Senior Risk Manager at Optiver

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My next available slot is
  • Tuesday 28th Mar7:30 AM

I enable people to connect the dots from their Now-self to their Future-self in a sustainable way. I can take you on a journey from surviving to thriving by helping you unlock new life and work views, and linking the two. My own journey kicked off as an individual contributor in a small tech firm, and took me further through a very diverse set of work environments, roles, and responsibilities in different companies and product domains. Along the way, I've helped peers, direct reports, and mentees alike to (re-)establish healthy dynamics with themselves and within their teams, and to identify their areas of optimal contribution, control, development, and influence. In my past experience, I've managed a team of 6, and have dealt with promotions, under-performance, terminations, toxic dynamics, cultural pockets. I've studied Management and Organizational Development and gained experience in assessing groups and defining interventions to structurally change group dynamics. I believe the success of a person at any level and in any role within an organization is an equation of 3 variables: the person, the context, and the people, and I can provide guidance in understanding and solving them. I can help individual contributors, first-time managers, managers who feel stuck, as well as fresh executives. I enthusiastically share with people my passion for growth and for contributing to the bigger picture and to a brighter world. I carry a toolbox of personal and professional experience and of continuous learning, and have endless energy to dispense on personal and career development journeys.

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Financial Services / Fintech
Computer Software

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Senior Risk Manager - Operational and Autotrading Risk


Jun 2019 - current

• Effectively bridged the business-to-management and local-to-global gaps on key occasions, directly resulting in the streamlining or removal of inefficient or purposeless processes. • Engaged with domain experts across various departments, including Tech, InfoSec, Trading, Risk, HR, Finance, Tax, Procurement, Legal, Compliance, for risk assessments, control testing, incident management, and root-cause analyses, and channeled the output to C-level. Played a key role in building the Risk Control Framework, in facilitating a strategic risk assessment, and in establishing crisis management guidelines. • Gained experience in reviewing policies and regulatory requirements.

Senior Full Stack Engineer


May 2018 - Jun 2019

Implementing, testing, reviewing and deploying trading strategies and communication modules for electronic exchanges

Squad Lead


Aug 2017 - May 2018

• Built and managed a highly diverse team of 6 engineers, overcoming challenges in age and experience gaps. Guided the team through technical challenges and led two full cycles of performance assessment, including promotions and terminations. • Interviewed and onboarded new team members, kept focus on targeted stakeholder engagement and management, on fast delivery, and coached for personal and professional growth.

Senior Front-End Engineer


Jul 2013 - Aug 2017

• Maintained and refactored the legacy core Trading UI, keeping up to the scaling pace of the company. Designed the approach to shift from the monolith UI to new visualization tools. • Active participation in the interviewing process, being the main interviewer for Front-End, resulting in hires retained longer than average and with good career progression.

Senior Front-End Developer

Ixia (Keysight Technologies)

Apr 2011 - Jul 2013

• Delivered new features and improvements for legacy products – Windows applications. Designed, implemented, and delivered an API to facilitate integration of our application with a customer’s infrastructure. • Advocated for and embedded TDD in the team practices. • Supervised and evaluated one intern, pursuing an engineering management track

Software Developer


Mar 2007 - Apr 2011

Working on many diverse outsourced projects, using a very broad range of tools and technologies in a relatively short period of time. Covered all stages of software lifecycle in an Agile environment

Junior .NET Developer

Rot Systems

Dec 2005 - Mar 2007

Highly entrepreneurial end-to-end role in a start-up, engaging directly with customers to define functional requirements, designing, implementing and deploying solutions.

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