A divisive ex-Morgan Stanley tech head is hiring senior engineers in fintech

Since departing Morgan Stanley for fintech, Rob Rooney has been quietly but steadily hiring for HyperJar, the digital pockets fintech of which he’s the CEO. In 2024, HyperJar has been building out its roster of senior technologists, hiring from rival fintechs and from quant buying and selling.

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HyperJar’s most up-to-date rent is Keith Pyle, becoming a member of as its head of core engineering. Pyle spent the final two years at fintech buying and selling platform Capital.com, and likewise beforehand labored at Hong Kong digital asset agency OSL. He spent 16 years earlier than all that at IG Group, a $3bn buying and selling platform and a part of the early 2000s fintech wave. Pyle focuses on low-latency programming, Python and Java.

One other HyperJar rent again in April was Richard Rose, head of engineering for SaaS (software program as a service). Rose, conversely, spent a long time in conventional finance, holding director roles at Morgan Stanley, RBS and UBS, centered on areas together with low-latency digital market making. He spent the final six years as CTO of an algorithmic buying and selling platform at Cabestan Quant Analysis.

Rooney wasn’t at all times fashionable at Morgan Stanley, however he has an 82% approval charge at Hyperjar on Glassdoor. Adverse opinions up to now yr say the group lacks “a way of camaraderie and rapport,” whereas extra constructive ones as an alternative reward the “good” workplace and “nice folks.”

HyperJar reduce headcount final yr as moved away from its purely B2C providing and added B2B merchandise too. A spokesperson mentioned the engineering group is greater consequently. 

Rooney reduce expertise headcount at Morgan Stanley in 2019. In doing so, he acquired praise from higher-ups, however he definitely wasn’t liked by everybody.

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