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James W. Curtin

Software Engineering Manager

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I am an experienced engineering and analytics leader that emphasizes intuitive interface design and well tested, high-quality code. I build tools to solve problems faced by data analysts, data engineers, and data scientists, developing close relationships with business partners along the way. In my personal time, I contribute to the open source software community: I maintain cookiecutter-flask, and also maintain or contribute to a number of smaller projects.


Work Experience

Manager, Analytics Engineering

Wayfair LLC | Sep 2018 - Present

Built dev team focused on improving the efficiency and efficacy of analysts, data engineers, and data scientists. We architect & build tools that must be cloud-first, and have a high bar for maintaining scalable & extensible platforms.

    Senior Analyst, B2B Insights & Analytics

    Wayfair LLC | Jul 2017 - Sep 2018

    • Integrated external partner APIs with internal applications to automate performance reporting, reducing time needed to manage accounts by more than 20%
    • Built infrastructure to optimize real-time ad campaign bidding decisions resulting in 10% increase in revenue
    • Optimized predictive customer value modeling by constructing new parallel data processing and analysis pipelines
    • Managed bidding, targeting, and creative assets for Facebook campaigns grossing more than $4.5 million annually

    Quantitative Analyst

    Everquote Inc. | Jun 2016 - Jul 2017

    • Integrated external partner APIs with internal applications to automate performance reporting, reducing time needed to manage accounts by more than 20%
    • Built infrastructure to optimize real-time ad campaign bidding decisions resulting in 10% increase in revenue
    • Optimized predictive customer value modeling by constructing new parallel data processing and analysis pipelines
    • Managed bidding, targeting, and creative assets for Facebook campaigns grossing more than $4.5 million annually

    Software Developer

    Harvard University IT | Mar 2015 - May 2016

    • Developed an open source Django application with Angular.js to manage geodata at the Graduate School of Design
    • Built API to integrate application with Harvard’s learning management system
    • Worked with a team based on the Agile method. Worked using Vagrant and Puppet

    Associate

    The White House | May 2014 - Aug 2014

    • Developed methodology for analyzing correspondence sent to the President, resulting in 10.6x increase in throughput with increased accuracy rate of 35%.
    • Managed the performance and output quality of a rotating team of approximately eight volunteers
    • Completed individual projects including: processing VIP mail, managing special constituent requests, creating a performance database to support identification of volunteers who would benefit from additional training, and reporting on emerging trends from the incoming mail.

    Projects

    cookiecutter-flask

    Open Source

    Primary maintainer of Flask template that provides out-of-the box support for creating new web applications (~3k stars on Github).

    sonarscanner-buildkite-plugin

    Open Source

    Developed plugin that enables developers to report back to Sonarqube as part of a Buildkite CI pipeline.