John 'Jake' JacobTechnical Lead
John (Jake) Jacob, though born and bred in Bristol, he has lived in West London since coming to London to read Environmental Biology at London University.
Jake’s working life began as a Field Biologist for Wandsworth Borough Council; collecting, identifying and recording animal and plant life in parks, commons and other habitats; the data was used by the Borough and interested parties such as Friends of the Earth. Jake also used this material to write nature guides in Putney and Wimbledon.
Environmental Biology was a sparse field at the time so Jake made a career switch to IT. Initially training as a Systems Analyst with British Aerospace on accounting systems, Jake later joined BUPA as a Developer supporting actuarial applications and subsequently as an internal consultant to BUPA’s end user computing community.
A move to the FX trading floor for a major UK clearing bank, coupled with a PgDip in “Financial Markets and Information Systems”, gave Jake the experience to act as an independent Consultant to major banks in both the UK and Sweden.
Jake joined Optima in 2012 as a Senior Developer. His broad experience of IT environments and range of business practices provides a wide and valuable resource to Optima’s varied client base.