Microsoft Excel as a control via API?

My trade strategy requires multiple assets to be in “zones” before I trigger an order. I would like to create my own trading tool (i.e. Excel ?) using API connection. Since I am not a software engineer, I don’t know where to start.

  1. I am thinking of Excel spreadsheet to manage this. Or, any suggestion of doing this with a better method?
  2. I am not a software engineer and probably need to hire someone to build it. What would you suggest the types of skill set the engineer should have to build such a tool? Knowledge in API, JSON, Java Script, and what else?

Your suggestions are much appreciated. Thanks!