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Principal Software Architect

Company: Morningstar
Location: Chicago
Posted on: November 23, 2020

Job Description:

The Role:

At Morningstar, we want to help more people build long-term value through investing, leading them to independence and, eventually, giving them the financial freedom to live their lives as they choose. The keys to achieving our goal are useful, high quality software and data products. As a Principal Software Architect, you will be responsible for designing and refactoring Morningstar's software systems across products and engineering efforts we undertake. You will work with teams and application developers globally. You will be a catalyst partnering with large engineering efforts and being a software and systems guardian to not only provide architectural direction but align it with long-term strategic technology and product goals. You won't be afraid to get your hands dirty. You'll help both visualizing our applications and systems as well as reviewing code quality through code reviews, addressing technical burden, and spinning up proof of concept research for best fit solutions in untried territory.

The Team:

Morningstar Investment Management is a global team guided by Morningstar's investment principles focused on delivering great long-term investment results to help end-investors reach their financial goals. Morningstar-- Managed Portfolios, our complete wealth management platform serving financial advisors, offers a broad lineup of strategies built with stocks, mutual funds, and ETFs to help meet an investor's needs at each stage of their lifetime.

Job Responsibilities:


  • Provide holistic oversight of software development and product architecture especially at the integration points
  • Partner with senior product and technology development management to build tactical and strategic roadmaps for technology
  • Be a catalyst for Application Architects, Software Engineers, QA, DevOps/SRE and all roles to evaluate and deliver engineering efforts across Morningstar
  • Facilitate discussions and resolve conflicts involving technical approaches, designs, and tradeoffs - especially drawing from lessons learned
  • Provide technical guidance to harmonize and ensure the consistency of all engineering efforts for products and solutions with an eye towards creating paved roads
  • Advocate/enforce best practices for performance, reliability, scalability, security, and reusability at a global scale
  • Evangelize successful approaches as well as lessons learned to increase the engineering organizations ability to learn and adapt to changing requirements

    Qualifications:

    • 12+ years of proven experience developing commercial quality software products and solutions particularly focused on distributed and real-time systems
    • Demonstrated experience defining, refining, and maintaining application architectures for sophisticated end-user software products
    • Deep knowledge of a variety of technology components and stacks
    • Experience in agile development practices including scrum and scaled agile
    • Deep understanding of performance, reliability, scalability, security, and reusability tactics and strategies
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
    • Experience with Amazon Web Services technologies like Serverless/Lambdas, API gateway, Elastic Search, SQS, Route 53, ECS, KMS/IAM and Code Pipeline
    • Deep understanding of cloud platforms and SaaS architectures
    • Wide experience across programming languages (JavaScript, C#, Python, C++) and platforms (Node/Express/VueJS, IIS, .Net Core)
    • Understanding of OLAP, OLTP, and Data Warehouse solutions and implementations specifically MS SQL, PostgreSQL, and Amazon's RDS, DynamoDB, Redshift

      Nice to have:

      • Familiarity with the financial services domain (accounts, portfolios, holdings, returns, performance streams, traded instruments, etc.)
      • Familiarity with the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) secure coding practices


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