At Morningstar, we believe in building great products in-house in a highly collaborative, agile environment where we focus on technical excellence, the user experience, and continuous improvement. Our technologists represent a range of skills and experience levels, but they all view their work as a craft and push technology’s boundaries to find new and better ways to serve investors.

Director of Technology, Product Capabilities at Morningstar
  • The Team

    Fueling the technologies that drive our products and support our company`s infrastructure, the Technology team consists of talented developers, network architects, and IT experts who help make technology one of Morningstar`s core strengths. Though our technologists represent a range of skills and knowledge bases, they all view technology as a craft and care deeply about creating positive user experiences. From Agile methodologies to mobile applications, to software as a service (SaaS) delivered from our private cloud, we push technology`s boundaries to build scalable, elegant solutions that help investors reach their financial goals.

    The Role

    In this role, you will lead the development of a 50+ person team that builds highly configurable, scalable, mobile web solutions. The team creates applications to deliver Morningstar data, analysis and research with cutting edge design globally.

    An ideal candidate would be a self-starter who gets technology as an art, understands business goals and creates scalable, flexible technical solutions. The candidate would be fully responsible for delivery and ensuring modern software development practices are being applied with rigor. They would motivate the team and cultivate a culture of high energy and technical excellence. Establishing a good support infrastructure to handle production issues and being responsive to customer problems is essential to the role. Exposure & contribution to open source solutions are a big plus. This position is based out of our office in Chicago.

    Key Job Responsibilities:

    • Manage multiple teams and own overall delivery.

    • Motivate team and create a strong culture of engineering excellence.

    • Collaborate with cross-functional heads in product management and client management to deliver solutions.

    • Be able to mentor team and manage organizational issues including performance calibration and salary reviews.

    • Collaborate with teams in the US, EMEA & APAC for technical and non-technical issues.

    • Analyze & remediate production issues and build in fault tolerance & operational readiness into the system architecture.

    • Experience with high availability of systems is a must-have.

    • Lead teams to collaborate on good object oriented designs & domain modeling.

    • Enforce practices like test driven development, CI & test automation.

    • Act as the software guardian. Own non-functional requirements, architectural direction, quality of the code and addressing technical debt.

    Requirements

    • 12+ years of experience.

    • Strong leadership capabilities, excellent communication skills.

    • Experience with Agile Methodologies such as XP and Scrum.

    • Experience managing multiple teams & geographically distributed development.

    • Experience in analysis, design, coding and implementation of mobile web, enterprise Java  (or .NET) web 2.0 applications. Exposure to Front-end technologies & design patterns e.g. Angular, Ember, Node, Backbone, Marionette etc. Experience with iOS is a plus.

    • Understanding of Cloud platforms and SAAS architectures.

    • Strong knowledge and ability to mentor team on OO design including design patterns, TDD, continuous integration and test automation.

    • Understanding of operations and managing live production applications, monitoring, remediation and incident management.

    • Good understanding of RESTful API design.

    Morningstar is an equal opportunity employer

     

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We’re an ambitious group, driven by our passion to make investing better. Imagining the next big thing is in our blood—it’s transformed us from a company with just a few employees in 1984 to a leading independent investment research company with a worldwide presence today.
Culture
There are no corner offices in our Chicago headquarters. In fact, there are no offices at all. At Morningstar, our open environment reflects our belief that anyone at any level can voice their ideas and take part in making them happen. You’ll see little of the typical corporate hierarchy here, with no rigid structures or barriers between people or teams. Morningstar employees enjoy a fluid work environment where they are given both the resources and opportunities to pursue a fulfilling career.
Perks & Benefits
Compensation at Morningstar is more than a salary. It’s about making positive contributions to both life and work. We give our diverse workforce the choice and flexibility they need to maintain their health, retirement plans, time, and professional growth.
Morningstar offers medical, dental, and vision coverage to employees and their families. Our philosophy is to provide access to excellent health care while maintaining low out-of-pocket costs.
Morningstar provides three tools to help employees maintain work-life balance—vacation, sabbatical, and leave. There’s no “use it or lose it” vacation policy at Morningstar. Employees take the time they need with their manager’s approval.
On top of the major benefits, we believe in preserving the little things that make a workplace friendlier. Some of these perks include: Casual dress every day, Open, egalitarian environment, Free beverages, Free bagels every Wednesday, Social events year-round, At-cost subscriptions to products for family members and friends, Employee discounts at selected merchants and retailers.

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