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.

Lead Java Engineer at Morningstar

Our Team:

Technology drives our business. Our team is made up of talented software engineers, infrastructure engineers, leaders and UX professionals. We care about technology as a craft and a differentiator. We bring our global products to market with a mix of software, cloud, data centers, infrastructure, design and grit. 

Our Product Groups:

Individual Investor – building products like Morningstar.com and mobile apps for individuals like yourself

Institutional Investor – developing some of our flagship products like Morningstar Direct for institutional investors and our Advisor products for financial advisors

Workplace – this is where we build and provide our hosted digital advice platform for Retirement plans, 401K’s, etc. (what some call robo-advisors)

Data – this is the heart of Morningstar where all data is sourced, collected, transformed, calculated and distributed across the world

The Role:

At Morningstar, helping investors is what brings us together and drives our work. We are looking for software engineers who specialize in Java and the JVM platform to join our team, grow with us, introduce us to new ideas and develop products that empower our users. You will have product ownership and responsibility for ensuring process and quality adherence through peer reviews, code reviews, test coverage and best practices.  You will act as the software guardian, owning non-functional requirements, architectural direction, and the quality of the code while addressing technical debt. Every day, you’ll work with team members across disciplines developing products for investors. You’ll interact daily with our product managers to understand our domain and create technical solutions that push us forward. We want to work with other engineers who bring knowledge and excitement about our opportunities. These positions are based in our Chicago office.

Responsibilities

  • Build well designed, well engineered, stable, scalable products across a variety of markets
  • Architect and develop highly scalable Java based API’s using REST principles.
  • Enforce good Agile practices (using JIRA) including test-driven development and continuous integration.
  • Apply DevOps practices in area of continuous and automated deployment.
  • Analyze and remediate production issues, and build instrumentation and operational readiness into the systems architecture.
  • Solve investors’ problems with technology, understanding market chaos at work and crafting technically appropriate interactive experiences to communicate effectively with individual investors.
  • Be passionate about quality, process, programming, and investing in general, seeing opportunities for improvement, seizing them, and then sharing your findings with others.
  • Familiarity or desire to become an AWS certified developer
  • Take ownership of the success of the team with a "gets things done" attitude; the ability to understand and leverage new technologies, potentially wearing many hats including business analyst, DBA, QA, and project manager.
  • Help to shape product vision.

Requirements

  • A bachelor's in Computer Science or related, plus 5 years of experience leading software application development.
  • Experience scaling web-based software applications and services to 100M monthly requests.
  • Experience with functional programming concepts & reactive design.
  • Experience with Agile methodology and tools like JIRA.
  • An understanding of how to protect web applications from common security vulnerabilities.
  • Be organized and able to remain productive even when you have multiple deliverExperience with Java, Linux, and Tomcat, as well as experience with full-stack web development.

Morningstar is an equal opportunity employer.

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Why work with us
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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