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.

Senior JavaScript Engineer 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:

We are seeking a Senior JavaScript Software Engineer with full-stack experience. This position will be part of an engineering team focused on updating Morningstar’s Web-based product suite and its administrative systems. The position includes development of new systems and maintenance and improvement of existing applications. Candidates should have solid software engineering experience in building commercial-grade Web-based applications using modern SPA technology. You will work with other engineers to develop APIs and modernize the platform to build leading product experiences. A successful candidate will be able to play an active role in managing the prioritization of work in order to meet project goals. This position is based in our Chicago office.

Responsibilities

Work heavily with JavaScript and various JavaScript frameworks.

Create cascading style sheets (CSS) that are consistent across all browsers and platforms.

Use an Agile approach to iteratively maintain and develop new functionality.

Work with server-side engineers to build robust RESTful and/or SOAP-based Web services.

Stay up-to-date on emerging technologies.

Promote usability best practices.

Requirements

A bachelor’s degree in computer science, mathematics, or other related field.

5-7 years development experience with HTML5, JavaScript and CSS3.

3-5 years experience with SPA client-side frameworks such as Angular.js or Ember.js.

3-5 years experience with server-side technologies such as Node.JS, C#, or ASP.NET.

Proven knowledge of enterprise software concerns such as security, scalability, transaction management, and concurrency.

Familiarity with design patterns like MVC and MVVM required.

Experience with XML and XSLT is a plus.

Experience working in Scrum-based methodologies a plus.

Experience working with SASS, and build process management tools like Grunt or Gulp.

Highly motivated individual with the potential and desire to learn new technologies and take on an increasing level of responsibility within the technology team.

Ability to work independently, communicates effectively, and produces superior results.

Experience within the financial services industry is desirable.

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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