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.

Software Engineering Manager at Morningstar

 In this role, you will lead the development of Workplace Products at Morningstar. 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 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 & experience in large-scale system implementation is a big plus. This position is based out of our headquarters in Chicago. 


Responsibilities: 
* Act as the software guardian. Own non-functional requirements, architectural direction, quality of the code and addressing technical debt. 
* Designs for the big-picture: product roadmap over next quarter and years 
* Leads end-to-end design 
* Understand our business, partner and model our core assets into our software systems 
* Implements an evolutionary and incremental steps 
* Work across many teams and squads 
* Motivate team and create a strong culture of engineering excellence. 
* Be able to mentor team and manage organizational issues including performance calibration and salary reviews. 
* Collaborate with local & global teams for both technical and non-technical issues like project management and requirements management. 
* Cultivate technical backlog with team leads to upgrade platform continuously. 
* Analyze & remediate production issues and build in fault tolerance & operational readiness into the system architecture. 
* High availability of systems is a must-have. 


Requirements: 
* Excellent communication skills 
* 10+ years’ experience in progressively senior technology roles 
* 3+ years of experience leading development teams. 
* Some Familiarity with document/JSON databases 
* Experience with SOA 
* Proficiency with Agile Methodologies such as XP and Scrum. 
* Experience managing multiple teams & distributed development. 
* Programming experience (any of Java, C#, JavaScript C++, Go, Python, etc.) or simply a polyglot background 
* Track record or producing driving and producing change 


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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