Data Content Researcher, Models & Institutional Investments at Morningstar

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The Group

Morningstar’s Research group provides independent analysis on individual securities, managed investments, portfolios, and markets. The group also collects and maintains high-quality data on the equities, managed investments, and fixed-income investments we cover in our database, one of the largest investment databases in the world. Morningstar is one of the largest independent sources of manager, equity, and credit research in the world. We transform data into insights that investors can use to reach their financial goals. 
  
The Role

This role is an ideal position for someone looking to drive innovation and quality in Managed Investment Data. The Data Content Researcher is an action-oriented individual, motivated by high goals and possessing an entrepreneurial mindset. The Data Content Researcher will develop and provide deep subject matter expertise in Morningstar’s data sets, universes, and methodologies, with an emphasis on institutional investments including, but not limited to, models, separate accounts, and collective investment trusts. Those vehicles span single asset class and multi-asset investment strategies and may own individual equities, fixed income securities, mutual funds, exchange-traded products and other underlying investments.


As a Data Content Researcher, you will collaborate with teams across the company to define and execute upon Morningstar’s unique value proposition in response to industry trends. You will collaborate with data consultants, technology squads, product managers, research analysts, client solutions leaders, and clients to continually expand our data expertise, data offerings, and our processes.

 

The Data Content Researcher will research and help develop new data opportunities, including collected data, proprietary calculations, and Morningstar ratings. You will also help ensure that the data points are being leveraged globally, consistently, and in a way that supports actionable decision-making by investors across Morningstar products. The Data Content Researcher will play a key role in the support and training of our global Managed Investment Data team, Research, Sales, Solutions and Product teams. This role is based in Chicago. 

Responsibilities

  • Oversee multiple projects concurrently. Proactively drive new business initiatives through research, documentation, implementation, and communication of new data and methodologies. 

  • Engage with research analysts, clients, and industry bodies to proactively research and recommend content related enhancements and improvements. 

  • Serve as a subject matter expert on institutional investment vehicles, internally and externally with clients, including in-depth knowledge of the utilization of institutional investments and the use cases associated with them. Be the voice of Morningstar Data on industry trends.

  • Work with local Data Consultants and relevant regional teams to balance global standards with regional needs. 

  • Provide a vital junction between Research, Data, Solutions, & Product teams across regions to ensure successful design and implementation of complex projects. 

  • Foster a team dynamic that is motivated to improve the customer experience. 


Requirements

  • 3+ years of experience

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree

  • Experience working across stakeholder groups such as Research, Technology, Sales, Client Service, and Product, ideally with all levels of management across the organization

  • Experience working with single asset class portfolios, multi-asset portfolios, or fund-of-fund portfolios

  • Experience working directly with asset managers or third-party data vendors 

  • Ability to work periodically with offshore development teams during off-hours

  • Demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality regarding new IP with external parties 

 

Nice to Have:

  • Experience utilizing LEAN, Six Sigma, or Agile methodologies in a project management or data operations setting

  • Experience with SQL, Python, or other basic programming skills

  • Demonstrated evidence of a self-directed or entrepreneurial mindset

  • Experience working with Morningstar’s internal database tools and data collection processes, including DataManager, XOI, and RDB

 

 

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Location

22 W. Washington , Chicago, IL 60602

An Insider's view of Morningstar

What does your typical day look like?

Every day is a little different. Our team is focused on POC (Proof of Concepts). My work involves problem-solving, development and software design. I work on the Data collections team, currently most of this involves, on a high level, automating the process currently used to collect data from raw sources through Machine Learning.

Upasna

Software Engineer, Data Collections - AI R&D

How does the company support your career growth?

We believe in promoting from within, based on previous impact to the team. Whenever possible, we will stretch our employees to take on expanded roles that aligns with the career progression they are interested in.

Jeff

Head of Technology and Product

What are Morningstar Perks + Benefits

Morningstar Benefits Overview

At Morningstar, your contributions have meaning and can drive change. Across our 27 offices worldwide, we’ve invested in fostering a community where talented, driven people can grow. Our entrepreneurial spirit and uncompromising ethics guide everything we do. It’s all in the name of empowering investors. Morningstar is proud to offer a comprehensive benefits package to eligible, full-time employees in the United States who work a minimum of 30 hours per week. Our benefits are designed to invest in your -- and your family's well-being, including investments in your health and financial future.

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Morningstar encourages our colleagues to become involved in their communities, by providing paid time off for volunteer activities.
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Unconscious bias training
Morningstar encourages unconscious bias training for all employees, especially managers and hiring personal. We believe that by raising awareness of bias we can decrease its effects.
Diversity manifesto
Someone's primary function is managing the company’s diversity and inclusion initiatives
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Morningstar offers two Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)— one for healthcare expenses and one for dependent care expenses. You may enroll in both $ determine the contribution amount.
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Our dental plan covers 100% of preventive services, 80% of basic services, and 50% of major services.
Vision Benefits
With Morningstar's vision benefits you can get an annual eye exam with an in-network provider with just a $10 copay.
Health Insurance Benefits
Morningstar continues to offer the choice of two medical plans—the Savings Plan and the Classic Plan. Both are administered by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBS).
Life Insurance
Morningstar offers 4 tiers of life insurance that offer varying benefits. Basic Life insurance is equal to 1 times an employee's annual salary.
Wellness Programs
Mental Health Benefits
Our insurance covers 80% on in-network mental health services. Our Employee Assistance Program provides no-cost, confidential, 24-hour counseling on a wide variety of issues.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Take advantage of a number of Morningstar tools to help you manage your 401(k) account and your finances, including Morningstar Retirement Manager, available to you at no cost.
401(K) Matching
Morningstar provides employees with a 401(k) matching plan managed. We match $0.75 for every dollar contributed, up to a maximum of 7% of employee pay contributed to the plan each pay period.
Company Equity
Morningstar’s global employee equity benefit, Shared Ownership, enables you to take a portion of your bonus payout and exchange it for RSUs, with Morningstar providing an additional 50% match.
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
Colleagues who exceed their performance goals substantially may be eligible for Impact RSU Awards as an additional reward on top of their cash bonus/commission award.
Performance Bonus
Match charitable contributions
Morningstar's Matching GIfts program will match your charitable giving up to the local currency equivalent of $500 USD per calendar year.
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
Morningstar offers the option of in-home child and elder care, in addition to the existing day care center back-up care benefit.
Generous Parental Leave
Morningstar has a global minimum of 6 weeks paid time-off to bond with new family members. This benefit applies to all individuals equally, including birth mothers, fathers, adoptive parents.
Flexible Work Schedule
Morningstar provides employees with a flexible work schedule that includes Summer hours, Work from home, Flexible start and end times.
Remote Work Program
The safety of our employees is very important to us. We have been operating remotely due to COVID-19.
Family Medical Leave
Eligible employees may take up to 12 weeks of job-protected, unpaid leave per year for certain specified reasons, and up to a total of 26 workweeks of leave to care for a family member.
Adoption Assistance
We reimburse up to 80% for eligible adoption expenses, up to $4,000 per adoption, in addition to a minimum of 6 weeks paid time off.
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Company sponsored family events
Morningstar sponsors family oriented events Annually.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Our employees receive 2 days per year of paid volunteer time.
Sabbatical
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Parking
Recreational Clubs
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Continuing Education stipend
Time allotted for learning
Online course subscriptions available
Customized development tracks
Paid industry certifications

Additional 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.

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