Lead Software Engineer

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The Group
The Morningstar Direct group is the home of Morningstar's flagship product (https://www.morningstar.com/products/direct). We work to serve the needs of professional investors in Wealth and Asset Management firms. Morningstar Direct connects the product, research, business intelligence, marketing, and wholesaling groups within these firms, and drives efficiency across their primary manufacturing, distribution, and marketing workflows by leveraging Morningstar's data, research, analytics, and reporting capabilities.
We love working with technology that is changing the way quantitative analytics is being done in the world. We believe in providing users access to Morningstar's data via tools and programming languages that are already loved and used by the data science community. Our vision is to "stand on the shoulders of giants" and use many of the open-source data analytics technologies to build our platform. You will dive deep into open-source software projects and learn how they are used in financial engineering.
We are deeply inquisitive; we do not take "that's just the way it's always been done" or "that's just best practice" as valid answers and instead seek to fine-tune our product development process for maximum impact. We are empowered professionals who are given problems to solve and not tickets to implement. We value team productivity over individual productivity and this culture of "giving" means we enjoy and highly value collaborating with our teammates.
The Role
Our team is building the next generation of analytical tools (called Analytics Lab Notebooks (https://www.morningstar.com/products/direct/analytics-lab). We are building these tools by collaborating with our Manager and Quantitative Research teams who use popular data science platforms/libraries like Jupyter, Python, Pandas, Plotly, Altair, and other open source offerings. By sharing the same tech stack/language and leveraging open source technologies we plan to deliver feature-rich analytic tools to our clients in a shorter timeframe.
Responsibilities:
  • Advance the Direct user experience by building new analytic tools that leverage popular data science platform technologies
  • Evaluate data visualization platforms and how they can be integrated into our user experience
  • Partner with the quantitative analysts, data scientists, product managers, and software engineers to help shape the product and content.
  • Act in a mix of individual contributor hands-on engineering tasks as well as managing/mentoring engineers.
  • Apply DevOps practices in area of continuous and automated deployment
  • Technical product ownership and responsibility to adhere to established guidelines through peer reviews for design and code, unit test results and deployment process for improving development team productivity.

Qualifications:
  • Friendly and enjoys working in a collaborative team with excellent spoken and written communication skills. Humble, honest, and to the point.
  • Deep experience with at least one programming language.
  • Solid understanding of computer science fundamentals: data structures, algorithms, design patterns.
  • Experience with engineer practices such as writing design documents, performing code reviews, pair programming, taking part in agile product development processes.
  • Development experience with HTML5, JavaScript and CSS3
  • Familiarity with Data Science platforms/tools: Jupyter, Python, and Pandas preferred (or other programmatic data analysis tools; R, Julia, MATLAB, SAS, etc)

Nice to Haves - Not Requirements!
  • Managing/leading a team of engineers.
  • Hands of experience with Flask, Django, or other web app development frameworks.
  • Experience with Python dashboarding frameworks such as Voilà, Plotly Dash, Streamlit, or Panel a plus.
  • Experience building CI/CD pipelines using tools such as Jenkins, Teamcity, or CodeDeploy.
  • Experience with Docker, Kubernetes.
  • Experience with infrastructure as code tools. Terraform is a plus, but any tools in this area such as CloudFormation, Ansible, Chef, or Puppet.
  • Experience with AWS data lake tools, such as Lake Formation, Athena, and Glue
  • Experience working with cloud services, preferably AWS
  • Experience with databases such as Postgres, Redshift, MS SQL
  • Familiarity with JavaScript frameworks like Vue, React, Ember, Angular, etc

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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
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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