Principal Architect at Morningstar

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About the Role
Morningstar's mission is to empower investor success. Key to helping us fulfill that mission are the products and services that allow investors, and the professionals that serve them to make better investment decisions. Morningstar ByAllAccount's aggregation platform enables investment firms and fintech developers to build next generation investment solutions. The investment industry is evolving into an open-data ecosystem where investment enterprises and fintech firms compete and collaborate to provide investors better digital financial services. As data intermediaries between financial institutions, fintechs, and investors, ByAllAccounts plays a critical role providing connectivity and movement of data throughout the investment ecosystem.
At ByAllAccounts our goal is to turn investor data into our customers' most valuable asset, inspiring great product innovation and client and advisor experiences that drive growth. We are passionate about harnessing technology and data to make a meaningful impact in people's financial lives.
Job Responsibilities
In this newly-formed role you will be responsible for overseeing the technology strategy, designs, and roadmaps for ByAllAccounts platform, enabling internal and external teams to build best in class investment solutions. You will be reporting directly to the CTO of Morningstar's Investment Management Division. You will also co-ordinate the activities of the lead design engineers associated with the platform and across the wealth management platform. You will be responsible for defining the technical strategy for the platform as a whole, working with engineering leaders and product stakeholders.
As a member of the platform engineering delivery team, you will be responsible for designing platform capabilities that balance the requirements of long-term design with near-term delivery pressure. You also will be expected to ensure your platforms' adherence to enterprise architecture standards and to bring modern coding methodologies and best practices to the platforms' engineering teams.
You will actively participate as a member of the extended Investment Management Organization as well as a key contributor to the enterprise architecture standards.
The ideal candidate will have a deep technology background, years of hands-on software development experience and strong platform thinking. You must be passionate about solving hard technical problems at scale and must have an ability to collaborate with many teams and stakeholders. This role will partner with stakeholders across the enterprise in executing tech platform consolidation, convergence and reengineering.
Responsibilities:• Work with engineering leadership and engineers to transform the ByAllAccounts platform into a scalable innovation platform• Work across the Investment Management organization multiple teams to identify technical improvements and efficiencies that will advance and simplify our technology stack and engineering practices• Work with other Group and Platform Architects across the company to develop, enhance, and publicize core enterprise architectural standards and best practices
Qualifications• Bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering/Computer Science or related field (or equivalent experience) and 15+ years experience in system architecture, design and implementation.• Experience in enabling existing and emerging web and mobile technology frameworks• Track record of leading, developing, and delivering significant, complex software projects within large organizations• Strong technical background and an expert in many tech stacks (mobile, web, backend, node)• Expertise in designing and delivering large scale distributed systems• Experience designing and building cloud native applications on public clouds (ideally GCP and AWS)• Experience with high-performance data storage tiers, relational and No-SQL• Demonstrable in-depth experience with Java, node.js• Experience in software release lifecycle with modern distributed version control (e.g. git)• Great analytical and problem-solving skills• Strong influencer and strong communicator, both written and spoken• Knowledge of DevOps best practices and practical experience with setting up Continuous Integration and Deployment pipelines. Knowledge of modern deployment strategies and tools including Blue/Green deployments and Feature Flags, etc.• Experience supporting large, distributed applications. Familiarity with Observability concepts and knowledge of how to implement them.
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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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