Principal Software Architect

| Chicago

About the Role

At Morningstar, we want to help more people build long-term value through investing, leading them to independence and, eventually, giving them the financial freedom to live their lives as they choose. The keys to achieving our goal are useful, high quality software and data products. As a Principal Software Architect, you will be responsible for designing and refactoring Morningstar's software systems across products and engineering efforts we undertake. You will work with teams and application developers globally. You will be a catalyst partnering with large engineering efforts and being a software and systems guardian to not only provide architectural direction, but align it with long-term strategic technology and product goals. You won't be afraid to get your hands dirty. You'll help both visualizing our applications and systems as well as reviewing code quality through code reviews, addressing technical burden, and spinning up proof of concept research for best fit solutions in untried territory.

 

Job Responsibilities

  • Provide holistic oversight of software development and product architecture especially at the integration points
  • Partner with senior product and technology development management to build tactical and strategic roadmaps for technology
  • Be a catalyst for Application Architects, Software Engineers, DevOps/SRE and all roles to evaluate and deliver engineering efforts across Morningstar
  • Facilitate discussions and resolve conflicts involving technical approaches, designs, and tradeoffs - especially drawing from lessons learned
  • Provide technical guidance to harmonize and ensure the consistency of all engineering efforts for products and solutions with an eye towards creating paved roads
  • Advocate/enforce best practices for performance, reliability, scalability, security, and reusability at a global scale
  • Evangelize successful approaches as well as lessons learned to increase the engineering organizations ability to learn and adapt to changing requirements

 

Qualifications

  • 12+ years of proven experience developing commercial quality software products and solutions particularly focused on distributed and real-time systems
  • Demonstrated experience defining, refining, and maintaining application architectures for sophisticated end-user software products
  • Deep knowledge of a variety of technology components and stacks
  • Experience in agile development practices including scrum and scaled agile
  • Deep understanding of performance, reliability, scalability, security, and reusability tactics and strategies
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Experience leading multiple teams of various sizes in different geographies
  • Deep understanding of cloud platforms and SaaS architectures

 

Nice to have

  • Wide experience across programming languages (.NET, JavaScript, C#, C++) and platforms (Node/Express, IIS,
  • Understanding of OLAP, OLTP, and Data Warehouse solutions and implementations specifically MS SQL, postgresql, and Amazon's RDS
  • Familiarity with the financial services domain (accounts, portfolios, holdings, returns, performance streams, traded instruments, etc)
  • Familiarity with the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) secure coding practices
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Technology we use

  • Engineering
    • .NETLanguages
    • C#Languages
    • C++Languages
    • JavaLanguages
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • PythonLanguages
    • ScalaLanguages
    • D3JSLibraries
    • ReactLibraries
    • AngularJSFrameworks
    • Backbone.jsFrameworks
    • Ember.jsFrameworks
    • ExpressFrameworks
    • FlaskFrameworks
    • Node.jsFrameworks
    • PlayFrameworks
    • SpringFrameworks
    • Maria DBDatabases
    • MemcachedDatabases
    • Microsoft SQL ServerDatabases
    • MySQLDatabases
    • PostgreSQLDatabases

Location

22 W. Washington , Chicago, IL 60602

What are Morningstar Perks + Benefits

Morningstar Benefits Overview

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
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Daily stand up
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
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)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Mental Health Benefits
Employee Assistance Program
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Company Equity
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
Performance Bonus
Match charitable contributions
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
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
Adoption Assistance
Company sponsored family events
Acme co. sponsors family oriented events Annually.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Sabbatical
Paid Holidays
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Happy Hours
Parking
Recreational Clubs
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Our mentorship program includes 1-to-1 program, Career mentoring, Leadership mentoring.
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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