Senior Software Engineer at Morningstar

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The Area: The Morningstar Indexes Team leverages its expertise in equity research, manager research, asset allocation, and portfolio construction to create innovative investment solutions. It uses Morningstar’s intellectual property to create indexes that empower investors to achieve their goals at every stage of the investment process—market monitoring, benchmarking, and asset allocation. The fast-growing business offers a broad suite of global equity, bond, commodity and asset allocation indexes.

 

The Role: The team is looking for forward-thinking problem solvers who thrive in a fast-paced environment. In this role, you will collaborate with the team lead, Scrum Master, business analysts, QA, and other developers to build technology solutions for Morningstar Index’s applications using a variety of technologies including AWS (ECS, Lambda, S3, DynamoDB, RDB), Spring-boot microservices, Kafka, and Docker. You will support existing systems, study their enterprise complexities and develop/implement new systems with modern software development practices. In addition to hands-on development, you will help more junior developers follow best practices, provide in-depth support in your areas of expertise, and help the team continuously improve its development process. As such, you should have a strong understanding of object-oriented principles and design patterns, familiarity with multiple programming languages, and exposure to a variety of architectures.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Design, develop, and maintain the software code base of Indexes in both traditional and cloud-based architectures. Hands-on development will be an integral part of the responsibilities.
  • Help implement software solutions that meet product requirements and quality needs with respect to functionality, performance, scalability, reliability, schedules and adherence to Indexes goals and principles.
  • Be a role model to the team, collaborating on good object-oriented designs & domain modeling. Reinforce good development practices like test driven development, and continuous integration.
  • Develop areas of continuous integration and automated deployment. Make recommendations for process improvements such as CI/CD and automated testing approaches.
  • Introduce and follow good development practices, innovative frameworks, and technology solutions that help business move faster.
  • Follow best practices like estimation, planning, reporting, and improvement in everyday work and foster an atmosphere of experimentation and continuous learning.

 

Requirements:

  • Completed Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or Engineering
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience developing software solutions
  • Excellent listening, written, and verbal communication skills
  • Strong knowledge of Java
  • Experience with Spring and Spring Boot
  • Experience implementing RESTful APIs and microservices
  • Hands on experience with SQL and/or NoSQL databases (preferably MS SQL, PostgreSQL, DynamoDB, Athena).
  • Experience with modern development practices in areas of product design, requirement analysis, test driven development, and test automation.
  • Well versed with Linux operating system and commands needed for code development.
  • Experience in analysis, design, coding, and implementation of large-scale, n-tier, Java based platforms.
  • Ability and willingness to learn new technologies.

 

Good to Have:

  • Knowledge/Certification of AWS (ECS, Lambda, S3, RDS, DynamoDB, Athena, Glue)
  • Knowledge of JVM tuning and profiling
  • Knowledge of Docker, Kubernetes, or other containerization platforms
  • Knowledge of Terraform, Jenkins, Nexus, or other deployment/CI tools.
  • Knowledge of messaging/streaming technologies (Kafka, JMS, Spark, Flink, etc.)
  • Knowledge of modern web UI frameworks like Vue.js/React/Angular
  • Knowledge of Node.js, Python, C#
  • Exposure to Capital Market domain (Indexes, Equities, etc.)
  • Be aware of activity in the open-source world. Contributing back to open source is a big plus.

 

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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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