Vanguard | Full – Stack Engineer-Java -

Full – Stack Engineer-Java

Vanguard |  Malvern, PA | Dev / Eng

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Vanguard has found a lot of success since we launched our first big Advice offer a few years ago. Now Vanguard is looking to expand that offering significantly through the new Enterprise Advice (EA) program. EA is looking for strong engineers to build out an Advice API Platform in AWS to spread our trusted advice even more broadly. Engineers will work with AWS, Java, Apigee, and Angular to build out this exciting new Advice offer.

The team is highly collaborative, focuses on quality and working to just be a little more awesome every day. Don’t delay, apply today!

Experience with developing Java REST services – Spring, Jersey

Experience with Angular, preferably Angular 6

Experience with test automation and test-driven development practices and frameworks – mutation testing, functional testing (JUnit, Cucumber), mock frameworks (Mockito, etc.), contract testing

Familiarity with DevOps concepts, tools and continuous delivery pipelines – Bamboo, Jenkins, Maven, Bitbucket, Jira, etc.

Ability to implement instrumentation to gather business-specific metrics around consumer usage patterns

Experience with API management platforms, design standards, patterns and best practices is a plus

Knowledge of cloud/AWS development/engineering best practices is a plus

Knowledge of cloud data stores is a plus – S3, Dynamo DB and/or Amazon RDS

Duties and Responsibilities:

Provides senior-level expertise in an initiative to build or re-platform select business services as APIs for internal and external consumption

Defines the bounded context for conceptual API models. Writes specifications for APIs.

Designs, builds, and maintains APIs in a cloud-based micro-services architecture. Re-platforms existing applications to API, cloud, and micro-services architecture with minimal impact to consuming applications.

Provides leadership and guidance to a team on developing solutions that integrate with existing IT systems to satisfy business needs

Develops automated tests for functional, performance, and security testing using TDD methodology

Implements instrumentation for monitoring product health, business metrics, and consumption patterns

Thoroughly understands and complies with IT policies and procedures, especially those for quality and productivity standards that enable the team to meet established milestones.


Undergraduate degree in a related field or the equivalent combination of training and experience.

5+ years software engineering experience.

Strong written and oral communication skills.

Strong, demonstrated analysis and problem solving skills.

Strong planning and organizational skills.

Advanced knowledge of the following software engineering practices and concepts:

*Production acceptance, including elevations and change management.

*Test/Quality assurance methodology

*Systems analysis and design techniques.

*System/subsystem requirements.

*Libraries, reusable code, and/or object oriented standards.

  • Vanguard is not offering visa sponsorship for this position.
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What’s uniquely challenging about building Vanguard products?

Applications and systems directly related to investment management require Vanguard crew members to have both business and technical skills. They need to have soft skills in order to listen to clients’ needs as well as hard skills that will translate those needs into technical requirements that deliver results.

What is the pace like at Vanguard?

The technical team at Vanguard works in an agile work environment, so they work quickly and intelligently. Over the last couple of years, Vanguard has enabled a robust continuous delivery system where folks can get new feature updates into production in less than 15 minutes to begin testing in live product environments, where in years past it would take months to get something into production.

What features is the team working on at the moment?

A tool for our portfolio managers to analyze client and market data and make better trading decisions. In addition, the team is engaged in moving legacy applications to the cloud.

What qualities does Vanguard value in an employee?

Vanguard values passionate individuals who are open-minded and always looking to improve themselves, their community and the products offered to clients.

What can new employees expect?

In addition to a thorough one-day corporate orientation, new employees can expect to enter into a supportive, welcoming work environment where they will feel appreciated and valued.

How do Vanguard employees stay connected and engaged with each other?

From the annual employee 5K run and community service campaigns through “Vanguard Gives Back” to happy hours, board game nights featuring D&D-style games like Gloomhaven, beverage clubs and barbeques, there are ample opportunities for Vanguard crew members to connect with each other throughout the year.

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