Vanguard | Full Stack Software Engineer – SRE -

Full Stack Software Engineer – SRE

Vanguard |  Malvern, PA | Dev / Eng

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Make investing seamlessly simple
As a global leader, we need to harness the technology of the future. As an engineer within Global Technology Operation’s Site Reliability Engineering team, you’ll build and integrate the features and tools that enable investing solutions to be accessible to millions – across multiple platforms and critical business applications and Machine Learning Platform; including the SRE Data Lake. This role will be a challenge, but it’s one you’ll rise to. Make your real passion for great user experiences count!


In this role you will

  • Learn the latest technologies as you analyze, design, develop and implement solutions that enable us to meet or exceed high availability goals for our critical applications/infrastructure
  • Share your deep understanding of software development methodology and full stack instrumentation as you mentor colleagues with less experience
  • Integrate third-party products with ours, making sure they work seamlessly for investors
  • Enable and foster an “Automation First” approach – ensuring we meet and/or exceed our efficiency goals
  • Build automated inspections throughout the development life-cycle, identify technical considerations and using your extraordinary communication skills to explain their impact to colleagues while building in resiliency patterns
  • Be familiar with self-diagnosing and self-healing frameworks and be integral in broadening this capability across our critical workloads


Design the changes that change how people invest

Agility, experimentation, curiosity about new ideas – they are attributes that take our technology further. So when you join us as an Engineer, you can expect a receptive culture and the technical resources to help investors achieve their financial goals. It’s the perfect environment for you to build on your technical expertise and problem-solving skills; Especially, as you’re surrounded by colleagues who will push you to think differently, inspire you to make an impact, and applaud you for the results you achieve.


What it takes

  • Undergraduate degree in a related field or the equivalent combination of training and experience
  • Advanced proficiency with at least three of the following, Java Server Pages (JSPs), JAX-RS / Jersey APIs, Python, Machine Learning, AI agents
  • Spring Framework experience
  • Subversion and Git
  • Basic SQL competency is expected
  • Hands on experience with cloud ecosystem such as AWS/PCF/Google Cloud/Azure
  • Experience with Big Data platforms such as building out a data lake
  • APM and distributed tracing solutions such as Dynatrace/AppDynamics/Jaeger/Zipkin

Specializations that will make an impact

Machine Learning/AI, Big Data, Full stack Instrumentation

Special Factors

This position can be based in either Wayne, PA, or Charlotte, NC.

This position IS eligible for relocation assistance

Vanguard is not offering visa sponsorship for this position

About Vanguard

We are Vanguard. Together, we’re changing the way the world invests.

For us, investing doesn’t just end in value. It starts with values. Because when you invest with courage, when you invest with clarity, and when you invest with care, you can get so much more in return. We invest with purpose – and that’s how we’ve become a global market leader. Here, we grow by doing the right thing for the people we serve. And so can you.

We want to make success accessible to everyone. This is our opportunity. Let’s make it count.

Inclusion Statement

Vanguard’s continued commitment to diversity and inclusion is firmly rooted in our culture. Every decision we make to best serve our clients, crew (internally employees are referred to as crew), and communities is guided by one simple statement: “Do the right thing.”

We believe that a critical aspect of doing the right thing requires building diverse, inclusive, and highly effective teams of individuals who are as unique as the clients they serve. We empower our crew to contribute their distinct strengths to achieving Vanguard’s core purpose through our values.

When all crew members feel valued and included, our ability to collaborate and innovate is amplified, and we are united in delivering on Vanguard’s core purpose.

Our core purpose: To take a stand for all investors, to treat them fairly, and to give them the best chance for investment success.

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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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