Vanguard | Product Owner of Data Science Solutions -

Product Owner of Data Science Solutions

Vanguard | Malvern, PA | Other

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Product Owner of Data Science Solutions

For over forty years, Vanguard has been on a very special mission : to change the way the world invests. From our unique ownership structure to our low cost options, we are committed to our belief that nothing should stand in the way of investors meeting their goals. Our Center for Analytics & Insights (CAI) is dedicated to removing obstacles to these investors by using advanced analytics to solve our most difficult problems.

The mission

The CAI’s mission is to apply innovative, advanced analytical and research approaches to help tackle complex and strategically important problems facing Vanguard’s businesses and clients, to become a hub for deep client insights, and to support and enable the entire organization to continuously develop new capabilities and solutions along the data analytics maturity curve.

As a Product Owner in CAI, you’ll lead a cross-functional team of Analytics and IT professionals to deliver technology solutions that will enable analytics and insights engagements to support marketing and business efforts that deepen the understanding of Vanguard clients and investors. You will deliver insights to leaders, including consulting on implementation and ongoing support needs, resources, and constraints.

The team

The CAI at Vanguard has been recently established as an enterprise center of excellence for advanced analytics and market research to transform how data, analytics, and insights are used to support strategic decisions and serve Vanguard’s clients.

The CAI hosts a team of highly talented, cross-disciplinary individuals including data scientists, advanced data analysts, data engineers, DevOps Engineers, consultants, and market researchers who work closely together in a dynamic environment to partner with leaders across Vanguard’s Retail, Institutional, Intermediary, and International businesses to drive innovation and transformation.

As a leader within CAI, you’ll serve as the Product Owner for the work across 2 Agile Scrum teams consisting of of talented, passionate, and driven individuals that specialize in this area of technology solutions.

Your challenge

You will be expected to lead, define, and execute challenging projects that provide the technology and processes to deliver data science models in a fast-paced, agile environment. You will be required to innovate and establish yourself as a subject matter expert and a thought leader in your area of expertise.

In this role, you’ll be expected to:

  • Serve as a subject matter expert in Data Science and Data Engineering technology and related processes.
  • Recommend and effectively explain options to improve CAI’s business capabilities for our Data Scientists, Data Engineers, and management within CAI.
  • Manage and prioritize a team’s work using Agile techniques.
  • Work with senior management in CAI and across divisions.
  • Develop and maintain an advanced knowledge of Vanguard business and IT methodologies and apply this knowledge to project work. Ensure that project deliverables meet CAI needs.
  • Own the Agile backlog, including its population, prioritization, and pruning.
  • Ensure a comprehensive change management and implementation plan is in place.
  • Support process owners and the PMO in the continuous improvement of current processes. Identify technology implications and recommend technology solutions in conjunction with IT team to improve efficiency and/or effectiveness.

Vanguard’s Center for Analytics and Insights : careers overview


  • Bachelor’s degree in a technology/analytical field such as Computer Science, Management of Information Systems, Data Science, Machine Learning, Engineering, Operations Research, or other relevant scientific or technology field.
  • A minimum of five years of relevant professional experience in IT roles executing in an Agile environment
  • A minimum of five years of relevant professional experience in progressive analytical roles with a focus on advanced analytics
  • Experience as a Scrum Master or related experience leading best practices on Agile teams
  • Demonstrated experience deploying models onto cloud based platforms. Experience should include the support of some or all of the following types of models: Deep Learning, Machine Learning and Optimization methods (for example : CNN, RNN, LSTM, Regression (Generalized linear models), Decision Trees (CART/CHAID), SVM, Random Forests, GBM, Time-series analysis, Linear/Non-Linear/Integer programming, etc.)
  • Demonstrated experience in managing and leading complex projects and/or multiple projects simultaneously, including (but not limited to) building descriptive, predictive and prescriptive solutions and deploying these solutions in the cloud and/or on premise systems.
  • Demonstrated experience in leading cloud transformations preferred, particularly in the space of analytics technology. AWS preferred
  • Experience working with big data systems and cloud (AWS preferred).
  • Experience in programming preferred. Preferred languages are Python, R, Spark (Scala, PySpark).
  • Experience working with JIRA (preferred) or a similar tool
  • Strong skills in Microsoft Office applications (SharePoint, InfoPath, Access, Word, Excel, PowerPoint) required.
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills and the ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Exceptional interpersonal, persuasion, and communication skills in order to communicate strategic and technical ideas to internal audiences to both inform and solicit buy-in from the end user community.

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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