Staff Application Engineer – Data Mesh


Malvern, PA May 4
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Do you want to build your development and operational skills, leverage infrastructure as code techniques on AWS, and be part of a team enabling the future of data analytics at Vanguard?

The Data Lake 2.0 team will be enhancing Vanguard's use of analytics technology by introducing the concept of data products, and building platforms, tools and automation to support the adoption of the data mesh architectural pattern. As a contributor on this team you will help to build Vanguard data marketplace, a standardized notification system, frameworks to enable the rapid construction of data products, and other capabilities which integrate data products into the Vanguard data ecosystem. This team is working on one of the most central analytics platforms at Vanguard- for those looking to make a long term impact, look no further!


  • You want to set new standards of technical excellence at Vanguard.
  • You care about software and have a passion for cloud and software engineering.
  • You have engineered software systems in the past that you feel proud of.
  • For you it's more than a job.


Our teams are cross-functional, self-organizing, and autonomous.  You will work directly with the product owner daily.

In your role you will:

  • Create automation that Vanguard Application Engineers can leverage to create data products.
  • Establish APIs to enable programmatic interaction with the products the team provides.
  • Implement custom software applications with skill, discipline, and thoughtfulness.
  • Create custom integrations between existing Vanguard tools, AWS components, and vendor products.
  • Create automated tests for functional, performance, and security in order to ensure flexibility over time.
  • Evolve the products in a way that minimizes client maintenance burden.
  • Implement instrumentation for monitoring product health, business metrics, and consumption patterns.
  • Write documentation and provide support to data product teams.
  • Mentor and provides leadership and guidance to the other members of your technical team.
  • Attend engineering chapter continual learning sessions


We are interested in candidates from any background so long as you are passionate about your work and have experience provisioning and supporting enterprise level systems. There will be opportunity to influence what specific tools many of the components will be implemented with. With that said, here is some of the technology we use that you may encounter:

  • Python, Java, Bash/zsh
  • Pytest, setuptools, JUnit, Mockito, Cucumber, Selenium, Maven
  • Atlassian Bamboo, Github Actions, Git
  • AWS CloudFormation, Lambda, Glue ETL, S3, EC2, IAM, and Secrets Manager
  • DynamoDB, PostgreSQL, SQL Server, and Oracle

Special Factor

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

Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
  • 401K
  • 401k with company contribution
  • Access to Coaching (Health, Professional, Life)
  • Pet Insurance
  • Relocation Assistance
  • Travel Required
Perks & Discounts
  • Casual Dress
  • Offsite Company Events
  • On Site Gym/Fitness
  • Snacks Provided
  • Special Discounts
Parental Benefits
  • Childcare Assistance Programs
  • Family Medical Leave
  • Nursing Room
  • Parental Leave
  • Commitment to Work/Life Harmony
  • Flexible Work Schedule
  • Paid Holidays
  • PTO
Health & Wellness
  • Dental Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • FSA
  • Gym Reimbursement/Discounts
  • Health Insurance
  • HSA
  • Life Insurance
  • Long Term Disability
  • Mental Health Benefits
  • Onsite Gym
  • Short Term Disability
  • Vision Insurance
Professional Development
  • Employee Recognition Programs
  • Tuition Reimbursement
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