Sr Full-Stack Application Engineer at Vanguard (Charlotte, NC)

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We are looking for a technical developer who is passionate about technology, about adopting modern software engineering practices and has an investigative and problem-solving mindset to join us in this very exciting journey of modernization and automation.

  • Base Development Skillsets:
    • To provide intermediate level system analysis, design, development, and implementation of NGA and legacy applications using
      • Java
      • JavaScript
      • JSF
      • Facelets
      • Angular
      • HTML
      • Unix/Linux
  • Site Reliability Skillsets that are helpful to the role:
    • An understanding and practical experience with containerization frameworks (Pivotal Cloud Foundry, ECS/Fargate, Heroku, Kubernetes, Docker)
    • Experience with Atlassian suite (Jira, Bitbucket, Bamboo, Confluence), Git, Maven, Jenkins, Selenium, Nexus, Artifactory
    • Strong background in Java Development
    • You have been a part of or led agile development teams
    • Worked with Concourse, Jenkins, and/or Bamboo CI/CD pipelines
    • Understanding of monitoring/telemetry solutions (Splunk, ELK, AppDynamics, etc) data ingestion and analysis
    • Knowledge of Linux/Unix systems
    • Passion for problem solving and strategic thinking and a desire to own and execute
    • Experience with dealing with production issues

Duties of the Role:

1. Provides Senior level IT services and direction for critical software, middleware, or hardware projects on multiple platforms. Provides technical expertise and completes sophisticated development, design, implementation, architecture design specification, and maintenance activities.
2. Ensures the viability of IT deliverables. Recommends development options and helps to implement and support technical deliverables. Conducts testing, including functionality, technical limitations, and security.
3. Identifies potential solutions and helps with their development and implementation. Elevates complex technical issues to IT experts. Resolves technical problems discovered by testers and internal clients. Responds to and resolves technical issues in a timely manner. Research issues and performs root cause analysis. Anticipates technology problems and prevents them.
4. Communicates with key partners on project issues and implications. Evaluates the impacts of change requests on technologies and effectively persuades and influences others on ideas.
5. Maintains a current and working knowledge of IT development methodology, architecture design, and technical standards. Stays abreast of and utilizes new standards as they are instituted.
6. Creates documentation and diagrams, including technical standards and processes.
7. Finds opportunities for continuous quality improvement of technical standards, methodologies, and technologies.
8. Participates in design, code, and test inspections throughout product life cycle to identify issues. Shares technical status and issues with team during milestone reviews.

Core Responsibilities

1. Provides senior level system analysis, design, development, and implementation of applications and databases. Integrates third party products.

2. Translates technical specifications into code for complex new or enhancement projects for internal clients. Writes programs, develops code, tests artifacts, and produces reports. Employs software development techniques to ensure tests are implemented in a way that support automation.

3. Elevates code into the development, test, and production environments on schedule. Provides follow up production support. Submits change control requests and documents.

4. Thoroughly understands software development methodology. Thoroughly understands development architecture standards. Trains and mentors staff with less experience. Resolves elevated issues.

5. Thoroughly understands client business functions and technology needs. Has a broad understanding of Vanguard's technologies, tools, and applications, including those that interface with business area and systems.

6. Interfaces with cross functional team members, and communicates systems issues at the appropriate technical level for each audience.

7. Thoroughly understands and complies with Information Technology and Information Security policies and procedures, and verifies that deliverables meet requirements.

8. Participates in special projects and performs other duties as assigned.


  • Minimum of five years related work experience, with at least one year of development experience.
  • Undergraduate degree or equivalent combination of training and experience.

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.

Future of Work

During the pandemic, we transitioned to a work from home model for the majority of our crew and we continue to interview, hire, and on-board future crew remotely.

As we have developed the path forward, we have taken a thoughtful approach that both maximizes the advantages of working remotely and the many benefits of coming together and collaborating in a shared workspace. We believe that in-person interactions among our crew are important for preserving our unique culture and advantageous for the personal development of our crew.

When our Crew return to the office, many will work in our hybrid model. A smaller proportion of our crew will operate in the Work from Home work model (for example, field sales crew); or in the Work from Office model (for example, portfolio managers).

The working model that your role falls into will be communicated to you in the interview process - please do ask if you are unsure. We encourage you to make the decision regarding your job interview and offer knowing which model your role will fall into. We will test and learn as our ways of working evolve and will continue to evaluate working models along the way.
More Information on Vanguard
Vanguard operates in the Fintech industry. The company is located in Valley Forge, PA, Charlotte, NC and Scottsdale, AZ. Vanguard was founded in 1975. It has 20252 total employees. It offers perks and benefits such as Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Disability Insurance, Dental Benefits, Vision Benefits, Health Insurance Benefits and Life Insurance. To see all 147 open jobs at Vanguard, click here.
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