Senior Full Stack Engineer

Philadelphia, PA +1

Join a startup team who will be building world class cloud solutions to move the ball forward for Advice at Vanguard.


Why are we hiring?

Our CEO Tim Buckley has often spoken about disrupting the advice world by making high quality, affordable advice available to more people. Specifically, he set an enterprise goal to offer advice to a million clients by 2025 through a variety of advice offerings.


To make that a reality, a large multi-year program called Advice XLR8 was formed in 2020 to enhance and accelerate the Advice offer for US Direct Investors. The program intends to modernize existing platforms, increase adoption of Enterprise Advice (EA) products and expand the Advice offer by enabling new capabilities that are powered through EA engines and API’s.


In XLR8, we’re looking for smart people who can help us develop innovative solutions that will bring low cost, world class advice to millions of investors. 


Here’s where you come in

Are you a highly skilled, self-motivated and passionate engineer who’s looking for their next exciting opportunity? Do you live in Philadelphia and want to live and work in the city? Are you ready to work on solutions that will change the way the world invests? If this sounds like you, we should talk.


XLR8 is hiring and we’re looking for a talented and motivated full stack TS02 Developer with micro service experience to join our growing team! The team is newly forming and based out of our Philadelphia Innovation studio and you’ll have an opportunity to shape the direction and makeup of the team. We embrace experimentation and encourage out of the box thinking, creativity and direct feedback from our business to ensure we are delivering value. You will have a unique opportunity to learn new technology, build your investment acumen and shape the future of Advice at Vanguard.


In this role, you will:

  • Be a founding member for the team providing critical input to the team makeup, structure and culture
  • Help decide the team name, logo and swag. Yes, there will be swag.
  • Write clean, maintainable code and read code created by your teammates
  • As a senior developer, you’ll take on and tackle the most ambitious and complex development stories the team has
  • Coach and raise up the skills of junior developers on the team
  • Take an active role in code reviews, using your experience and expertise to provide feedback and guidance on the team’s code
  • As a senior developer on an agile team, you’ll work within the team to break down problems into epics and user stories during backlog grooming and sprint planning
  • Build your network by working closely with engineers, product owners and stakeholders across Personal Advisor Services and Enterprise Advice


What it takes:

  • Senior experience with designing, coding and documenting software – experience with micro service development is preferred
  • Enthusiasm for working in a fast paced agile environment
  • Comfortable with working through uncertainty and ambiguity
  • Skilled in communicating technical information with both technical and non-technical peers
  • Hands on. Persistent. Creative. You know how to get things done.
  • Passion for learning new technologies and building business acumen


Desired Technology Skillset :

Experience with 2 or more of the following languages or frameworks

  • Java
  • JavaScript / TypeScript
  • Node.js
  • NestJS
  • Python
  • LocustIO


Experience with 1 more of the following AWS services

  • DynamoDB
  • Fargate
  • Lambda
  • Kinesis
  • S3
  • SQS and SNS


Familiarity with DevOps concepts, tools and continuous delivery pipelines

  • Git
  • Cucumber
  • Jenkins/Bamboo
  • Jira
  • Bitbucket
  • Performance Testing


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.


Our commitment to equal employment opportunity

Vanguard is an equal opportunity employer. Vanguard is committed to providing all crew members a working environment that is free from discrimination, prejudice and bias. Through this Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Policy, Vanguard reaffirms its commitment to equal employment opportunity for all applicants and crew members without regard to race, color, national origin or ancestry, religion, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, marital status, veteran or military status. In addition, Vanguard prohibits discrimination based on genetic information, as well as any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.


Applicants with disabilities may be entitled to reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act and certain state or local laws. A reasonable accommodation is a change in the way things are normally done which will ensure an equal employment opportunity without imposing undue hardship on Vanguard. Please inform careers@vanguard.com if you need assistance completing this application or to otherwise participate in the application process.

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