Senior Data Engineer/Technical Lead - Information Expert

While many know Vanguard as one of the world’s largest and most trusted fund firms, they may not know about the smart, experienced professionals behind this success story. Our Senior Data Engineer/Technical Lead – Information Expert is one of these talented professionals, providing expert level analytic data construction and model implementation technical leadership for the advanced analytics team.As part of the Center for Analytics and Insights group, your expertise will be key to the success of deep dive analytic projects and have impact on marketing, client service and strategic decisions. As part of an elite team with strong knowledge in diagnostic, predictive and prescriptive analytics, we answer Vanguard’s toughest, messiest questions.

  • Partners with analytic modelers and data scientists to understand each business opportunity or problem. Develops a plan to acquire the data necessary to conduct the project.
  • Data access. Develops working knowledge of the diverse set of databases, data stores and reservoirs containing client data. Masters the tools, programming languages and processes to access the data.
  • Data expert. Develops subject matter expertise in available customer data. Provides advice and documentation on the use of data in analytics.
  • Data wrangling. Develops queries and performs extensive programming to access, extract, transform, integrate and prepare data for statistical modeling.
  • Data due diligence. Assesses data quality. Investigates data and corrects issues in analytic datasets.
  • Data transformation to bring information value to the surface and suppress data ‘noise’. Creates derived characteristics. Mines client level digital navigation to surface patterns, themes, needs and areas of customer struggle.
  • Data automation. Identifies frequently requested analytic data and develops processes to automate provisioning.
  • Model implementation. Implements model score calculation code and processes. Collaborates with IT teams on model implementation.
  • Data training. Educates and develops junior data engineers on the team. QCs their work. Develops data engineering standards. Contributes expertise to other data expert teams.
  • Thoroughly understands and complies with policies and procedures, especially those for quality and information security. Verifies deliverables meet these requirements.
  • Participates in special projects and performs other duties as assigned.


  • Undergraduate degree in related field. Graduate degree a plus.
  • Eight years of experience focused on the use of data for business intelligence and analytics
  • Data wrangling expertise – Programming skills to access, transform and prepare large scale data for statistical modeling
  • Extensive experience extracting and integrating data from enterprise databases and data warehouses using Relational and Dimensional models. Experience mining unstructured data.
  • Advanced knowledge of several of the following: SQL, SAS (Base, Macro), Python, FOCUS, EasyTrieve
  • Expert knowledge of multiple IT platforms: UNIX, IBM mainframe, Microsoft Windows
  • Experience with Oracle, DB2 and Hadoop preferred
  • Excellent requirements interviewing and technical coaching skills
  • Excellent analysis and problem solving skills

Special Factors

  • Vanguard is not offering visa sponsorship for this position.

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