Sr. Full Stack Developer - JavaScript & NodeJS

This position is for a senior developer on the Cross Cutting Concerns (C3) team. Our team develops common UI capabilities, and microservices to deliver them, for applications throughout the enterprise. We leverage most current frameworks (NodeJS, ExpressJS, Falcor), the latest available tools (NextGen Applications [NGA], Node.js, Grunt, Mocha, Jasmine), and practice Pair Programming and Test Drive Development. By following full continuous delivery and LEAN we deliver value to our clients more quickly. We are thought leaders and pioneers in the UI and microservices space, often collaborating with and providing consultation to the CTO and various architecture groups. As one of the few true product owning teams we take the long-term perspective when developing solutions, and we strive for technical excellence and continual improvement.

The ideal candidate should possess a passion for learning, problem solving, and developing fellow team members. The candidate should also possess a strong team aptitude, a service attitude and a drive to embrace new tools and technologies. A DevOps mindset is critical to success. Knowledge of best practices and IT operations in an always-up, always-available service is important as the team supports many applications across IT, as is knowledge of current Vanguard systems. As a senior developer on the team the candidate is expected help drive innovation and continuous improvement initiatives. Strong UI Development experience is required. This includes client and server-side development (Java, Javascript, HTML, and CSS) and automated testing of this development is essential. Experience with Node, Express, Grunt, Jasmine, Mocha, and domain driven development (such as Java or Node based microservices) is preferred.

Essential Skills:

  • UI Development
  • Java
  • JavaScript
  • HTML
  • CSS
  • Test Driven Development

Preferred Skills:

  • Mid-Tier development
  • Node development
  • ExpressJS
  • Mocha
  • Falcor
  • Java-based microservices
  • AngularJS
  • Node-based microservices
  • Domain Driven Development

Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Provides senior level system analysis, design, development, and implementation of Java-based microservices and applications.

  2. Translates technical specifications, and logical design into code for new or enhancement projects for internal clients. Develops code and test artifacts that reuse objects, is well structured, backed by automated tests, includes sufficient comments and is easy to maintain. Employs contemporary software development techniques to ensure tests are implemented in a way that supports 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 architecture standards. Trains and mentors staff with less experience. Resolves issues elevated from staff with less experience.

  5. Participates in design, code, and test inspections throughout life cycle to identify issues. Explains technical considerations at related meetings, including those with internal clients.

  6. 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.

  7. Interfaces with cross functional team members, including IT security, project manager, and clients. Communicates systems issues at the appropriate technical level for each audience.

  8. Thoroughly understands and complies with IT policies and procedures, especially those for quality and productivity standards that enable the team to meet established milestones. Thoroughly understands and complies with all Information Security policies and procedures, and verifies deliverables meet Information Security requirements.

  9. Looks for ways to automate manual processes.

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


  • Undergraduate degree in a related field or the equivalent combination of training and experience.
  • 5 years developer or systems analyst experience.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong, demonstrated analysis and problem solving skills.
  • Strong planning and organizational skills.
  • Advanced knowledge of the following development practices and concepts:
  • Production acceptance, including elevations and change management.
  • Quality assurance methodology and Inspections.
  • Systems analysis and design techniques.
  • Libraries, reusable code, and/or object oriented standards.
  • Advanced knowledge of one or more testing tools, performance tools, and scripting languages in the SOE/SDE list.

Special Factors:

  • Weekday coverage: Regularly scheduled 5-day week, Mon. - Fri., normal business hours.
  • On-call and remote support off hours: See additional information for the specific requirements for this posting.
  • Travel: Limited travel from Valley Forge, PA to Charlotte, NC is required.


  • Works on a product owning team delivering functionality to production often
  • Works on similar technologies (e.g., applications), for a single platform and multiple business areas, for systems with large numbers of interfaces and users

Vanguard is not offering visa sponsorship for this position.

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