Technical Lead - Investment Systems

As a member of the Global Investment Systems sub-division, you will have the opportunity to work side-by-side with your peers and the business to help shape the direction of the organization into the 21st century. We are seeking individuals who have a passion for the investment management industry, who love to learn, and are eager to spread their ideas and passion, while leaving their mark. This is the place you want to be if you desire an experience where you can have a positive impact by building partnerships to forge a new future through innovation, experimentation, and collaboration.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Provides expert level IT technical lead services and direction for critical software, middleware, and/or hardware projects (e.g., applications, networks, communications, and client server technologies) on multiple platforms. Provides technical expertise in systems, technical infrastructure, tools, modeling, external interfaces, and other technical areas. Completes complex development, design, implementation, architecture design specification, and maintenance activities.

  2. Ensures the viability of IT deliverables. Recommends development options, including design, build/buy, and vendor purchase. Approves the team's technical deliverables. Conducts testing, including functionality, technical limitations, and security.

  3. Identifies potential solutions, including the cost/benefit of each option. Approves technical solutions proposed by team members. Elevates complex technical issues to IT experts, including architects and vendors. Resolves technical problems discovered by testers and internal clients. Responds to and resolves technical issues in a timely manner. Researches issues and performs root cause analysis.

  4. Communicates with project manager on a frequent basis. Identifies tasks and issues that may have an impact on service levels or schedules. Provides realistic task and cost estimates. Screens resumes of team members, interviews, makes hiring and assignment recommendations, and writes reviews.

  5. Maintains a current and working knowledge of IT development methodology, architecture design, and technical standards. Mentors IT staff and identifies training needs. As new standards are instituted, ensures their usage by team members. A Technical Lead II should be able to perform as a Developer III.

  6. Communicates with other technical leads, IT groups, and clients so they understand the project's technical implications, dependencies, and potential conflicts. Evaluates the impacts of change requests on own/shared technologies and effectively persuades and influences others on ideas.

  7. Reviews and approves documentation and diagrams created by IT team members (e.g., system specifications). Writes documentation, including technical standards and processes.

  8. Identifies opportunities for continuous quality improvement of technical standards, methodologies, and technologies.

  9. Participates in design, code, and test inspections throughout product life cycle to identify issues. Participates as a technical consultant at other project meetings. Presents technical status and issues at milestone reviews. Maintains a comprehensive understanding of Investment Management business functions (Equity, Fixed Income, ETF, Foreign Exchange, and/or OTC contracts). Combines technical and functional knowledge to produce highly functional solutions to Investment Management business problems. Has a broad understanding of Vanguard's technologies, tools, and applications, including those that interface with business area and systems.

  10. For teams without a BSA, performs this staff member's duties, including interviewing business liaisons to diagram process flows and to write functional requirements. In the absence of the project manager, performs this staff member's duties, including coordinating daily systems analysis and development activities.

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

  12. Maintains a broad understanding of the roles of front, middle and back office, and designs systems to enable efficient business processes while maintaining necessary controls. Maintains a broad understanding of the roles of external partners (Custodial Banks, Brokers, and Regulatory Bodies) and designs systems to enable efficient business processes while maintaining necessary controls.

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

Qualifications:

  • Undergraduate degree in a related field or the equivalent combination of training and experience
  • Eight (8) years' experience in technical specialty. Strong analysis and problem solving skills
  • Knowledge of the financial services industry, specifically Investment Management.
  • Working knowledge of Java, Java Script, Python, IBM Websphere
  • Expertise with data design tools: SmartCo, Axioma, Bloomberg, Charles River, MathWorks, FactSet Research Systems
  • Advanced knowledge of full product life cycle, performance and stress testing, quality assurance methodology and deliverables, migration and integration, and with estimating design/development.
  • Advanced knowledge of one or more IT platforms such as IBM Mainframe, Microsoft Windows NT, Unix, Lotus Notes, and Visio
  • Strong written and oral communication skills preferred, along with advanced knowledge of one or more testing tools, performance tools, and scripting languages, preferred.

Special Factors:

To best serve our business partners across the globe, EIS supplements the Production Center of Excellence support center and its own Investment Management Systems Application Support Team with an on-call rotation.

Since our Front-Office partners are in London and Melbourne, phone and video conferences may occasionally take place during early morning and early evening hours (Malvern-time). There is also the potential for travel.

Vanguard is not offering visa sponsorship for this position.


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