Vice President, Data Engineer | Senior Engineer I

Atlanta, USA
Jul 04, 2022
Jul 23, 2022
Job Function
Industry Sector
Finance - General
Employment Type
Full Time

About this role

When BlackRock was started in 1988, its founders envisioned a company that combined the best of financial services with cutting edge technology. They imagined a business that would provide financial services to clients as well as technology services to other financial firms. The result of their vision is Aladdin, our industry leading, end-to-end investment management platform. With assets valued over USD $8 trillion managed on Aladdin, our technology empowers millions of investors to save for retirement, pay for college, buy a home, and improve their financial wellbeing.

Data is at the heart of Aladdin and, increasingly, the ability to consume, store, analyze, and gain insight from data has become a key component of what differentiates us. The Data Operations Engineering (DOE) team is responsible for the data ecosystem within BlackRock. Our goal is to build and maintain an innovative data platform that provides highly available, consistent data of the highest quality for all users of the platform, notably investors, operations teams, and data scientists. We focus on evolving our platform to deliver exponential scale to the firm, powering the future growth of Aladdin.

Software engineers at BlackRock get to experience working at one of the most recognized financial companies in the world while being part of a software development team responsible for next generation technologies and solutions. Our engineers design and build large scale data storage, computation, and distribution systems. They partner with data and analytics experts to deliver high quality analytical and derived data to our consumers. We are looking for software engineers who like to innovate and solve sophisticated problems. We recognize that strength comes from diversity and will embrace your unique skills, curiosity, drive, and passion while giving you the opportunity to grow technically and as an individual. We are committed to open source, and we regularly give our work back to the community. Engineers looking to work in the areas of data pipelines, discovery, storage, distribution, distributed computation, consumption, and infrastructure are ideal candidates.

Your role and Impact

Software engineers are expected to be involved from inception of projects, understand requirements, architect, develop, deploy, and maintain applications. Typically, they work in a multi-disciplinary, agile squad which involves partnering with program and product managers to expand product offering based on business demands. Design is an iterative process, whether for UX, services, or infrastructure. Our goal is to drive up user engagement and adoption of the platform while constantly working towards modernizing and improving platform performance and scalability.

Deployment and maintenance require close interaction with various teams. This requires maintaining a positive and collaborative working relationship with teams within DOE as well as with the wider Aladdin developer community. Production support for applications is usually required for issues that cannot be resolved by operations team. Creative and inventive problem-solving skills for reduced turnaround times are highly valued.

Preparing user documentation to maintain both development and operations continuity is essential to the role. Adhering to BlackRock's UX and design standards is expected and contributing towards upkeep of those standards is encouraged.

This role is for an experienced Java engineer to become an integral part of the team that is building the next generation analytics factory for Aladdin. The role requires establishing an in-depth knowledge of all parts of the system, with the ability to design and implement scalable solutions together with our partners.

Strong experience with the client-server model and inter-process communication technologies is a must to work with our myriad Java services, which act as both consumers and producers of data. The candidate will solve complicated problems in large scale data systems by applying their knowledge of data modeling and database technologies. API design will be a facet of the role, requiring partnership with clients to deliver our data in an efficient and performant manner. As a senior member of the team, the applicant will be expected to collaborate with and mentor junior engineers. Experience deploying and operating software in a production environment will also be highly beneficial.

You Have
  • BA/BS/MS in Computer Science or equivalent practical experience
  • 6+ years of experience in software development using Java, with some experience in Java 8 or higher
  • Robust object-oriented design pattern knowledge and implementation experience
  • Experience with inter-process communication frameworks like gRPC and REST
  • Advanced knowledge and experience working with relational databases (e.g., MySQL, Sybase) and NoSQL distributed storage technologies (e.g., Cassandra, HBase)
  • Experience with multi-tier application architecture and high performance distributed and in-memory caching solutions
  • Experience with message streaming technologies such as Kafka and RabbitMQ
  • Experience adhering to software development life cycle standards, including test driven development, unit testing discipline, agile development, and CI/CD strategies
  • Excellent communication skills, time management, organization, and attention to detail
  • Creativity and resourcefulness to problem solve independently
  • Passion for learning and implementing new technologies
  • Skills that would be a plus
  • Experience handling large volumes of time series data and building associated services and APIs
  • Familiarity with API specifications and standards like OpenAPI
  • Experience with cloud-based data warehouse solutions like BigQuery and Snowflake
  • Experience with cloud technologies such as Kubernetes, Docker, Helm, and Terraform
  • Proficiency with the Linux environment and command-line tools
  • Knowledge of telemetry and monitoring tools such as Prometheus, Grafana, and Splunk
  • Experience in application performance tuning using tools like AppDynamics, VisualVM, and JMeter
  • Experience working with global, multi-functional project teams
  • Experience managing or mentoring junior engineers
  • Experience in the finance industry and knowledge of financial products/markets

Our benefits

To help you stay energized, engaged and inspired, we offer a wide range of benefits including a strong retirement plan, tuition reimbursement, comprehensive healthcare, support for working parents and Flexible Time Off (FTO) so you can relax, recharge and be there for the people you care about.

About BlackRock

At BlackRock, we are all connected by one mission: to help more and more people experience financial well-being. Our clients, and the people they serve, are saving for retirement, paying for their children's educations, buying homes and starting businesses. Their investments also help to strengthen the global economy: support businesses small and large; finance infrastructure projects that connect and power cities; and facilitate innovations that drive progress.

This mission would not be possible without our smartest investment - the one we make in our employees. It's why we're dedicated to creating an environment where our colleagues feel welcomed, valued and supported with networks, benefits and development opportunities to help them thrive.

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BlackRock is proud to be an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status, and other statuses protected by law.

BlackRock will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest or conviction records in a manner consistent with the requirements of the law, including any applicable fair chance law.

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