Principle Analyst Developer

Recruiter
Schroders Investment Management
Location
London
Salary
Competitive
Posted
20 Jul 2017
Expires
15 Aug 2017
Contract Type
Permanent
Data & Insights Technology


The Data & Insights technology team was established in early 2016 with the aim of delivering data insights capabilities and tools to serve the analytics needs of the business. Success has led to this team extending to a broader role within Schroders, including supporting the Data Insights Unit ("DIU").


The DIU are a team of data scientists tasked with helping investors within Schroders (i.e. Analysts and Fund Managers) make better investment decisions by better use of data. The DIU typically works with historical data (e.g. share price etc) as well as new alternative data sets -essentially acting as an R&D department for Investment.


Team Overview


Schroders Global Technology (GT) function is organised into a number of teams, distributed across Schroders' global offices, with technology hubs in London, Luxembourg, Singapore and New York.
The software engineering and technology change function is split between 4 domains: Investment, Portfolio Operations and Data; Distribution and Product; Corporate and; Digital. In addition there are teams which operate as shared services to provide Technology Infrastructure, Production Services (production support, release and access control), Quality Assurance, Information Security and Business Management (change management, assurance and reporting).
Our application estate is comprised mainly of commercially available off the shelf software packages best suited to Schroders' operational needs, complimented by a number of internally developed proprietary systems to support the specific needs of the clients and products that our colleagues support.
The Global Technology vision is to ensure a stable operating environment that can function at multiple speeds, that focuses on value delivered to our external and internal customers. With a culture of excellence through collaboration, innovation and continuous improvement, Global Technology will enable Schroders to deliver the best outcomes for clients and shareholders.
In order to ensure that the emergent technology needs of our clients, regulators and internal stakeholders are able to be met quickly and effectively Schroders is undertaking the Leading Enterprise Agile Programme (LEAP) within Global Technology. In order to ensure this is achieved without compromising the stability and security of the platform, Schroders Global Technology is implementing a bespoke agile operating model, based on the SAFe methodology, which ensures that technology support and infrastructure is unaffected and the requisite governance and control is in place.


Overview of role


Analyst Developers are core members of the Capability aligned agile delivery team, responsible for contributing to all aspects of the analysis, design, development, building and testing of solutions within a sprint cadence. Each team member is aligned to a single Capability aligned agile team and, while the Analyst Developer core contribution will be leading software development and engineering tasks, they also significantly contribute and analysis and testing activities. They are also responsible for managing their own work, estimating its complexity and size, determining technical design (within architectural guidelines) and contributing to the continuous improvement of their agile team. The team members rely heavily on collaboration and communication and must place great emphasis on Agile Values and Principles in order to achieve a sustainable high performing status.


Key duties


• Responsible for leading development and build tasks which contribute to the delivery of working software required by the Capability (Product) Owner
• Responsible for contributing to the analysis and testing of working software required by the Capability (Product) Owner
• Accountable for ensuring user stories are delivered to the 'working system' definition of done within agreed sprint
• Accountable for ensuring committed PI Objectives and Sprint Objectives are met
• Responsible contributing to agile planning, including sizing stories, parsing user stories into tasks etc.
• Working with colleagues from other agile teams and shared service teams to both communicate and accept dependencies
• Supporting the System Team in readiness for the System Demo
• Participate enthusiastically and effectively in Schroders Agile ceremonies
• Ensuring continued improvement through conducting regular retrospective reviews and executing high priority actions that emerge
• Committing to increasing their skills and experience in non-core specialisms (Analysis, Test)
• Supporting other team members to improve their software development skills where it is their non-core specialism
• Performing the role of Scrum Master for the agile team if required to do so


General and Technical skills


• Familiarity with Agile delivery methodologies, (SAFe is preferred)
• Knowledge and experience of development tools, frameworks and programming languages, specifically required for delivery
• Knowledge and experience of contributing to the development of technology solutions, both in house developed bespoke applications and commercially available off the shelf solutions
• Experience of working with global colleagues and stakeholders and sensitivity to cultural differences, time zones etc.
• Good understanding of the business context of the Capabilities
• Good understanding of how the work (features and stories) delivered by the Capability teams contributes to Epics
• Excellent command of the English language, both written and spoken


Qualification


• Educated to at least undergraduate degree level in a numerate subject, preferably computer science or similar
• Basic professional qualifications relating to the asset management industry (such as IMC) are preferred


Personal Attributes


• Capable of remaining positive when under pressure
• Friendly, approachable and collaborative team player who enjoys working with people from across the firm
• Continuous improvement mind-set, challenges the status quo and seeks self improvement
• Problem solver, comfortable taking the initiative in challenging and ambiguous circumstances


Specific skills/experience (Data Engineer)


Essential
• SQL / TSQL
• Data modelling
• C#
• SSIS
• BI / reporting tools (SSRS, Tabl
eau, Qlik etc)


Useful


• Relevant degree subject (e.g. Computer Science)
• Meaningful experience with multiple different types of Data Warehouse technologies
• Data preparation experience.
• Cloud-based data solution implementations (e.g. using AWS / Azure)
• Asset Management / Investment practices
• Knowledge of tools within the BI landscape including modern reporting tools such as Tableau, Qlik or Microstrategy
• Familiarity with service design, self-serve and centre-of-excellence models.
• Familiarity with Test Driven Development or DevOps practices




Schroders is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications regardless of sex, marital status, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, religious belief or age.