Technology Leadership Program – Application Development (PA)

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Drive innovation for investors everywhere

At Vanguard, we put investors first. This means putting innovation front and center. As part of our Technology Leadership Program in the Application Development track, you’ll help create IT solutions that build financial futures. From cloud computing to full stack development, your work will have a lasting impact on our business and our clients. Make it count!

Are you a self-starter looking to lead, bringing teams together around ideas with purpose? Then join the crew where disruption is inspired by mission. Here you’ll develop the programs that serve our crew and over twenty million investors, worldwide. By participating in technical capstones, hackathons and working on solution-oriented projects, you’ll build the skillset to lead our crew internally, so we can make a difference for investors everywhere.

The TLP Vanguard Specialty Program (VSP) is a two-year rotational development program available to graduating college seniors who are ready to enter the business world, and eager to develop their technical expertise in Application Development. The program consists of three, eight-month rotations.


In this program, you will:

  • Build high-impact solutions that allow Vanguard to perform at its best and do what’s right for investors

  • Support achieving client outcomes and giving our investors the best chance at investment success

  • Gain hands-on experience in software development and practice Agile & LEAN methodologies in a dynamic environment

  • Share your insights and drive outcomes individually and in collaborative, supportive environments

  • Build a network with program managers, alumni, senior leaders, and peers

  • Meet regularly with your department manager and internship program manager to receive personalized coaching and mentorship


What it takes:

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree with a concentration in computer science, computer engineering, IST, IT, CIS, or related technical/engineering subject matter required

  • Strong interest in web, mobile, and/or application development

  • Experience with coding languages preferred

  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher preferred

  • Demonstrated leadership skills and/or leadership aspirations

  • Effective analytical, communication, interpersonal and problem-solving skills

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team in a team-oriented environment


Special Factors

  • Vanguard is not offering sponsorship for this position.

  • This position will begin in 2023 and students graduating in December 2022 or Spring 2023 are encouraged to apply.


About Vanguard

We are Vanguard. Together, we’re changing the way the world invests.

For us, investing doesn’t just end in value. It starts with values. Because when you invest with courage, when you invest with clarity, and when you invest with care, you can get so much more in return. We invest with purpose – and that’s how we’ve become a global market leader. Here, we grow by doing the right thing for the people we serve. And so can you.

We want to make success accessible to everyone. This is our opportunity. Let’s make it count.


Inclusion Statement

Vanguard’s continued commitment to diversity and inclusion is firmly rooted in our culture. Every decision we make to best serve our clients, crew (internally employees are referred to as crew), and communities is guided by one simple statement: “Do the right thing.”

We believe that a critical aspect of doing the right thing requires building diverse, inclusive, and highly effective teams of individuals who are as unique as the clients they serve. We empower our crew to contribute their distinct strengths to achieving Vanguard’s core purpose through our values.

When all crew members feel valued and included, our ability to collaborate and innovate is amplified, and we are united in delivering on Vanguard’s core purpose.

Our core purpose: To take a stand for all investors, to treat them fairly, and to give them the best chance for investment success.


Future of Work

During the pandemic, we transitioned to a work from home model for the majority of our crew and we continue to interview, hire, and on-board future crew remotely.

As we have developed the path forward, we have taken a thoughtful approach that both maximizes the advantages of working remotely and the many benefits of coming together and collaborating in a shared workspace. We believe that in-person interactions among our crew are important for preserving our unique culture and advantageous for the personal development of our crew.

When our Crew return to the office, many will work in our hybrid model. A smaller proportion of our crew will operate in the Work from Home work model (for example, field sales crew); or in the Work from Office model (for example, portfolio managers).

The working model that your role falls into will be communicated to you in the interview process – please do ask if you are unsure. We encourage you to make the decision regarding your job interview and offer knowing which model your role will fall into. We will test and learn as our ways of working evolve and will continue to evaluate working models along the way.

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