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Lead Software Engineer

Posted: 05/22/2022

Our Firm

American Century Investments® is a leading global asset manager focused on delivering investment results and building long-term client relationships while supporting research that can improve human health and save lives. Founded in 1958, the firm’s 1,400 employees serve financial professionals, institutions, corporations and individual investors, offering a wide range of investment strategies across a variety of investment disciplines.

We are committed to providing institutional-quality, actively managed solutions with a performance-centered mindset. Our expertise spans global growth equity, global value equity, disciplined equity, multi-asset strategies, global fixed income, alternatives and ETFs.

Privately controlled and independent, we focus solely on investment management. This empowers us to align our decisions with client expectations and concentrate on their long-term money management needs.

Our culture of winning behaviors exemplifies our dedication to clients every single day. Delivering investment results enables us to distribute over 40% of our dividends—more than $1.8 billion — to the Stowers Institute for Medical Research, a 500-person, non-profit basic biomedical research organization with a controlling interest in American Century Investments. Our dividend payments provide ongoing financial support for the Institute’s work of uncovering the causes, treatments and prevention of life-threatening diseases, like cancer.

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The Role:

Are you interested in bringing your outstanding cloud engineering skills to a team where you will use your leadership expertise on core programming principles, standard methodologies, and architectural vision? We may have the opportunity you have been waiting for!

We are seeking a Lead Software Engineer (AWS, Python) who will design, develop and/or sustain applications for our Data Technology team. In this role, you will provide technical leadership on sophisticated applications and contribute to our ongoing development in an AWS-based Data Platform. You will work closely with and provide design guidance to Software Engineers, Database Administration, Data Architects and BI Development staff to optimize overall design.


  • Business Architecture: Work with collaborators to identify technical requirements for data systems and applications.

  • Engineering Architecture & Team Leadership:

  • Work with engineers to architect, design and implement data systems and applications.

  • Enforce standard methodologies in systems design, application architecture and software design patterns.

  • Mentor fellow engineers to develop technical skills and abilities.

  • Lead in an agile environment to assist the team in understanding scope, breaking down business requirements into features/stories/tasks, estimating work and planning.

  • Research emerging data technology, applications, and integration frameworks to continuously improve the data lake/warehouse platform and practices.

Required Experience:

  • 5+ years of demonstrated experience in object oriented or functional programming languages – Java, C#/.Net, Python

  • 5+ years of proven experience with AWS services such as CFT, IAM, S3, Lambda, Glue, Redshift, SNS/SQS and KMS

  • 5+ years of provide experience with RDBMS Technologies such as MySQL, Postgres, and MSSQL

  • 5+ years of experience using SDLC and Agile

Desired Experience:

  • Architecture – Event Driven Design, Highly Scalable/High Availability AWS Cloud-Based Data Systems Design, RESTful API design

  • Experience developing Python applications with a focus on long-term maintainability, logical abstractions, design patterns and application stability.

  • DevOps/CICD: Experience working with Git, artifact/package management and CICD pipelines.

  • Experience with ETL tools such as UC4 and Informatica

  • Experience in working with financial product datasets

Preferred Experience:

  • AWS Solution Architect Certification and/or TOGAF Certification

  • Experience designing, deploying, and supporting production cloud services in AWS ecosystem

  • Proven track record of leading and mentoring in a multi-functional collaborative team environment including varied business units, vendors, countries and cultures

Location: Open to Hybrid and Remote (dependent on State residency)

  • Remote worker will be required to travel to ACI Headquarters in Kansas City, MO approximately once per quarter.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be a complete list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required.

Additional Requirements:

  • To ensure a safe and welcoming work environment for all employees, clients, and visitors, American Century Investments currently requires all U.S. based new hires to have submitted proof of having received the final dose of an approved COVID-19 vaccine prior to the position start date unless they have obtained a reasonable accommodation.

American Century Investments is committed to complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act and all other applicable Equal Employment Opportunity laws and regulations. As such, American Century strives to provide a reasonable accommodation to any qualified individual under the ADA to perform essential job functions.

American Century Investments believes all individuals are entitled to equal employment opportunity and advancement opportunities without regard to race, religious creed, color, sex, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age for individuals forty years of age and older, military and veteran status, sexual orientation, and any other basis protected by applicable federal, state and local laws. ACI does not discriminate or adopt any policy that discriminates against an individual or any group of individuals on any of these bases.

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