WRDS Principal Engineer (Hybrid Eligible)
University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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WRDS Principal Engineer (Hybrid Eligible)

University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn's distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning. As an employer Penn has been ranked nationally on many occasions with the most recent award from Forbes who named Penn one of America's Best Employers By State in 2021.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

COVID-19 vaccination is a requirement for all positions at the University of Pennsylvania. New hires are expected to be fully vaccinated before beginning work at the University. For more information about Penn's vaccine requirements and the use of Penn Open Pass, visit the Penn COVID-19 Response website for the latest information.

Posted Job Title
WRDS Principal Engineer (Hybrid Eligible)

Job Profile Title
Information Technology Senior Director

Job Description Summary
This position will be the equivalent of a corporate Enterprise Architect or Principal Engineer, and will be the primary strategic technical leader for WRDS, driving technology strategy and execution, particularly as it relates to maintaining and increasing revenue. In contrast to more implementation-focused engineers, the primary role of the Principal Engineer is leadership, guiding others to implement new technologies, eliminate obstacles, and empower teams to complete projects on time and within budgets. The Principal Engineer proactively spends time outside of critical path projects, and during that time is searching out and qualifying impactful opportunities. The position will report directly to the Managing Director of WRDS and will be responsible for leading WRDS' next phase of engineering sophistication, product innovation, and team mentoring.

Job Description

Who We Are

Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS) supports over 75,000 users worldwide, doing research on over one petabyte of financial data. We manage and redistribute hundreds of data products from over 50 different companies. WRDS is part of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. We offer great benefits, a flexible work environment, and a great campus location.

Who We Are Looking For

WRDS is hiring a Principal Engineer, who will envision and architect WRDS' technology strategy and execution. This position will be the equivalent of a corporate Enterprise Architect, and will be the primary strategic technical visionary for WRDS, particularly relating to maintaining and increasing revenue. The primary job of the Principal Engineer will be a leadership role to guide others in the process of implementing new technologies, eliminate obstacles, and empower teams to complete projects on time and within budgets. The principal engineer proactively spends time outside of critical path projects, and during that time is looking for and identifying impactful opportunities. The position will be responsible for realizing WRDS' next phase of engineering sophistication, product innovation, and team mentoring.


  • Typically has 15+ years of experience. May have previously been a Senior Engineer, Principal Engineer, or CTO at a start-up. Is a deep technical expert in their area and has a drive and vision for where an organization should be going in the future.
  • Excellent business judgment, team management and communication and interpersonal skills that result in the ability to work effectively and efficiently within the leadership team and with a sophisticated customer base and business partners. Ability to think strategically, with proven leadership ability.
  • An expert in their area. Designs, builds, and suggests architecture that will grow the company in the future. Has a track record of leading the design and implementation of high risk or mission critical projects, particularly those that require the application or invention of new technology or techniques.
  • Hands-on technology product management experience, particularly in a dynamic SaaS organization. Experience taking product through multiple lifecycles. Champions new technologies and the modernization of legacy systems. Proven ability to ameliorate technical debt.
  • Strong familiarity with the difficulties of innovation-based software development (timing and deliverables). Experience selling technology to Universities and/or students a plus. Can contribute to discussions and even help resolve conflicts at a senior leadership level. Manages the balance of business needs and engineering needs expertly.
  • Advanced university degree in the field of computer science, business administration, or another rigorous discipline, or equivalent experience.
  • Excellent organizational skills, in particular the ability to prioritize and build effective working relationships. The go-to mentor for our engineers. Is an expert and patient teacher.
  • First class communications skills, both written and verbal, and ability to build relationships and collaborate with a variety of personalities and styles, including experience dealing with senior management and clients.
  • Ability to articulate ideas to both technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Highly valued - a strong sense of commitment, flexibility and teamwork, positive outlook, and a sense of humor.

About Wharton

Founded in 1881 as the first collegiate business school, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania is recognized globally for intellectual leadership and ongoing innovation across every major discipline of business education. With a broad global community and one of the most published business school faculties, Wharton creates ongoing economic and social value around the world. The School has 5,000 undergraduate, MBA, executive MBA and doctoral students; more than 9,000 annual participants in executive education programs; and a powerful alumni network of more than 92,000 graduates.

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Hybrid Eligible - This position is eligible for a hybrid work schedule with a work week divided between working onsite and working remotely.

Department / School
Wharton School

Pay Range
$110,850.00 - $197,615.33
Salary offers are made based on the candidate's qualifications, experience, skills, and education as they directly relate to the requirements of the position, as well as internal and market factors and grade profile.

Affirmative Action Statement
Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements
Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

University Benefits
  • Health, Life, and Flexible Spending Accounts: Penn offers comprehensive medical, prescription, behavioral health, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits to protect you and your family's health and welfare. You can also use flexible spending accounts to pay for eligible health care and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars.
  • Tuition: Take advantage of Penn's exceptional tuition benefits. You, your spouse, and your dependent children can get tuition assistance here at Penn. Your dependent children are also eligible for tuition assistance at other institutions.
  • Retirement: Penn offers generous retirement plans to help you save for your future. Penn's Basic, Matching, and Supplemental retirement plans allow you to save for retirement on a pre-tax or Roth basis. Choose from a wide variety of investment options through TIAA and Vanguard.
  • Time Away from Work: Penn provides you with a substantial amount of time away from work during the course of the year. This allows you to relax, take vacations, attend to personal affairs, recover from illness or injury, spend time with family—whatever your personal needs may be.
  • Long-Term Care Insurance: In partnership with Genworth Financial, Penn offers faculty and staff (and your eligible family members) long-term care insurance to help you cover some of the costs of long-term care services received at home, in the community or in a nursing facility. If you apply when you're newly hired, you won't have to provide proof of good health or be subject to underwriting requirements. Eligible family members must always provide proof of good health and are subject to underwriting.
  • Wellness and Work-life Resources: Penn is committed to supporting our faculty and staff as they balance the competing demands of work and personal life. That's why we offer a wide variety of programs and resources to help you care for your health, your family, and your work-life balance.
  • Professional and Personal Development: Penn provides an array of resources to help you advance yourself personally and professionally.
  • University Resources: As a member of the Penn community, you have access to a wide range of University resources as well as cultural and recreational activities. Take advantage of the University's libraries and athletic facilities, or visit our arboretum and art galleries. There's always something going on at Penn, whether it's a new exhibit at the Penn Museum, the latest music or theater presentation at the Annenberg Center, or the Penn Relays at Franklin Field to name just a few examples. As a member of the Penn community, you're right in the middle of the excitement—and you and your family can enjoy many of these activities for free.
  • Discounts and Special Services: From arts and entertainment to transportation and mortgages, you'll find great deals for University faculty and staff. Not only do Penn arts and cultural centers and museums offer free and discounted admission and memberships to faculty and staff. You can also enjoy substantial savings on other goods and services such as new cars from Ford and General Motors, cellular phone service plans, movie tickets, and admission to theme parks.
  • Flexible Work Hours: Flexible work options offer creative approaches for completing work while promoting balance between work and personal commitments. These approaches involve use of non-traditional work hours, locations, and/or job structures.
  • Penn Home Ownership Services: Penn offers a forgivable loan for eligible employees interested in buying a home or currently residing in West Philadelphia, which can be used for closing costs or home improvements.
  • Adoption Assistance: Penn will reimburse eligible employees on qualified expenses in connection with the legal adoption of an eligible child, such as travel or court fees, for up to two adoptions in your household.

To learn more, please visit: https://www.hr.upenn.edu/PennHR/benefits-pay

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