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Software Engineer Leader (Technical Leader)

Company: Principal Financial Group
Location: Des Moines
Posted on: June 12, 2021

Job Description:


What you'll do:

Principal's US Insurance Disability claims business is seeking a motivated, energetic and experienced Software Engineer Leader with an aptitude for servant leadership and passion for maturing modern software engineering practices! This is a formal leader role for a team that partners closely with a vendor platform, in addition to some greenfield engineering for both upstream and downstream processes.

Here are few examples of the kinds of things you'll do:

  • Leadership and career development of team members, eliminating system impediments and maturing our engineering practices, advancing our business technology strategy and creating a culture that seeks to continually improve.
  • Partner closely with vendor platform and ensure a positive relationship with them and your team members. Help continue to build out the vendor SaaS strategy and inspire team alignment.
  • Own and craft all software development layers of a solution. Help set direction for the team in proactively establishing controls and ensure system is secure and meets policy and regulatory requirements during development.
  • Demonstrate design thinking and build solution architectures. Own design and solution architecture for team's work; can span multiple systems.
  • Be a change agent and mentor with a passion for your craft.
  • Assist/coach teams and engineers to "Build it Right" and "Build the Right Thing"


We're looking for someone with:

  • Associate's or Bachelor's degree with a preference in a science, technology, engineering, or math related field or equivalent work experience and 6+ years of related professional experience
  • Past experience writing code/programming
  • Formal leadership experience supporting an engineering team
  • Experience crafting strategy around implementing vendor solution
  • Passion for technology and problem solving

Additional preferred technical experience:

  • Cloud experience (we use AWS) Serverless, PaaS, CaaS
  • Working across multiple languages (e.g. Typescript and Java)
  • Front end technologies and/or front-end frameworks
  • Building highly scalable distributed systems
  • Test Driven Development, Continuous Integration

Additional Information


This role may have on-call responsibilities.

Job level

We'll consider talent at the next level with the right experiences and skills.

Work Authorization/Sponsorship

At this time, we're not considering candidates that need any type of immigration sponsorship now or in the future or those needing work authorization for this role. (This includes, but is not limited to students on F1-OPT, F1-CPT, J-1, etc.)

Investment Code of Ethics

For Principal Global Investors positions, you'll need to follow an Investment Code of Ethics related to personal and business conduct as well as personal trading activities for you and members of your household. These same requirements may also apply to other positions across the organization.

Experience Principal

While our expertise spans the globe, we're bound by one common purpose: to foster a world where financial security is accessible to all. And our success depends on the unique experiences, backgrounds, and talents of our employees - individually and all of us together. Explore our core values, benefits and why we're an exceptional place to grow your career.

Principal is an Equal Opportunity Employer

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status.

Keywords: Principal Financial Group, Des Moines , Software Engineer Leader (Technical Leader), Other , Des Moines, Iowa

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