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Nelnet Senior Software Engineer in Des Moines, Iowa

Nelnet is a student loan servicer that's grown into a fiber internet pioneer, real estate investor, and software provider. But that's just the beginning. With 6,500 associates and growing, we take our business wherever superior customer experiences and ingenuity are needed.

The perks of working at Nelnet go beyond our benefits package. When you join the Nelnet team, you're part of a community invested in the success of each individual. That support comes through in our work, as we are united by our mission of creating opportunities for people where they live, learn, and work.

The Senior Software Engineer designs, creates, maintains, audits and improves software applications by performing coding, debugging, testing and troubleshooting throughout the application development process. This position designs solutions for complex projects and completes work with no supervision. The Senior Software Engineer also mentors less experienced engineers and makes recommendations for future development options. In addition, this position advocates for making improvements and working as a whole team to accomplish goals.


  1. Researches, designs, implements and manages software applications based on user requirements.

  2. Writes, tests and implements efficient code.

  3. Maintains and develops existing applications by analyzing and identifying areas for modification.

  4. Works within an Agile environment, responds to change quickly, including re-focusing development efforts and adapting to evolving requirements.

  5. Is positive and solution-oriented with team members and stakeholders.

  6. Continues to update technical knowledge and skills.

  7. Provides guidance to other engineers.

  8. Coaches and mentors other team members.

  9. Is an influencer.


  1. Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.


  1. Extensive programming experience, with at least 3 years as a senior software development engineer and/or technical lead with similar roles / responsibilities.

  2. Extensive experience with C#, ASP.Net Core, .NET Core, Web API, Javascript, TypeScript, JSON and REST.

  3. Extensive experience with Microsoft SQL Server and T-SQL.

  4. Experience with other Microsoft Azure datastores such as Azure Storage, Cosmos DB and Redis Cache preferred.

  5. Experience developing external customer facing applications.

  6. Experience with Microsoft Azure App Services, Service Bus, Application Insights and Service Fabric is preferred.

  7. Experience developing Single Page Applications using AngularJS, or similar technologies is preferred.

  8. Demonstrated experience with utilizing and leveraging reference architectures across a team based environment a plus.


  • Expert skills in designing, coding, and implementing with 24/7 stability, performance, scalability, localization and security requirements in mind.

  • Deep technical knowledge in the following areas: SOLID design principles and patterns; Continuous Integration and Delivery.

  • Proficient in Domain Driven Design.

  • Knowledge of security best practices based on OWASP recommendations.

  • Ability to communicate with clients, colleagues and management to explain complex issues clearly and concisely.

  • Logical, analytical and creative approach to solving problems.

  • Ability to work both in a team and independently.

  • Ability to handle multiple priorities and work under pressure.

  • Good time management skills to plan and organize own work.

  • Demonstrated respect, collaboration, and pride in ownership.

  • Ability to adapt to change.

  • Focus on continuous improvement and delivering value.

Colorado Candidates: Salary range for this role is $90,000 - $120,000

Our benefits package includes medical, dental, vision, HSA and FSA, generous earned time off, 401K/student loan repayment, life insurance & AD&D insurance, employee assistance program, employee stock purchase program, tuition reimbursement, performance-based incentive pay, short- and long-term disability, and a robust wellness program. Click here to learn more about our benefits: LINK ( .

Nelnet is an Equal Opportunity Employer, complies with Executive Order 11246, and takes affirmative action to ensure that qualified applicants are employed, and that employees are treated during employment, without regard to race, color, religion/creed, national origin, gender, or sex, marital status, age, disability, use of a guide dog or service animal, sexual orientation, military/veteran status, or any other status protected by Federal or State law or local ordinance.

Qualified individuals with disabilities who require reasonable accommodations in order to apply or compete for positions at Nelnet may request such accommodations by contacting Corporate Recruiting at 402-486-5725 or .

Nelnet is a Drug Free and Tobacco Free Workplace.

Nelnet is a leading student loan servicer – but we’re even more than that. We’re a professional services company, telecommunications innovator, and K-12 and higher education expert (and that’s just the shortlist). For over 40 years, we’ve been serving our customers and making their dreams possible.

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