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Principal Software Engineer (Cloud Engineering), remote opportunity available in Des Moines, Iowa

Principal is going all in with AWS and is creating a newly formed Enterprise Platform Engineering team! You will be instrumental in contributing to the advancement of how our community builds, delivers, integrates and measures applications. This role will work closely with the community of engineers and product teams to help contribute to and influence the adoption of AWS at Principal. We are looking for an individual who is passionate about technology and committed to driving and engineering solution-based outcomes. If you love collaboration and cutting-edge technology, this job may be for you!

Here are few examples of things you’ll do:

  • Consult with cloud engineering teams and stakeholders to understand AWS problems and DevSecOps engineering challenges.

  • Help reduce the barrier to entry for AWS by engineering solutions and influencing culture/process improvements.

  • Reduce security risks and improve cloud engineering productivity through solution engineering and consulting with teams.

  • Contribute to Principal's AWS Landing Zone to provide automated security and compliance guard rails.

  • Develop and maintain Infrastructure as Code (IaC) and other automation templates.

  • Automation, automation, automation

  • Associate's or Bachelor's degree with a preference in a science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) related field or equivalent work experience (6 years of experience equates to an Associate’s degree when defining “equivalent work experience”)

  • 2+ years of development, scripting, or general automation experience

  • Strongest candidates will have experience and/or familiarity with most of the technologies/tasks below

Additional preferred technical experience:

  • AWS EC2, S3, Lambda, etc.

  • Terraform, Python, Java, Powershell, and/or Cloud Formation

  • Github and CI/CD pipelines

  • Application development or infrastructure automation

  • Security engineering mindset

  • Networking and lower-level infrastructure engineering a plus

Keys to success:

  • Strong collaboration

  • Constant curiosity

  • Analytical ability

  • Problem solving skills

  • Self-starter

  • Empathy


This role is available as a remote opportunity or located in our Des Moines, IA headquarters.

Job level

We’ll consider talent at the next levels 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.

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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.


Requisition ID: 2020-28445

Enterprise Segment: Corporate

Business Area: Information Services

Street: 711 High Street

Remote: Yes

FLSA Status: Exempt