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Principal Software Engineer (Data Applications), remote opportunity available in Des Moines, Iowa

Our Enterprise Data & Applications team is building a 360-degree view of our customers to enable analytics, business intelligence, and data pipelines across the enterprise. We are looking for a Software Engineer with a passion for data to join our product team and help design, build, and support our enterprise analytics ecosystem. The team works in a Kanban environment, largely utilizing DevOps practices. If you enjoy solving complex problems in a highly collaborative environment, please consider applying today!

You’ll have the opportunity to:

  • Design and implement reliable and efficient data-pipelines from ingestion to consumption.

  • Develop and maintain CI/CD pipelines that test and deploy software, data, and infrastructure artifacts across managed environments.

  • Integrate data from a variety of systems into refined data products available to the rest of the enterprise.

  • Collaborate with highly skilled and motivated product-focused individuals.

  • Work directly with stakeholders to optimize existing solutions and architect new ones to meet functional and non-functional requirements.

  • Experiment with new technologies and practices to find creative solutions to complex problems.

  • This role will require on-call rotation.

  • 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”)

  • Object oriented software or data engineering experience (professional, academic, or community exposure)

  • Strongest candidates will have 2+ years of professional technology experience and exposure to many of the “preferred” skills/technologies listed below

Additional preferred technical experience/skills:

  • Programming languages such as Scala, Java, Python

  • Familiarity with Hadoop-related tooling such as Spark, Hive, Kafka, Flume, etc.

  • Ability to write SQL queries and interpret data models

  • Version control tooling (Git)

  • Traditional and NOSQL data stores such as Hadoop, DB2 LUW, etc.

  • ETL (Informatica)

  • Familiarity with DevOps practices such as CI/CD pipelines, test-driven development, etc.

  • Strong written and verbal communication

Keys to success in this position:

  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, ambiguous, highly collaborative environment

  • Eagerness to learn independently

  • Ability to challenge the status quo


This team is primarily located in our corporate headquarters in Des Moines, IA but are considering remote applicants.

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.

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.


Requisition ID: 2020-28389

Enterprise Segment: Corporate

Business Area: Corporate Systems Support

External Company Name: Principal Financial Group

Street: 711 High Street

Remote: Yes

FLSA Status: Exempt