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Principal Software Engineer in Des Moines, Iowa

As a Software Engineer in Enterprise Data and Applications (EDA), you’ll join a group of engineers in an Agile Scrum team to work on customer facing applications through channels such as the web, voice, and chat! Here in EDA, we are at the intersection of many strategic and digital initiatives that impact the enterprise! This provides unique opportunities to solve key business problems impacting our customers.

As a software engineer, you will engineer and implement reliable and efficient technical solutions to solve complex business problems. You will perform many functions, but not limited to eliciting requirements, writing automated tests, developing and integrating software for new vendor based or in-house systems, and providing operational support.

Are you passionate about moving the needle when it comes to technological curiosity and improving the way we go about our work? Are you a leader who loves the idea of constantly growing, adapting, and implementing change? If so, this job may be for you!

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

  • Engineer for speed and quality through CI/CD pipelines that test and deploy software

  • Collaborate with highly skilled and motivated product-focused individuals

  • Work directly with stakeholders to optimize existing solutions or design new ones to deliver business outcomes

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

  • Elicit requirements, write automated tests

We’re looking for someone with:

  • Associate's or Bachelor's degree with a preference in a computer science, technology, engineering, or math related field or equivalent work experience

  • Software engineering experience in modern technologies (preferably java and/or javascript)

  • Cloud experience or interest in exploring cloud technologies

  • Basic planning, organizational, problem-solving, analytical, decision-making and communication skills required.

Preferred technical skills:

  • Understanding and familiarity with common software development patterns and best practices

  • Experience, knowledge, or willingness to implement DevOps practices (Test automation, CI/CD, etc.)


Willing to consider remote candidates.

Job level

We’ll consider talent at the next levels with the right experiences and skills.

How we hire:

Once you apply, your application is hand reviewed by our talent team. Generally within a few weeks, the team makes interview selection decisions and communicates those via email. If selected, you’ll receive an email from Principal Talent Team to complete a pre-recorded interview on your own time. Be sure to check your email frequently and follow the steps shared to submit timely.

Learn more about our hiring steps and find answers to frequently asked questions.

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: 2021-29767

Enterprise Segment: Corporate

Business Area: Corporate Systems Support

External Company Name: Principal Financial Group

Street: 711 High Street

Remote: Yes

FLSA Status: Exempt