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Principal Software Engineering Leader in Des Moines, Iowa

As a Software Engineering Leader in Life IT, you’ll lead a group of talented engineers who provide image, workflow, and customer relationship management (CRM) capabilities! This includes impactful technologies like Salesforce, the world's #1 CRM platform, and tools from IBM that enable straight-through-processing of customer requests. Here in Life IT, we are at the intersection of many strategic and digital initiatives that impact the enterprise! This provides unique opportunities to address key business challenges benefiting our customers.

As a software engineering leader, you will perform many functions including influencing technology strategy and direction, empowering your teams to deliver value more quickly and with higher quality, and collaborating with others across Principal to push us further ahead of our competition.

Are you passionate about moving the needle when it comes to exploring new ways for your teams to delight our customers? Are you a leader who loves the idea of constantly growing, adapting, and implementing improvements? If so, this job may be for you!

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

  • Advocate for your team in making small bets that lead to greater customer understanding and satisfaction.

  • Demonstrate a commitment to continuous learning for yourself and your teams.

  • Use data to drive decisions and celebrate the success of team accomplishments.

  • Foster a culture that embraces best practices for a software engineering mindset.

  • Network and collaborate with a wide range of coworkers inside and outside the technology community.

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 technology experience

  • 3+ years of formal/informal leadership experience

Additional preferred technical experience:

  • Experience working with Salesforce or other CRM technologies

  • Experience working with enterprise document management and/or workflow tools

  • Application and data integration experience

  • Use of Atlassian and Microsoft Office tools

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: 2021-29771

Enterprise Segment: USIS

Business Area: Individual Life

External Company Name: Principal Financial Group

Street: 711 High Street

Remote: No

FLSA Status: Exempt