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Principal Software Engineering Leader in Des Moines, Iowa

As an Engineering Leader in Enterprise Data and Applications (EDA), you’ll lead a group of engineers in an Agile Scrum team who work on customer facing applications and capabilities! 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 an engineering leader, you will be performing many functions including providing technology strategy and direction, personnel coaching, and implementing best practices.

Are you passionate about moving the needle when it comes to technological curiosity, craftsmanship, solving business problems 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 few examples of the kinds of things you’ll do:

  • Provide coaching and support to the team to mature our engineering practices, grow our DevOps mindset and culture, and improve our systems. 

  • Perform engineering activities in support of the team and delivering business outcomes

  • Network, communicate and collaborate with both IT and non-IT partners

  • Learn new technology and continuously grow through creative solutioning. 

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

  • 3+ years of development experience in a modern technology

  • 2+ years of informal/formal leadership experience

  • Cloud experience/interest (preferably AWS)

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

Additional preferred technical experience:

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

  • Experience with DevOps practices (TDD, CI, CD, etc.)

  • Java development background


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: 2021-29609

Enterprise Segment: Corporate

Business Area: Corporate Systems Support

External Company Name: Principal Financial Group

Street: 711 High Street

Remote: Yes

FLSA Status: Exempt