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Principal Sr Software Engineer (Cloud Solution Architecture) in Des Moines, Iowa


We are looking for a Sr Software Engineer to join our team! As a Sr Software Engineer you will be focused on solution architecture for our Corporate System Supports, Finance teams. You will have the opportunity to lead and influence our technology organization in Finance through several modernization efforts. This role will help us achieve our overall Finance vision by designing and building out architecture for all of Finance (Financial Reporting, Transaction Management, Treasury, Tax and Procurement).

Help create best practices and design patterns for our cloud first approach and build out an architecture runway for us partner with business and delivery teams to transition from our legacy current state to our target architecture!

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

  • Own and design all software development layers of a solution. Regularly deliver software on-time and constantly work to make accurate estimates and deliver on those estimates

  • Understand the trade-offs between technical, analytical and product needs and lead to solutions that take all the needs into account.

  • Ability to demonstrate design thinking and create solution architectures. Own design and solution architecture for team's work; can span multiple vendor platform systems.

  • Nurture external contacts and peer group interaction. Consult with business partners on future technical trends/directions to meet business strategy initiatives.

  • Able to clearly communicate technical concepts to business stakeholders as well as communicate business objectives to the technical team and get buy-in.

  • Provide technical advice and weigh in on technical decisions that impact the finance teams or the company at large. Research, influence and propose new technologies.

We’re looking for someone with:

  • Associate's or bachelor's degree (preference in a computer science, technology, engineering or math-related field or equivalent experience) and 6+ years work experience or equivalent experience.

  • Cloud platform experience (we use AWS, but open to experience in Google or Azure)

  • Solution Architecture experience

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

  • Proficiency with database applications, knowledge of mainframe, distributed and/or web programming language

  • Solid leadership and presentation skills required

  • Must have the desire to learn new technology and continuously grow

  • Ability to work on cross-functional teams and collaborate with both business and technology partners

Additional preferred technical experience:

  • Experience with vendor products and integrations

  • Experience with implementation of SaaS ERP solutions

  • IT architecture, infrastructure, cloud development

  • Agile and DevOps

  • Engineering and software architect design

  • Computer networks and IT security management


This position may require on-call responsibilities.

Job level

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

Work Authorization/Sponsorship

At this time, we're not considering candidates that need any type of immigration sponsorship (additional work authorization or permanent work authorization) now or in the future to work in the United States? This includes, but IS NOT LIMITED TO: F1-OPT, F1-CPT, H-1B, TN, L-1, J-1, etc. For additional information around work authorization needs please use the following links. and

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: 2021-31385

Business Area: Corporate Systems Support

External Company Name: Principal Financial Group

Street: 711 High Street

Remote: Yes

FLSA Status: Exempt