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Principal Infrastructure Engineer (LAN Team) in Des Moines, Iowa

As an Infrastructure Engineer with a network focus, you'll provide strategic planning and execution of high visibility projects across the global landscape. You'll collaborate with internal clients, peers and leadership to influence the modernization of the network infrastructure at Principal. As business continues to change at a quicker pace, it's critical to have excellent planning/organization skills, and have the ability to communicate across all levels, collaborating with peers and vendors and mentor to up skill peers.

You’ll have the opportunity to:

  • Create a world class network automation and reporting environment while finding innovative ways for team members to work throughout the world.

  • Work across teams to propose and implement creative solutions to improve customer experience across the world.

  • Collaborate with peers to impact the strategic long term direction of the Principal Financial Group network.

  • Plan for new initiatives and expand the existing network infrastructure.

  • Optimize network infrastructure, security and performance for internal and external customers.

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 (6 years of experience equates to an Associate’s degree when defining “equivalent work experience”)

  • 3+ years of experience with LAN solutions for large enterprises (including Cisco Nexus and Catalyst) analyzing, troubleshooting, and investigating Network and Data Center related systems

  • Ability to manage multiple efforts by establishing timelines and executing tasks in accordance with timelines

  • Excellent problem-solving, analytical, communication and decision-making skills

  • Strong drive to train and improve technical skills of peers

  • Ability to provide on-call support on a variable basis may be required

Most successful candidates will have the following:

  • Experience with:

  • IP routing protocols including Layer 2 (including Multi-Vlan architectures) and Layer 3 routing (OSPF, BGP, RIP, EIGRP, HSRP, QoS) in a large enterprise environment

  • Enterprise security and network-based segmentation solutions such as: firewalls, private VLANs, Cisco ISE, etc.

  • Automating network deployments and configurations using Ansible (or similar language) or automation orchestrator

  • Analyzing, troubleshooting, and supporting Cisco ACI

  • Design, build and support Cisco wireless infrastructure that utilize the Cisco Wireless LAN Controller platform

  • Virtual datacenter (VMware) and virtual switching environments

  • Ability to configure and support one or more of the major Application Delivery Controller appliances (Citrix NetScaler, F5 BigIP, etc)

  • Familiarity with Software Defined Networking, OpenFlow and WAN technologies

  • Ability to program in Linux

  • Cisco certified CCIE, CCNP, CCDP, CCNA, or CCDA


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: 2020-28821

Enterprise Segment: Corporate

Business Area: Information Services

Street: 711 High Street

Remote: Yes

FLSA Status: Exempt