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Principal Software Engineer III in Des Moines, Iowa

We have an exciting opportunity on the US Insurance Solutions (USIS) Non-Qualified Team for a Software Engineer who will thrive in a constantly advancing agile culture.

We are looking for an Engineer who can help build upon our core Salesforce platform and other integrated systems. You will need to be flexible and adaptable. Flexible in that you are comfortable playing various roles within the team as needed. And, adaptable in that learning and growing are key as is a willingness to do what it takes.

Your day will be filled with:

  • Collaborating, with purpose. Working closely within your team and our business to determine how to make our software even better.

  • Solving interesting and complex problems to create a positive customer experience.

  • Building things people love. Our goal is to enhance our customer experience and keep them at the center of our work.

  • Experimenting with new tools and practices to deliver business value in an Agile organization.

  • Finding ways to utilize our data to improve decision making.

  • Continuously improving both yourself and the systems you are working on.

  • Associate's or Bachelor's degree with a preference in a science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) related field or equivalent work experience (6 years of experience equates to an Associate’s degree when defining “equivalent work experience”)

  • 3+ years of professional software development experience in modern technology

  • API Development experience

  • Strongest candidates will have exposure to many of the bullets below

Additional preferred skills/experience:

  • Working within the cloud environment (AWS preferred)

  • Familiarity with Agile/Lean methodology

  • Experience or interests in development practices including TDD, CI, and paired programming

  • Modern JavaScript frameworks and Java development

  • Salesforce development (Apex, Lightning)

  • Mulesoft

  • SQL exposure

Keys to success in this position

  • Strong problem solving and analytical mindset.

  • Continuous Improvement in all you do.

  • Team first mind set. Heavy Collaboration. Relationship building.

  • Take ownership and pride in your work.

  • Hungry, curious, driven. Takes initiative.

  • Innovative. Think creatively. Ask tough questions.

  • Unafraid to ask questions and work through ambiguity.

  • Able to accept and adapt to a changing environment and changing priorities.

  • Constantly strives for Continuous Delivery - develop, build, deploy. Repeat.


This team is primarily located in our corporate headquarters in Des Moines, IA but are considering remote applicants.

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: 2021-31918

Business Area: Individual Life

External Company Name: Principal Financial Group

Street: 711 High Street

Remote: Yes

FLSA Status: Exempt