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Principal Software Engineer (Infrastructure Development) in Des Moines, Iowa

As an Engineer in our Infrastructure Services area, you’ll be responsible for all things infrastructure! You’ll spend your days automating all phases of a server lifecycle from provisioning to patching and on through to decommissioning. You’ll also focus on monitoring and troubleshooting server issues, taking on project work to research technologies to improve our current infrastructure and capturing the data we use to report on standards and performance compliance. Are you passionate about software development and want to utilize those skills in the infrastructure world? If so, this job might be for you!

We are looking to change the way we manage and create our infrastructure and we need you to help us drive these changes through to completion.

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

  • Use a variety of tools to create or update automation we rely on to keep systems healthy.

  • Improve the software we use to apply patches to 4000 servers every month.

  • Create new, automated tests that validate changes to our base server images.

This position is also a great way to advance your career. As a growing company with over 14,000 employees around the world, Principal offers a lot of ways for you to learn more, earn more and achieve more.

What you'll get from us:

+ + Respect for your unique perspective. Diversity, inclusion and empowerment are at the core of our culture.

  • A career, not just a job. Principal is a place where you can learn and innovate. Do important work. Make an impact. And achieve your professional goals.

  • The ability to have a great job and a great life. Sure, work is important. But so is your family. And your friends. And your community. That’s why we provide the flexibility you need to find the right balance between your job and the rest of your life.

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

  • Software development experience in a professional, academic or community setting (Java, C, C#, Python, PowerShell, etc.)

  • Technical aptitude

  • There will be on-call responsibilities

Additional preferred technical experience:

  • Configuration management tooling (Ansible, Puppet, Chef, etc.)

  • CICD pipeline (continuous integration and continuous delivery)

  • Performance monitoring and testing

  • Hours

This position will require some on-call responsibilities.

Job level

We’ll consider talent at the next level(s) 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: 2021-32015

Enterprise Segment: Corporate

Business Area: Information Services

External Company Name: Principal Financial Group

Street: 711 High Street

Remote: Yes

FLSA Status: Exempt