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Principal Software Engineer - Java - Remote Available in Des Moines, Iowa

As a Software Engineer in our Retirement & Income Solutions area, you'll solve business problems through technology. This area supports the many facets of our Investment Products & Service offerings that help retirement plan sponsors and advisor manage their investment offerings.

In this position, you'll need to be flexible, adaptable, collaborative and willing to play various roles within a scrum team to provide ongoing support our systems and deliver innovative technical solutions.

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

  • Deliver customer centric solutions that incorporate desired capabilities, security, scalability, and performance.

  • Work within agile methodology and participate in agile ceremonies like sprint planning, backlog grooming and daily stand-ups.

  • Collaborate with your scrum team to design, develop, test, deploy, maintain and improve software within Java and Mainframe environments.

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

  • Collaborate with architecture, technical engineers, and other roles on application design and architecture.

  • Own continuous improvement in yourself, your team and the solutions you build.

  • Develop maintainable and high quality software by integrating automation tests and following best practices as laid out by the team.

  • Core competencies for success:

  • Strong desire to learn and take initiative

  • Ability to effectively collaborate in a team environment and with other teams

  • Ability to influence and participate in code reviews

  • Ability to communicate at both a technical and business level

  • Ability to break down larger work efforts and manage multiple tasks

  • Associate's or bachelor's degree, preference in a computer science, technology, engineering or math-related field or equivalent experience

  • Ability to obtain certification(s) in an IT related field is a plus

  • Basic knowledge of insurance and financial services products preferred

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

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

  • Ability to work on cross-functional teams and collaborate with both IT and non-IT partners

  • May be required to provide on-call support

Additional preferred technical experience:

  • Development in Java 8, Spring 5, Spring Boot 2, Spring MVC, Maven, Git

  • Automation tooling experience

Job Level: Willing to consider at the next level(s) depending on qualifications, experience, and skillset.


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: 2021-31072

Enterprise Segment: RIS

Business Area: Pension

External Company Name: Principal Financial Group

Street: 711 High Street

Remote: Yes

FLSA Status: Exempt