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Principal Software Engineer (Possible Remote Work-From-Home Opportunity) 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 Participant Onboarding experience that help retirement plan participants have the confidence to save enough, achieve their financial goals, rollover, and make investment elections with ease.

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.

  • Associate's or bachelor's degree (preference in a computer science, technology, engineering or math-related field) or equivalent experience required, plus 2+ years of relevant work experience

  • Java programming experience required

  • 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

  • Basic knowledge of insurance and financial services products a plus

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

  • Must be able to maintain a high degree of accuracy and confidentiality

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

  • Will be required to provide on-call support

Additional preferred technical experience:

  • Any Cobol experience is a plus

  • Development in web based applications using HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Jquery, Bootstrap, Backbone, Dust.js & React

  • Automation tooling experience

Job Level

Willing to consider at the next level depending on qualifications, experience, and skillset.


Willing to consider remote work-from-home arrangements depending on qualifications, experience, and skillset.

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: 2020-28903

Enterprise Segment: RIS

Business Area: Pension

Street: 711 High Street

Remote: Yes

FLSA Status: Exempt