Experienced Software Engineer

Job Locations US-IA-Des Moines
Posted Date 2 months ago(1/27/2023 2:03 PM)
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Engineering & Technology
Ent Seg
Bus Area
Pos Typ
Regular Full-Time

What You'll Do

Operating at the intersection of financial services and technology, Principal builds financial tools that help our customers live better lives. We take pride in being a purpose-led firm, motivated by our mission to make financial security accessible to all. Our mission, integrity, and customer focus have made us a trusted leader for over 140 years.


With a goal to have 80% of our workloads in the cloud by 2026, there is an exciting opportunity before us to further modernize our systems to meet the growing needs of our customers.


As an Experienced Software Engineer at Principal, you’ll work with engineers to help lead our efforts to continue modernizing our technology and to enable great solutions for our customers! Our Technology Community has multiple openings in different lines of business such as Principal Asset Management, Retirement & Income Solutions, US Insurance Solutions and SCBU Enablement. In this role you’ll join our community of over 4,000 engineers and help to build things people love. Our goal is to enhance our customer experience and keep them at the center of our work.  


Technologies used here at Principal include: AWS, Java, Python, TypeScript, .NET, Salesforce (Apex, Lightning), mainframe, distributed systems, JavaScript, SQL, Mulesoft, and many more.   


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

  • Develop high quality applications for our customers  
  • Identify and propose strategies around technical problems affecting the business, communicate standards, and get consensus on solutions  
  • Collaborate with purpose.
  • Work closely within your engineering team, architecture, and business partners to determine how to make our software even better  
  • Take on tasks of increasing complexity, learn quickly, and make steady progress to make improvements based on stakeholder feedback 
  • Solve interesting and complex problems to create a positive customer experience  
  • Experiment with new tools and practices to deliver business value in an agile organization  
  • Continuously improve both yourself and the systems you are working on 
  • Research new technology developments and stay current and engaged on industry trends  
  • Understand how work fits into the larger strategy  
  • Participate in technical design of features  
  • Actively participate with team during pairing, mobbing, and design 

 What can you expect when you work at Principal?  

  • We help you understand our customers in meaningful ways so you can represent their perspectives and needs in your work. 
  • We provide an environment based on integrity, inclusion, and trust where your diverse perspectives are welcomed. And we care about our local communities around the world and support efforts to make your impact go further.  
  • We provide a total rewards approach that pays you fairly for your contributions and helps you save enough, protect enough, and have enough- because it’s what we do. 
  • We give you the opportunity to do challenging and rewarding work, continuously learn, and try new things.  
  • We set a clear enterprise direction so you can prioritize your work and deliver the highest value.  

Who You Are

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 
  • 2+ years software engineering experience  
  • Excellent planning, organizational, problem-solving, analytical, decision-making and communication skills 
  • Must have the desire to learn new technology and continuously grow 
  • Basic leadership and presentation skills 


Additional preferred technical experience: 

  • Cloud platforms experience (we use AWS, but open to others) 
  • Development practices including TDD, CI, and pair programming  
  • DevOps 
  • May be required to provide on-call support

Salary Range Information

Salary ranges below reflect targeted base salaries. Non-sales positions have the opportunity to participate in a bonus program. Sales positions are eligible for sales incentives, and in some instances a bonus plan, whereby total compensation may far exceed base salary depending on individual performance. Actual compensation for all roles will be based upon geographic location, work experience, education, licensure requirements and/or skill level and will be finalized at the time of offer.

Salary Range

$63800 - $182400 / year

Additional Information

Work Environments

This role offers the ability for in-office, hybrid (blending both office and remote work in a typical workweek), and remote work arrangements. You’ll work with your leader to determine which option may align best based on several factors.


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.

Nonimmigrant Workers and Green Card for Employment-Based Immigrants


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 valuesbenefits 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.

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