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Principal Experienced Data Engineer (supporting US & Global offices) in Des Moines, Iowa

What you’ll do:

As an experienced Data Engineer in our Principal Global Investors (PGI)- Investment Data & Research team, you’ll assist in developing strategies for data acquisition and influence others within the business area to drive consistency, efficiency and innovate of policies, patterns and practices. This is an excellent role for someone who is passionate about helping build relationships with teams primarily in our Principal International (PI) office locations to help execute our data strategy! You'll work closely with technology teams in the US, Mexico, Chile, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Brazil and India.

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

  • Responsible for crafting data management process designs, models, and architectures.

  • Provide technical guidance to US and Principal International (PI) in-country team members on integration and functionality of infrastructure components.

  • Mature and modernize data practices & governance.

  • Facilitate discussions in relation to data between the PGI/PI program in-country team members, specific to integration patterns & desired architecture.

  • Contribute to PGI/PI program data strategy by sharing PI's data maturity knowledge and experience.

  • Build relationships and trust to communicate effectively across global data community, driving stronger connection to the Enterprise.

  • Demonstrate influence at the department level. Provide leadership, direction, and mentoring to teams.

  • Employ a variety of languages and tools (e.g. scripting languages, data movement tools) to marry systems together. Recommend ways to improve data reliability, efficiency and quality.

We’re looking for someone with:

  • Bachelor's degree plus 4+ years related work experience or a Master's in related field

  • Proven experience as an IT professional

  • Ability to work directly with data and datastores through programming language such as SQL, Python, Java, etc.

  • Experience building/operating systems for data extraction, ingestion and processing of large data sets

  • Experience building data products incrementally and integrating and managing datasets from multiple sources

  • Ability to collaborate well globally with others

  • Must be able to effectively communicate strategies and designs to all levels of the company

  • Knowledge of cloud platforms and surrounding ecosystems (Azure and/or AWS preferred)

Additional preferred technical experience:

  • Cloud data warehousing to support a range of personas and use cases (date engineers, data science, investment teams)

  • Data catalog/search engine/query mechanism to facilitate finding and graphing available data vendors/data points

  • Data exploration tools and techniques including visualization (PowerBI)


There will be some required off-hours that could consist of early mornings/late evenings in order to support our global offices. There will also eventually be some international travel required (15% approx.) with this role once traveling resumes.

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 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: 2021-29806

Business Area: PGI Other

External Company Name: Principal Financial Group

Street: 711 High Street

Remote: Yes

FLSA Status: Exempt