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Principal Software Engineer in Des Moines, Iowa

As a motivated Software Engineer in US Insurance Solutions Distribution team, you will be part of an agile and product engineering driven culture. In this role, you’ll solve business problems and desired enhancements while evolving our internal product development organization. As part of a hands-on engineering culture, together with your fellow engineers and product team, you will have the opportunity to modernize a portfolio with a clear trajectory to the public cloud. You’ll be provided the capacity to grow ever-evolving skills necessary for highly productive customer-driven software engineering practices. As an exceptional, passionate, product centric software engineer, we desire you as a self-motivated learner.

Distribution IT is currently working towards becoming a more mature environment where people are not content with the status quo. “That’s just how we do it here”, is no longer an option. Our engineers have adopted our new environment and understand why it’s important to continually invest time/energy into changing the way we work. In addition, sharing the principles behind our engineering culture is a key component of success. We value strong, professional opinions grounded on modern product engineering practices, lean product mindset and user centric design.

Your day will be filled with:

  • Learning and growing alongside your team. Pairing and mobbing is encouraged

  • Executing against our cloud accelerate strategy – we utilize AWS

  • Ensuring consistent use and high-quality deployment of modern, innovative software techniques

  • Developing and maintaining CI/CD pipelines across multiple managed environments

  • Eliminating system impediments while promoting the necessity of modern software practices and technology

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

  • Engaging in a trusting and innovative product engineering team

  • Building in security from the beginning, improving our development practices, providing scale and performance capabilities, and evolving our engineering culture

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 engineering/programming experience in a modern technology (academic, internship/professional, or community exposure)

  • Strong problem solving, analytical, and decision-making skills

Preferred experience:

  • Working across multiple domains (e.g. Typescript, Java, front end technologies/frameworks)

  • Building highly scalable distributed systems

  • Cloud native architecture and design

  • AWS

  • REST Application Programming Interface (API) design and development

  • DevOps (TDD, CI/CD)

  • Informal leadership, mentoring, technical coaching

Job level

We’ll consider talent at the next levels 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: 2021-30661

Enterprise Segment: USIS

Business Area: Sales Comp Admin

External Company Name: Principal Financial Group

Street: 711 High Street

Remote: Yes

FLSA Status: Exempt