Job Description

General Summary:

The Principal Software Engineer is responsible for the overall design of an application suite, and ensuring the delivery from the agile team meets agreed upon architecture standards. They lead the advancement of solutions within their business portfolio. They will be knowledgeable in third party/cloud solutions and lead successful integration of modern technologies. The Principal Software Engineer plays a critical role in leading software teams, mentoring software engineers of all levels and help grow future talent within the organization.

The successful candidate will play a leading role in defining and implementing the Enterprise Data Architecture roadmap through the introduction and maturation of innovative strategic cloud solutions through effective collaboration with business and IT stakeholders.


Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Understand the business needs and design solutions to enable the desired capabilities.
  • Provide technical leadership on conceptual and logical data architecture to support Cloud Operational Data Store & Data Lake platform
  • Design and Architect highly scalable ETL processes with complex data transformations, data formats including error handling and monitoring.
  • Collaborate with Senior Software Engineers and Data Architects on the creation and application of technical roadmaps, standards, tooling and frameworks required to create a modern, high quality, rich application suite.
  • Recognize potential strategic application of IT, and initiate investigation and development of innovative methods of exploiting IT assets, to the benefit of organizations and the community. Play a leading role in improving the interaction and understanding between the business and IT.
  • Complete the design of an application and drives the advancement of the reference architecture.
  • Advance architecture roadmap for Enterprise Data by recommending third party/cloud solutions and Prototyping initiatives
  • Co-ordinate or participate in tool, technology and service selection, risk assessments and sunsetting in conjunction with technical and business stakeholders ensuring consistency with existing business needs and architectural sustainability.
  • Ensure that solutions delivered have an excellent customer experience, are secure and scalable, comply with best practices and open standards.
  • Look for ways to utilize modern technologies to solve business problems – including AI, Digital platforms, and automation.
  • Actively look for solutions that are buy over build and are cloud based.
  • Stay abreast of external trends and new functionality to be released by third party/cloud solutions, identifying and socializing opportunities for expanded business applicability
  • Ensure application solution design conforms to agreed upon quality attributes such as performance, fault tolerance, etc.
  • Ensure product backlog has appropriate technical stories and participates in their prioritization
  • Resolve architectural uncertainties through prioritisation, planning, and execution of architectural sprints and re-prioritise Technology Roadmap and portfolio backlogs based on outcomes
  • Provide ongoing and appropriate mentorship for Software Engineers
  • Play an active role in creating and communicating new technical solutions to business partners
  • Responsible for application quality from design and implementation to deploy and run.
  • Responsible for the design, implementation, operationalisation and maintenance of new and existing features for the existing portfolio of applications in Enterprise Data, and recommending areas where new investment is merited.
  • Responsible for communication and collaboration with senior stakeholders
  • May participate in the actual Design, coding, configuration, testing and maintenance of software deliverables using agreed upon standards and tools.
  • Maintain depth of technical understanding of third party/cloud solutions and Unum’s implementation of solutions.
  • Evaluate technical impacts from and coordinates implementation of new product releases.
  • Participate in sizing and estimation activities with the agile team
  • May participate in code reviews and sprint retrospectives;
  • Focus on delivering business priority and value at all times
  • Ensure agile teams are adopting best software development practices including manual and automated testing, continuous Integration techniques, automated deployments, etc
  • Collaborate with business SMEs and Business Architects to confirm understanding of requirements and to help drive business value in solution designs.
  • Collaborate with User Experience (UX) designers to ensure designs produced can be translated efficiently into working solutions for feature delivery
  • Collaborate with the agile team to establish the definition of done for each of the stages of production within the team
  • Ensure an innovation culture in the team by continuous improvement of deliveries
  • Monitor application behavior in production to ensure that the application performance system stability are meeting business needs, and takes appropriate action.
  • Ensure that the latest project progress is known to the agile team by ensuring Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) tools are up to date and participating in daily standups outlining progress made, progress planned and detailing impediments
  • Think with the mind of the end customer at all times, ensuring solutions seek to improve the customer experience and delight their customers.
  • Participate in Proof Of Concept(POC) work and prototyping when necessary
  • Collaborate with Business Analysts to confirm understanding of business requirements relating to features to be delivered and to help the Business Analyst define requirements that can be delivered from a technical perspective.

Job Specifications

  • Bachelors of Computer Science, with Master degree is preferred, or equivalent relevant experience
  • Passionate about the customer – motivating self and others to create innovative solutions that will excite and delight the customer.
  • 8+ years of successfully delivering software products in a complex, enterprise environment.
  • Demonstrates strong leadership skills.
  • Strong analytical abilities
  • Takes a logical, analytical approach to problem solving and pays close attention to detail
  • Expert in Agile development/methodologies, Test Automation and TDD, CI/CD, Devops
  • High focus on quality; holds self and others to high standards of delivery
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills; experience leading groups of people through discussions, technical or otherwise. Successfully communicate to Senior Management
  • Experience leading the design and implementation of event driven architecture, streaming ETL with Confluent/Apache Kafka, ksqlDB, Kinesis
  • Strong engineering and solution delivery expertise in SQL, AWS Services, Docker, Kubernetes
  • Technical Solution and Development experience with AWS Services such as API Gateway/Lambda/RDS-MySQL/Redshift/Snowflake/DynamoDB
  • Hands-on experience in AWS Services and deliver quick POC by managing technical resources.
  • Strong foundational knowledge of relational databases (Teradata, SQL Server, DB2, etc.) and NoSQL stores (MongoDB, Elasticsearch, etc.)
  • Experience with code management tools and change control processes – Git/bitbucket
  • Experience in Continuous Integration Continuous Deployment (CICD) tools – Jenkins/AzureDevOps
  • AWS Solution Architect certification is preferred
  • Data management experience in a data warehouse and data lake environment.
  • Strong technical understanding of data model, data mapping and data integration with a cross-functional mindset.
  • International Travel required (US) – approximately 15-20%.


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