Principal Engineer

11 - 15 years experience  •  Financial Services

Salary depends on experience
Posted on 08/24/17
Pittsburgh, PA
11 - 15 years experience
Financial Services
Salary depends on experience
Posted on 08/24/17


  • Lead the way - "Lead" means staying up to date with tools, trends, technologies and best practices and then sharing that knowledge in a meaningful way to advance the overall state of technology for the entire organization.
  • Own key areas within our platform. "Owning" means envisioning, designing, creating, building and supporting. This infrastructure needs to operate with a high degree of operational excellence.
  • Support our developers. "Support" means be the go-to-person for questions but never be a bottleneck, see around the corner and anticipate developers' needs, host brown bags, knowledge-transfer sessions and generally evangelize the platform.
  • Be responsible for software architecture including determination of current limitations and compatibilities between subsystems, selection of new concepts and methodology, and development of major components.
  • Lead by example and produce high-quality code that establishes coding standards and best practices for the team.
  • Create technical requirements, software design specifications and other forms of architectural documentation.
  • Perform code reviews and have your code reviewed by peers.
  • Investigate and resolve application issues, bottlenecks, and inefficiencies.
  • Be responsible for mentoring a highly skilled set of Software Engineers.
  • Exert technical influence over multiple teams, increasing their productivity and effectiveness by sharing your deep knowledge and experience.
  • Effectively communicate technical and business risks to stakeholders to ensure that the most informed decisions are being made.
  • Play a critical role in planning, working closely with senior leaders to develop plans, resource requirements, and influence our long-term technical and business strategy.



  • BS, MS or Ph.D. in Computer Science or equivalent experience.
  • 10+ years of software engineeringexperience, with a proven track record of leading large-scale, high availability and fault tolerant SaaS or consumer applications.
  • 2+ years of hands-on experience as a Principal-level software engineer.
  • Extensive experience with service oriented architectures, design patterns, web services, and web applications development.
  • Deep understanding of system performance trade-offs, load balancing, and engineering for high availability.
  • Extensive experience with database design, queueing, caching, containers, APIs, security and the operational aspects of running large systems.
  • Excellent planning/execution skills including estimating and scheduling.
  • A strong desire, and a track record, of mentoring as well as learning from others.
  • Excited by building reliable, self-healing services with robust error handling.
  • Experience designing, developing, debugging, and operating resilient distributed systems.
  • Capable of driving and delivering thin slices of end-to-end functionality on a regular cadence with data-driven feedback loops.
  • Strong problem-solving skills; adaptable, proactive and willing to take ownership and deal with ambiguity.
  • Well-rounded engineering skills; full-stack development experience.
  • Strong experience in agile and test-driven methodologies.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills. You’ll need to create consensus among passionate stakeholders in a dynamic, fast-paced environment.
  • Strong analytical skills and passionate about answering questions with data.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment where continuous innovation is a way of life.
  • Ruby/Rails experience a plus but not required.
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