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Sr Principal Software Engineer - 90293433 - Washington

Washington, DC 20004

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Amtrak connects businesses and communities across the country and we move Americas workforce toward the future. We employ more than 20,000 diverse, energetic professionals in a variety of career fields throughout the United States. The safety of our passengers, our employees, the public and our operating environment is our priority and the success of our railroad is the result of our employees.

Are you ready to join our team?

The Senior Principal Software Engineer is responsible for analyzing,designing, developing, installing software solutions. The role is also a pointof escalation for operational support for assigned systems.

Daily responsibilities may include development, configuration and/orintegration; reviewing tickets and ensuring issues are resolved quickly;working with project managers, Business System Analysts, IT service
owners and IT service offering leads to keep all parties updated and awareof development efforts and issue resolution status; and providing technicalleadership for operational and project related initiatives.

The Senior Principal Software Engineer provides subject matter expertiseand technical direction throughout the project lifecycle, including businessrequirements, functional specification, development, testing, deployment,and support handoff. This role works closely with customers, businessanalysts and team members to understand the business requirements thatdrive the analysis and design of quality technical solutions. The SeniorPrincipal Software Engineer confirms solutions are aligned with businessgoals and requirements, as well as aligned with IT strategies, and complywith the organizations architectural standards.


  • Provides technical subject matter expertise (SME) while managingacross diverse teams, owns deliverables, manages to deadlines, andcommunicates across teams to achieve goals.
  • Determines operational feasibility by evaluating analysis, problemdefinition, requirements, solution development and proposedsolutions.
  • Resident expert of their domain. The main goto person for finaltechnical decisions. Resolves conflicts related to engineering, designand delivery practices.
  • Champions new approaches (technology and otherwise) and buildsconsensus across peers, subordinates and superiors.
  • Owns and leads the software development approach as anengineering exercise; confirms requirements are clear, follows adocumented development methodology and makes sure a unit testingregimen is followed to deliver code per designs. Designs, builds andsuggests architecture that will last beyond current initiative orproduct effort.
  • Leads technical direction and decisions, follows a documenteddevelopment methodology and makes sure a unit testing regimen isfollowed to deliver code per designs.
  • Collaborates with enterprise architect and infrastructure to integrateapplications and hardware.
  • Ensures that the design and application implementation meet securityand QA standards.
  • Creates and updates documentation as necessary to ensurearchitectures, designs and other descriptions are up to date anddescribes the asdeployed system.
  • Leads the development planning process with customers, IT businessanalysts, architects and team members.
  • Works with architecture and technology to codify development tools,code reusability standards, improve design documents.
  • Documents and demonstrates solutions by developingdocumentation, flowcharts, layouts, diagrams, charts, code commentsand clear code.
  • Prepares and installs solutions by determining and designing systemspecifications, standards and programming.
  • Improves operations by conducting systems analysis, recommendingchanges in policies and procedures.
  • Protects Amtrak by following Information Security standards andapplying consistently.
  • Understands business needs and knows how to create the tools to manage them.
  • Confirms all development work is in harmony with all industry andcompany standards as well as ensures the overall implementation isaligned with Amtrak's technology strategies.
  • Adheres to quality standards and procedures. Reviews modules forquality assurance and checks compliance with application architecturestandards and Service Level Agreements (SLAs). May assist in definingdevelopment guidelines and standards to be utilized in softwaredevelopment/integration.
  • Proactively recommends improvements and provides ongoingmaintenance of applications.
  • Assists in the development of user guides and trainingdocumentation.
  • Provides technical guidance or system process expertise.
  • Develops reports and presentations for senior management, asneeded.
  • May manage vendor relationships that are required to provideoperational support.
  • May coordinate preventative maintenance activities betweenvendors, IT and the business, including the installation of servicepacks, patches, and hot fixes.
  • Keeps abreast of new technical standards and practices.
  • Analyzes/monitors applications to ensure that the functionality and performance meets all product and service level requirements.


  • Bachelors Degree in computer science, information systems, software engineering or business management plus 9+ years relevant experience or 13+ years of relevant work experience in subject matter expert capacity required to satisfy education and experience requirements.
  • Deep General Web, Cloud & Mobility Background. Very strong knowledge of core Internet (HTTP, Mail, REST, DB, Data Modeling etc.)
  • Very strong documentation and communication skills.
  • Ability to articulate complex architectures in completeness and detail that demonstrate a mastery of the subject.
  • Highly proficient knowledge of algorithms, data structures, design patterns and the experience with programming languages is required.
  • Extremely proficient in frontend (Web) or backend (Server) or mobile application development or cloud platform services.
  • Expert Proficiency in the following technologies and methods:

Proficiency 1
Proficiency 2
Proficiency 3 (etc.)

  • Broad level of understanding of information systems and application architecture standards.
  • Extensive experience with Agile methodologies and techniques including SCRUM and SAFE frameworks
  • Can focus on business goals while ensuring development is completed on time.
  • Recognized as a trusted adviser, with a track record of creating successful technology solutions that support the organizations strategic vision and goals.
  • Ability to work well under deadlines and in a flexible environment.
  • Must have experience/indepth knowledge of business operations and systems requirements processes including ability to measure short and longterm business goals.
  • Must be a capable team leader, with experience managing teams of consultants, analysts, technologists and thirdparty suppliers to develop detailed solutions, costs, timelines and methods for delivery of technology solutions.
  • Seasoned at successfully managing the sourcing and selection process for thirdparty software and other technology components and services, as required to enable delivery of digital transformation solutions.
  • Must possess the ability to utilize adaptable communication skills to effectively translate between technical and business language.
  • Must possess the skill to educate project team members on business unit goals and objectives and educate the business on the value of information technology.
  • Ability to identify, propose and oversee the execution of business solutions as well as interpret documents communicating business needs and requirements.
  • Must possess the skill to assess the business needs through direct interaction and identify opportunities to improve the business through effective use of technology.
  • Excellent troubleshooting, analysis, and problemsolving skills.
  • Excellent communication skills both oral and written.


  • 11+ years of relevant experience in a subject matter expert capacity.
  • Masters Degree


  • Work is performed in an office environment.
  • May require travel up to 10%
  • Requires oncall status.
  • After hours and periodic shift work may occasionally be required
  • Willingness to support applications 24 x 7 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)
  • Additional duties as assigned

Requisition ID:60061
Posting Location(s):District of Columbia; Maryland; Virginia
Job Family/Function:Information Technology
Relocation Offered:No
Travel Requirements:Up to 25%

Amtrak employees power our progress through their performance.

We want your work at Amtrak to be more than a job we want it to be a fulfilling experience where you find challenging and rewarding opportunities, respect among colleagues, competitive pay, benefits that protect you and your family, and a high performance culture that recognizes and values your contributions and helps you reach your career goals.

We proudly support and encourage U.S. Veterans to apply for Amtrak job opportunities.

All positions require pre-employment background verification, medical review and pre-employment drug screen. Amtrak is committed to a safe and drug-free workplace and performs pre-employment substance abuse testing. All new hires are required to undergo a hair drug test which detects the presence of illegal drugs for months prior to testing.Marijuana,notwithstanding any statute, ordinance, regulation, or other law that legalizes or decriminalizes the use or possession ofmarijuana, whether for medical, recreational, or other use. Candidates who engage in the usage ofmarijuanawillnotbe qualified for hire.We appreciate your cooperation in keeping Amtrak safe and drug-free.

In accordance with DOT regulations (49 CFR section 40.25), Amtrak is required to obtain prior drug and alcohol testing records for applicants/employees intending to perform safety- sensitive duties for covered Department of Transportation positions. If an applicant/employee refuses to provide written consent for Amtrak to obtain these records, he/she will not permitted to perform safety-sensitive functions.

Note that any education requirement listed above may be deemed satisfied if you have an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Amtrak is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and we welcome all to apply. We consider candidates regardless of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability (including blindness), or veteran status.

POSTING NOTES: Information Technology|| Information Technology



  • Transportation
Posted: 2021-06-10 Expires: 2021-07-10

Amtrak, the national rail operator, connects America in safer, greener and healthier ways. With 21,000 route miles in 46 states, the District of Columbia and three Canadian provinces, Amtrak operates more than 300 trains each day — at speeds up to 150 mph — to more than 500 destinations. Amtrak is the operator of choice for state-supported corridor services in 17 states and for four commuter rail agencies.

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