Principal Engineer, Software

Legalzoom San Mateo , CA 94401

Posted 2 months ago

Principal Engineer, Software

We're looking for a Principal Software Engineer who is a self-starter and can learn quickly. Your job will be to help rollout new software systems by inserting directly into execution teams in order to spread and evangelize the latest and greatest technologies.

The ideal candidate has a strong background in software design, developing and managing the delivery of highly-scalable, micro-services driven cloud based systems, leveraging a combination of front end and backend technologies running in containers.

What you'll do:

  • Lead, develop and inspire a team of engineers to meet initiative objectives

  • Help introduce new technologies to engineering teams, taking part in the training, adoption, and execution of new platforms

  • Work closely with other engineering teams to gain bottom-up consensus in delivering technology solutions

  • Full-stack hands on development

  • Design and communicate solutions that help software engineers to deliver to growing business needs, while thoroughly considering the systems impact

  • Accelerate the development process by suggesting and implementing improvements to the developer pipeline

  • Foster code reuse, maintainability and consistency across multiple development teams. Provide guidance on how to build reusable components

  • Develop a deep understanding of the system, write technical specifications, mentor development team, enforce coding standards

  • Drive the DevOps culture, taking quality into your hands, enabled by automated testing and continuous integration

  • Present technological solutions to IT leadership that communicates the value, intent, and tradeoffs of your approach

  • Build and foster stakeholder relationships both within your team and among others

  • Contribute to the department's identity, standards, guidelines and best practices

  • Support the daily operations of the IT/Tech department


  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or related field required

  • 10+ years of hands on programming experience

  • 8+ years of hands on programming in .NET or Java and relational databases (MS SQL, Oracle, MySQL, etc)

  • 3+ years developing in other backend platforms such as NodeJS, Python, PHP, etc

  • 3+ years working with NoSQL solutions such as MongoDB, Neo4J, Redis, Cassandra, etc

  • Previous experience as a technical leader and/or leading an agile/scrum team

  • Proven success implementing client side MVVM frameworks such as Angular or React as well as expert proficiency with JavaScript

  • Experience with Secure Coding Practices and assurance that these practices are consistently followed in the development of all software products

  • Cloud based computing such as Azure or AWS, especially serverless compute such as Azure Functions or AWS Lambda

  • Distributed and asynchronous computing experience using message queues, streaming, and event based development using any of SNS, SQS, Azure Service Bus, Kinesis, Kafka, or related products

  • Production experience with Docker, Kubernetes and/or similar container engines and orchestration including ECS/Fargate or EKS

  • Advanced experience building web services/APIs using REST based API in a high transaction environment

  • Knowledge of API security using oAUTH or OpenID Connect

  • Ability to write complex SQL queries with deep knowledge of database indexing and query optimization

  • Strong experience with managing change control policies, software builds, deployment strategies, code reviews and software recommendations

  • Expert experience working with a source control tool (GIT) with strong understanding of how to automate developer workflows

  • Proven ability to use Design Patterns to accomplish scalable architecture

  • Proficiency in using architectural design utilities like Visio, ERDs, UML

  • Proficiency using MS PowerPoint to deliver technical and non-technical presentations

  • Expert level experience working in a Windows environment

  • Intermediate experience working in a Linux environment

  • Strong attention to detail and work ethic

  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills

  • Excellent communication (both written and verbal) and interpersonal skills

Preferred skills:

  • AI, Machine Learning, and Natural Language Processing experience is a plus

LegalZoom is an Equal Opportunity Employer, dedicated to diversity.

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