Principal Application Engineer (Tech Anchor) API Management


Location: Springfield, Illinois

Job Type: Not Specified


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Job Description

The Principal Application Engineer will have advance technical skills around web development, React and Angular Development, CICD, DevOps, Automation, Security, Support and Operation. You will be well-versed with OpenShift (OCP) and cloud technologies to help with migration to cloud via containerized workloads.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Analyze, design, program, test, and deploy new user stories and features with high quality (security, reliability, operations) to production
  • Mentor other engineers, lead design and solutioning discussions
  • Has an oversight on design decisions and guides team to achieve key results for products assigned to them
  • Remediates issues using engineering principles and creates proactive design solutions for potential failures
  • Contributes to and leads technology communities at Discover
  • Develops and maintains full stack solutions to fit business needs. Full stack solutions require one or more of the following: front-end (user interfaces), back-end (APIs), database and DevOps development.
  • Works directly with business partners to understand business requirements.
  • Works independently or with own team to innovate on and advocate for best practices within the team.
  • Designs complex solutions and leads them from inception to production within the agile team.
  • Innovates on and advocates for best practices and improved team processes, mentors junior team members
  • Supports live systems to ensure business continuity
  • Evangelize the Enterprise API Strategy and facilitate presentations to a wide audience of internal and external stakeholders
  • Guide new technology solutions in the API space and partner with Architecture and Security teams to take through the Architecture Review process.
  • Creates solutions addressing high impact technology and business priorities
  • Competent in multiple contexts, including programming languages, security, automation, testing, and business domains and is the go-to person for many people (inside and outside of their team)
  • Participates in strategic technology decisions and learns how these decisions impact Discover as a whole
  • Proactively identifies and mitigates issues based on intuition and experience in multiple domains
  • Coaches technology communities at Discover

Responsibilities also include:

  • Regular interaction with Product Manager, Product Owner and Product Architect for evolution, API security enhancement and solutioning.
  • Support, engineer and build activities for Portal, Gateway and API Lifecycle engineering teams and overall direct responsibility for health of the platforms.
  • Leads and executes on strategic technical objectives for security and evolution initiatives across API technology platforms.
  • Performs technical analysis, design, build and deployment of highly complex / scalable API libraries design.
  • Infrastructure procurement facilitation and deployment through Cloud Engineering and Infrastructure teams.
  • Works with an offshore team and acts as Level 3 on-call support to help the Level 1 team
  • Performs automation for repeated operations activities using tools like Github, Jenkins, Ansible, Nexus, Service Now etc.

Minimum Qualifications

At a minimum, here’s what we need from you:

  • Bachelors – Computer Science or related
  • 6+ Years -- Information Technology, (Software) Engineering, or related
  • Internal applicants only: technical proficiency rating of proficient on the Dreyfus engineering scale

Preferred Qualifications

Bonus Points If You Have:

  • Proven experience in Java
  • Experience with REACT and Angular
  • Experience developing and implementing API security & service architecture
  • 8+ years of application development and implementation experience
  • 8+ years of Java experience
  • 3+ years of Agile experience
  • Experience in PHP, Drupal Design and Development
  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Experience working in Kubernetes and Open Shift Container Platform
  • Experience working in cloud environment such as AWS, GCP or Azure.
  • Strong experience with CI/CD pipelines with Jenkins or similar; Git/GitHub; Artifactory
  • Proven skills in high availability and scalability design, as well as performance monitoring
  • A Bachelor's degree or higher in engineering
  • Detailed knowledge of HTTP REST concepts, JSON, JSON Schema, the Swagger JSON REST specification, the HTTP protocol and status codes.
  • Modern SDLC concepts and tools such as JIRA, Rally, Git/GitHub, Jenkins, Chef, Ansible, etc.
  • Experience with modern software development processes (Agile, Scrum etc.) within a large




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