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Principal application System Engineer - 90249661 - Washington

Date: Feb 9, 2019

Location: Washington, DC, US, 20002

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Amtrak connects businesses and communities across the country and we move America’s 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.

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The Principal Applications Systems Engineer is an expert/lead technical role. Works on one or more projects of high complexity as the technology subject matter expert and/or technical leader/consultant in multiple disciplines. When involved with a project team, acts in a consultative manner and typically does not provide administrative or management type of support. Works on the most complex tasks and projects or supports issues that involve the highest degree of risk, impacts enterprise-wide performance and makes use of the individual's expert knowledge within one or more areas of specialty.


Works on projects that may span a broad range of systems. Requires expertise in multiple technical environments and possesses an increased level of business knowledge. Responsibilities include, but may not be limited to, the following:
• Develop, enhance, and innovate technical solutions.
• Consults in the project planning process with customers, IT business analysts, architects and team members.
• Provide technical guidance in software design and development activities. Works closely with Architects and Development team to document the detailed design. Creates technical design specifications and assists in sizing technical requirements.
• Works with customers to develop and analyze application packages and tools and determine optimum functionality requirements to meet those needs.  

• Evaluates new application packages and tools.
• Participate in Scrum activities, perform code reviews, and ensure software meets quality standards with automation and DevOps.
• May perform or lead the deployment of new modules, upgrades and fixes.
• Implements integration plans.  Interfaces with testing teams to incorporate plans into integration testing process.
• Defines, develops or modifies software application modules or enterprise wide software systems using disciplined development processes. Identifies better sources of data feeds and interfaces with architects to ensure their feasibility with corporate data warehouse, when needed.
• Documents functions and changes to new or modified modules, test activities/results and other areas such as error handling and backup/recovery procedures.
• Adheres to quality standards and procedures.  Reviews modules for quality assurance and checks compliance with application architecture standards and SLAs.  May assist in defining development guidelines and standards to be utilized in software development/integration.
• Provides ongoing maintenance of applications.
• Assists in the development of user guides and training documentation.
• Provides technical leadership coaching and mentoring to team members. Provides technical guidance or system process expertise.  Develops reports and presentations for senior management, as needed.


• Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Information Systems, or business management – or equivalent work experience.
• 7 to 10 years of relevent work experience.
• Extensive experience programming and/or systems analysis experience.  Have a good understanding surrounding transportation/travel industry information systems.
• Perform development of customer enhancements, and maintenance tasks using expertise with JEE, OO design patterns, Oracle/SQL, No Sql DB, MQ, Web Services, XSLT,  JAXB, and JDOM / EJB, JSON, JNDI, and HTTPS, JSP, and HTML / Security Models, JAAS, Role Based Security, and encryption techniques.
• Experience with Javascript frameworks.
• Extensive experience with developing REST API.
• Extensive experience with AWS cloud development - Lambda, Kinesis, DynamoDB/Aurora, Redshift etc.
• Expertise in continuous integration and continuous delivery. Have used Jenkins/Hudson.
• Experience in working on Agile projects.
• Ability to work well under deadlines and in a flexible environment.
• Must have shown leadership skills, experience/in-depth knowledge of business operations and systems requirements processes including ability to measure short- and long-term business goals.
• 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 client needs through direct interaction and identify opportunities to develop the business through effective use of technology.


Master's Degree in CS would be a plus.
Excellent troubleshooting skills.


Must have excellent written and oral communication skills.

Requisition ID:39482
Posting Location(s):District of Columbia; Maryland; Virginia
Job Family/Function:Information Technology 
Relocation Offered:No 
Travel Requirements:None 

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. 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.

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