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Principal Application Systems Engineer - 90264582 - Washington

Date: Jan 27, 2020

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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 Apps Sys Engineer is primarily responsible for developing new and supporting existing SAP Programs and integrations within SAP Eco-systems and non-SAP systems. The Principal Apps Sys Engineer will also have a strong ability to understand Amtrak’s production business processes and create solutions using SAP technologies addressing the current and future needs of the organization Engineer will write, enhance and debug integration solutions using SAP ABAP, PI 7.3.1 using different Adapters (HTTP/SOAP/REST/JMS/File/IDoc/ABAP Proxy/B2B/SuccessFactors). 


The ideal candidate demonstrates knowledge of SAP and PI Development, Monitoring, Application Administration activities using NetWeaver Administrator, SAP Development Design Best practices, Error Handling Mechanism, SAP PI Architecture, SAP PI Transports and deployments and other areas concerned to SAP Integration.


Engineer will work on multiple projects as a project team member or leader and is responsible for Development, Integration analysis, design development, enhancement, maintenance and support.  The SAP Developer will work closely with clients, business analysts and team members to understand the business requirements that drive the analysis and design of quality integration solutions, and will be involved in the full system’s life cycle.  


Responsibilities beyond development may include participation in component and data architecture design, technology planning, product evaluation, advanced testing processes and buy vs. build recommendations.      


  • Define, develop and/or modify software application modules using disciplined development processes.
  • Work on projects that require increased skills in multiple technical environments and possess or develop knowledge of a specific business area. 
  • Participate in the project planning process with IT business analysts. 
  • Organize and documents technical requirements.  
  • Create technical design specifications.
  • Assist in evaluating and providing recommendations for application packages and tools.
  • Assist in the deployment and test of new modules, upgrades and fixes.  
  • Integrate solutions with other SAP and non-SAP applications. 
  • Participate in unit and integration testing activities.
  • Document functions and changes to new or modified modules and test activities/results.
  • Adhere to quality standards and procedures.  
  • Review modules for quality assurance and checks compliance with application standards and SLAs.
  • Make modules production-ready by following release procedures and completing version control documents.
  • Provide ongoing maintenance of programs and interfaces. 
  • Provides Tier III support.  Troubleshoots existing information on systems to identify errors or deficiencies and develops solutions.
  • Assist in the development of user guides and training documentation.  
  • Provides technical coaching and mentoring to less-experienced team members.
  • Development activities and Level-3 technical support, including application architecture, employing one or a range of SAP development tools and including Root Cause Analysis
  • Provide discriminating knowledge and know-how/expertise as the Subject Matter Expert (SME) to support the development and integration of SAP FICO modules in ECC and the future S4 HANA


  • Bachelor’s Degree required OR equivalent combination of training, education and relevant experience may be considered in lieu of a degree.
  • Minimum seven years of experience in Information Technology, including at least five in a developer role with the SAP product being required, from the list below:
    • SAP Business Suite 
    • SuccessFactors
    • Ariba
    • Solution Manager 
    • Gateway
    • SAPUI5
    • Web UI
    • Fiori
    • SAP Mobile Platform
    • HANA Database
    • HANA Cloud Technologies
    • Business Workflow
    • ABAP 
    • Java
    • Enterprise Portal
    • Web Dynpro
    • Process Orchestration
    • Process Integration
    • BPM
    • Visual Composer
    • NetWeaver Composition Environment
    • BW/BI DataSources and Reports
  • Has been involved in at least two full cycle SAP implementations of the SAP product being supported
  • Knowledge of change and release management processes
  • Ability to estimate reliably the time, effort, dependencies, and resources required to complete a development task
  • Experience working in client-focused service delivery environments
  • Skilled in SAP ABAP and PI development tools and methodologies.
  • Excellent writing skills required to write and maintain documentation, such as technical specifications for SAP ABAP, PI objects. 
  • Ability to draw meaningful conclusions from relatively complex trends in data; proactively seeks new information sources to address gaps in data and information.
  • Ability to capture and realize requirements based on complex process.
  • Experienced in finding and correcting bugs in existing integration systems.
  • Ability to provide off-hours production support for the SAP Business Suite system.
  • Ability to work with Business Analysts, end users and other IT staff to identify and resolve problems.
  • Ability to provide off-hours production support for the SAP Business Suite system.  
  • 3 years experience as SAP Techno Functional expert for large SAP FI projects
  • Development experience with ABAP, SMART Forms, SAP Scripts and SAP Workflows in SAP ECC and S4 HANA


  • Bachelor’s degree in Programming/Systems or Computer Science, specialized training, certification, or equivalent work experience.
  • SAP technical certification in the product being supported
  • Certification in at least one formal development methodology
  • Knowledge of Amtrak SAP Landscape and RICEFW Inventory     
  • SAP FICO certified developer for ECC and S4 HANA

Must have excellent written and oral communication skills.

Requisition ID:41885
Posting Location(s):District of Columbia; Maryland; Virginia
Job Family/Function:Information Technology 
Relocation Offered:No 
Travel Requirements:None 

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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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