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Sr Principal App Sys Engineer - 90255478 - Washington

Date: Oct 1, 2019

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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 Senior Principal Systems Developer is responsible for development and support multiple applications and platforms.  It is a leadership position that is well-versed practitioner of software engineering best practices and ensures software is developed with high quality and ensures software is developed with high quality. 
Daily tasks include reviewing development progress of teams to ensure any issues are resolved quickly, working with project manages, service owners and offering leads to keep them aware of progress of development underway, as well as problem resolution.
Meet regularly with stakeholders to understand the business requirements that drive the analysis and design of quality technical solutions.  These solutions must be aligned with business and IT strategies and are in compliance with the organization’s architectural standards. 


•    Ability to distill technical concepts into presentations to be delivered to senior leadership
•    Ensure software development is approached as an engineering exercise; ensure requirements are clear, following a documented development methodology, and ensuring a unit testing regimen is followed to ensure the code works as designed.   
•    Additionally, creates and updates documentation as necessary to ensure architectures, designs, and other descriptions are up to date and describes the as-deployed system.   
•    Leads the development planning process with customers, IT business analysts, architects and team members
•    Works with architecture and technology to codify development tools, code reusability standards, improve design document’s Develops design specifications and sizing technical requirements. 
•    Ensures all development work is in harmony with all standards as well as ensuring the overall implementation is connected to Amtrak's technology strategies. 
•    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 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 with 9+ years relevant experience or  equivalent work experience
•    13+ years of relevant work experience to satisfy education and experience requirements
•    10 to 12 years of relevant experience in a management or a Subject Matter Expert capacity.
•    Extensive experience programming and/or systems analysis experience with a displayed mastery of multiple program languages.
•    Can adapt programming methodologies of the team to better fit the project scope and unique needs that may arise.   
•    Have a broad level of understanding surrounding information systems and application architecture standards. 
•    Can focus on business goals while ensuring development is completed on time. 
•    Ability to work well under deadlines and in a flexible environment.
•    Must have 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.
•    Background in Payments Services processing


•    Master’s Degree
•    Excellent troubleshooting skills 
•    Excellent communication skills - both oral and written
•    Proficiencies in AEM, AWS, Java, Mulesoft, and Salesforce

•    May require travel up to 10% of the time 
•    Requires on-call 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) 

Requisition ID:40700
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. 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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