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Sr Principal Application Engineer - 90243084 - Washington

Date: Nov 25, 2018

Location: Washington, DC, US, 20002

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As a current employee you know Amtrak connects businesses and communities across the country and we move America’s workforce toward the future. The safety of our passengers, our more than 20,000 colleagues, the public and our operating environment is our priority and the success of our railroad is the result of you.

By living the Amtrak values and actively embracing and fostering diverse ideas, backgrounds and perspectives, together we will honor our past and make Amtrak a company of the future.

Position Summary:

The Senior Principal ASE is responsible for systems analysis, design, development, integration, enhancement, and deployment as well as application support for various applications.  The position entails monitoring, administration, development, oversight and incremental enhancement of Amtrak’s platform and applications. Daily tasks include application development, responding to change and trouble tickets, monitoring the platform for failures, exceptions and threshold issues, tuning and optimizing applications performance, testing applications for product upgrades and patches, communicating with customers and upper management about platform and/or ticket status, and working on occasional minor enhancements as remaining work capacity allows.

The Senior Principal ASE works on major projects providing subject matter expertise and technical direction and is also responsible for systems analysis, design, development, integration, and enhancement. This role works closely with customers, business analysts and team members 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.


Essential Functions:


  • Experience of PCI DSS Compliance is a must
  • Experience of Payment processing and payment gateways
  • Experience working with JMS, MDB, EJB and Spring JMS
  • Hands on experience with IDEs like Anypoint Studio, Rational Application Developer, Eclipse, Sencha Architect, IntelliJ
  • Experience with Payment authorizations, settlement, charge backs and claims
  • Excellent programming skills with Java/J2EE, .NET, Node.js, Python, Ruby
  • Experience working with SOAP, REST, JSON or XML based web services
  • Experience working with messaging technologies like IBM MQ, ActiveMQ, AWS Kinesis
  • Experience working with JDBC and ORM technologies like JPA, Hibernate, MyBatis
  • Hands on experience with AWS technologies like S3, Lambda, Elastic Beanstalk, SQS, SNS, API Gateway, EC2, Data Pipeline, CloudWatch, CodeCommit and CloudFormation
  • Experience working on Spring Boot applications, EFK and ELK integration
  • Requires expertise in multiple technical environments and possesses an increased level of business knowledge
  • Consults in the project planning process with customers, IT business analysts, architects and team members
  • Organizes and documents technical requirements. 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 existing applications and platform and provides recommendations for system enhancements by conducting gap analysis, identifying feasible alternative solutions, and assisting in the scope of modifications
  • 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
  • Reviews modules for quality assurance and checks compliance with application architecture standards and SLA's
  • May assist in defining development guidelines and standards to be utilized in software development/integration
  • Makes modules production-ready by moving them to libraries, completing forms, following procedures, completing version control documents, etc
  • Prepares and presents functional design specifications and design project process flow
  • Provides technical leadership coaching and mentoring to team members
  • Develops reports and presentations for senior management, as needed


Minimum Qualifications:


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Information Systems, or business management – or equivalent work experience
  • 12 to 15 years of relevant technical experience in a Subject Matter Expert capacity


Minimum KSA's:


  • Extensive experience programming and/or systems analysis experience
  • Have a broad level of understanding surrounding information systems and application architecture standards
  • Perform development of customer enhancements, and maintenance tasks
  • Ideal candidate will have a proven track record in working with the technical and solution architects of global brands, and their teams, to identify, architect and implement technology solutions in support of  transformation initiatives
  • Recognised as a trusted adviser, with a track record of creating successful technology solutions that support the organisational strategic vision and goals
  • Able to bring to bear extensive knowledge of architectural patterns, technology components, vendor solutions and emerging technology trends on digital solution development in one or more industries
  • A confident written and verbal communicator, able to clearly explain digital ideas to non-technical audiences, and work effectively with non-technical colleagues and business executives
  • A capable team leader, used to managing teams of consultants, analysts, technologists and third party suppliers to develop detailed solutions, costs, timescales and methods for delivery of technology solutions
  • Seasoned at successfully managing the sourcing and selection process for third-party software and other technology components and services, as required to enable delivery of digital transformation solutions
  • 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
  • Must possess the skill to assess the client needs through direct interaction, and identify opportunities to develop the business through effective use of technology


  • Excellent troubleshooting skills
  • Excellent communication skills - oral and written





Requisition ID:37839
Band Zone:D2H 
Posting Location(s):District of Columbia; Maryland; Virginia
Personnel Area:DC04
Job Family/Function:Information Technology 
Relocation Offered:No 
Education Requirements:Bachelors Degree
Travel Requirements:None 
Employment Experience Requirements:10 plus years of experience

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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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