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Principal Software Engineer

Date:  Jun 24, 2022
Job ID:  2900

Bothell, WA, US, 98011

Remote and Hybrid Work Opportunities:  Full Remote (WA Based)

Puget Sound Energy is looking to grow our community with top talented individuals like you!  With our rapidly growing, award winning energy efficiency programs, our pathway to an exciting and innovative future is now.

PSE's IT Application Solutions team is looking for qualified candidates to fill an open Principal Software Engineer position!
Specific details regarding the work arrangements for this position will be discussed in further detail during the interview process.

Job Description

At PSE we look to the Principle Software Engineering role to estimate, plan, drive and own the project team daily activities and delivery timelines.  Our expectation is that you define a healthy balance of supporting the team through servant leadership, and writing exemplary SQL, C#, Java, .Net, HTML and HTML5 code. You’ll act as a full-stack software engineering subject matter expert on an agile delivery team; collaborating with product owners, UX, SD’s and your team to deliver business value on an iterative basis.  Additionally, you’ll help shape the future of the team by mentoring junior members to drive excellence in engineering as a cohesive, efficient, and productive team unit.  Your vision is our mission.


This is an excellent opportunity to play an integral role within PSE to help us better serve the environment, our customers and the communities in which they live. PSE provides an environment where all employees are valued, respected and provided with the opportunity to achieve maximum performance. We offer a comprehensive pay package that includes competitive compensation, annual goals-based incentive bonuses, comprehensive cafeteria-style benefits, 401(K), and a company paid retirement pension plan and an employee assistance and wellness program. Candidates requiring relocation and sponsorship will also be considered.  Gain the energy to do great things through a career with Puget Sound Energy!

Job Responsibilities

  • Ensures that end-to-end custom software applications are designed, developed, tested, and released with highly-scalability and maintainability principles.
  • Ensures delivery of high-quality software through clean coding practices, test-driven development (TDD), continuous integration, and code reviews.
  • Enables optimum team efficiency by thinking across team responsibilities to identify which policies/processes provide delivery optimization and which do not.
  • Provides leadership, technical direction, and architectural input into product vision and roadmap development.
  • Continuously builds technical knowledge and improves our ability to deliver quality solutions; evolving our engineering process and technical capabilities.
  • Influences technology maturity and innovation across departments and upwards in the department.
  • Provides guidance to business and functional units in developing tests and training plans and materials.
  • Interprets internal/external business challenges and with assistance from architects and other principle level engineers, recommends integration of the appropriate systems, applications and technology to provide a fully functional solution to a business problem.
  • Works effectively with teams and stakeholders in a fully remote working environment (occasional Bothell, WA office visits will be required to support team cohesion and organizational activities).

Minimum Qualifications

  • Two year degree or certification in a technology-related field or equivalent combination of education, work experience or relevant military experience, and at least 6 years of experience in related field.
  • 6+ years IT experience, including several years of systems development experience in the design and development of department-wide or enterprise-wide applications.
  • Detailed understanding and 6+ years programming (specialized technical requirements as shown in attachment) and strong knowledge of office applications (e.g. Microsoft Office).
  • Experience with at least four full life cycle implementations of a new application or purchased application.
  • Possesses full technical knowledge of phases of software development life cycle. 
  • Knowledge of systems and/or business analysis design concepts. Demonstrated proficiency in the applied use of systems and process analysis tools. Full system life cycle experience, including development lifecycle methodologies.
  • Ability to facilitate interactive design and functional specification sessions.
  • Highly developed interpersonal, written and verbal skills with an ability to express complex technical concepts in business terms. Excellent technical writing and system documentation skills.
  • Strong analytical problem-solving and conceptual skills. 
  • Demonstrated project management skills for medium to large-sized projects. 
  • Must be a “team player” able to work with management in developing and implementing new processes and enabling systems.  Able to work with end user groups to define application needs and identify feasible solutions. 
  • Proactive, self-motivated with the ability to motivate others and a customer-focused service attitude.
  • Good organizational skills, with the ability to meet objectives and effectively multi-task.
  • Ability to work with all levels of the organization, both technical and non-technical. 

Desired Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Industrial Engineering, Business Administration, or related field. 
  • Strong foundational understanding of AWS capabilities and use.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of AWS (or other cloud) development and release practices.
  • An analytical approach to problem-solving, coupled with the ability to conceptualize systems.
  • Highly developed interpersonal, written and verbal skills with an ability to express complex technical concepts in business terms. Excellent technical writing and system documentation skills.
  • Experience with and ability to easily navigate through SQL Server.
  • Experience with and ability to easily navigate through Microsoft Windows Server.
  • Working understanding of a headless CMS architecture. 
  • Sitecore experience is a plus!  Sitecore Certified Developer accreditation is even better!
  • Customer centric focus with demonstrated ability to apply insights to meet customer technology needs and improve IT maturity
  • Proven experience working independently and/or in a team environments to deliver on initiatives 
  • Ability to drive for results to deliver against commitments, and hold yourself and others accountable
  • Growth mindset to rapidly learn new skills and be able to collaborate to deliver creative IT solutions   Solid verbal and written communications skills; ability to present and discuss technical information in a way that establishes rapport, persuades others, and gains understanding.

Additional Information

Families and businesses depend on PSE to provide the energy they need to pursue their dreams. Our steadfast commitment to serving Washington communities with safe, dependable and efficient energy started in 1873. Today we're building the Northwest's energy future through efforts like our award winning energy efficiency programs and our leadership in renewable energy.


At PSE we value and respect our employees and provide them opportunities to excel. We offer an expansive pay package that includes competitive compensation, annual goals-based incentive bonuses, comprehensive benefits, 401(K), a company paid retirement pension plan, and an employee assistance and wellness program.


Puget Sound Energy is committed to providing equal employment opportunity to all qualified applicants. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, veteran status or presence of a disability that with or without reasonable accommodation does not prevent performance of the essential functions of the job, or any other category prohibited by local, state or federal law.


Should you have a disability that requires assistance and/or reasonable accommodation with the job application process, please contact the Human Resources Staffing department at or 425-462-3017.

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