Principal Engineer (Backend/Full-stack)

Raken, Inc.

Carlsbad, California Remote

Full time

$160-180k (annually)

May 19

Applicants should have an excellent background in data structures, design patterns, and modern programming practices with more than 7 years of Java experience, including API and Database development. 

In addition to excellent technical skills, applicants should have experience in technical leadership.  This role will include technical leadership duties including running a team and leading multiple projects at once.  

Well qualified applicants should be able to demonstrate working knowledge of the latest libraries and programming techniques. Frontend development experience in React JS is desired, but not required.

Principal Engineer Responsibilities

  • Write Java code for internal application development
  • Fix bugs and provide support for business and maintenance teams
  • Experience with AWS technologies, including Serverless, S3, Cloud Formation
  • Write and execute unit tests using JUnit and other testing frameworks
  • Create required documentation including high-level design documents
  • Ownership of the implementation and delivery of roadmap initiatives
  • Design large or road map initiatives and lead the implementation of those designs
  • Communicate estimates, risks, and dependencies to project owners and technical leads
  • Increase expertise in the areas of development related to the assigned projects
  • Identify and address issues independently
  • Refactor existing code base and improve overall quality of code
  • Perform knowledge shares
  • Participate in efforts to continuously improve development processes
  • Work closely with back-end and ops teams to continually evolve, improve practices and processes, and drive the platform forward
  • Lead and mentor other developers in your team, review performance, give feedback, and help them achieve their goals

Skills and Experience

  • 5+ years of proven programming experience in Java developing web applications
  • BS in Computer Science or equivalent degree, or 8+ years development experience
  • Strong understanding of object-oriented design and design patterns
  • 5+ years of experience with RDBMS and SQL queries
  • 5+ years of experience with JSON and related libraries and technologies
  • 5+ years of experience with RESTful APIs
  • 5+ years of experience with Spring framework
  • 5+ years of experience with Hibernate / JPA
  • 5+ years of experience using source control systems (Git)
  • 5+ years of experience utilizing JUnit and other testing frameworks
  • Passionate about writing high quality and well-architected code
  • Demonstrated experience developing and delivering consumer-facing web-based solutions
  • Strong communication skills with both technical and non-technical team members
  • Positive attitude with a constructive approach to challenges and respect for colleagues
  • Experience with JavaScript and/or advanced web UI technologies (e.g., React.js)


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