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Principal Engineer - Learning Platform

Location: Harrisburg, PA
Company: Pearson
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At Pearson, we're committed to a world that's always learning and to our talented team who make it all possible. By embracing a massive digital transformation that includes highly experiential and personalized learning, we are always re-examining and continuously improving the way people learn best, whether it's one child in our own backyard or an education community across the globe. We are bold thinkers and standout innovators who are mission-driven and motivate each other to explore new frontiers in an environment that supports and inspires us to always be better.
We are looking for a Principal Engineer to design and develop Pearson's next generation learning platforms. The Principal Engineer will be a hands-on leader building highly scalable systems using a services-based architecture to deliver highly experiential learning experiences direct to consumers. The Principal Engineer will be involved with day-to-day design, implementation, and operational discussions while mentoring other engineers within those teams to make sound technical decisions. The Principal Engineer will leverage technology across all of Pearson to solve problems and needs to be able to influence design decisions outside of the learning platform group.
Responsibilities include but not limited to:
- Work with product and technology teams to innovate and evolve Pearson's learning platform.
- Lead the design and development for critical services in critical domains.
- Drive design and implementation decisions using principles and best practices. Make decisions that move the architecture forward; create best practices and patterns.
- Work collaboratively with other technology teams within Pearson leveraging solutions where appropriate.
- Excellent communicator and are comfortable communicating to all levels of the organization both in writing and in person
- Mentor senior engineers and technical leads to make sound technical decisions and help build effective engineering practices. Build POCs where appropriate and turn POCs into production ready code.
- Participate in architecture, code, security and operational reviews.
- Drive a culture of technical excellence and continuous improvement. Identify and introduce new technologies and patterns that elevate the platform.
- Be the go-to expert for technical solutions for various development teams.
Specific Work Experience
The following skills and experience are essential:
- Computer Science degree with (Masters or above preferred) with 12+ years in software industry.
- Significant experience in building services-based consumer platforms at high-scale, high-availability, performance and resilience, preferably using Spring boot, using Domain Driven Design principles.
- Expertise in Java and JVM internals to improve performance and achieve optimal runtime performance.
- Prior experience selecting purpose driven database technologies, driven by use-cases and hands on operational expertise.
- Prior experience building platforms for both consumer and/or the education industry.
- Proven experience architecting for the cloud with consideration for security and cost-effectiveness, preferably hand-on with AWS.
- Prior experience with defining the Service Level Objectives (SLO) and measuring the outcome using appropriate monitoring tools.
- Ability to navigate through different layers of the architecture with proficiency, in order to troubleshoot and find the root cause for an issue.
- Prior experience in reducing & eliminating tech-debt, moving from a monolithic technology stack to a cloud-based service-oriented architecture.
- Demonstrated ability to deliver high quality SaaS products that serve millions of people.
- Proficient in designing modular architectures with good separation of concerns and data-modeling principles.
- Proficient in designing solutions that generate and leverage data to personalize the platform.
As required by the?Colorado Equal Pay Transparency Act, Pearson provides a reasonable range of minimum compensation for roles that may be hired in Colorado. Actual compensation is influenced by a wide array of factors including but not limited to skill set, level of experience, and specific office location. For the state of Colorado only , the range of starting pay for this role is $115,000 - $170,000 and information on benefits offered is here .
Learning is the most powerful force for change in the world. More than 20,000 Pearson employees deliver our products and services in nearly 200 countries, all working towards a common purpose - to help everyone achieve their potential through learning. We do that by providing high quality, digital content and learning experiences, as well as assessments and qualifications that help people build their skills and grow with the world around them. We are the world's leading learning company. Learn more at
Pearson believes that wherever learning flourishes, so do people. We are committed to being an anti-racist?company in everything we do. We value the power of an inclusive culture and a strong sense of belonging. We promote a culture where differences are embraced, opportunities are accessible, consideration and respect are the norm, and all individuals are supported in reaching their full potential. Through our talent, we believe that diversity, equity, and inclusion make us a more innovative and vibrant place to work. People are at the center, and we are committed to a sustainable environment and workplace where talent can learn, grow, and thrive. ?
To learn more about Pearson's commitment to a diverse and inclusive workforce, please click here:?
Pearson is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer and a member of E-Verify. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. All employment is decided based on qualifications, merit, and business need.?All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, or any other group protected by law.
Organization: Higher Education
Schedule: FULL_TIME
Req ID: 4352
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