Advantage Solutions Principal Software Engineer in Chicago, Illinois
What is a Principal Engineer @ Advantage Solutions
Your passion for technology and hunger for digital transformation and innovation will help shape the future of sales and marketing within the consumer-packaged goods (CPG) space for years to come. In your daily interactions, you will provide essential strategic and day-to-day leadership across the organization, working with teams of engineers and product owners, aligning cross-functional projects, and ensuring fiscal and technical alignment with the organization.
In this model, a Principal Engineer is a strategic role that directly collaborates with the Product Owners, Engineering Leads, and other key partners to define a target state vision and technical roadmap for the business domain they are responsible, including its end-to-end architecture while ensuring adherence to standards and strategic initiatives.
A successful Principal Engineer @ Advantage Solutions manifests holistic wisdom of up- and down-stream impacts of technology solutions and trends to guide the development of future products and patterns. With that, a Principal Engineer @ Advantage Solutions is a top-tier engineer – a visionary leader and a hands-on builder – with experience making high-level design choices, framing technical standards, and re-enforcing frameworks, patterns, and principles, including tools, software, and engineering execution standards.
To be effective, a Principal Engineer @ Advantage Solutions develops expertise within their domain (understanding capabilities, strong problem-solving skills, etc.), creates a roadmap for their systems, and communicates that plan to others within the organization. However, more than technical knowledge is required, as a Principal Engineer @ Advantage Solutions must also have the soft skills to manage and positively influence projects and people.
The focus area for this role will be Advantage Commercial, with a hyper-focus on Consumer packaged goods (CPG) Execution, including all actions a brand takes to get to the final step of the buyer’s journey: purchase .
A Principal Engineer @ Advantage Solutions is a highly technical individual contributor responsible for driving activities in the following two distinct but related areas.
Proactively identify opportunities to reuse or generalize existing capabilities, services, and product features. At the same time, avoiding duplication of effort by encouraging collaboration.
A proven track record of delivering enterprise-scale engineering transformation projects, ideally within the CPG market, using contemporary technologies and methodologies such as:
Digital Customer Experience platforms / CRM platforms
CMS, Search, PIM, DAM, OMS
DevSecOps/Automation (CI/CD) for large-scale delivery
Architecture and design knowledge of API gateways, Microservices, Integrations, IaC, and Data platforms
Cloud platform architectures (Azure)
Tasks often involve investigating unique and complex problems.
Responsible for making decisions and recommendations that are recognized as authoritative and have an essential impact on complete architectural design activities.
Frequently involved in the conceptual stage of the design phase of a project and accepts complete responsibility for the architectural design elements of the entire project.
Principal Engineersmust keep themselves well-versed in new technology and industry trends.
Responsible for prioritizing ever-changing tasks and scopes while ensuring that schedules and deadlines are met.
Evaluate project costs and aid in crafting budgets for new projects.
Providing the development team with architectural blueprints to follow.
Partner with technology vendors and consultants to identify opportunities to innovate.
Responsibilities for Principal Architect @ Advantage Intelligence
Collaborating with various stakeholders to determine application requirements
Play a central role in technical, business, and organizational contributions affecting the sub-department/department
Creating high-level product specifications and design documents (conceptual and physical diagrams)
Exert technical influence over multiple teams, increasing their productivity and effectiveness by sharing your deep knowledge and experience
Providing the development team with architectural blueprints to follow
Ensure the security of all applications/software systems
Meet financial objectivesby forecasting requirements, preparing budgets, schedulingexpenditures, analyzing variances, and initiating corrective actions
Actively seek ways to improve business applications/software processes and interactions
Enhance our cloud capability by creating and implementing cloud application patterns
Work closely with lead architects and engineers to create and maintain architectural templates, build/operational documents, and automation playbooks
Define API features, expected security setup, scalability, and monetization.
Research and properly evaluate sources of information to determine possible limitations in reliability or usability
Help other development and engineering teams resolve application-to-platform integration issues for Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) services
Maintain domain knowledge by participating in educational opportunities, reading professional publications, and participating in professional organizations
Coach and mentor engineering teams to raise collective technical expertise
Testing the final product to ensure it is entirely functional and meets requirements
Use a proactive approach to common challenges and continually researching best practices in coding
Qualifications / Skills / Requirements
Outstanding collaboration and communication skills are essential
10+ years of hands-on experience in architecting and designing solutions using at least three disciplines: cloud architecture, software development, data platform integration, business processes and capabilities, focusing on scalability, security, performance, and cost to serve
10+ years of experience in applying architecture patterns that cover application, data, events, and API-led design concepts enabling transaction flow for scenarios such as application to application, business to business (B2B), direct to consumer (B2C), digital integration, devices, and things
10+ yrs. Experience working on large-scale application projects
10+ yrs. Exposure to cloud-managed services, serverless technology, and microservices like Function-as-a-Service, Containers, and managed databases
10+ yrs. Experience overseeing customized development of processes for multiple projects simultaneously
10+ yrs. Experience designing secure applications systems based upon industry specifications
Demonstrated deep knowledge of web applications, webhook and API development, cybersecurity, and open-source technologies
Demonstrate a track record of leading within complex organizations requiring strong influence management skills - the ability to work cooperatively at all levels in a matrix environment
The Company is one of North America’s leading sales and marketing agencies specializing in outsourced sales, merchandising, category management and marketing services to manufacturers, suppliers and producers of food products and consumer packaged goods. The Company services a variety of trade channels including grocery, mass merchandise, specialty, convenience, drug, dollar, club, hardware, consumer electronics and home centers. We bridge the gap between manufacturers and retailers, providing consumers access to the best products available in the marketplace today.
Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities
Requirements Gathering & Planning
- Regularly meet with stakeholders and users to determine requirements and demo development progress. Create wireframes and mockups, architect systems and data models, and plan a development roadmap.
- Code back-end services, controllers, and APIs; front-end views and components; and data models that meet the project’s requirements. Advance the codebase by removing technical debt.
Testing and QA
- Incorporate and improve unit test coverage and generate UI tests to automate testing. Smoke test as needed and perform code reviews to ensure the accuracy and clarity of code.
Customer Service & Support
- Provide post-release training, troubleshooting, and ad-hoc bug fixes. Write and keep technical documents up-to-date.
Personal & Team Growth
- Adopt and advance the team’s best practices and actively contribute new ideas and concepts. Maintain understanding of current technologies and programming practices through continuous education, reading, workshops, and/or groups. Train new software engineers.
- This position does not have supervisory responsibilities for direct reports
- May delegate work of others and provide guidance, direction and mentoring to indirect reports
Travel and/or Driving Requirements
- Travel and Driving are not essential duties or functions of this job
The following are the minimum job-related qualifications which an individual needs in order to successfully perform the essential duties and responsibilities of the job
Education Level: (Required): Bachelor's Degree or equivalent experience
Field of Study/Area of Experience: Computer Science or other related discipline
10 or more years of experience:
Additional experience a plus:
• AngularJS, Azure, Bootstrap, jQuery, REST, SCSS, Visual Studio, Visual Studio Team Services
Skills, Knowledge and Abilities
Motivated to learn, experiment, and use the latest technologies
Positive attitude with a desire to solve problems
Familiar with the stages of the software development lifecycle
Knowledge of security best practices
Team player who is comfortable partnering with business departments
Troubleshooting and debugging skills
Comfortable shuffling priorities and context switching based on business needs
Possess a sense of pride and confidence in authored code
Understand the business domain and proactively suggest features
Independent worker requiring very little oversight
Environmental & Physical Requirements
Office / Sedentary Requirements
Incumbent must be able to perform the essential functions of the job. Work is performed primarily in an office environment. Typically requires the ability to sit for extended periods of time (66%+ each day), ability to hear the telephone, ability to enter data on a computer and may also require the ability to lift up to 10 pounds.
Additional Information Regarding The Company Job Duties and Job Descriptions
Job duties include additional responsibilities as assigned by one’s supervisor or other manager related to the position/department. This job description is meant to describe the general nature and level of work being performed; it is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required for the position. The Company reserves the right at any time with or without notice to alter or change job responsibilities, reassign or transfer job position or assign additional job responsibilities, subject to applicable law. The Company shall provide reasonable accommodations of known disabilities to enable a qualified applicant or employee to apply for employment, perform the essential functions of the job, or enjoy the benefits and privileges of employment as required by the law.
Any estimate, schedule, or guideline provided to associates in this job description or elsewhere in connection with their jobs is only intended to help describe job duties and for planning purposes. Regardless of any such estimate, schedule, or guideline, associates must always record all time worked for our company (which includes but is not limited to on-site work time in an assigned store, office, or other work location; required waiting time; administrative time; and work-related travel time).
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of associates so classified.
The Company is committed to providing equal opportunity in all employment practices without regard to age, race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, religion, physical or mental disability, or any other category protected by law. As part of this commitment, the Company shall provide reasonable accommodations of known disabilities to enable an applicant or employee to apply for employment, perform the essential functions of the job, or enjoy the benefits and privileges of employment as required by the law.
Job Locations US-IL-Chicago
Primary Posting Location : City Chicago
Primary Posting Location : State/Province IL
Primary Posting Location : Postal Code 60601
Primary Posting Location : Country US
Requisition ID 2024-431149
Position Type Full Time
Category Professional: (IT, Finance, Legal, HR, Talent Acquisition, Administrative, Customer Service)
Minimum USD $107,647.00/Yr.
Maximum USD $199,500.00/Yr.