Asst Director-Engineering at Principal Financial Group (Des Moines, IA)

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As an Assistant Director- Engineering in our IDI IT area, you'll play a critical role as a transformational leader helping to implement modern technology and grow the team's engineering skills. We are modernizing our business capabilities and technologies, improving the customer experience, and streamlining our business operations. We need someone who can lead the team through this exciting work!

This is a formal leadership role managing a team of engineers as well as working closely with our implementation partners and other leaders across the globe.

Here are a few examples of the kinds of things you'll do:
  • Identify business growth opportunities enabled by technology and execute against those opportunities.
  • Communicate technical concepts to business stakeholders as well as business objectives to the technical team.
  • Create a culture of clear accountability. Motivate every single employee to take action and engage employees with a compelling mission and vision.
  • Create strategy and paint the picture for others surrounding appropriate principles and practices that result in a stable, valuable delivery system.
  • Evaluate new technology developments. Consult and communicate with business partners to understand business strategy and make recommendations on future technical trends/directions that encompass multiple systems and teams to meet business strategic initiatives.
  • Manage and develop staff in an effective manner to promote individual development and ensure success in a team environment.
  • Build strong partnerships with external partners and help to manage to milestones.
  • Develop and manage departmental budget, objectives, policies, and procedures.
  • Understand overall business and technology architecture. Quickly break down complex problems into potential solutions; knowns and unknowns, in order to get to resolutions faster.
  • Anticipate problems and drive change to combat problems. Understand the cause-and-effect relationship of changes introduced.
  • Lead delivery of major initiatives on clear timelines. Establish priorities for technical resource allocation and systems direction that contribute to the profitable growth of the company.


We're looking for someone with:
  • Bachelor's degree (preference in a computer science, technology, engineering or math-related field) or equivalent experience, plus 8+ years of relevant experience
  • Formal leadership, prefer 4+ years of leadership experience
  • Vendor Management experience preferred
  • Transformational leadership highly preferred
  • Excellent leadership, problem solving, analytical, and decision-making skills are required
  • Strong oral and written communication skills are necessary
  • Must work to gain overall knowledge of the organization, as well as broad knowledge of the technology functions of the company

Salary Range Information

Salary ranges below reflect targeted base salaries. Non-sales positions have the opportunity to participate in a bonus program. Sales positions are eligible for sales incentives, and in some instances a bonus plan, whereby total compensation may far exceed base salary depending on individual performance. Actual compensation for all roles will be based upon geographic location, work experience, education, licensure requirements and/or skill level and will be finalized at the time of offer.

Salary Range

$127000 - $179000 / year

Additional Information


This position may require on-call responsibilities.

Job level

We'll consider talent at the next level with the right experiences and skills.

Work Authorization/Sponsorship

At this time, we're not considering candidates that need any type of immigration sponsorship (additional work authorization or permanent work authorization) now or in the future to work in the United States? This includes, but IS NOT LIMITED TO: F1-OPT, F1-CPT, H-1B, TN, L-1, J-1, etc. For additional information around work authorization needs please use the following links.

Nonimmigrant Workers and Green Card for Employment-Based Immigrants

Investment Code of Ethics

For Principal Global Investors positions, you'll need to follow an Investment Code of Ethics related to personal and business conduct as well as personal trading activities for you and members of your household. These same requirements may also apply to other positions across the organization.

Experience Principal

While our expertise spans the globe, we're bound by one common purpose: to foster a world where financial security is accessible to all. And our success depends on the unique experiences, backgrounds, and talents of our employees - individually and all of us together. Explore our core values, benefits and why we're an exceptional place to grow your career.

Principal is an Equal Opportunity Employer

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status.



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Principal Financial Group operates in the Fintech industry. The company is located in Des Moines, IA. Principal Financial Group was founded in 1879. It has 18000 total employees. It offers perks and benefits such as Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Disability Insurance, Dental Benefits, Vision Benefits, Health Insurance Benefits and Life Insurance. To see all 85 open jobs at Principal Financial Group, click here.
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