Category Principal Engineer

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Paylocity is an equal opportunity employer.
Many companies offer payroll and human capital management (HCM) solutions, but Paylocity takes technology to the next level. We've evolved beyond HCM to a next-generation employee experience platform. With uniquely designed solutions to help companies engage employees, we've changed how and where work gets done and created a personalized work environment. Join Paylocity as we continue to transform the future of technology!
We give our employees what they need to succeed, including great benefits and perks! We offer medical, dental, vision, life, disability, and a 401(k) match, as well as perks that support you, your family, and your finances. And if it's career development you desire, we provide that, too! At Paylocity, people matter most and have always been at the heart of our business.
Want to develop the strategies and principles needed to deliver compelling software? Join our team and help us enhance our all-in-one software platform, elevate our one-of-a-kind technology, and improve the employee experience.
Title: Category Principal Engineer
Location: Remote (Must be based anywhere in the US)
Reports To: Senior Director, Product & Tech
The Category Principal Engineer will be responsible for the technical direction for Paylocity's product solutions. This includes working with our Core Architecture team to establish and evangelize standards, working with Product Owners to make sure the technical needs of the system are prioritized, coaching and mentoring more junior, but very talented, Software Engineers and Development Leads and contributing working code to our Payroll solution. In conjunction with the Core Architecture team this position will drive the adoption of new technologies, identify and develop re-usable components and perform architectural enhancements in order to maintain a stable HCM solution that will scale to meet the needs of a rapidly growing business.
What we offer:
• Annual training allowance, a license for Pluralsight, and a subscription to Code School.
• Vast market opportunity - which means more growth and opportunity
• Lean enabling process that focuses on putting our technology professionals in a position to succeed
• 100% remote position
Are you the teammate we are looking for?
Who you are:
  • Enthusiastic about design, development, and architecture for the best software available and providing the ultimate customer experience
  • A leader in continuous improvement of our development process
  • Interested in staying current with technology and willing to evangelize in order to realize your technical vision
  • Able to work in a collaborative environment with a willingness to share your ideas
  • Able to take the lead on multiple initiatives across a product category and collaborate on tasks to ship with high quality, but unafraid to seek out suggestions from team members
  • Excited to work on cutting-edge technology, test automation and DevOps practices
  • Desires to be a "Player/Coach" in all aspects of the process
How we work:
  • Small, self-sufficient product-oriented teams with an entrepreneurial spirit organized into categories
  • Dedicated Tech Operations experts committed to cutting-edge infrastructure and developer tools
  • We don't add more folks to our teams, we add additional teams to scale
  • Casual, collaborative, agile environment which embraces and operates under our shared principles
  • Complete transparency with open, honest discussions about our progress
  • Close working relationship between executive stakeholders and product teams
During the last three months, you would have:
  • Design, developed and contributed to some of the most important functionality happening in the product category
  • Worked with our Core Architecture team on a standard or framework and evangelized its use throughout the team
  • Worked closely with DevOps, DBAs and SysAdmin to make deployments easier to improve team velocity and overall quality of delivery.
  • Partnered with a collection of Software Engineers and Development Leads to ensure everyone was pulling in the same direction.
  • Enjoyed a team atmosphere that extends beyond the walls of the office

• Served as a Principal Engineer or Distinguished Engineer for 5+ years
• Deep and broad knowledge of current and emerging technologies that affect the business
MUST be an expert in 2 or more of the following: AWS, Google Cloud, Azure
Expertise in front-end technologies: React, Angular, Vuejs, Micro Frontends
Expertise with multiple databases technologies SQL and noSQL
• Expertise with automated unit testing patterns and tools
• Expertise in Containerization, K8, Service Mesh
• Expertise in Data Streaming technologies: Kafka, Kinesis, or similar
• Expertise in security best practices
Expert in multiple languages including C# or Java
• Ability to thrive in a fully remote organization
• Bachelor's in Computer Science, Math or related experience
• Knowledge of Payroll is a big plus
General Responsibilities:
  • Develop architecture and systems that meet the test of time iteratively
  • Provide a point of escalation for teams facing extremely complex technical challenges
  • Attain a measurable impact on the work of teams across the company
  • Achieve a wide sphere of influence
  • Provide technical direction for the department by being an expert in the Ops and Enablement space
  • Deliver POCs to quickly identify direction and gaps in proposed architecture and feature development
  • Collaborates across groups to help them improve their skills (development and security)
  • Collaborates with Product Management to help properly position and advance our product in the market
  • Meet with customers and prospects to discuss our DevOps capabilities
  • Identify challenges and technical interdependencies and suggest solutions to address them
  • Use quantitative analysis to impact key business decisions
  • Evangelize successful adoption and use of tooling and technologies
  • Lead conversations to encourage collaboration across teams
  • Present at relevant events (e.g., conferences, user groups, meetups, webinars)
  • Write extensively about technology applicable to Paylocity (e.g., blog posts, white papers)
  • Develop and/or consult on internal training programs
  • Embody the Paylocity values and demonstrate humility in the way they interact with individuals
  • Take central role in decision making for technical, business, and organizational issues
  • Teach, mentor, grow, and advise other domain experts, individual contributors, and teams in the organization
  • Build technology and organizational bridges to key organizational partners
  • Work with key customers in assigned areas to address technical challenges
  • Exemplify GitLab values through code, reviews, communications, and processes (following and setting)

Paylocity's Awards:
  • Glassdoor's Employees Choice Award in 2014 and 2017
  • 9-time Winner on Chicago Area's 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For
  • Inc Magazine listed Paylocity as an Inc 5000 Fastest Growing Privately Held Firm from 2007-2013
  • Ranked #13 on Built in Chicago Top 100 Digital Companies for 2016
  • Ranked #24 on Forbes 2013 List of Top 100 Digital Companies in Chicago
  • Ranked #38 on Crain's Fast Fifty List of Chicago's Fastest Growing Companies in 2014
  • Ranked #334 on Deloitte's 2014 Technology Fast 500 List of Fastest Growing Companies in North America
Our award-winning culture has made this the place employees want to be. We have plenty of opportunities for you to grow your career within Paylocity, and offer benefits like Tuition Reimbursement so you can continue to learn and develop your skills. You could say our growth game is strong. We also reward hard work with a flexible, casual work environment and plenty of perks. From picnics, to game nights, to holiday parties, there's no shortage of ways to have fun.
We also offer the following benefits and perks:
  • Competitive pay
  • Comprehensive benefits (medical, dental, vision, 401k)
  • Flexible work hours
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Ample volunteer opportunities and events
  • Health and wellness program
  • Stock purchasing options (NASDAQ: PCTY)
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Paylocity is an equal opportunity employer.
Paylocity is committed to the full inclusion of all individuals. We comply with federal and state disability laws and make reasonable accommodations for applicants and employees with disabilities. To request reasonable accommodation in the job application or interview process, please contact [email protected]
This role can be performed from any office in the US. The pay range for this position in Colorado is $166,750 - $184,000 per annum. However, base pay offered may vary depending on job-related knowledge, skills, and experience. This position is eligible for restricted stock unit grant based on individual performance in addition to a full range of benefits outlined here. This information is provided per the Colorado Equal Pay for Equal Work Act. Base pay information is based on market location. Applicants should apply via
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Paylocity Benefits Overview

Our commitment to hiring the best and brightest employees with a “talent anywhere” strategy means that no matter where you’re located around the country, you can be a part of our growing tech department

• Enjoy an attitude of trust to work remotely, manage your own schedule and be productive
• Work in small, cross-functional product-oriented teams
• Showcase development progress in two-week sprints with strong executive involvement
• Embrace the freedom to innovate, voice opinions and share new ideas

Volunteer in local community
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Highly diverse management team
Unconscious bias training
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Company Equity
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
We have a talent anywhere culture, where employees can work anywhere in the US and/or work from one of three US offices located in Illinois, Florida, and Idaho
Family Medical Leave
Adoption Assistance
Company sponsored family events
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Recreational Clubs
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Online course subscriptions available

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