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Pearson Principal Data Engineer in Durham, North Carolina

Principal Data Engineer

At Pearson, our purpose is simple: to add life to a lifetime of learning. We believe that every learning opportunity is a chance for a personal breakthrough. That’s why our 20,000 Pearson employees are committed to creating vibrant and enriching learning experiences designed for real-life impact. We are the world’s leading learning company, serving customers in nearly 200 countries with digital content, assessments, qualifications, and data. For us, learning isn’t just what we do. It’s who we are. Visit us at

*The responsibilities of the Principal Data Engineer include the following: *

  • Drive robust data engineering processes to complement next generation data analytics

  • Use agile methodologies in collaboration with business analysts and engineers (data, DevOps, test and, release) to plan, estimate and, architect technical solutions

  • Execute the project while leading the technical team to ensure reliable, secure, cost-effective, performant, maintainable, scalable, and accurate data systems

  • Collaborate with other engineering teams to design interfaces that support data integration with internal and external platforms

*The desired skill set includes the following: *

  • Record of accomplishment in a geographically distributed team environment

  • Experience with modern data architectures (data lakes, real-time, stream processing, etc.)

  • Experience building infrastructure on Cloud platforms (AWS, GCP, and Azure)

  • Data warehouse and data lake development: Google Big Query, Snowflake, and Databricks 

  • Skilled at diving deep into technical problems through code reviews and digging deeper into issues with the team

  • Knowledge of software engineering best practices across the SDLC (Agile/Waterfall)

  • Experience with data ingestion technologies including replication, batch, and API 

  • Experience diagramming and documenting in detail for architectural review and development team communication

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: Corporate Strategy & Technology

Schedule: FULL_TIME

Req ID: 7838