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Pearson Principal Software Developer in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


The Principal Software Engineer is a hands-on technical leader of developers responsible for a series of content authoring and supporting backend services and capabilities as part of our Pearson Authoring Framework and Rights and Royalties. The Pearson Authoring Framework provides a complete set of authoring tools and services needed to create exceptional content for our Learners across various product offerings. The position demands someone who responds well to challenges, can communicate effectively with team members, will absorb and understand complex problems, and guide scalable, reliable solutions. As needed, this person will also need to be in the code, providing hands-on support for troubleshooting, debugging, and (on rare occasions) small coding tasks .


  • Leads cross-functional offshore developers and teams in the design and implementation of team deliverables.

  • Serves as the primary onshore technical resource in support of the application during US business hours. Will be able to provide hands-on support as needed and will be the technical expert in understanding the inner workings of the team’s services and tools and how they interface with other systems.

  • Create solutions by partnering with architects and peer team leads responsible for other domains to understand how best to leverage existing capabilities and APIs.

  • Works with DevOps teams to ensure CI/CD pipeline is streamlined and reliable -- also engages with DevOps teams to ensure scalability and availability are up to standards via monitoring/alerting, auto-scaling, and infrastructure-as-code practices are followed. Ensures that code adheres to strict standards for accessibility, security, object-oriented practices and performance

  • Demonstrated technical leadership skills and ability to guide, mentor and coach other developers and technical staff

  • Strong skills in critical thinking, problem-solving, troubleshooting and analysis

  • Other duties as assigned

  • Expert knowledge required in the following areas:

  • Javascript

  • Communicate effectively with team members, peers and supervisors.

  • Experience leading cross-functional offshore teams in the design and implementation of new software as well as maintaining and enhancing existing software

  • Organize tasks and goals for the team, follow up to ensure timely execution as needed.

  • Ability to adapt to a constantly changing environment with potentially conflicting priorities

  • Significant experience or knowledge required in the following areas:

  • Java

  • React.js, CS, HTML and REST

  • Unit Testing / Test Coverage

  • Continuous Integration/Build Automation

  • Agile development

  • AWS Lambda

  • Node.JS/

  • Good to have exposure in the following areas:

  • MySQL (or other relational SQL db experience)

  • MongoDB

  • Microservice Architecture

  • Serverless Architecture


Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science / MIS or equivalent experience required. Minimum seven years’ experience in software engineering and design.

Note: We will consider remote candidates for this role.

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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: 5688