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Pearson Principal Enterprise Application Engineer in Springfield, Illinois

Principal Software Engineer

About Us

At Pearson, we’re committed to a world that’s always learning and to our talented team who makes it all possible. From bringing lectures vividly to life to turning textbooks into laptop lessons, we are always re-examining the way people learn best, whether it’s one child in our own backyard or an education community across the globe. We are bold thinkers and standout innovators who motivate each other to explore new frontiers in an environment that supports and inspires us to always be better. By pushing the boundaries of technology — and each other to surpass these boundaries — we create seeds of learning that become the catalyst for the world’s innovations, personal and global, large and small.

We need you

We are looking for an experienced software engineer to drive the design and implementation of key components of our Global Learning Platform architecture and services. The Senior Software Engineer will be a part of a team of developers responsible for building highly scalable micro-service oriented back-end solutions as well as high quality web and mobile user interfaces. Will be responsible for creating the most optimal software design that can scale and perform in a direct to consumer environment. Will be directly involved in problem solving and resolution of day-to-day technical design issues. Will collaborate with product managers, software architects, quality assurance engineers to understand requirements, recommended architectural runways, quality and operational metrics and write efficient code to deliver required functionality on time and with quality. Will closely work with DevOps team members and instrument produced features with right tools to monitor and provide desired levels of uptime. Will collaborate to create the best in class software design, development & deployment techniques. Must be able to work across multiple facets of the project and juggle multiple responsibilities at the same time. Very strong coder with analytic capability and the ability to create innovative solutions. We are looking for a highly motivated individual who is looking to grow their career in a fast paced environment.

Your responsibilities:

  • Be a part of a cross-functional, full stack agile development team.

  • Be a top-notch coder on the team, capable of deep diving into implementation details of components and features across the technology stacks.

  • Participate in code reviews, design reviews, help establishing team’s best practices, and align to technical vision.

  • Jump in and help to solve the complex technical problems and design issues, initiate refactoring where it makes sense.

  • Be curious, always learning, stay on top and help adoption of advanced cloud-based features and capabilities where it makes sense.

  • Participate in sprint kickoffs, reviews, retrospectives, daily standups and be a part of ever moving, ever delivering, continuously improving team delivering user value end to end continuously.

  • Work with product management to understand requirements, recommend best implementation approaches to maximize the use of technology and capabilities.

  • Work closely with software architects and leads to understand recommended software/system architecture, technical direction and produce code aligned with the company vision.

  • Partner with quality assurance engineers and collaborate daily to make sure the code produces is high quality, bug free and delivers the best user value possible in a timeframe.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • 10+ years of recent experience and expert knowledge in Java 8 or higher.

  • Experience in Reactive programming using Project Reactor, Spring WebFlux, or similar is highly desirable.

  • 10+ years of recent experience designing and developing distributed systems.

  • Experience configuring and developing with Cassandra or other wide column store databases.

  • Experience in developing messaging and event-based systems (Amazon SNS & SQS, Redis, and Kafka) is a plus.

  • Experience with AWS, containerized deployments using Kubernetes/Docker, and working in a DevOps environment

  • Hands-on experience as a full stack developer, at all tiers from the front-end UI to the backend data store is a plus.

  • Knowledge of web technologies (HTML, CSS, and JavaScript) and debugging of web applications.

  • Experience in developing scalable, high availability systems.

  • Experience in scaling out applications and maximizing throughput through load balancing and distributed cache systems with Redis is highly desirable.

  • Experience being a part of Agile/Scrum environment is a plus.

  • Team player, problem solver, good communicator with a desire to deliver meaningful features, get along with others, and have fun.

  • Fundamental understanding of data structures, computational algorithms, and operating systems.

  • Skilled at diagnosing and solving problems.

  • B.S. / M.S. Computer Science or equivalent is a plus.

As required by the Colorado Equal Pay Transparency Act, Pearson provides a reasonable range of minimum compensation for roles that may be hired in Colorado. Actual compensation is influenced by a wide array of factors including but not limited to skill set, level of experience, and specific office location. For the state of Colorado only, the range of starting pay for this role is $98,000 - $134,000. This position is eligible to participate in an annual incentive program.


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: Higher Education

Schedule: FULL_TIME

Req ID: 4519