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Principal Software Engineer

chicago, IL
Salary Range : $150,000

As a Principal Software Engineer, you will contribute to engineering of large scale web-based applications to enable business while supporting architectural vision of quality, scalability, performance and function. Our proprietary software is created with the goal to simplify transportation for our customers and carriers, and is one of our largest competitive advantages in an ever growing market.

Essential Position Functions 


  • See technology as a passion, not something you just do between 9-5
  • Possess the ability to create new solutions; we operate on a web based platform and constantly facing unchartered waters
  • Possess strong fundamentals within coding technologies and a willingness to wear several hats when called upon
  • Do not wait for something to break; find a problem before it becomes one and constantly aiming to improve
  • Possess ability and willingness to mentor more junior teammates
  • Possess ability to communicate with business groups, IT Leaders, and various Directors and C-level Executives
  • Having a willingness to vocalize these ideas and pick yourself up if you get knocked down


  • Value passionate technologists, go-getters, and people who never stop seeking ways to improve existing technology
  • Have a high focus on career development and the runway to get you there
  • Work hard, period
  • Offer competitive compensation, benefits, 401k, challenging projects, company wide events, coworkers and leaders who will push you to get better, a sense of community not found anywhere else



  • Primary focus on technical planning, owns technical design, including high-level conceptual diagram, ERD, service contracts, etc.
  • Works with Architects and other developers to ensure a team’s direction is in line with enterprise vision
  • Contributes to technical design including high-level conceptual diagram, ERD, service contracts using C# and SQL based technologies (open to other languages) in an Agile environment
  • Addresses technical debt constantly
  • Produces high quality code fast
  • Supports and is accountable for timely releases and adherence to release activities
  • Identifies tactical risks and raises/resolves issues effectively
  • Follows up with infrastructure to create service accounts, permissions, access rights
  • Creates deployment documentation which outlines WHERE & WHAT?
  • Works hand-in-hand with Product Owner to break down user stories into small functional slices
  • Encourages integration and promotes obtaining shared goals with team members
  • Active member of the development community outside Echo
  • Ability to communicate with C-level executives, business owners, and IT Leadership
  • Ability to mentor, guide, and coach more junior developers


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science or equivalent years of experience
  • 8+ years developing commercial-grade business applications leveraging the following:
    • Writing code in an OO programming language
    • Building or maintaining fault-tolerant systems
    • Data Structures & Algorithms
    • DBMS
    • SOA Architecture
    • High-performance
    • Distributed systems
  • 8+ years developing front end applications leveraging:
    • JavaScript
    • HTML
    • CSS
    • AJAX applications
  • 2+ years contributing on an Agile team
  • Proven track record (5+ years ) of working in a fast-paced, time-sensitive project that requires:
    • Clear and timely communication of key information deemed critical to project success
    • Managing software risk
    • Balancing priorities
    • Going above and beyond the requirement of the role
    • Mentoring junior engineers
    • Articulating technical information to a non-technical audience
    • Leading without authority
  • 1 year of technical leadership experience

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