Principal Software Engineer

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L0105 Lithia Home Office

Principal Software Engineer

The Principal Software Engineer is responsible for driving the success of major software initiatives across our organization on a tactical level. As the most skilled programmers in the organization, they are able to quickly support an existing team’s Agile process to greatly impact velocity on mission critical features. The Principal Engineer also works across many teams to offer unparalleled mentoring and training for engineers in the creation of high quality applications that adhere to our organizational standards. They give engineers the tools and guidance they need to design and implement high quality software systems, and work to grow the overall strength of our organization.

The Principal Software Engineer reports to the Head of Engineering


  • Work with other members of the Software Architecture team to craft and realize the vision of our technical roadmap
  • Quickly add velocity to mission critical feature development across many teams in a healthy, sustainable way
  • Champion a high standard of excellence in code quality and application architecture across our organization
  • Provide excellent mentorship and training to accelerate the growth of engineers
  • Represent the engineering organization across the company, and act as an ambassador to the overall tech community
  • Coordinate with team members in Engineering Leadership to help develop the organization’s holistic approach to software development and engineer growth
  • Work with members of the Product, Design, and Delivery organizations to reduce friction and improve outcomes

Skills And Qualifications

  • 8+ years-experience shipping and supporting high-scale, high-performance web applications in a cloud environment
  • Storied experience with container-driven development environments
  • Mastery in HTTP, web application architecture, scalability, performance optimization, reliability, deployment, monitoring, security
  • Mastery in a few of our core family of technologies like Javascript (React), Typescript, Kotlin, Java, Springboot, Docker, Azure


  • An excellent communicator, able to address gaps and opportunities with the greater team constructively
  • Prefers to listen before speaking, and thrives on consensus-building and influencing without authority
  • Self-motivates, believes in accountability, focuses on results, makes plans and follows through
  • Believes in humility, empathy, shares best practices, desires to keep learning, measures performance and adapts to improve results
  • Practices servant-leadership and is primarily invested in furthering the career growth and efficacy of our teams. Lives our values

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job.*

  • Up to 1/3 of time: standing, walking, lifting up to 25 pounds
  • Up to 2/3 of time: sitting, kneeling, reaching, talking, hearing
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential functions.

NOTE: This is not necessarily an exhaustive list of responsibilities, skills, or working conditions associated with the job. While this list is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current job, the company reserves the right to revise the functions and duties of the job or to require that additional or different tasks be performed.

We Offer Best In Class Industry Benefits

  • Competitive pay
  • Medical, Dental and Vision Plans
  • Paid Holidays & PTO
  • Short and Long-Term Disability
  • Paid Life Insurance
  • 401(k) Retirement Plan
  • Employee Stock Purchase Plan
  • Lithia Learning Center
  • Vehicle Purchase Discounts
  • Wellness Programs

High School graduate or equivalent, 18 years or older required. Acceptable driving record and a valid driver’s license in your state of residence necessary for select roles. We are a drug free workplace. We are committed to equal employment opportunity (regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or Veteran status). We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements.

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