United Airlines Principal Developer - Information Technology in Chicago, Illinois

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Information Technology

The United IT team designs, develops and maintains massively scaling technology solutions that are brought to life with innovative architectures, data analytics and digital solutions.

Job overview and responsibilities

The Principal Developer plays a Critical role in creating and maintaining the strategic partnership between business needs and technology delivery. The Principal Developer's role is to lead the efforts to plan, design, develop and launch efficient systems and solutions in support of core organizational functions. This individual will apply proven communication, analytical and problem-solving skills to help identify, communicate and resolve issues, opportunities or problems in order to maximize the benefit of IT and Business investments. The Principal Developer is highly experienced and has decision-making authority. The Principal Developer is self - sufficient, requires no direct supervision, and mentors/coaches others. The Principal Developer has extensive knowledge/experience across multiple technologies and business areas.

Defines roadmaps to bridge the gap from current to future state for business, information and technology capabilities Contribute to the development of multi-year plans in alignment with business and IT strategy. Provide industry-leading thought leadership - and facilitate development of strategies across multiple disciplines/domains. Facilitate development of architecture patterns and standards

  • Leads the design, development, and planning for solutions and technology standards to solve complex business problems

  • Ensures that systems are properly integrated

  • Works with business, support, or development teams recommending system enhancements

  • Consults across multiple United Information Technology projects and technology areas to perform troubleshooting, problem management, root-cause analysis, and solution implementation

  • Serves as a resource for technology/project development review and technical assessments

  • Ensures that the technical solutions meet the customers’ business goals

  • Provide consultation and technical leadership in project life cycle planning

  • Takes the lead in analyzing, creating, and designing a technical solution based on project requirements

  • Ensures consistency and coherence to the enterprise standards and guiding principles throughout the application lifecycle

  • Identifies opportunities to leverage/influence the direction for existing infrastructure and application components

  • Keeps abreast of industry trends through benchmarking, participation in professional associations etc. in order to advise others of strategic technology direction

  • Provides feedback to the enterprise technology owners and Architects regarding future solution needs

  • Understands and applies the enterprise vision and strategy to the project solution while balancing tactical needs to deliver

  • Partner with various business and IT stakeholders in defining domain architecture strategy

  • Demonstrate exceptional knowledge of application architecture and architecture constructs as it connects to the enterprise architecture

  • Demonstrate mastery of the application of development domain areas and multiple technologies and tool set

  • Demonstrate mastery of software engineering best practices such as: versioning and versioning control, software packaging and software release management

  • Demonstrate mastery of development methodologies, software design and design patterns, integration standards as well as its applicability at coding and testing cycles


  • BS/BA, preferably in a technical or scientific field


  • ASP.NET 4.0, C#.NET, ADO.NET, ASP, MS Visio

  • Additional skills from the service layer perspective include WCF, bindings, Web API, SAX and DOM Parsers and general web services architectures.

  • Knowledge of ORM Tool required

  • Business Acumen

  • Creativity & Innovation

  • Persuasion

  • "Big Picture" Thinker

  • Strategic

  • Effective Communication (verbal + written)

  • Understands Technology systems & applications

  • Vendor Management

  • Negotiation

  • Exceptional at coding and on time delivery of quality components and or applications

  • Exceptional at component and unit testing of following standard practices and methodologies

  • Exceptional utilizing the technologies and domain knowledge with the delivery of developed components or integrated components

  • Exceptional at working problems of moderate scope where analysis of situations or data requires review of a variety of factors

  • Exceptional at triage or analysis of situations for production support

  • Excel with on time delivery with minimal supervision

  • Effective verbal and written communicator

  • Effective participant of requirements gathering, requirements analysis

  • Excel at applications and component design following a prescribed architecture and technology footprint

  • Proficient at architecting small systems following the prescribed technology policies or architectural footprint

  • Proficient at working problems of high complexity, medium size scope


  • 7+ or more years of experience in application design, development, installation, modification; depth; industry exp.; project mgt.; structured design, development and implementation of new computing architectures


  • Must be legally authorized to work in the United States for any employer without sponsorship

  • Successful completion of interview required to meet job qualifications

  • Reliable, punctual attendance is an essential function of the position



  • Microsoft Technologies :ASP.NET 4.0 and abov, C#.NET, ADO.NET, ASP, Windows XP, Vista, 7, Server 2003,Server 2008, MS Office, MS Visio

  • Programming languages: C#, C++, Java, Python, SQL, LINQ

  • Scripting languages: Java Script, jQuery, JSON

  • RDBMS: SQL Server 2008/2005/2000, Oracle 11g

  • XML Related technologies: XML, XSL, XSLT, XPath, SOAP

  • Development Tools: Visual Studio.NET 2010/2008/2005/2003, Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio, ORM, LLBNGen

  • Application servers: IIS


  • 3+ years in Industry



Division: 47 Technology/IT

Function: Information Technology