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United Airlines Principal Developer in Houston, Texas

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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 is a highly experienced IT professional who serves as the "go-to" technical expert in the domain. The Principal Developer is responsible for determining internal development standards, leading software development and design activities and acting as a champion for continuous learning, continuous improvement, and best practices across all software development activities within the domain. This position requires excellent communication skills, high motivation, self-direction, commitment, integrity, ability to multi-task, strong analytical and problem solving skills, and a deep knowledge of integration tools and techniques. The Principal Developer position is a hands-on role, actively engaged in planning, designing, developing and deploying efficient systems and solutions in support of the domain. This individual has decision-making authority within the domain. He/she is self-sufficient, requires no direct supervision, and mentors/coaches others.

  • Lead software development projects for mission critical efforts.

  • This position will encompass major enterprise projects as well as application teams focusing on the domain's highest priorities.

  • Serve as subject matter expert for internal and external teams in integration matters.

  • Help promote integration best practices and help teams align with long-term integration strategies.

  • Establish best practices and standards within the domain in alignment with Company standards.

  • Help teams establish mature and secure practices; ensure teams understand benefits of new ways of doing things; follow up to make sure the changes stick.

  • Ensure continuous learning among all software development teams in the department.

  • Keep teams looking forward to new ideas, techniques, tools, and frameworks.

  • Keep up-to-date with technology trends and make recommendations to guide the portfolio of development technologies in use.

  • Provide recommendations on adoption of new technologies and retirement of outdated technologies.​

  • Provide technical guidance to the development team.

  • Review and provide guidance on system requirements, design, and business processes to ensure alignment with IT and business strategies.​

  • Effectively communicate technical implementation details and plans to end-users, business customers, management and various stakeholders, either orally or in writing.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or related discipline and 5-9 years of relevant experience or a comparable combination of education, training, and/or experience.

  • C#, .net, restful web services

  • Exceptional communication skills with ability to tailor messages to the audience (whether technical or non-technical, individual contributor to executive).

  • Excellent leadership skills; ability to influence and motivate others.

  • Exceptional interpersonal skills with the ability to work in a diverse, high pressure delivery environment

  • Advanced analytical, decision-making, and learning abilities.

  • Structured, disciplined approach to work, with attention to detail.

  • Flexible, able to effectively manage and respond to changing requirements and priorities.

  • Professional experience with a variety of programming languages, frameworks, and programming paradigms; a deep understanding of the trade-offs involved and proven experience in selecting “the right tool for the job.”

  • 3-5 years experience working in an Agile software development environment.

  • Experience with PCI applications and remediation

  • Familiarity with GDPR regulations and impact

  • Working knowledge of FinTech systems and technologies

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

  • Successful completion of interview required to meet job qualification

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


  • PCI knowledge

  • Experience with micro-services-based architecture

  • DevOps knowledge

  • Airline experience

  • Experience working with large scale, mission critical, enterprise applications

  • Experience helping teams get up-to-speed with development best practices including: continuous integration/delivery, automated testing, source control, code review.

Equal Opportunity Employer – Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled/LGBT

Division: 47 Technology/IT

Function: Information Technology

Equal Opportunity Employer – Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled