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Principal Engineer



Software Engineering
Dublin, Ireland
Posted on Friday, June 21, 2024

Job Description:

We are looking for an experienced Principal Engineer to lead and shape our Platform engineering enablement team, Trailblazers. With a focus on building our paved paths, internal developer platform and internal developer portal.

Our team’s mission is to provide self-service capabilities to developers which drives quality and standardization across the entire organisation. We believe in the principles of Platform Engineering to identify the pain points impacting Workhuman product teams and enable those teams by providing common, reusable tools and capabilities via an internal developer platform (IDP)

If you share our passion for platform engineering and building best practice solutions, then this is the role for you, apply today! We would love to give you a bit more context around who we are & what we are building.

Tech stack: Java 8 and 17, Python, Spring, RESTful APIs, Apache Camel, ActiveMQ, Apache Kafka, AWS, Terraform, Oracle DB, PL/SQL, PostgreSQL, NoSQL, JMeter, Jenkins, Sonar, Maven, Gitlab CI/CD, Git, Docker/Containerization.

What we can offer you:

  • An opportunity to technically lead our platform enablement team, liaising with our product engineers to understand and solve engineering pain points.

  • An opportunity to design and build out our best practice service templates, orchestration and infrastructure

  • An opportunity to build and curate our Internal developer platform
    An opportunity to launch and build out our Internal developer portal capabilities

  • An opportunity to work on monitoring & observability strategy from the ground up.

  • An opportunity to work with our architects and engineers as we evolve our tech stack at scale

The skills you will bring:

  • You have 10+ years working in enterprise applications development with the following: Java, Spring, microservices, SQL

  • You have hands-on experience with AWS services (e.g. ECS, ECR, Lambda functions, API Gateway, S3, CloudFront, AWS Batch, Cloudwatch...)

  • Deep knowledge of with RESTful as an API design pattern

  • Deep knowledge and experience with CI/CD pipelines

  • Deep knowledge and experience with Observability strategies

  • Strong understanding of platform engineering principals.

  • You have Database application development experience with SQL or NoSQL databases

  • You develop in accordance with best software engineering, helping to define development standards for the team.

  • Problem solving is a strength of yours. You bring the ability to interpret data and business strategy, understanding constraints and trade-offs.

  • You are a skilled communicator who can write and speak with clarity, tailoring your message to the audience, and incorporating active listening skills to understand others.


  • You have experience in creating paved paths or best practice tools or services.

  • You have worked on implementing an IDP in the past

  • You have proven to be capable in delivering quality solutions in a fast-moving business environment

  • You have collaborated openly on shared items of work and communicated well in a team-oriented environment across locations.

  • You have demonstrated a growth mindset with a continuous focus on improving yourself and the way work gets done within your sphere of influence.

The Company:

At Workhuman® our mission is to bring more humanity to the workplace. We recognise and embrace individuals’ differences and believe that workforce diversity and inclusion are essential to our long-term growth and success. Even if you don’t think you “check every single box” above, please still consider applying. We’re looking for a human who is collaborative, innovative with a growth mindset

We love what we do because we’re shaping the future of work through our people and our technology. Our human cloud-based applications are helping some of the world’s leading global brands connect culture to shared purpose. The Workhuman Cloud empowers employees to thank, talk and celebrate each other, creating an environment that sparks gratitude and human connection while increasing employee engagement and productivity.

Did you know we have an award-winning culture across EMEA and North America:

  • We were named as #5 Best Workplace in the Great Place to Work Awards in Ireland in 2022 in the large-sized workplace category. We were also recognised as the Best Workplace for Women and the Best Workplace in Technology in 2020, 2021, and 2022.

  • In 2021 we were named as #2 Best Workplace in Europe in the medium-sized workplace category.

  • We were also recognised as #2 Best Large Places to Work in Boston by Built In for 2023 as well as the Best Place to Work in Boston, U.S. Best Large Places to Work, and U.S. Best Places to Work.

  • There are currently over 7.5 million users on the Workhuman® cloud across 180 countries.

  • Our core values are Respect, Determination, Innovation, and Imagination.

Workhuman is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees. We proudly provide a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. Employment decisions at Workhuman are based solely on business needs, job requirements, and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, past or present military service, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate. Workhuman believes that diversity and inclusion among our teammates is critical to our success as a global company, and we seek to recruit, develop and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool.