Sr Principal Systems Engineer - 90363488 - Washington

Date: Apr 1, 2024

Location: Washington, DC, US, 20001

Company: Amtrak

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As we move America’s workforce toward the future, Amtrak connects businesses and communities across the country. We employ more than 20,000 diverse, energetic professionals in a variety of career fields throughout the United States. The safety of our passengers, our employees, the public and our operating environment is our priority, and the success of our railroad is due to our employees.


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Our values of ‘Do the Right Thing, Excel Together and Put Customers First’ are at the heart of what matters most to us, and our Core Capabilities, ‘Building Trust, Accountability, Effective Communication, Customer Focus, and Proactive Safety & Security’ are what every employee needs to know and do to be most impactful at Amtrak. By living the Amtrak values, focusing on our capabilities, and actively embracing and fostering diverse ideas, backgrounds, and perspectives, together we will honor our past and make Amtrak a company of the future.


The Senior Principal Systems Engineer is responsible for development and Tier-3 support of multiple complex systems and platforms.  This is a leadership role requiring a well-versed practitioner of systems engineering while ensuring development of high-quality systems. 
The Senior Principal Systems Engineer oversees major projects providing subject matter expertise and technical direction.  Role is accountable and responsible for systems analysis, design, development, integration, and enhancements. They will have demonstrated mastery in Cloud technologies, middleware/DB platforms, networking, packaged applications, systems integration, or SW development.
The Sr Principal Systems Engineer facilitates engagement with stakeholders to understand business requirements that drive the analysis and design of quality technical solutions. The Senior Principal Systems Engineer ensures solutions align with business goals, and IT strategies as well as compliance with the organization’s architectural standards.

  • Provides technical subject matter expertise (SME), while managing across diverse teams, owns deliverables, manages to deadlines and communicates across teams to achieve goals.
  • Owns and leads the systems development approach as an engineering exercise; confirms requirements are clear, follows a documented development/build methodology and makes sure a robust unit and system testing regimen is followed to deliver solutions per designs.  
  • Creates and updates documentation as necessary to ensure architectures, designs and other descriptions are up to date and describes the as-deployed system.  
  • Leads the development/build planning process with customers, IT business analysts, architects, Information Security, and other team members.
  • Works with architecture and technology to codify development tools, code reusability standards, improve design documents.
  • Leads the development of technical solutions to meet defined requirements including changes, enhancements or development of new infrastructure, platform and other systems.
  • Ensures compliance with all quality standards and procedures.  Reviews modules for quality assurance and checks compliance with application architecture standards and Service Level Agreements (SLAs).  May assist in defining development guidelines and standards to be utilized in system/solution development/integration.
  • Proactively recommends and provides ongoing maintenance of systems serving as a senior support resource and point of escalation.



  • Bachelor’s Degree in computer science, information systems or business management plus 9+ years relevant experience or 13+ years of relevant work experience in subject matter expert capacity required to satisfy education and experience requirement.
  • Experience with RESTful API architecture
  • Experience with container technologies: Docker, ECR, ECS, EKS
  • Experience integrating mockups and prototyping wireframes.
  • Knowledge of CFT a must. Terraform or other Infrastructure as Code (IaC) tools
  • Expertise in working with various J2EE technologies including Hibernate, Servlets, JNDI, JMS, JDBC, SOAP and Rest based Web services, Concurrent programming.
  • Proficient in using Java coding in combination with AWS native services like Lambda, S3, Kinesis Stream, VPC, EC2, ELB, SQS, SNS, Security Groups, NACLs, Autoscaling, EBS, IAM, Cloud Formation, Cloud Template, Route 53, Cloud Watch, CloudFront and CloudTrail.
  • Experience in Cloud [EC2/ECS] Deployment, CI/CD using Dev Tools like CodeCommit, Code Deployment and Code Pipeline
  • Experience with Use-Case design, Class and Sequence diagrams using UML. 
  • Oversee peer code reviews and provide active guidance and direction on development.


  • 11+ years of relevant experience in a subject matter expert capacity.
  • Master’s Degree
  • Preferred Certifications: TOFAG Enterprise Architect; AWS Certified Solutions Architect



  • Work is performed in a hybrid office environment 1-3 days per week.
  • May require travel up to 10% of the time
  • After hours and periodic shift work may occasionally be required
  • Willingness to support applications 24 x 7 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)


  • Must have excellent oral and written communication skills.

The salary/hourly range is $135,800 - $176,040. Pay is based on several factors including but not limited to education, work experience, certifications, internal equity, etc. Depending on an employee’s assigned worksite or location, Amtrak may consider a geo-pay differential to be applied to the employee’s base salary. Amtrak may offer additional incentive and pay programs to recognize and reward our employees, including a short-term incentive bonus based upon factors such as individual and company performance that is commensurate with the level of the position and/or long-term incentive plan compensation. In addition to your salary, Amtrak offers a comprehensive benefit package that includes health, dental, and vision plans; health savings accounts; wellness programs; flexible spending accounts; 401K retirement plan with employer match; life insurance; short and long term disability insurance; paid time off; back-up care; adoption assistance; surrogacy assistance; reimbursement of education expenses; Public Service Loan Forgiveness eligibility; Railroad Retirement sickness and retirement benefits; and rail pass privileges. Learn more about our benefits offerings here.

Requisition ID:161278
Posting Location(s):District of Columbia; Delaware; Maryland; New Jersey; New York
Job Family/Function:Information Technology 
Relocation Offered:No 
Travel Requirements:Up to 25% 

You power our progress through your performance.

We want your work at Amtrak to be more than a job. We want your career at Amtrak to be a fulfilling experience where you find challenging work, rewarding opportunities, respect among colleagues, and attractive compensation. Amtrak maintains a culture that values high performance and recognizes individual employee contributions. 

Amtrak is committed to a safe workplace free of drugs and alcohol. All Amtrak positions requires a pre-employment background check that includes prior employment verification, a criminal history check and a pre-employment drug screen. 


Candidates who test positive for marijuana will be disqualified, regardless of any state or local statute, ordinance, regulation, or other law that legalizes or decriminalizes the use or possession of marijuana, whether for medical, recreational, or other use. Amtrak's pre-employment drug testing program is administered in accordance with DOT regulations and applicable law.  

In accordance with DOT regulations (49 CFR § 40.25), Amtrak is required to obtain prior drug and alcohol testing records for applicants/employees intending to perform safety-sensitive duties for covered Department of Transportation positions. If an applicant/employee refuses to provide written consent for Amtrak to obtain these records, the individual will not be permitted to perform safety-sensitive functions.


In accordance with federal law governing security checks of covered individuals for providers of public transportation (Title 6 U.S.C. §1143), Amtrak is required to screen applicants for any permanent or interim disqualifying criminal offenses. 

Note that any education requirement listed above may be deemed satisfied if you have an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Amtrak is an EOE/Affirmative Action Minority/Female employer, and we welcome all to apply. We consider candidates regardless of race/color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth and related conditions), national origin/ethnicity, age, disability (intellectual, mental and physical), veteran status, marital status, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, genetic information, citizenship or any other personal characteristics protected by law.