E*TRADE Financial Senior Principal -Software Engineering in Menlo Park, California


ETRADE is a leading financial services company and a pioneer in the online brokerage industry. Having executed the first-ever electronic trade by an individual investor more than 30 years ago, the company has long been at the forefront of the digital revolution, offering easy-to-use solutions for individual investors and stock participants. Founded on the principle of innovation and determined to level the playing field for individual investors, ETRADE delivers digital platforms, tools, and professional assistance to help investors and traders meet their near-and long-term investing goals. The Company provides these services both online and through its network of customer service representatives and financial consultants - over the phone at two national branches and in-person at 30 E*TRADE branches.


We are looking for Senior Principal -Software Engineering in our core brokerage group, who will lead the technical aspects of designing, implementing, testing E*TRADE Financial Trading Systems. This is individual contributor role with significant engineering ownership in complex server side applications, including new feature work, improvements on existing code, and active participation in designing and shipping the product.


  • Lead a technical team to design and implement highly reliable, scale-able, extensible, maintainable, global, and operable products and platforms.

  • Draft and review architectural diagrams, interface specifications, class structures, and other design documents.

  • Build systems that balance resources, constraints, requirements, and complexity.

  • Present opportunities with cost/benefit analysis to leadership in order to shape decisions regarding architectural strategy.

  • Evangelize technologies, solutions, and best practices developed with the organization.

  • Develop department-wide technical perspectives, standards, solutions, and strategies that resolve significant product or organizational pain-points.

  • Participate in a network of principal engineers to share ideas, practices, and experiences.

  • Work closely with product management and development teams.

  • You must enjoy challenging engineering problems. We are looking for someone who can solve complex issues.

  • We value principal engineers who do enough hands-on implementation work to keep current with technology trends inside and outside the company.

  • Lead and mentor other back-end engineers.


  • Computer science fundamentals in data structures and algorithms.

  • Expert in software development domain and principles, including design patterns, code structure, programming languages like C/C++/Java, scripting languages like Perl/Python, continuous integration, and deployment architecture.

  • Hands on working knowledge in any of the relational databases like Sybase, Oracle etc. Sybase is preferred.

  • Experience in test driven development. Cucumber is preferred.

  • Strong analytical skills to solve complex business requirements.

  • Experience in debugging tools, preferably GDB, and performance tools to analyze system failures and performance.

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.

  • Experience of working with open source technologies and engaging with the community.

  • Familiar with SCRUM or similar agile methodology.

  • At least 10+ years' experience


We offer a competitive and comprehensive benefits package. Please visit https://etradecareers.com/why-work-at-etrade/employee-benefits to learn more about the opportunities.

E*TRADE Financial is an Equal Opportunity Employer who encourages diversity in the workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability, citizenship, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military or protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

Category: Technology

Location: Menlo Park, CA

Job ID: IRC129188

Posted Date: July 31, 2017