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Principal Digital Engineer

    • Remote (United States)
  • Digital, Data & Technology


At Thrivent, we are focused on a digital transformation that will deliver modern, innovative experiences for our clients, financial advisors, and employees. We are investing in data and technology, using DevOps practices, and building an engineering culture of empowered technical experts. Our technologists are involved in work that includes cloud native development, digital architecture and integration, automation, cloud data platforms, artificial intelligence, and machine learning as well as maximizing platforms such as Salesforce, AWS and Microsoft.

The Principal Digital Engineer will have the opportunity to convert an existing Java application to React Front End. We are looking for a strong Principal Level Engineer with extensive Front End experience who can help drive those efforts. You'll work with a variety of technologies including React, NextJs, React-Query, TyypeScript, GraphQL, REST, and CI/CD tools. Along with mentoring more junior developers in the shift to this modern technology stack, we are also transitioning to operating in a product model. This Principal Digital Engineer will need to mentor and guide other engineers to successfully operate in the product model. If you are excited and passionate about mentoring engineers in the transition to the modern technical stack and product operating model, join the action and apply today!


Designing Solutions

  • Apply expert industry knowledge and broad understanding of multiple disciplines with technical knowledge to drive outcomes for customers 
  • Work with a variety of technologies: React, NextJS, Redux, React-Query, TypeScript, GraphQL, REST, CI/CD
  • Creates the overall design /architecture for the team and articulates the components, interactions between the components /between product groups
  • Ability to work and problem solve independently on initiatives that align to the broader software engineering strategy

Developing Software

  • Use independent, critical thinking to solve complex problems which are significant to the customer. Uses application and system data, as well as past experiences to inform decision making.
  • Leader in technical expertise; Develops most architecturally impactful components of solutions
  • Drop into teams to create engineering structures/patterns that enable the team to work collaboratively and effectively
  • Creates new development frameworks and collaborates with the team to create solution components.
  • Significant experience with React, React Native and Native Mobile development practices
  • Experienced building delightful customer experiences through pragmatic technology choices

Learning and Applying New Techniques

  • Leads the initiative to research new techniques along with best practices and share it across organization."

Collaborating Within the Team

  • Participate in team’s collaboration session to provide technical expertise to solve most complex and/or architecturally impactful problem/remove technical roadblocks for the team
  • Participate in product planning and implementation. Helps product owner to create technical user stories as required/needed.
  • Technical leader in system design across multiple teams; Provides broad and/or deep expertise in collaborating across teams to create solutions that lead to outcomes
  • Broker solution design and implementation across product teams to achieve outcomes for the most critical technology and/or strategic priorities for the organization

Collaborating Across Teams

  • Promote cross team adherence to technology standards and target architecture
  • Technical leader in system design across multiple teams; Provides broad and/or deep expertise in collaborating across teams to create solutions that lead to outcomes
  • Broker solution design and implementation across product teams to achieve outcomes for the most critical technology and/or strategic prioriites for the organization

Collaborating Across the Organization

  • Expert in design, developing, documenting and analyzing overall architecture of systems, including hardware and software. Work in collaboration with other product teams to provide technical expertise to engineers across the company.
  • Creates design patterns for the enterprise and provides technology insights that guide the strategic technology vision for the organization
  • Provides the feedback loop from teams back to operations as new requirements for operationalizing products become necessary.  May do this through PoCs or full implementations.

Setting Product/Platform Technology Strategy

  • Define the high-level capabilities requirements for the product/ platform and collaborate with the teams across the organization.
  • Provide platform technology expertise to teams within product group as well as interdependent teams across the organization

Defining Engineering Standards/Patterns

  • Partner with the engineering community inside and outside Thrivent in establishing best practices
  • Define and share engineering standards across internal teams and collaborate to help software engineers apply these patterns to build solutions that achieve outcomes
  • Participates in external activities including open-source software contributions and meetups.


  • Lead the resolution of critical incidents and provides technical leadership in proactively addressing critical production issues/outages.
  • Able to assess and introduce technology to build more stable, scalable, and resilient software.
  • Evaluate, recommend and execute new CI/CD components to make the products more stable for a given area
  • Build partnership across technical areas to influence when needed.

Selecting and Managing Technology Vendors

  • Consults on the evaluation process for software solutions - provides technical advise on how solutions play into the larger strategy of product areas.
  • Contribute in criteria evaluation for selecting the right platforms and softwares for the product team.

Coaching Engineers

  • Provide guidance and reinforcement around established engineering best practices across product groups and the organization  
  • Provide technical leadership and mentoring to other engineers across the organization 
  • Provide trainings and demos to address knowledge gaps across teams and product groups

Recruiting and Building Talent

  • Engage in the tech community to build the Thrivent technology brand and position as the employer of choice in the market
  • Contributes / helps in the recruitment process to hire the right engineering talent for the organization.
  • Models Thrivent’s leadership competencies – courage, collaboration, and commitment by demonstrating resiliency, working together to make the best decisions, and holding yourself and others accountable.  ​
  • Supports and/or develops an environment in which Thrivent employees and colleagues are focused on continuous improvement, exceptional employee engagement, and an unwavering commitment to our clients.  Shapes and/or supports a culture that represents the Thrivent purpose, promise and values, ensuring that Thrivent’s trust and reputation remain strong with its clients.  



  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or other technical field or equivalent work experience
  • 10+ years of experience in an engineering role 
  • 5+ years of experience leading high performing technology teams 
  • Demonstrated ability to influence both technical and non-technical audiences 
  • Demonstrated participation and leadership in the broader technology community  
  • Meet or exceed all expectations of a Lead Engineer role  


  • Master’s degree in a related field 
  • Financial Services industry experience 
  • Coach / mentor other team members as appropriate 

We exist to help people achieve financial clarity. At Thrivent, we believe money is a tool, not a goal. Driven by a higher purpose at our core, we are committed to providing financial advice, investments, insurance, banking and generosity programs to help people make the most of all they’ve been given.

At our heart, we are a membership-owned fraternal organization, as well as a holistic financial services organization, dedicated to serving the unique needs of our clients. We focus on their goals and priorities, guiding them toward financial choices that will help them live the life they want today—and tomorrow.

Thrivent provides Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) without regard to race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy, national origin, age, disability, marital status, citizenship status, military or veteran status, genetic information, or any other status protected by applicable local, state, or federal law. This policy applies to all employees and job applicants.

Thrivent is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation, please let us know by sending an email to  or call 800-847-4836 and request Human Resources.

Principal Digital Engineer

Remote (United States)

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