Principal Software Engineer in Secaucus, NJ at Quest Diagnostics

Date Posted: 6/11/2022

Job Snapshot

Job Description

Principal Software Engineer

Remote Opportunity

Basic Purpose:

Working as part of an agile team to design and implement new features and technologies.
Delivering high quality, high performance code in an agile environment.
Using, evaluating, learning exciting new technologies that keep our products and teams on the cutting edge.

Duties and Responsibilities:
Responsible for macro scale architecture of a software technology or product line, and providing guidance and oversight to multiple development teams working on different products or technologies to ensure that the technologies interoperate or connect to each other appropriately.
Participate in the full software development life cycle involving design, implementation, testing, and launching.
Own the delivery of an entire system or application, and serve as a technical lead on complex projects.
Work closely with other engineers to develop the best technical design and approach for new product development.
Build software solutions where the problem is not well defined. Design and define the interaction between the other component pieces.
Mentor software engineers to improve their skills and make them more effective, productive software engineers.

Education Preferred: Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or equivalent.

Computer Science fundamentals in object-oriented (OO) design patterns, cloud-native microservice platform architecture, distributed and cloud-based databases, and data modeling techniques.

Work Experience:

 Minimum 7+ years of professional experience in software development.


 Proficiency in multiple modern programming languages.
Proficiency with Cloud-native platform architecture on multiple platforms (AWS, Azure, Google Cloud Platform, etc.).
Experience designing the transformation of on-prem, legacy applications to cloud-native architected platforms.
Scrum Master experience preferred.
Ability to work well with people and be both highly motivated and motivating.
Experience in development of distributed/scalable systems and high-volume transaction applications.
Proven ability to make high-level design choices and developing technical standards, including software coding standards, tools, and platforms.
Ability to handle multiple competing priorities in a fast-paced environment.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Presentation skills: preparing presentation materials and presenting content
Motivation to drive tasks to completion and take ownership of projects.
Passion for developing platforms and products that provide a great customer experience.

Physical and Mental:

 Ability to multi-task, Analytical skills, Ability to follow verbal or written instructions, Thinking analytically, Communication, Using effective verbal communication, Using effective written communication, Handling stress & emotions, Concentrating on tasks, Making decisions, Adjusting to change, preparing and conducting presentations, Examining/observing details, Sitting for long periods at a time

 Leadership Capabilities  Individual Contributors Behaviors 

1. Know the Business

Uses knowledge of Quest’s key customer groups and needs, markets, business operations, performance trends and emerging issues to inform short and longer-term focus.

  •  Understands the business, the market and the broader industry and applies this knowledge when making business decisions
  • Consistently delivers on the organization’s value proposition to customers
  • Has awareness of how the organization makes money and how his/her contributions impact profit margins
  • Gathers data to holistically diagnose problems before acting

 2. Focus on the Customer

Seeks to understand and meet the needs and expectations of customers in a manner that provides internal and external customer satisfaction and loyalty.

  • Understands key customer groups served across Quest businesses
  • Develops relationships with and understands the needs of his/her key customers
  • Delivers on all commitments made to his/her customers
  • Anticipates customer requests and proactively identifies potential solutions

3. Promote Strategic Alignment

Collects, analyzes and leverages the broader market and competitor trends to set and communicate strategy and ensure alignment of all core business processes.

  • Is able to effectively balance details or tactical work with an understanding of the bigger organizational and business context
  • Personally ensures alignment between his/her goals and the company's strategy
  • Uses his/her knowledge of broader strategic priorities to help guide and influence work focus and adjustments
  • Continuously monitors industry and business trends that are relevant to his/her own focus area(s)

4. Collaborate with Others

Demonstrates ability to successfully work with others to achieve business priorities. Approaches others with a positive attitude toward achieving common goals. Treats others with respect and values the contributions of others.

  • Understands how to navigate the organization’s formal and informal systems/processes to deliver on commitments
  • Demonstrates awareness of the goals of other functions/departments and the organization and makes decisions based on that knowledge
  • Develops strong relationships by delivering on all commitments and displaying a willingness to compromise when appropriate
  • Consistently approaches work with a collaborative spirit within and across groups/departments, and demonstrates appreciation and respect for others' perspectives and ideas

 5. Communicate Openly & Transparently

Effectively communicates by actively listening and sharing relevant information to others so as to anticipate problems and ensure delivery on all commitments; adjusts style, tone and level of detail appropriate to the audience.

  • Actively listens to others and shows comprehension by restating messages to ensure full understanding and asking open-ended questions to encourage exchange of ideas
  • Adapts communication content and delivery (oral or written) by taking into consideration the needs and perspectives of the audience
  • Openly expresses opinions, even when different from others', and refrains from judging or criticizing others' ideas
  • Enlists others' support in accomplishing objectives or tasks by referencing data or logic as a means of influence

6. Continuously Develop Self and Others

Consistently shows a commitment to learning by proactively seeking and sharing with others opportunities to develop new capabilities, skills, and knowledge; acquires the skills needed to continually enhance his/her contributions to the organization; solicits and openly provides feedback to others.

  • Takes ownership for identifying and taking advantage of learning opportunities to further develop his/her skills and capabilities, both technical/functional and behavioral
  • Consistently transfers learning to the job through application of newly acquired skills
  • Regularly seeks out feedback from others (e.g., manager, peers)
  • Joins external networks/associations to augment knowledge base and build relationships with others in the field, and applies relevant knowledge or best practices on the job

7. Deliver Superior Performance

Consistently delivers required business results; sets and accomplishes stretch objectives and goals; adheres to quality standards and meets deadlines; maintains focus on the organization’s broader goals.

  • Consistently finds new and innovative ways to solve business problems
  • Identifies and directly addresses barriers that may interfere with successful completion of work and attempts to mitigate possible future issues
  • Maintains commitment to all goals, even in the face of challenges
  • Exhibits action orientation around solving problems and meetings and/or exceeding goals

8. Demonstrate Agility in Decision Making

Makes informed decisions based on analysis, experience, knowledge and judgment but is unafraid to make sound decisions without all information or in ambiguous situations.

  • Leverages personal experiences, background and subject matter expertise to consider relevant alternatives when making good decisions
  • Consistently makes good choices by evaluating data, impact, risk, perspective, and organizational goals and contingencies
  • Is unafraid to make quality decisions, even with incomplete data
  • Exhibits sound judgment when deciding whether or not to take action or to escalate an issue to management

9. Accelerate and Embrace Change

Initiates and/or leads the change process; engage others in all aspects of the change; models agility and comfort with ambiguity by seeking out and responding to feedback about the change, including direction, priorities, approaches and pace. 

  • Makes recommendations about changes that should be made in a given situation and voices ideas and concerns
  • Embraces and communicates support for organizational changes that positively affect work processes
  • Demonstrates comfort in shifting priorities to address changes in the work environment
  • Is resourceful about identifying the best course of action, even in the face of ambiguity


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Join us for competitive benefits and development opportunities in a progressive and supportive environment. Help us improve our service, and the experiences of our patients and colleagues. Work with us and together we can be better.

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All requirements are subject to possible modifications to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. Quest Diagnostics is an Equal Opportunity Employer: Women / Minorities / Veterans / Disabled / Sexual Orientation / Gender Identity or Citizenship.