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Job Category:

Information Technology



Approximate Salary:

Not Specified

Position Type:

Full Time

Principal Data Engineer - Big Data - Boston, MA or Minnetonka, MN

UHG - Minnetonka, Minnesota

Posted: 12/13/2018

UnitedHealth Group is a company that's on the rise. We're expanding in multiple directions, across borders and, most of all, in the way we think. Here, innovation isn't about another gadget, it's about transforming the health care industry. Ready to make a difference? Make yourself at home with us and start doing your life's best work.(sm)


Positions in this function are involved in the development, communication and implementation of the organization's technology architecture and applications plan, including the components required to support it and in the integration of corporate and business architectures and applications. Responsible for coordinating, administering and supporting activities related to data planning, data recovery and development and related projects.


As a Principal Engineer within the Big Data engineering team of about 70+ engineers, you will be accountable for driving Design and development of data driven applications. We are building brand new, data-intensive software products that are focused on bringing the healthcare data together. These products are mostly analytical in nature and we use advanced technologies in big data space to provide a cutting-edge solution to solve business opportunities.


Primary Responsibilities:

  • Performing all phases of software engineering including requirements analysis, application design, and code development and testing

  • Designing and implementing product features in collaboration with business and IT stakeholders

  • Design, develop and test reusable frameworks, libraries and Java components

  • Working very closely with Architecture group and driving technical solutions

  • Be innovative in solution design and development to meet the needs of the business

  • Address the performance issues and design the solutions to meet low latency needs

  • Use Big data technologies to enrich and transform data and do data analytics, machine learning

  • Lead technology decisions, drive product implementation and delivery

  • Support the implementation and drive it to stable state in production

  • Provide alternate design solutions along with project estimates

  • Reviewing code and providing feedback relative to best practices, improving performance etc.

  • Troubleshooting production support issues post-deployment and come up with solutions as required

  • Demonstrate substantial depth of knowledge and experience in a specific area of Big Data and Java development

  • Drive the team and collaborate to meet project timelines

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in a related field
  • 7+ years software engineering experience
  • 5+ years hands-on expertise with Java, Unix, and SQL
  • 3+ years hands-on expertise with Big Data technologies: Spark, Kafka, HDFS, Canonical Models
  • 2+ years hands on expertise with Java Applications programs, and frameworks
  • Agile scrum experience
  • Clear and concise communication, able to articulate clearly with Tech and Business teams

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in Healthcare
  • Knowledge in Big Data Technologies including R, Python
  • Experience with application security, Git, Dockers, CI/CD tools, cabernets and practices
  • Elastic search experience
  • Strong experience with enterprise application architecture and enterprise integration patterns

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Diversity creates a healthier atmosphere: UnitedHealth Group is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.


UnitedHealth Group is a drug-free workplace. Candidates are required to pass a drug test before beginning employment.



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