Principal Software Engineer - Technical Lead (Data Services)

Information Technology
H0700459 Requisition #


The Principal Software Engineer - Technical Lead (Data Services) will be responsible for the delivery of enterprise data services and data management in a Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) environment leveraging a hosted enterprise MDM platform for data management. The Principal Software Engineer must work with multiple agile development teams to produce a consistent set of data services that can be utilized for data collection, transformation, management, and distribution across multiple work streams: Master Data Management (MDM), Data Services, Analytics, e-Commerce and Enterprise Content Management (ECMS) as well as operational applications. The ideal candidate will drive and champion test-driven and agile development, as well as promoting and evolving best practices within the organization. The Principal Software Engineer should be hands on, detail oriented, self-directed, self-motivated, with a strong capacity for working successfully and flexibly with members across the organization.


• Serve as Principal Engineer and Technical Lead working in partnership with Architecture, Analytics, CMS and integrated Business Systems teams to design, develop and deliver data and integration services across multiple technology domains
• Ensure that code adheres to strict standards and best practices for accessibility, security, object-oriented practices, quality and performance
• Identify ways to package new and existing services and capabilities to provide a comprehensive SOA-based platform for data collection and distribution
• Model, design, and code REST-based web services, service wrappers, service interfaces, APIs, messaging systems (e.g. via ESB technologies) and other integration patterns as may be required
• Model and implement solutions for different deployment and continuous integration scenarios, and assist in the development of a build/deploy environment
• Design databases and data messages exchanged among systems based on evolving standards in the domain
• Design and build a reusable, expandable and scalable data services platform that will integrate data from various sources and interfaces that include structured and un-structured data sources
• Produce documentation of standards and guidelines for technical and functional audiences, to include working code examples and interface definitions and templates
• Provide leadership, mentoring, and technical training to other data service team members
• Demonstrate strong Agile mentality and skills and be capable of and willing to coach and support the team
• Be a hands on coder who leads by example and mentors other team members


• Strong communications skills and the ability to communicate technical concepts to non-technical people and work with a variety of internal and external development groups
• Good foundation in computer science, with strong competencies in basic data structures, graphs, algorithms, JVM concurrency, thread-safe design, OO design and services architecture
• Experienced at software performance, scalability, maintainability, reusability and security
• Proponent of Agile practices, scrum and test driven development. Capable and willing to support the scrum master and coach the team as needed
• Ability to lead design sessions, provide guidance on development tasking and participate in architecture and code reviews
• Work both independently as well as within a team involving technical partners and domain subject matter experts to consistently develop and implement high quality, secure, scalable software within expected time and budget
• Ability to operate in a fast paced agile environment with ability to change rapidly


• Masters degree in Computer Science or equivalent experience required
• Minimum seven (10) years experience in software engineering and design
• Minimum three (5) years experience with back-end data platforms
• Minimum two (3) years experience as a Technical Lead or equivalent role leading, guiding and mentoring team members to adhere to coding standards and best practices
• Strong core Java / Python, OOD, Design Patterns, SOA, REST-based web services
• Proficiency with XML/XLST/JSON/JSON-LD
• Knowledge of open source technology such as Linux and Apache stacks
• Maven, Jenkins or other continuous integration tools
• Experience with messaging and ESB
• Experience with AWS services such as Redshift, Lambda and S3
• Test driven development (TDD) methodology and tools
• Experience with MongoDB, Cassandra, Neo4j or similar NoSQL DBs
• Experience with Big Data technologies such as Cassandra, Hadoop, MapReduce, or Spark
• Demonstrable knowledge of both stream and ETL/Batch data aggregation patterns
• Multiple DBMS storage engines, models and access methods (MySQL, SQL Server, Oracle) 

• Experience with Master Data Management systems such as Stibo STEP, Reltio’s SAAS MDM platform, and Informatica MDM 

In addition, the following experience is beneficial:

• Experience with Cloud based Data Warehousing and Analytics
• Experience in web-publishing and product delivery
• Experience with WS02, Kong, API/ESB Management


Scholastic Corporation (NASDAQ: SCHL) is the world's largest publisher and distributor of children's books, a leading provider of core literacy curriculum and professional services, and a producer of educational and entertaining children's media. The Company creates quality books and ebooks, print and technology-based learning programs for pre-K to grade 12, classroom magazines and other products and services that support children's learning both in school and at home. With operations in 14 international offices and exports to 165 countries, Scholastic makes quality, affordable books available to all children around the world through school-based book clubs and book fairs, classroom collections, school and public libraries, retail and online. True to its mission of 97 years to encourage the personal and intellectual growth of all children beginning with literacy, the Company has earned a reputation as a trusted partner to educators and families. Learn more at

Some benefits that we offer:

• 100% vested of 401(k) Retirement Plan after 5 years employment
• Up to 1M worth of supplemental Life Insurance
• Tuition Reimbursement
• Purchase Scholastic stock at a 15% discount



As a major component of Scholastic, our Corporate division is headquartered in New York in the midst of the vibrant SoHo and Chelsea neighborhoods. Here at Scholastic Corporate, we foster a family oriented environment where different departments have easy access to communicate with one another. Our CEO, Dick Robinson, sits at the upper levels of the building, which further emphasize the close niche that the company embodies.

Thank you for your consideration in choosing Scholastic.


Equal Employment Opportunity

Scholastic is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our policy is clear: there shall be no discrimination on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, pregnancy, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, or status as a disabled veteran or Vietnam veteran.

Those factors shall not influence the determination of qualifications for a job or other opportunity within the company. Further, all personnel actions (such as compensation, tuition aid, benefits, transfers, promotions, and dismissals, company-sponsored training, social and recreational programs) shall be administered without discrimination. To view the full EOE policy, click here.

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