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Autodesk Principal Engineer, Backend in Denver, Colorado

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Position Overview

The E-commerce and Customer Empowerment (ECE) Help-Learn Engineering team is looking for a Principal Engineer, Backend to join a team whose efforts are part of the digital transformation of the company. Your focus will be on delivering reliable and scalable backend API services to support the frontend web experiences for our customers, providing new ways for them to interface with Autodesk . You will help lead the backend development of our support platform, leveraging Java, Python, Docker, Node.js and other innovative web and DevOps technologies. This requires understanding complex business requirements, back-office systems, and user experience flows, all while delivering a forward-thinking, feature-rich support platform that will have a direct impact on our customers.


  • Participate in the design and implementation of well-architected and scalable service web architectures through the evaluation, integration and deployment of open source and commercial components

  • Design, code, test, debug and document new and existing functional components to ensure that software meets business, quality and operational needs

  • Build high quality code following unit testing and test driven development

  • Proactively and continuously evaluate and address issues related to performance, stability, scalability, and extensibility of the systems

  • Drive and participate in code and document reviews, providing mentoring where it makes sense

  • Collaborate with peer organizations and support organizations on technical issues and provide guidance

  • Interpret and translate business needs to technical requirements and accurate estimates

  • Evaluate and recommend tools, technologies and processes to ensure the highest quality and performance is achieved

  • Work with team to troubleshoot code level problems quickly and efficiently

  • Apply deep technical expertise to resolve challenging programming and design problems

  • Focus on scalability, security and availability of all applications and processes

  • Contribute to the design and architecture to enable secure, scalable and maintainable software

  • Contribute to risk identification and risk mitigation strategies associated with the architecture

  • Contribute to technical roadmap and technical debt elimination, balancing time, resource, and quality constraints to achieve business and strategic goals and requirements

Minimum Qualifications

  • BS/MS in Computer Science or equivalent work experience

  • 8+ years hands-on backend experience developing scalable, reliable backend API services and software applications

  • 5+ years experience with back-end programming in a Java environment or Python

  • 3+ years experience with Node js

  • Experience working with Javascript, React, Angular, or similar web frameworks is a plus

  • Experience integrating, designing, and building REST APIs, web services

  • Experience with Docker, CI/CD pipelines, and writing build scripts

  • Experience with continuous integration tools, such as Jenkins

  • Experience with Amazon Web Services (i.e. EC2, S3, IAM, RDS, CloudFront, CloudWatch, Lambda, CloudFormation, and others) or similar cloud infrastructure

  • Understanding of PCI compliance and security best practices

  • Familiarity with responsive web design

The Ideal Candidate

  • You are comfortable taking on a technical leadership role in a small team

  • You enjoy partnering with UX, QA, product, analytics, and any other involved teams in order to ensure the best final result

  • You are a lifelong learner and not intimidated by learning new technologies

  • You see the future impact of server-side frameworks and are excited to tackle the opportunities and challenges they present

  • You think that microservices and well-defined APIs are superior to monolithic applications

  • You are interested in DevOps and the benefits of a strong CI/CD pipeline

  • You write clean, testable, effective code and help others do it too

  • You are comfortable with Agile and participating in sprint ceremonies


At Autodesk, we're building a diverse workplace and an inclusive culture to give more people the chance to imagine, design, and make a better world. Autodesk is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and considers all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected characteristic. We also consider for employment all qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with applicable law.

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Autodesk is the global leader in design and make technology, including industry-leading 3D design, engineering, and entertainment software and services, that offer customers better outcomes though automation and insights for their design and make processes. With over $3.5 billion in revenue and more than 12,000 employees, Autodesk has established itself as the leading provider of design and make technology that empowers innovators everywhere to achieve the new possible – for products, their businesses and the world. If you've ever driven a high-performance car, admired a towering skyscraper, used a smartphone, or watched a great film, chances are you've experienced what millions of Autodesk customers are doing with our software. With a vision of a better world designed and made for all, Autodesk serves customers in architecture, engineering, and construction; product design and manufacturing; and digital media and entertainment industries. Its customers design, fabricate, manufacture, and build anything by visualizing, simulating, and analyzing real-world performance early in the design process.