Principal Software Engineer, Platform


Glendale, CA, US / San Mateo, CA, US / Austin, TX, US
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Function: Engineering Software
  • Post Date: 06/03/2021
  • Website:
  • Company Address: 101 N. Brand Boulevard 11th Floor, Glendale, CA, 91203

About LegalZoom

LegalZoom is a trusted technology platform that gives the world access to professional legal advice. From starting a new business to assisting in protecting families, contracts to copyrights, trademarks to trusts, – it is the leading provider of online legal solutions for families and small businesses.

Job Description

LegalZoom runs on technology, and as dot com innovators, we look to technology to help us advance and optimize everything we do. Because of this, we rely on a backbone of committed tech superstars who make our site and software more stellar every day.


We’re looking for a Principal Software Engineer who is a self-starter and can learn quickly. Your job will be to help rollout new software systems by inserting directly into execution teams in order to spread and evangelize the latest and greatest technologies.

The ideal candidate has a strong background in software design, developing and managing the delivery of highly-scalable, micro-services driven cloud based systems, leveraging a combination of front end and backend technologies running in containers.

This role will report into the Director, Engineering Software of Legalzoom, Inc.


  • Lead, develop and inspire a team of engineers to meet initiative objectives
  • Help introduce new technologies to engineering teams, taking part in the training, adoption, and execution of new platforms
  • Work closely with other engineering teams to gain bottom-up consensus in delivering technology solutions
  • Full-stack hands on development
  • Design and communicate solutions that help software engineers to deliver to growing business needs, while thoroughly considering the systems impact
  • Accelerate the development process by suggesting and implementing improvements to the developer pipeline
  • Develop a deep understanding of the system, write technical specifications, mentor development team, enforce coding standards
  • Drive the DevOps culture, taking quality into your hands, enabled by automated testing and continuous integration
  • Present technological solutions to IT leadership that communicates the value, intent, and tradeoffs of your approach
  • Build and foster stakeholder relationships both within your team and among others
  • Contribute to the department’s identity, standards, guidelines and best practices
  • Support the daily operations of the IT/Tech department



  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering, or related field required
  • 10+ years of intense technical experience in the areas of web development and application integration
  • 3+ years working in the role of principal or staff engineer in a high transaction, fast paced and dynamic environment
  • 5+ years of hands on programming in .NET or Java and relational databases (MS SQL, Oracle, MySQL, etc…)
  • 3+ years developing in other backend platforms such as NodeJS, Python, PHP, etc…
  • 3+ years working with NoSQL solutions such as MongoDB, Neo4J, Redis, Cassandra, etc…
  • Previous experience as a technical leader and/or leading an agile/scrum team
  • Proven success implementing client side MVVM frameworks such as Angular or React as well as expert proficiency with JavaScript
  • Hands-on experience writing tests using popular automation frameworks (Jasmine, Mocha, Karma, etc.)
  • Expert hands on knowledge of front-end frameworks and layout systems such as Bootstrap, Foundation
  • Previous experience building out design systems, pattern libraries, and/or style guides
  • Extensive experience building component driven JavaScript SDKs
  • Proficient in JavaScript, ES6/ES7, TypeScript, JQuery, HTML5, CSS3, CSS pre-processing platforms such as : SASS, LESS, automation tools such as Gulp
  • Proven delivery of responsive and adaptive web solutions including progressive web applications
  • Experience working with CDN and edge caching
  • Strong understanding of website optimization, minification, compression
  • Experience with Secure Coding Practices and assurance that these practices are consistently followed in the development of all software products
  • Production experience with Docker, Kubernetes and/or similar container engines and orchestration including ECS/Fargate or EKS
  • Experience with continuous integration, unit testing, static analysis, and automated integration tests. Continuous delivery experience preferred
  • Expert experience working with a source control tool (GIT) with strong understanding of how to automate developer workflows
  • Proven ability to use Design Patterns to accomplish scalable architecture
  • Proficiency in using architectural design utilities like Visio, ERDs, UML
  • Proficiency using MS PowerPoint to deliver technical and non-technical presentations
  • Experienced in both Windows and Linux
  • Strong attention to detail and work ethic
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills
  • Excellent communication (both written and verbal) and interpersonal skills

Preferred skills

  • AI, Machine Learning, and Natural Language Processing experience is a plus

LegalZoom is an Equal Opportunity Employer, dedicated to diversity.

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