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Principal Developer Acceleration Engineer

General Information

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Travel Amount Required:

Up to 25%

Job Type:

Regular-Full Time


Lowell - Massachusetts - United States

Company Overview

Here at UKG, our purpose is people™. Our HR, payroll, and workforce management solutions help organizations unlock happier outcomes for all. And our U Krewers, who build those solutions and support our business, are talented, collaborative, and innovative problem-solvers. We strive to create a culture of belonging and an employee experience that empowers our people – both at work and at home. Our benefits show that we care about the whole you, from adoption and surrogacy assistance to tuition reimbursement and wellness programs. Our employee resource groups provide a welcoming place to land, learn, and connect with those who share your passions and interests. What are you waiting for? Learn more at  #WeAreUKG 

Description & Qualifications


As a Principal Engineer in the Developer Acceleration pillar you will play a pivotal role in shaping the delivery of tooling and developer platform solutions. Our value stream plays a crucial role in ensuring a seamless and efficient experience for developers across our organization. As a Principal Engineer, you will be responsible for owning and leading key aspects of our developer platform, with a primary focus on GitHub, including source management and Actions workflows, CI/CD platforms, and overall developer experience. You will play a pivotal role in shaping the future of our development ecosystem and fostering a culture of innovation and efficiency.
Key Responsibilities:
• In partnership with other Value Stream leadership, lead the strategic vision and development roadmap for use of GitHub throughout all of UKG
• Collaborate with cross functional teams to ensure GitHub is optimized for the unique needs of our developers
• Drive the adoption of best practices for source code management, collaboration and code review
CI/CD Platforms:
• Partnering with the Developer Platform Value stream, help drive the future of CI/CD platforms for all of UKG Engineering
• Provide automated utilities to aid service teams in migrating to GitHub Actions for their CI/CD pipelines
• Evaluate and integrate new tools and technologies to enhance automation and efficiency
• Design and build out a runner solution for all of engineering to use in conjunction with GitHub Actions
Developer Experience:
• Advocate for exceptional developer experience across the organization
• Work closely with product teams to understand and address developer pain points
• Champion initiatives to improve documentation, onboarding processes and overall usability
• Create platform solutions to scale developer experience and deliver on your passion for infrastructure as code and automation

Technical Leadership:
• Provide technical leadership to a geographically distributed team of engineers, fostering a collaborative and innovate environment
• Mentor and guide team members in adopting best practices and staying current with industry trends
• Participate in architectural discussions and decisions to ensure scalability, reliability and security
*This is a hybrid role requiring 3 days/week in the office in our Lowell, MA office*


Basic qualifications:
• Proven experience as a Principal Engineer or similar role with a focus on developer platforms
• In-depth, hands-on expertise in GitHub including source code management, administration, GitHub Actions, Runner management and more
• Strong programming and scripting skills (python, typescript, etc.)
• Excellent understanding of software development lifecycle and best practices
• Working experience with infrastructure as code (Terraform, Ansible)
• Strong background in infrastructure and public cloud, ideally GCP.
• Experience with agile development methodologies
• Experience working in a globally distributed environment
Preferred qualifications:
• Strong communication skills and the ability to collaborate effectively with cross functional teams
• Experience with containerization and orchestration tools (e.g., Docker, Kubernetes) preferred
• Familiarity with DevSecOps principles and practices
• BS in Computer Science or equivalent experience

EEO Statement

Equal Opportunity Employer

Ultimate Kronos Group is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and is committed to maintaining a diverse and inclusive work environment. All qualified applicants will receive considerations for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, marital status, familial status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, veteran status, and any other legally protected status under federal, state, or local anti-discrimination laws. 

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Disability Accommodation

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