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Principal Node Engineer (Open to Remote)

DATE:  Jan 7, 2021
CITY:  Columbus
BRAND:  Designer Brands
REQ #:  110159
LOCATION NAME:  Home Office, Columbus - East 5th
DEPARTMENT:  Information Technology

A Principal Node Engineer will be constantly presented with new challenges of sizable scope and variety. A technologist with strong bias to action, excellent analytical skills, and talent for good engineering. The position requires a mix of hands-on technical development work, conceptual design, and leadership through influence. Based on a cloud-first approach, the role is responsible for strategic technology enablement, designing and supporting modern solutions in collaboration with various technology teams. Working with other engineers, architects, and business analysts throughout the systems development life cycle, the Principal Node Engineer will drive a team tasked to be agents of change.


Location: Open to remote location working on EST workday


Reports To:  Director of Digital E-Commerce Application Development


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Build, scale, and maintain cloud solutions primarily composed of Node-powered APIs written in Typescript.
  • Collaborate with internal and external technical partners to achieve DSW’s architectural vision and business strategy.
  • Design robust services, development processes, and future-proof solutions utilizing a variety of cloud-first tools and approaches.
  • Lead product releases from conception through implementation.


Required Skills and Competencies:

Required Skills:

  • Experience in micro service architecture, domain driven design, and RESTful Services utilizing primarily the Node runtime and the Typescript language.
  • Experience working with a variety of database software, including NoSQL data stores like MongoDB, relational data stores like MySQL and PostgreSQL, and time-series data stores like Prometheus.
  • Ability to develop scripts and tools, excellent problem solving and troubleshooting skills, and a strong commitment to delivering quality solutions.
  • Previous experience developing, implementing, and operating highly available environments through a public cloud provider, Google Cloud Platform and Microsoft Azure services and technologies preferred.
  • Knowledge and practical experience with SDLC and DevOps processes.
  • Experience with Cloud Technologies and Architecture, Cloud Orchestration/Automation Tools, and virtualization/container technologies such as Kubernetes.
  • Understanding of source code control systems.
  • Excellent troubleshooting skills.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills; ability to collaborate across teams and skill levels.
  • Experience developing, tracking, and leveraging performance metrics for continual improvement.
  • Strong attention to detail and excellent documentation skills.



Setting Goals – Creates and follow effective plans. Anticipates risks, creates contingency plans. Aligns plans with goals. Allocates adequate resources. Accepts and supports change. Willing to take risks and suggests new ideas, approaches. Takes initiative. Seeks out learning activities.


Working with Others – Clearly articulates own, other’s goals. Promotes a team atmosphere by demonstrating humility and respect. Builds effective relationships, relates well to others. Delivers and responds to feedback in a constructive manner. Considers multiple perspectives. Handles conflict, pressure, uncertainty and adapts independently. Meets commitments. Dedicated to working with business partners on their expectations.


Getting Results – Personally accountable for work performance targets and achieving results. Prioritizes well. Anticipates and handles obstacles effectively. Makes good, timely decisions. Can simply and process complex problems. Understands underlying issues and addresses root causes. Meets deadlines, works until finished.




  • Minimum of 10 years of work experience in information technology, 3-5 years of practical experience with cloud systems and services.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in Retail preferred.



  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or equivalent experience.


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Why Choose A Career with Designer Brands?

Empowering associates and building strong teams poised to disrupt the retail and footwear landscape through positive change is at the core of who we are at Designer Brands.

  • Invested in helping our associates learn, develop, achieve and grow into strong leaders
  • Shared commitment to creating a culture fueled by engagement, excitement, optimism and fun
  • Dedicated to giving back and community involvement 

About Designer Brands:

Designer Brands Inc. is one of North America’s largest designers, producers and retailers of footwear and accessories. 

  • Designer Brands Inc. operates a portfolio of retail concepts in nearly 1,000 locations under the DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse, The Shoe Company, and Shoe Warehouse brands and operates leased locations in the U.S through its Affiliated Business Group. 
  • Designer Brands designs and produces footwear and accessories through Camuto Group, a leading manufacturer selling in more than 5,400 doors worldwide. 












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