What does a Principal Software Architect do?

A Software Architect serves as the team leader for the innovation and creation of new company software and program features. Generally found in tech-heavy industries and large corporations, a Software Architect will oversee a team of programmers. They seek to manage and facilitate the proper design of large websites or programs within products. From software coding to innovative design, a Software Architect is the key to creating a seamless software experience for customers.

A Software Architect will usually hold an advanced degree in Computer Science or Computer Engineering. A Software Architect works on both technical and design aspects of a project. Creativity as well as a detailed understanding of coding and leadership skills are essential. Additionally, employers may seek to hire those with specialized certifications in computer languages such as Java or PHP. A proficient Software Architect will possess leadership qualities and seek to continually improve their skill-set.

What responsibilities are common for Principal Software Architect jobs?
  • Collaborate with team members to determine best practices and requirements for software
  • Oversight and approval of all final programs and products before formal launch
  • Oversee and support the coaching and training of team members to ensure all necessary employees are confident in the use of software applications
  • Actively seek ways to improve business software processes and interactions
  • Prepare an easy to understand report for supervisors detailing achieved milestones and short-term project goals
  • Use a proactive approach to common challenges and by continually researching best practices in coding
  • Ensure software security by developing programs to actively monitor the sharing of private information
  • Troubleshoot coding problems quickly and efficiently to ensure a productive workplace
What are the typical qualifications for Principal Software Architect jobs?
  • 5-7 years of experience designing and implementing software applications
  • Professional programs certification in Java and others is strongly
  • Experience working on large-scale software projects
  • Demonstrated knowledge of web applications, cybersecurity and open source technologies
  • Experience developing software utilizing various coding languages including Java, C++, PHP and more
  • Outstanding collaboration and communication skill are essential
  • Experience overseeing customized development of processes for multiple projects simultaneously
  • Professional experience analyzing code for weaknesses and errors, and overseeing plans to improve them
  • Experience designing secure software systems based upon industry-specific specifications
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
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3.9 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

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IceCream LabsIceCream Labs
Software Architect
17 Apr 2021

“It great for self motivated folks who want to do lots of innovative work and push boundaries.”

GE HealthcareGE Healthcare
Principal Software Architect
3 Mar 2020

“You can find excellent people leaders who really care for people and help them grow professionally and personally.”

Texas InstrumentsTexas Instruments
Principal Software Architect
14 Feb 2021

“Pioneer to some of the top technologies in the world and offers great work life balance.”

ServiceNowServiceNow
Platform Architect
13 Jan 2022

“Onboarding is well organized and you have massive opportunities to learn and grow in your role.”

First Tek, Inc.First Tek, Inc.
Software Architect
8 Sept 2021

“I was honestly surprised when I first started working here at how heavily leadership promote a healthy work/life balance.”

Innominds SoftwareInnominds Software
Services Architect
2 Apr 2021

“My job never felt threatened or at any risk of being terminated so I would say the job security here was very good.”

Macquarie GroupMacquarie Group
Software Architect
18 Jul 2022

“Some pretty diligent/dedicated and highly technical people I had the pleasure to work with.”

Three Meadows SoftwareThree Meadows Software
Software Architect
11 Apr 2022

“4. Team is really skilled and helpful .”

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When working as a Principal Software Architect, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are JAVA Angular, Cloud, Agile Software Development, Javascript Node and Linux Windows.

The most similar professions to Principal Software Architect are:
  • Enterprise Architect
  • Systems Architect
  • Infrastructure Architect
  • Software Engineer

The most common qualifications to become a Principal Software Architect is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.

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