Principal Software Architect

Wabtec Corporation

West Melbourne, FL


Position summary

Wabtec Corporation is a leading global provider of equipment, systems, digital solutions and value-added services for freight and transit rail. Drawing on nearly four centuries of collective experience across Wabtec, GE Transportation and Faiveley Transport, the company has unmatched digital expertise, technological innovation, and world-class manufacturing and services, enabling the digital-rail-and-transit ecosystems. Wabtec is focused on performance that drives progress, creating transportation solutions that move and improve the world. Wabtec has approximately 27,000 employees in facilities throughout the world. Visit the company’s new website at:

It’s not just about your career… or your job title…it’s about who you are and the impact you are going to make on the world. Do you want to go into uncharted waters…do things that haven’t been done to make yours and someone else's life better? Wabtec has been doing that for decades and we will continue to do so! Through our people, leadership development, services, technology and scale, Wabtec delivers better outcomes for global customers by speaking the language of industry.


Principal Architect on Wabtec Flagship Dispatch Product called Precision Dispatch System (PDS). This position is responsible for designing entire product or solution architectures, visualizing upstream dependencies across multiple versions, resolving system-level technical issues, resolving scalability and performance issues, and overall positioning of the product with reference to market and competition.  The Principal Architect will drive PDS architectural and system-level design and development efforts in alignment with the product roadmap.  Proactively identifies and solves highly technical and complex problems that directly enable PDS success. The Principal Architect will provide technical design guidance and oversight to the PDS engineering staff through proactive and planned design reviews and demonstrations. The PDS is destined for services to be deployed in a cloud-based architecture using the latest software development techniques.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Use technology expertise, Industry & competitive intelligence, and deep knowledge of customer preferences to conceive, evaluate, design & deliver superior product/service offerings that exceed customer expectations

  • Develop a lasting, innovative architecture that satisfies business and customer requirements, and aligns with the long-term plan for the product/service.

  • Apply a strategic understanding of the timing and rationale for design choices and identifies critical design areas early in the development process.

  • Recognizes patterns and complexity in problems. Extract decomposition algorithms, and strategically plan how to execute programs by understanding how best to decompose to expose/protect against risk.

  • Drive new ways of thinking, across groups within the division, to improve quality, engineering productivity, and responsiveness to feedback and changing priorities.

  • Find opportunities for collaboration across groups in the division, ensures that cross-team commitments are set, and achieve scale in his or her work efforts by enabling the work of others.

  • Proactively contributes to the development of organizational functional strategy.

  • Drive world-class quality in the development and support of products

  • Understand performance parameters and assess application performance

  • Proactively share information across the team, to the right audience with the appropriate level of detail and timeliness

  • Tailor communication to a variety of audiences and perspectives, and anticipates issues to prevent conflict.

  • Choose the appropriate internal or external technologies, incorporates research, create designs that are reused across the team, and be an excellent judge of practices that work well.

  • Define quality metrics, best practices, and coding patterns, and provides deep expertise on the coding strategy.

Minimum Qualifications_:_

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Technology, or Engineering.

  • 12+ years of Software Industry experience

  • 10+ years of Railroad and/or Dispatch or equivalent systems experience

  • 10+ years of experience evaluating and improving software systems' functionality and performance

  • Highly proficient in spoken and written English

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Effective remote working skills to learn new environment, domain, product with minimal time

  • Self-starter and able to set the direction for self and others when uncertainty exists

  • Proven ability to provide Services & Java mentoring and coaching to others on the team

  • Highly effective and efficient troubleshooting skills

  • Highly effective communications skills

  • Technical ownership and drive to complete tasks on schedule

  • Seeks to understand problems thoroughly before implementing solutions.

  • Identifies opportunities for innovation and offers new ideas

  • Adapts to new environments and changing requirements. Pivots quickly as needed.

  • Responds to needs & seeks info from other sources

Physical Demands:

  • Employee is regularly required to talk and hear

  • Employee able to travel if needed less than 10%

  • Employee able to use a computer for programming and interacting with his team

Work Environment:

  • The employee will typically work in a temperature-controlled office environment, with frequent exposure to electronic office equipment

  • Wabtec works in a hybrid model giving employees the flexibility to work remotely on Monday/Friday and in-office Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday

Relocation Assistance not provided

Wabtec Corporation is committed to taking on the world’s toughest challenges. In order to fulfill that commitment we rely on a culture of leadership, diversity and inclusiveness. We aim to employ the world’s brightest minds to help us create a limitless source of ideas and opportunities. We believe in hiring talented people of varied backgrounds, experiences and styles…people like you! Wabtec Corporation is committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or expression, or protected Veteran status. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know.

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About the company

Industry: Industrial: Equipment Manufacturing

At Wabtec, we are in the business of realizing potential. Our employees are the architects of the future. Go just about anywhere and you’ll find us. If you want to move and improve the world, start here.