• Principal Application Engineer

    Location US-CA-San Francisco
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  • Summary

    Esurance is looking for a Pricipal Application Engineer to join a dynamic and award-winning team of individuals who are committed to making insurance smarter, easier, and dare we say- cooler. As part of a growing company that is focused on providing an outstanding customer experience, you’ll have the opportunity to expand your skills and discover your potential.


    If you’re looking for a career at a socially conscious company that offers great benefits — including matching 401k and tuition reimbursement — then you may have just found your new home. 


    Esurance combines the spunk of a startup company with the backing of Allstate (the largest publicly held personal lines insurer in the U.S.) to create a unique, energized, and exciting place to work. 





    This individual with expert technical and analytical skills in enterprise systems architecture and software development, will be responsible for working with senior business and technical staff to translate business needs into technology solutions based on deep understanding of the business needs and products. A minimum of 5 years direct web development is required.


    • Design, estimate, document and deliver technology solutions while effectively working across team boundaries. 
    • Highly hands on in design and implementation of .NET based solutions.
    • Build prototypes and convince businesses and senior IT staff of the benefits of new technologies and solutions.
    • Demonstrate ability to identify, define, create, and apply new architectural design patterns and standards to extremely complex problems.
    • Engage and complete work assignments which are often self-initiated
    • Lead architecture and design of high impact projects that meet market needs with respect to functionality, performance, scalability, and reliability.
    • Performs business and technical requirements analysis and review.
    • Produces technical design documents and software requirement specifications that are consistent with the architectual constraints and software development processes and standards.
    • Proactively learns about and evaluates emerging technologies (reviewing technical journals, team sharing, mentors, vendors, peer groups, special training)
    • Must be able to perform under tight timeframes and execute problem solving skills
    • Understands and leverages best practices of technical/insurance industry
    • Develops appropriate metrics to measure total system performance
    • Applies an understanding of the key vulnerabilities related to data transfer between intern/external system to maximize data security and integrity


    • 7+ years of object-oriented development
    • 7+ years XML, XSL, Schema
    • 7+ years website development
    • 7+ years web service development
    • 7+ years .NET development
    • Solid understanding and application of web services, SOAs, AJAX
    • Solid design and build experience of reference implementations of components and interfaces with new technologies
    • Solid experience in designing for critical areas of security, performance, capacity and maintainability
    • Excellent design experience, including use of industry design patterns and best practices
    • Excellent understanding of software development lifecycle
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
    • Quick learner undaunted by complex systems.
    • Thrive in an environment of constant change.
    • Solid experience with data modeling tools and concepts
    • Familiarity with non-Microsoft technologies (J2EE, UNIX/Linux, etc.) a plus

    Experience / Education:

    • An undergraduate degree (BA/BS Computer Science) is required and a graduate degree is preferred. Equivalent experience can be substituted for the degree requirement.
    • MCSD/MCSE preferred



    At Esurance, being committed to our employees is not just something we say, it’s something we do. Our benefits package is designed to help our associates stay healthy, meet their long-term financial goals, and balance the demands of work and personal life. Esurance rewards hard work, dedication, and creativity with competitive salaries and a generous bonus system. We are committed to our employees and we are dedicated to creating a diverse, positive, innovative and team-oriented work environment.

    Health & wellness

    • Medical, vision, and dental insurance
    • Life insurance (company-paid and supplemental)
    • Accidental death and dismemberment coverage
    • Wellness coaching and incentives
    • Group critical illness coverage
    • Accident indemnity and hospital indemnity plans
    • Group legal


    • 401(k) plan with annual matching contribution
    • Referral bonuses
    • Performance-rewarding bonus system
    • Tuition assistance program (up to $5,250 per year)
    • Health savings and flexible spending accounts
    • Commuter benefits

    Family & Community

    • Adoption assistance
    • Maternity leave
    • Buckle Up Baby program
    • Pet insurance discount
    • Charitable gift matching
    • Give Time, Get Time volunteer program
    • Employee Assistance Program

    Time off

    • Short-term disability
    • Long-term disability (employee-paid option)
    • Paid time off (holidays, vacation, personal choice days)


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