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Principal Application Engineer

AppianFull-time$105k - $255k*McLean, VirginiaMay 10, 2024
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Here at Appian, our core values of Respect, Work to Impact, Ambition, and Constructive Dissent & Resolution define who we are. In short, this means we constantly seek to understand the best for our customers, we go beyond completion in our work, we strive for excellence with intensity, and we embrace candid communication. These values guide our actions and shape our culture every day.  When you join Appian, you'll be part of a passionate team that's dedicated to accomplishing hard things.

At Business Technology Apps (BTApps), we're not just a team, we are the embodiment of Appian’s vision, harnessing our own cutting-edge software to power every corner of our vibrant company. The team collaborates extensively with stakeholders across the business and is responsible for delivering applications that simplify operations. From data analysis, to stakeholder management, to creative problem solving, our application developers combine their skills and leverage Appian’s technology to tackle challenging business problems across the enterprise.


We are looking for a Principal Application Engineer with a strong technical background and demonstrated knowledge of the Appian platform. As a Principal Application Engineer, your primary responsibility will be to develop cutting edge technical solutions fast and autonomously. You will spend 70-80% of your time developing and architecting directly and some of your time coaching others on how to develop world-class Appian applications.



  • Foster a positive team environment focused on advanced technical knowledge, effective collaboration, and positive customer outcomes.
  • Solve highly complex technical problems using Appian and other supporting platforms.
  • Assist with adding top talent to our team by participating in recruiting events and conducting candidate interviews.
  • Coach others on technical best practices.
  • Research, develop, and implement new tools to speed up and simplify application development.
  • Ensure all documentation, training, and tooling you develop is up to date, easily accessible and globally reusable.


  • B.S./B.A. in Engineering, Computer Science, Information Systems, Mathematics or related field/degree
  • Highly well rounded technology professional
  • 8+ years of Appian development experience
  • 5+ years of Java development experience, ideally in the context of Appian plugins
  • 5+ years of SQL experience
  • 3+ years of experience in an agile delivery environment
  • Demonstrated subject matter expertise with the Appian platform and related technologies (e.g. Appian Lead Developer certification)
  • Proven ability to coach and mentor technical staff
  • Excellent problem solving skills and talent for identifying creative solutions


Nice to Haves:

  • Certifications: Certified ScrumMaster, PMP

Tools and Resource 

  • Training and Development: During onboarding, we focus on equipping new hires with the skills and knowledge for success through department-specific training. Continuous learning is a central focus at Appian, with dedicated mentorship and the First-Friend program being widely utilized resources for new hires. 
  • Growth Opportunities: Appian provides a diverse array of growth and development opportunities, including our leadership program tailored for new and aspiring managers, a comprehensive library of specialized department training through Appian University, skills based training, and tuition reimbursement for those aiming to advance their education. This commitment ensures that employees have access to a holistic range of development opportunities.
  • Community: We’ll immerse you into our community rooted in respect starting on day one. Appian fosters inclusivity through our 8 employee-led affinity groups. These groups help employees build stronger internal and external networks by planning social, educational, and outreach activities to connect with Appianites and larger initiatives throughout the company.

About Appian

Appian is a software company that automates business processes. The Appian AI-Powered Process Platform includes everything you need to design, automate, and optimize even the most complex processes, from start to finish. The world's most innovative organizations trust Appian to improve their workflows, unify data, and optimize operations—resulting in better growth and superior customer experiences. For more information, visit [Nasdaq: APPN]

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