Principal Software (Java) Engineer - San Jose/Portland

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Date: Feb 4, 2021

Location: Portland, OR, US, 97201

Company: CDK

Power the Possibilities
The CDK Global technology team is looking for collaborative innovators who are passionate about making their mark on emerging enterprise software products. We’re building and developing cloud technology for the automotive retail industry
that will change the landscape for automotive dealers, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and the customers they serve.

Be Part of Something Bigger
Each year, more than three percent of the U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) is attributed to the auto industry, which flows through our customer, the auto dealer. It’s time you joined an evolving marketplace where research and development
investment is measured in the tens of billions. It’s time you were a part of something bigger.

We’re expanding our workforce – engineers, architects, developers and more – onboarding early adopters who can optimize, pivot and keep pace with ever-evolving development roadmaps and applications.

Join Our Team
Growth potential, flexibility and material impact on the success and quality of a next-gen, enterprise software product make CDK an excellent choice for those who thrive in challenging, fast-paced engineering environments.
The possibilities for impact are endless. We have exceptional opportunities to evolve our industry by driving change through new technology.

If you’re ready for high-impact, you’re ready for CDK.


We are looking for engineers to transform our Dealer Management System. Candidate must be able to thrive in a small focused team with high energy to innovate creative solutions and solve complex real-world problems.


This position is a rewarding opportunity to express your creativity, work with intelligent, innovative people, and have your work improve the daily business of dealerships throughout North America, while simultaneously improving the car buying experience for millions of consumers. You will have the ability to work on cutting edge technologies within a variety of tech stacks. You will be doing continuous deliveries and will see your work come to life very quickly! The teams are self-driven, which allows them to determine their own destiny. (Yes, you will actually have the ability to chart how you want to solve the problems!).




  • Evolve existing framework to support new scalability requirements as well new functionality needed. 
  • Lead the Database design across the DMS
  • Lead team on implementing projects.
  • Technical advisor/resource for other engineers.
  • Work with other teams, vendors, and clients to resolve issues and develop solutions.
  • Work with product owners to identify and iron out upcoming business needs and develop technical backlog to answer those needs in timely manner.
  • Stay abreast of new technologies and develop expertise in new tools.
  • Work with team to identify and resolve technical debt to improve the team’s throughput.




  • Masters or B.S. in computer science or 8-10 years software development experience.
  • Strong analytical, troubleshooting, and problem-solving skills.
  • Able to debug across multiple platforms (Linux, Windows Server/Workstation).
  • Able to debug across multiple technologies (Apache, ASP .Net, PHP, Java, etc.).
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Enthusiasm for solving interesting and complicated problems.
  • Experience in application design and Implementation using agile practices.
  • Solid experience in database technologies.
  • Strong experience in Java and java related frameworks (e.g.: Spring) is a must.
  • PHP and C# knowledge a  plus.
  • Basic Windows and Linux/CentOS knowledge.
  • Pick/Reality and AWS / SaaS experience, a plus.
  • Postgres/SQL knowledge, a plus.
  • Experience with React is a plus



CDK Global knows you have passions outside of work.  You have family, friends, sporting events, and lots of things going on.   That’s why we offer a comprehensive benefits package to not only take care of you but your family as well.   All of our benefits are effective the first day of employment including 401K matching, paid time off to re-energize, donate your time to volunteer in your community, and tuition reimbursement to name a few.

At CDK, we pride ourselves on having a diverse workforce. We value and celebrate the uniqueness of individuals and the different perspectives they provide. We offer equal opportunity employment regardless of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability status, age, marital status, or protected veteran status.  

Nearest Major Market: Portland Oregon

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