General Dynamics Information Technology Principal Programmer in West Des Moines, Iowa

Job Description

GDIT is seeking a Principal Programmer who builds and codes applications and/or models using various computer programming languages. Responsible for coordinating the design, development and testing of complex and efficient programming and analytic code, as well as technical support and subject matter expertise related to specified health care programming & analytic activities, projects and deliverables.


  • Gathers and/or clarifying business and technical requirements with data requestors.

  • Provides technical and analytic input to analytic team.

  • Responsible for planning, developing, testing, and has the ability to document highly complex applications programs.

  • Generates new code and corrects, converts, and/or modifies existing code to meet specifications.

  • Prepares detailed specifications from which code will be written.

  • Consults with end-users to analyze specified methods and procedures, identify problems, and document specific requirements.

  • Provides input to staff involved in writing and updating technical documentation such as users manuals, product specifications, and training materials.

  • Performs a variety of testing procedures on assigned products, analyzes test results, and corrects problems.

  • Responsible for preparing reports on analyses, findings, and project progress, and presents results to management and/or customer personnel.

  • Performs research on emerging technologies to determine impact on application execution.

  • Provides expert guidance and work leadership to less-experienced programmers, and may have supervisory responsibilities.

  • May serve as a technical team or task leader.

  • Maintains current knowledge of relevant technology as assigned.

  • Participates in special projects as required.


  • Bachelors Degree in a Computer Science or related technical discipline, or the equivalent combination of education, technical certifications or training, or work experience.


  • 8-10 years of directly related computer programming experience.

  • Advanced knowledge of the fundamental concepts, practices, and procedures used in computer programming.

  • Proficiency in the use of one or more specific technologies, depending on job assignment.

  • Coordinates and leads project tasks is preferred

  • Proficiency in the use of SAS and/or Oracle PL/SQL or equivalent software tools.

  • Professional SAS Certification(s) preferred.

  • Related experience in analytic programming, data extraction, querying databases/data warehouses and data analysis.

  • Experience with Medicaid and Medicare claims preferred.

  • Programming experience with analysis in the healthcare industry preferred.

As a trusted systems integrator for more than 50 years, General Dynamics Information Technology provides information technology (IT), systems engineering, professional services and simulation and training to customers in the defense, federal civilian government, health, homeland security, intelligence, state and local government and commercial sectors. With approximately 32,000 professionals worldwide, the company delivers IT enterprise solutions, manages large-scale, mission-critical IT programs and provides mission support services. GDIT is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status, or any other protected class.

Requisition ID2018-38984

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Job FunctionInformation Technology

Security Clearance LevelNone

Full/Part TimeFull Time