Bellevue, WA, USA
Company Description As the world's leader in digital payments
technology, Visa's mission is to connect the world through the most
creative, reliable and secure payment network - enabling
individuals, businesses, and economies to thrive. Our advanced
global processing network, VisaNet, provides secure and reliable
payments around the world, and is capable of handling more than
65,000 transaction messages a second. The company's dedication to
innovation drives the rapid growth of connected commerce on any
device, and fuels the dream of a cashless future for everyone,
everywhere. As the world moves from analog to digital, Visa is
applying our brand, products, people, network and scale to reshape
the future of commerce.
At Visa, your individuality fits right in. Working here gives
you an opportunity to impact the world, invest in your career
growth, and be part of an inclusive and diverse workplace. We are a
global team of disruptors, trailblazers, innovators and risk-takers
who are helping drive economic growth in even the most remote parts
of the world, creatively moving the industry forward, and doing
meaningful work that brings financial literacy and digital commerce
to millions of unbanked and underserved consumers.
You're an Individual. We're the team for you. Together , let's
transform the way the world pays.
Job Description You may have noticed that payment has become a
very active/hot area in the last several years. Given the strong
demands and innovation, this will be a very exciting area in the
next 5 to 10 years. VISA is clearly a very strong leader in the
payment industry, and is in a fast pace of technology
transformation. For a payment system to work well, advance
technologies such as data platform, big data, data mining, machine
learning, cloud, etc. are critical. In VISA, we have all of these.
The Data Platform Department is in the center for many of these
technologies and development.
The Data Platform team is a key component of Visa's Technology
organization that provides an enriched and valuable ecosystem of
data platform and data services that drive innovation for our
partners and clients, within Visa and globally. Data is the most
valuable asset in Visa. The Data Platform Department is dedicated
to develop advanced technology (e.g. Cloud, Machine Learning and
Big Data), systems and services to make data secure, high quality,
rich, fast, and easy to use, therefore enabling Visa the ability to
leverage its data asset in an effective and timely manner to
maximize technology/business development and differentiate Visa
from others in the payment industry. The department maintains tens
of petabytes of data supporting over 100 services for various
internal lines of business and external clients.
Visa is seeking a Chief Data Architect in the Data Platform
department to act as one of key technology leaders to build and
manage Visa’s data and technology assets in the data Platform,
build and maintain Visa Data Lake, enable wide range of application
to be deployed and operate in Data Lake.
This individual will act as a trusted technical advisor and
strategic thought leader to the Data Platform department. The
successful candidate will be comfortable navigating challenging
forces in the dynamic payments space especially in big data and
data platform areas and be comfortable in a fast-paced environment
with significant changes; developing/implementing strategies and
processes that enable the organization to innovate and grow fast.
You will have the opportunity to lead, participate, guide, and
mentor other people in the team on architecture and design in a
hands on manner. You are responsible for the strategic and
technical direction of Visa Data Platform. This position reports to
the Sr. Director of Architecture for Data as a Service team in Data
Platform and will be based in Bellevue, WA.
Primary responsibilities will include :
Provide Architectural leadership and vision for Visa’s Data
Platform and Data Lake. Develop and maintain architectural roadmap
for data products and data services plus ensuring alignment with
the business and enterprise architecture strategies and standards.
Able to develop, present and explain the value and vision of
proposed architectures and solutions to a wide range of
Provide leadership and guidance on design and management of data
for data applications, formulate best practices and organize
processes for data management, governance and evolution. Build
processes and tools to maintain high data availability, quality and
Contribute to the DP strategies and roadmap development to meet
business objectives with existing or emerging technologies. Ability
to translate business concepts to technical terms. Understands and
communicates company goals and objectives.
Apply creative thinking/approach to determine technical
solutions that further business goals and align with corporate
technology strategies, keeping in mind performance, reliability,
scalability, usability, security, flexibility, and cost.
Define and drive technology standard and best practices in the
Data Platform areas, and lead some key projects.
Oversee and sign off key architecture artifacts in the
Articulate technology solutions as well as explain the
competitive advantages of various technology alternatives.
Collaborate with the key stakeholders, other product development
groups and software vendors to identify and define solutions for
complex business and technical requirements.
Engage with Data Platform customers/partners to understand their
needs and provide suggestions/guidance on what data platform
techniques are appropriate to solve their problems with pros/cons
Drive internal proof of concept initiatives. When needed,
quickly design and implement a prototype of a system or component
with a proper architecture, and then hand over to (may lead) a
small group of devs to finish.
Provide mentorship and help team growth especially on technical
12 years of work experience with a Bachelor’s Degree; 10 years
of work experience with an Advanced degree (e.g.
Masters/MBA/JD/MD); or a minimum of 5 years of work experience with
Experienced technology leader with a minimum of 15+ years of
software development experience including 5+ years of data
application or data platform architecture experience with deep
technology expertise in the following:
Architecture design and development of large scale data
platforms and data application with simple solutions
Expertise in design and management of complex data structures
and data processes
Expertise in metadata management, ETL processing, reference data
management. Expertise in streaming and batching data processing and
efficient and performing organization of data in devices set of
Deep knowledge and hands on experience on big data and cloud
computing technologies including Hadoop, Spark, Hive, HBase,
Extensive hands on design/coding experience/skills using
languages like Java, or C#/C++/C#. Strong on elegant coding, can
write very solid prototypes or core components quickly.
Strong service architecture and development experience with high
performance and scalability
Technical background in data with deep understanding of issues
in multiple areas such as data acquisition and processing, data
management, distributed processing, and high availability is
required. Experience in statistics, data mining, machine learning
and operational excellence of production systems is a plus.
Strong at technical goal setting for a project with actionable
success metrics. Good knowledge and experience on measuring a
service from user experience angle.
Strong on driving for results and self-motivated, strong
learning mindset, with good understanding of related advanced/new
technology. Keep up with the technology development in the related
areas in the industry, which could be leveraged to enhance current
architectures and build durable new ones.
Outstanding verbal, written, presentation, facilitation, and
interaction skills, including ability to effectively communicate
architectural issues and concepts to multiple organization levels
and executive management.
Deep experience in:
SQL/noSQL technology. Familiar with Databases like Oracle, DB2,
SQL Server, etc.
ETL, Data Warehousing, Metadata management, Data Governance
Web Services (REST/ SOAP)
Experience on data application/platform instrumentation,
measurement, log data processing, and monitoring.
Experience on distributed application performance engineering,
mobile application development, database design, middleware, user
interface development, and information security engineering
Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or related technical
discipline required; advanced degree is a plus.
Strong leadership and team player.
Strong skills on mentoring/growing junior people
Payment industry experience is a plus.
Travel Requirements This position requires the incumbent
to travel for work 15% of the time.
Mental/Physical Requirements This position will be performed in
an office setting. The position will require the incumbent to sit
and stand at a desk, communicate in person and by telephone,
frequently operate standard office equipment, such as telephones
and computers, and reach with hands and arms.
Additional Information Visa is an EEO Employer. Qualified
applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard
to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation,
gender identity, disability or protected veteran status. Visa will
also consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal
histories in a manner consistent with EEOC guidelines and
applicable local law.