Chief Software Engineer

Company Description
About Visa

Common Purpose, Uncommon Opportunity . Everyone at Visa works with one goal in mind - making sure that Visa is the best way to pay and be paid, for everyone everywhere . This is our global vision and the common purpose that unites the entire Visa team. As a global payments technology company, tech is at the heart of what we do. CyberSource, a Visa company, has been and continues to be a pioneer within the e-Commerce Payment Management world. Our VisaNet network is capable of handling over 65,000 transaction messages per second for people and businesses around the world, enabling them to use digital currency instead of cash and checks.

We are also global advocates for financial inclusion, working with partners around the world to help those who lack access to financial services join the global economy. Visa's sponsorships, including the Olympics and FIFA™ World Cup, celebrate teamwork, diversity, and excellence throughout the world. If you have a passion to make a difference in the lives of people around the world, Visa offers an uncommon opportunity to build a strong, thriving career. Visa is fueled by our team of talented employees who continuously raise the bar on delivering the convenience and security of digital currency to people all over the world. Join our team and
find out how Visa is everywhere you want to be.

"Visa will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of Article 49 of the San Francisco Police Code."

Job Description
Visa is seeking a Chief Software Engineer, Risk and Authentication Product Development to act as one of
key technology leaders to build and manage Visa's technology assets in the risk and authentication areas. The Risk and Authentication Product Development group is part of Visa's Data organization. We are responsible for the R&D of the critical risk and authentication products, applications, and services in VISA. This includes idea generation, design, development, and testing of products, applications, and services that
provide Visa clients with solutions to detect, prevent, and mitigate fraud for Visa and Visa client payment systems. We also innovate and adopt new technologies from the industry especially from the open source community for our technical development.  
This individual will act as a trusted technical advisor and strategic thought leader to the Risk and Authentication product development group. The successful candidate will be comfortable navigating challenging forces in the dynamic payments space especially in the risk and authentication 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 the risk and authentication products, applications and services with hundreds of million dollars revenue. This position reports to Head of Risk and
Authentication Product Development, Foster City and will be based in Foster City, CA (can also be in Austin, TX).

Primary responsibilities will include:
Provide Architectural
leadership and vision for Visa's Risk and authentication products and services.  Develop and maintain architectural roadmap for products and 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 audience.

Develop strategies 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 risk and authentication
Oversee and sign off key architecture artifacts in the group.
Maintain broad technical and solution knowledge in software, infrastructure, security, and business architecture areas.
Articulate technology solutions as well as explain the competitive advantages of various technology
Work on highly complex issues with broad technical or strategic implications for the
Collaborate with the Business Owners, other product development groups and software vendors to
identify and define solutions for complex business requirements.
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 developers to finish.
Build relationships with key architects across technology organizations and collaborate on
promoting architectural best practices across technology.
Provide mentorship and help team growth especially on technical side.


Experienced technology leader with a minimum of 15+ years of software development experience including 5+ years of application architecture experience with deep technology expertise in the following:- Extensive experience on architecture design of large scale platforms and application with simple solutions.
Extensive hands on design/coding experience/skills using Java, J2EE, C++, C#, .NET. Strong on elegant coding, can write very solid prototypes or core components quickly.
Strong service development experience with high performance and scalability.
Object-Oriented design and development.
SQL/noSQL technology.
Web Services (REST/SOAP).
Service Oriented Architecture.
JavaScript Framework and AJAX.
Big data and cloud computing technologies including Hadoop, Spark, Hive, etc.
Familiar with Database, ETL and Business Intelligence technologies like Oracle, DB2, SQL Server, etc.
Experience on distributed application performance engineering, mobile application development, database design, middleware, user interface development, and information security engineering - Technical ackground in data with deep understanding of issues in multiple areas such as data management, query processing, distributed processing, high availability, statistical, data mining, machine learning and operational excellence of production systems is required.
Have a successful track record of leading architecture work for large scale projects that represent broad strategic initiatives meeting quantifiable business objectives and resulting in tangible impact for the organization. Demonstrated expertise in leveraging agile and other development methodologies.
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 at identifying problems, solving complex problems with simple solutions.
Think strategically: See patterns and relationships in information and events; clarify and simplify complex information; anticipate trends and possibilities that may lead to new business opportunities; consistently think and act "ahead of the curve"; anticipate and effectively respond with urgency to immediate opportunities; executes plans vigorously and with flexibility; operate proactively; identify and address long-term opportunities.
Demonstrated proficiency and experience in one or more of the following areas: application architecture, solutions architecture, software systems architecture.
Self-motivated, fast learner, 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.
Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or related technical discipline required; advanced degree is a plus.
Strong leadership and team player.
Strong on driving for results and self-motivated.
Payment industry experience is a plus.
Risk and/or authentication experience is a big plus.

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