Director - Innovation

  • Company: Visa
  • Posted: April 15, 2017
  • Reference ID: 111971079
Company Description
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: Our VisaNet network processes over 13,000 transactions 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.

Job Description

The Director - Innovation will engage with various stakeholders within and outside of Visa to
develop new capabilities/user experiences on Visa platform. Within specific
areas of focus, they will drive the vision, partner outreach and engagement and
subsequent co-creation. They will lead design and development of proof of
concept using human-centric design principles and rapid prototyping. He/she will
interact with executives and others in client and partner organizations to
brainstorm co-creation ideas and rapidly prototype working proof of concepts.
He/she will then evangelize the proof of concept within and outside of Visa, and
work closely with product teams in Visa to drive pilot/commercialization.

He/she will bring prior experience in hands-on development of solutions, UI and prototypes,
and a close knowledge of developments in technology (mobile, cloud, APIs, etc.)
and commerce (omni-channel, digital payments, etc.). He/she is creative and
hands-on, developing working prototypes where necessary and leading other
solution developers where available. The ideal candidate will demonstrate depth
of thinking and experiences across card issuing, merchant payment solutions, new
payments capabilities (tokens, mobile). He/she is passionate about payments and
has meaningful understanding of developments in the areas of IoT, blockchain,
AR/VR, data, etc.
Innovation development and co-creation
  • Brainstorm with internal and external teams to develop
    ideas and potential solutions for co-creation or for development of proofs of
  • Rapidly convert ideas into working prototypes, mashing
    together solutions/capabilities that exist within Visa or externally. Direct a
    team of dedicated UI/UX and development resources to build a working proof of
  • Ensure feasibility of prototypes by mapping components
    to actual existing capabilities/assets (internal and external)
  • Work closely with the Engagement Manager and/or Program
    Manager to scope plan, critical path and risks, and with teams of
    clients/partners to understand their deployment environment
  • Where in-field pilots are feasible, work with
    clients/partners and internal product and development teams to drive development
    and deployment
  • Drive coordination with core product teams to enable

Innovation practice
  • Provide thought leadership in payments and related
    aspects, in order to develop a vision for specific areas of innovation, identify
    key innovation opportunities for Visa, and identify potential partners
  • Lead the development of intellectual capital in a key
    area of payments
  • Evangelize innovations within and outside Visa, in order
    to pave way for commercialization/ product roll out. As appropriate, host
    discussions/events to drive discussion with internal and external partners


  • At least 8 years of relevant experience in product
    management (at payment network, bank, merchant or fintech) or technology
    consulting, focused on payments and/or commerce
  • Experience in client facing engagements, preferably in
    leading them
  • Knowledge in mobile application development, web-based
    systems architecture, service-based architecture, enterprise application
  • Experience and knowledge of Agile (Scrum) project
    methodology and practices
  • Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science or MIS, or
    equivalent experience

Additional Information
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.
All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

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