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Lead System Architect - Big Data Platform

Visa, Palo Alto CA, US

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This is a hands on role with leadership responsibilities on large multi-tenant Hadoop and Big Data environment.

Essential Functions:

  • Provide technical leadership to the Data Platform organization
  • Take ownership of Platform architecture and drive it to the next level of effectiveness to support current and long term requirements
  • Ensure that the Hadoop data platform is capable of supporting a growing list of downstream platforms and more
  • Ensure the Hadoop platform can effectively meet performance & SLA requirements
  • Develop best practices for the management and engineering of the data platforms
  • Hands on performance tuning and operational efficiency
  • Harden platform operation process and policy
  • Formulate methods to enable consistent Data loading and optimize Data operations
  • Mentor and junior and intermediate level Hadoop administrators/developers 
  • Collaborating with partners from business and technology organizations, develop key deliverables for Data Platform Strategy - Scalability, optimization, operations, availability, roadmap.
  • Deliver projects within budget and deadlines
  • New project sizing and SME support
  • Evaluate and introduce technology tools and processes to streamline operation of the data platform and for streamlining use case execution for a diverse user community from multiple LOBs

Basic Qualifications

  • Minimum of Bachelor’s degree or equivalent

Preferred Qualifications

  • 10+ years’ experience as a technical lead with focus on open source and Petabyte range data implementations.
  • 5 years of experience as technical lead for a Hadoop/BigData implementation. 
  • Expertise with Hive, YARN, Spark, Impala, Kafka, SOLR, Oozie, Sentry, Encryption, Hbase, etc.
  • Experience in optimization, capacity planning & architecture of a large multi-tenant cluster.
  • Expertise in at least one commercial distribution of Hadoop. Preferably Cloudera
  • Experience with multiple open source tool sets in the Big Data space
  • Appreciation of diverse LOBs and their data needs combined with deep technical expertise are required for the role.
  • Minimum of four-year technical degree required. Masters will be highly regarded
  • Experience in tool Integration, automation, configuration management in GIT
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and presentation skills, analytical and problem solving skills

Travel Requirements 

This position requires the incumbent to travel for work 5% 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.


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.

About Visa

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