Lead Systems Architect (REF16974L) - Visa Digital Developer Platform (VDDP)

Visa, Foster City CA, US

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**This role is located in Austin, TX. We will provide relocation assistance**

As a Lead Systems Architect, you will lead and manage a variety of projects in the Visa's Digital and Developer Platform (DDP) group. In this role, you will introduce new services, technologies, and technical solutions to Visa infrastructure to deliver innovative payment solutions.

You will drive technical solutions for large scale, always available, secure, fast and international ready solutions that will have direct impact on the land scape of the payments industry for generations to come. 

Your solutions, in most cases, will be used by millions of people worldwide every minute of the day.  You have the opportunity to transform technologies like mobile, web, risk authentication, distributed computing and offers platforms to create seamless, fast, reliable and user-friendly payment solutions. You will have the opportunity to propose, not only technical, but also new business models.

You will, in many cases, interact with different stake holders, senior executives, external parties like system integrators, wallet providers, merchants, issuers and senior product regional managers. You will propose new innovative solutions, updates to existing solutions, negotiate alternative options, build technical and release roadmaps. 

You will be integral part of DDP Architecture Team and will be reporting to Senior Director of Architecture/ Chief Systems Architect.  You will have the opportunity and the responsibility to build the Long-Term Architecture that delivers consistency, quality, high developer velocity, security, reusability and availability across Visa infrastructure.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Identify appropriate technical solutions and/or products and designs that will best prepare the company to meet future business objectives.
  • Design the appropriate solution that is based on the business requirements.
  • Propose new solutions to meet the fast-changing payments industry. 
  • Document the design in the form of a conceptual approach which will be used as the basis for sizing and the creation of detailed design artifacts.
  • Perform proofs of concept (PoCs) and other technical evaluations of technologies, designs, and solutions.
  • Work with engineering professionals, architects and others within Visa to ensure that the solution will scale appropriately while ensuring that what is implemented is a cost-effective solution.
  • Manage the creation of detail design and use case documents.
  • Work with developers and manage them (from a technical perspective) during project construction.
  • Continue to learn about the payments industry, and the factors impacting the payments industry. 



  • Bachelor's / Master's Degree in Computer Science or other technology field
Preferred Skills
  • Very strong interpersonal, facilitation, team building and leadership skills along with effective communication (both written and verbal) skills and the ability to present complex ideas in a clear, concise way; ability to influence and develop relationships with key partners.
  • Typically requires 17+ years of experience in delivering enterprise-class, mission-critical, commercial, and scalable products, at least 3 of which were in the role of an architect or a lead developer.
  • Extensive Experience with web services standards and related technologies (HTTP(s), REST, JSON, WS*).
  • Extensive experience programming in Java.
  • Extensive experience in API design and in system and component design. 
  • Extensive experience working with a variety of Applications Servers and Databases (primarily Tomcat, Oracle). Other database, MongoDB, Cassandra is a Plus.
  • Experience in Micro Services, Service Mesh, Containers, DevOps is a big plus
  • Experience in Web security, APIs Security is a must
  • Strong experience in Identity and Access Management is a must
  • Experience in distributed computing, Microservices is a must
  • Experience in Messaging Systems, Especially Kafka
  • Experience in Risk and Fraud Management System
  • Experience in Mobile Application Development (Andriod and iOS)
  • Digital Wallets Experiance is a plus
  • Payments industry experience, especially internationally, is a plus


Visa will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with EEOC guidelines and applicable local law.

About Visa

Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) is the world’s leader in digital payments. Our mission is to connect the world through the most innovative, 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 relentless focus on innovation is a catalyst for the rapid growth of connected commerce on any device, and a driving force behind 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.

Want to learn more about Visa? Visit Visa's website.