Lead Solutions Architect- Data and AI Platform

Visa, Palo Alto CA, US

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Duration: Full-Time

You may have noticed that payment industry has become a very innovative and active area in tech in the last several 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, analytics, machine learning, cloud, etc. are critical. At VISA, we have all of these. The Data and AI 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. The Data Platform Department is dedicated to develop sophisticated technology- Cloud and Machine Learning systems and services. These make data secure, high quality, rich, fast, and easy to use. Therefore, enabling Visa the ability to demonstrate its data asset in an effective and timely manner to enhance 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.

Position Summary:

Visa is seeking a Lead Solutions Architect in the Data and AI Platform department to act as one of key technology contributor to build and lead 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 inspiring leader to the Data Platform department. The successful candidate will be comfortable navigating complicated forces in the multifaceted 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. This position reports to the Sr. Director of Architecture for Data as a Service team in Data Platform and will be based in Palo Alto, California.

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 audience.
  • Provide leadership and guidance on design and management of data for data applications, formulate standard methodologies and organize processes for data management, governance and evolution. Build processes and tools to maintain high data availability, quality and maintainability.
  • Chip in 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.
  • Articulate technology solutions as well as explain the advantages of various technology alternatives.
  • Collaborate with the key partners, other product development groups and software vendors to identify and define solutions for sophisticated 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 tackle their problems with pros/cons articulated clearly.
  • 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 side.

This is a hybrid position. Hybrid employees can alternate time between both remote and office. Employees in hybrid roles are expected to work from the office two days a week, Tuesdays and Wednesdays with a general guidepost of being in the office 50% of the time based on business needs.

Basic Qualifications:

  • 10 or more years of work experience with a Bachelor’s Degree or at least 8 years of work experience with an Advanced Degree (e.g. Masters/ MBA/JD/MD) or at least 3 years of work experience with a PhD
  • Experienced technology leader with a minimum of 10+ 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 data platforms.
  • Deep knowledge and hands on experience on big data and cloud computing technologies including Hadoop, Spark, Hive, HBase, etc.
  • 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 practical success metrics. Good knowledge and experience on measuring a service from user experience angle.
  • Aiming for results and self-motivated, strong learning attitude, with good understanding of related advanced/new technology. Keep up with the technology development in the related areas in the industry, which could be demonstrated to enhance current architectures and build durable new ones.
  • Outstanding verbal, written, presentation, facilitation, and interaction skills, including ability to successfully 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
  • 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 skills on mentoring/growing junior people

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 12 or more years of work experience with a Bachelor’s Degree or 8-10 years of experience with an Advanced Degree (e.g. Masters, MBA, JD, MD) or 6+ years of work experience with a PhD

Visa has adopted a COVID-19 vaccination policy to safeguard the health and well-being of our employees and visitors. As a condition of employment, all employees based in the U.S. are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, unless a reasonable accommodation is approved or as otherwise required by law.

Work Hours: Varies upon the needs of the department.

Travel Requirements: This position requires travel 5-10% 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.

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.

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

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.

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