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Staff Software Engineer – DevOps, Identity & Authentication

Visa, Foster City CA, US

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Duration: Full-Time


What is it all about?

Working as part of the Cybersecurity Products & Engineering team within Visa Global Cybersecurity org

As the world’s largest electronic payments network, Visa customers trust us with ensuring that they can pay with security and confidence everywhere they want to be.  

The mission of the Cybersecurity Products and Engineering team is to build and engineer the next generation of cybersecurity solutions to ensure that we can maintain this trust going forward and ensure that Visa is protected against the highly sophisticated threats and attacks by threat actors. Think of this team as a startup within Visa and building novel cutting-edge products to secure Visa and its ecosystem.

This role is at the Staff Software Engineer level to join the Cybersecurity Products & Engineering team. There is high location flexibility and the person hired can work out of Visa’s Global HQ in Foster City, California or in other regional locations of Atlanta, GA or Ashburn, VA.

What we expect of you, day to day.

This role requires a DevOps engineer for the Visa Behavior Analytics (VBA) cybersecurity product team and will be responsible for the operational activities in pre-production environments, providing support for the VBA application build teams, which is making use of Go, Kafka, Docker, and NoSQL databases in a micro-services and web-service architecture, leveraging configuration automation tools such as Jenkins and operational tools such as Splunk, Sysdig, and Prometheus.

The role will additionally have a key responsibility for creating DevOps tools and capabilities both to aid the current build activities and for the long-term running of the VBA application, for example CI/CD pipelines, test automation, and operational monitoring.

A successful candidate would have a working knowledge of most of the technologies with a deep understanding of one or more and a desire to learn more. More products will be added over time, which could bring more technologies into the remit of the team, so flexibility, and a desire to learn is key. As Go is an evolving language, we will consider candidates with a strong background in C or java, additionally, experience with operating system internals, networking protocols and file systems is beneficial.

The ideal candidate has proven and demonstrable experience of implementing and maintaining Dev Ops infrastructure and capability for an enterprise grade micro services architecture in a highly available (five 9s) environment. You also have background providing Level 2 and Level 3 technical support and troubleshooting issues in the release builds and deployments.

They will also have spent time developing code within a software development team having familiarity with the entire software development lifecycle including version control, build process, testing, and code release and be comfortable working/leading on multiple workstreams.

We will be expecting the DevOps software engineer to provide guidance to DevOps team members, act as the design authority, shape best practice and ways of working within the team. As a staff software engineer, the candidate will be expected to lead on specific project level deliverables, maintaining stakeholder relationships with business and operations partners whilst mentoring more junior members of the team.

This is a hybrid position. Hybrid employees can alternate time between both home and office. Employees in hybrid roles are expected to work from the office three days a week, Monday (Sunday in some countries where Sunday is the start of the week) and Wednesdays. Wednesdays are designated as in-office collaboration days. The third day in the office will be decided based on team needs and determined in partnership with senior leadership.


We think about careers differently …. While this is a role within cybersecurity team, background of cybersecurity is not required. At Visa, we are passionate to offer our employees compelling career growth opportunities. As such, even if you do not have experience of this function listed below, there could be skills or experiences, which would transfer well.

Basic Qualifications:

• Experience: Candidate must possess 5 years of work experience with a bachelor’s degree or at least 3 years of work experience with an Advanced degree (e.g., Masters, MBA, JD, MD) or 0 years of work experience with a PhD degree in the fields of computer science or equivalent. Candidates without a college degree will also be considered, subject to additional technical assessments or if the candidate is able to demonstrate via experience.
• Skilled with Kafka, Docker & Kubernetes with hands-on experience in deployment.
• Skilled at CI/CD using automation tools such as Chef, Jenkins, Puppet, Ansible.
• Experience using and configuring operational tools such as Splunk, Sysdig, Prometheus, Kibana.
• Experienced at administering a code repo such as GitHub
• Development experience with Golang (alternatively a strong background in C or java)


Preferred Qualifications:

• 6 or more years of work experience with a Bachelor’s Degree or 4 or more years of relevant experience with an Advanced Degree (e.g. Masters, MBA, JD, MD) or up to 3 years of relevant experience with a PhD
• Technical experience with distributed databases such as Cassandra and caching technology such as Redis is a plus
• Distributed computing and high frequency transactions is a plus
• Previous experience with financial services or payments processing domain is a plus.
• Similarly, experience working with cloud platforms (e.g., AWS, GCP, Azure) and infrastructure-as-code (e.g., Terraform) is a plus.

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 does not require any travel.

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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