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Engineering Director

Burgess Hill, United Kingdom
Digital Commerce Technology

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Job Description


Don’t just have a great idea, build it.


American Express is embarking on an exciting transformation driven by an energetic new team of high-performers. This is a great opportunity to join the Global Network Technology (GNT) team where we partner with the Global Network Operations (GNO) team to allow banking institutions globally to issue American Express cards and process their transactions.


In addition, the GNT team is responsible for delivering an operationally secure and commercially robust payments network within a strong governance framework.  The GNT team develops innovative network products and capabilities, with a particular focus on enabling payment technologies such as EMV, contactless and mobile NFC, and delivering enhanced value to all American Express issuers and merchant acquirers. 


In this challenging position you will be responsible for the engineering excellence and execution effectiveness, leading a team of self-starters, lean practitioners, waste busters and automation freaks developing and implementing innovative technology solutions in support of the American Express GNO group.  Specifically, you will own the development of capabilities that support the Amex EMVco payment tokenization products and providing the external facing GNO marketing website (Global Network Web) to showcase the GNO products.  You will manage scrum teams working on mission critical initiatives including the multi-year Network Modernisation initiative.


The successful candidate will be a versatile, business savvy techy leader with deep software engineering hands on experience who will collaborate with business stakeholders, product teams and cross functional technology groups to drive continuous delivery of product features and functionality in a highly mature agile environment.

 

Responsibilities include:

  • Leading a large Agile engineering team.
  • Ensure alignment of strategy, architecture, tools/methods with software engineers and architects to execute product roadmaps.
  • Able to do hands on coding especially as it relates to the development of proof of concepts and implementing strategic features and functionality.
  • Supply technical leadership and apply best practices to further leading edge technology solutions within the Payments industry domain.
  • Be a thought leader in advanced architecture design.
  • Liaise effectively with the product teams and establish highly collaborative, productive, partnerships with stakeholders.
  • Develop culture enabling high employee engagement and cohesive, collaborative teams across domains and locations.
  • Collaborate with a wide variety to stakeholders within business and technology teams to drive change required to execute product roadmaps.
  • Coach, guide and promote creation of high quality, clearly documented, and compliant deliverables across engineering teams.
  • Enable integrated teams to deliver technology solutions in support of key product initiatives by working closely with product managers, technical project managers, architects, engineers, and quality assurance.
  • Lead a team in an environment which includes modern web frameworks, continuous integration/continuous delivery tool chains, and the full software development lifecycle.

Offer of employment with American Express is conditioned upon the successful completion of a background verification check, subject to applicable laws and regulations.


Qualifications


Required skills:

 

Offer of employment with American Express is conditioned upon the successful completion of a background verification check, subject to applicable laws and regulations.

  • A Computer Science / Information Systems degree, or equivalent work experience in JavaScript and Java technologies.
  • Extensive hands-on technical experience in software development.
  • Experience leading and motivating high performance Agile product engineering teams including performance management.
  • Proven experience attracting, hiring and retaining top engineering talent.
  • Experience in development of highly scalable, high performance full stack applications using a variety of technologies, with specific expertise in:
    • Enterprise Java (including advanced design patterns, common libraries such as JAX-RS, Spring MVC, Spring JDBC and application servers including JBoss EAP);
    • Distributed Databases: Oracle, NOSQL (Couchbase or Cassandra);
    • Web Services: RESTful, SOAP;
  • Experience in management and development with Web Content Management Systems is an advantage.
  • Requires advanced knowledge and understanding of architecture, applications systems design and integration with a detailed understanding of applicable programming methodologies.
  • Needs to be a strategic thinker, who is able to combine Technical skills with overall business strategy and utilize creative solutions for problem resolution and application development.
  • Must have a thorough understanding of scalable, secure and robust n-tier architectures for achieving end-to-end performance, scalability, availability, reliability, usability, configurability, integration and security.
  • Strong knowledge of modern distributed technologies including experience of  Architecture strategies, components, tools, concepts, best practices, standards and systems of record.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Service Orientated Architectures and web service integration standards (RESTful, SOAP) as well as the security considerations when using such implementations.  Experience in development of applications with microservice architectures is an advantage.
  • Must have a passion for solving industry problems through technology, combined with solid conceptual understanding and hands-on programming experience developing full stack Java applications.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills required, with ability to create and deliver effective presentations to upper management and Technical Architects across the organization.
  • Demonstrated ability to problem-solve in the Technology space and the ability to influence and optimize input from key stakeholders in the standard setting process.
  • Proven ability to participate in, and contribute simultaneously to, multiple work streams including planning, logistics, communication, and follow up across a diverse and virtual team.
  • Demonstrated financial management skills and responsibility for financial plans through strong analytical skills, problem identification and resolution, and delivery of business value using creative and effective approaches
  • Strong relationship building skills and proven ability to influence and drive delivery across a geographical distributed organization with the demonstrated ability to debate ideas/strategy, be comfortable managing constructive conflict, and not being afraid to challenge the status quo
  • Strong focus on customers and clients with a proven history of exceeding customers’ expectations
  • Experience in the Payment Network domain is a HUGE plus!

We place great importance on doing what is right, what is best and what is innovative. And we continue seeking people to champion these values and beliefs as we grow. The world is a big place, filled with big ideas and amazing people. And we want the best of them here at American Express. We’re interested in where you came from, but we’re even more excited about where you will go with American Express.

 

We place great importance on doing what is right, what is best and what is innovative. And we continue seeking people to champion these values and beliefs as we grow. The world is a big place, filled with big ideas and amazing people. And we want the best of them here at American Express. We’re interested in where you came from, but we’re even more excited about where you will go with American Express.

 

Why American Express?


Talk to our people and you’ll find out what we’re really all about. Open, creative, risk-taking, collaborative and innovative are just some of the expressions you’ll hear. It’s our culture that makes American Express an outstanding place to work, and a big part of why we regularly win best workplace awards all over the world including recognition amongst the World’s Best Multinational Workplaces by Great Place to Work and Glassdoor’s 2017 Best Places to Work.  If you’re ready to take on a challenge and make an impact, you owe it to yourself to launch or grow your career here. 


To complete your application please click on the links below. However, if you require any assistance with the completion of this process – or need any reasonable adjustments to be made – then please contact the Recruitment Team on recruitment.support.uk@aexp.com or 00800 83 000038 (for Russia based candidates 810 800 83 000038).



ReqID: 18006526
Schedule (Full-Time/Part-Time): Full-time
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