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Distributed Systems Engineer

New York, New York; Phoenix, Arizona; Palo Alto, California
Digital Commerce Technology

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Job Description

The Global Digital Acquisition organization within Mobile & Web Engineering is looking for talented backend engineers to join our Platform Excellence engineering group. We build the core capabilities that power the digital acquisition software platform and enable the journey of a prospective customer of American Express.

In this role, you will use your polyglot production experience and extensive knowledge of programming languages, microservices, messaging patterns and API design to build a variety of technical capabilities for internal and external users. You will create highly performant and available, mission-critical software systems to power user experiences in the digital acquisition platform.


Job locations: New York, SF Bay Area, Phoenix (remote okay)


If you were to join our team, these are the kinds of things you'd do:

  • Collaborate with software architects to design the next generation of the Digital Acquisition platform APIs and the software systems powering them
  • Explore a wide variety of programming languages, architectural patterns and infrastructure technologies to determine fit for the platform
  • Work in a cross-functional team with other engineers to design, build, test and deploy software components enabling platform capabilities
  • Develop frameworks and approaches for measuring and testing performance and resiliency of platform software components and systems
  • Review colleagues' code with an eye toward performance, reliability and maintainability
  • Help our production support team address issues encountered in production and fix defects when discovered
  • Continuously learn about new technologies and help keep the entire group abreast of industry developments and evolving best practices
  • Mentor other engineers and be mentored in turn

Please note, salary increases in case of a lateral move are provided only on an exception basis and in line with compensation guidelines.


Requirements for this position:

  • 7+ years of software development experience in multiple project environments
  • Strong fundamentals and production experience with multiple programming languages including Java and at least one of Scala, Kotlin, Go, Rust, or C/C++
  • Deep understanding of and strong opininos on distributed systems programming concepts and commonly-used toolkits and frameworks like Finagle, gRPC, Thrift and Protocol Buffers
  • Hands-on experience building components of service-oriented architectures using REST APIs and RPC protocols
  • Working knowledge of enterprise architecture and integration patterns
  • Working knowledge of Unix system programming

Also critical to your success:

  • Familiarity with and desire to work using agile methodologies and practices such as Scrum/Kanban, iterations, user stories and development flows using continuous delivery, and automated testing
  • A drive to stay up-to-date with the latest web architecture technology including language innovations, containerization, storage technology and runtime problem solving
  • The ability to see and to understand the larger context in which your team works and to craft solutions within that context
  • Adaptability to changes in product requirements, organizational structures and business conditions
  • A strong belief in your personal responsibility for ensuring quality craftsmanship
  • An open, collaborative spirit

Bonus points:

  • Strong computer science fundamentals
  • Hands-on experience with popular scripting languages like Ruby and Python
  • Working knowledge of modern web development (HTML, client and server-side JavaScript, CSS)
  • Familiarity with the most common web and API security issues and how to defend against them
  • Experience with Domain-Driven Design (DDD)
  • Experience in a fast-paced startup environment

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. 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.


Employment eligibility to work with American Express in the U.S. is required as the company will not pursue visa sponsorship for these positions.

ReqID: 18008465
Schedule (Full-Time/Part-Time): Full-time
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