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Staff Cloud Security Architect

London, United Kingdom; Burgess Hill, United Kingdom
Digital Commerce Technology

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Job Description

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

Purpose of the Role:

American Express is embarking on an exciting hybrid cloud journey. We are looking for an experienced and dedicated Staff Cloud Security Architect to join our Enterprise Security Architecture & Application Security team.

In this role you will be instrumental in defining and building out the hybrid cloud security roadmap through collaboration with multiple technology and security stakeholders. You are in tune with evolving hybrid cloud options, and well versed with security implications. You have hands on experience creating cloud-native applications built for high availability, fault tolerance, and security by design. You are comfortable with highly distributed and containerized architectures and able to rationalize security controls across environments and deployments. You bring an agile approach and can break complex problems down into simple solutions. You enjoy getting hands on with the latest technology and can correlate to business outcomes. You possess strong interpersonal skills, with an emphasis on demonstrating previous experience and effectively influencing others at all levels within the organization.



  • Partnering with stakeholders and leadership to define the hybrid cloud security roadmap and strategy for the organization

  • Serving as the cloud security SME for the organization

  • Collaborating with other architects, engineers, and domain SMEs to deliver complete hybrid cloud security architectures and solutions

  • Staying current with the emerging threat landscape along with countermeasures to safeguard the business from various threats

  • Analyzing and designing cloud application architectures, deployments, and security processes

  • Developing solution architectures for problems and gaps within the hybrid cloud ecosystem

  • Designing patterns and blueprints for cloud security solutions and capabilities

  • Achieving cloud security architecture compliance on requirements including, but not limited to, PCI, FedRAMP, NIST, and global data privacy requirements

  • Mentoring, training, and coaching others on cloud-native technologies and services

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


Academic Background:

  • University Degree in computer science, computer engineering, or related field; advanced degree preferred or equivalent experience

  • Cloud industry certifications preferred: AWS Certified Solutions Architect, Google Certified Professional Cloud Architect, or similar

  • Information security certifications preferred: CISSP, CCSP, or similar

Technical Skills/Capabilities:

  • Significant work experience in distributed technology architectures and in cloud-native services
  • Experience with AWS, Azure, GCP, IBM Cloud, and RedHat OpenStack/OpenShift
  • Experience with container-based architectures and container orchestration
  • Experience with infrastructure-as-code automation and tools
  • Experience with cloud security controls, both native and third-party
  • Knowledge of Platforms


Behavioral Skills/Capabilities:

Enterprise Leadership Behaviors

  • Set The Agenda: Define What Winning Looks Like, Put Enterprise Thinking First, Lead with an External Perspective

  • Bring Others With You: Build the Best Team, Seek & Provide Coaching Feedback, Make Collaboration Essential

  • Do It The Right Way: Communicate Frequently, Candidly & Clearly, Make Decisions Quickly & Effectively, Live the Blue Box Values, Great Leadership Demands Courage

Why American Express?

There’s a difference between having a job and making a difference.


American Express has been making a difference in people’s lives for over 160 years, backing them in moments big and small, granting access, tools, and resources to take on their biggest challenges and reap the greatest rewards.


We’ve also made a difference in the lives of our people, providing a culture of learning and collaboration, and helping them with what they need to succeed and thrive. We have their backs as they grow their skills, conquer new challenges, or even take time to spend with their family or community. And when they’re ready to take on a new career path, we’re right there with them, giving them the guidance and momentum into the best future they envision.


Because we believe that the best way to back our customers is to back our people.


The powerful backing of American Express.

Don’t make a difference without it.

Don’t live life without it.

A competitive benefits offering designed to support our employees’ total health and wellbeing, including:

  • Health care scheme
  • Defined contribution pension plan
  • Dental scheme
  • Virtual GP
  • Life assurance
  • Income protection
  • Core holiday allowance with opportunity to buy or sell additional days
  • Car Allowance/Company Car Option
  • A range of flexible benefits to choose from designed to suit your lifestyle: healthcare plan options, health assessments, critical illness coverage, cycle to work, season ticket loans
  • Employee Discount Portal
  • Back up childcare/adultcare
  • Onsite facilities include; Fitness classes, Health Checks, Digital Health Kiosk, Physiotherapy, Healthy Living Nurse, Wellness Studio, Costa Coffee and subsidised staff restaurant

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 or 00800 83 000038 (for Russia based candidates 810 800 83 000038).

ReqID: 19008509
Schedule (Full-Time/Part-Time): Full-time
Date Posted: May 17, 2019, 10:55:13 AM
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