Director - Data Architecture and DB Engineer

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Job Description

Make an impact on our business and the business world.


The Director will be a part of the existing transformation initiatives at American Express and join a team of passionate data experts within the Next Generation Data Management (NGDM) team that is responsible for architecting and building scalable data solutions to support new business growth and critical regulatory/compliance demands. Responsible for modernization of database engineering to include NoSQL and Big Data technologies across the enterprise.

The successful candidate will engage and partner with American Express business, application, and supporting technology teams that are transforming their technology and business capabilities for critical company platforms / products. The NGDM director will leverage and innovate on emerging database technologies and design patterns to accelerate business growth while reducing the overall time to market. The NGDM organization co-locates with the software engineering teams providing turn-key scalable data architecture, and database engineering solutions, driving delivery and support through a team of direct reports that include data engineers and data architects.

Key Responsibilities:

The ideal candidate will have a prior experience as a hands-on DBA with a solid foundation in Data Architecture or a hands-on Data architect with a good understanding of relational and NoSQL database technologies. The successful candidate will bring solid skills in database technology trends that will enable increased usage of open source and modern database technologies. This person will lead and mentor a team of Database Engineers and Data Architects ensuring delivery of data solutions using Agile/Waterfall methods as applicable. The person will provide technical direction to resources, actively participating in technical discussions, planning, selecting fit-for-purpose database platform, database design, API design and open source integration activities in partnership with the central Information Management and Application teams. This position will also provide leadership to multi-functional teams while serving as the main point of contact from inception to delivery for database needs. You should be familiar with modern software development methodologies and be able to dive deep and rapidly iterate on ideas despite ambiguity.

Here is some of what you will be doing:

  • Passionately lead data stories across multiple agile product development teams

  • Attract, retain and grow top data engineering talent across the organization

  • Cultivate and drive innovation and experimentation, delivering software and database solutions 

  • Deliver database products that provides outstanding user experiences

  • Nurture an environment of engineering excellence and continuous improvement

  • Possess a solid technical background and able to learn & apply new technologies quickly and efficiently

Scope of Impact/Influence:

  • Leads the design and development, quality and economics of database delivery within Next Generation Data Management team within American Express

  • Drives the optimization of data footprint and rationalization of applications

  • Provides direction for technical and business resources that actively participate in database selection and implementation

  • Influence the product and technology roadmap with strategic database vendors

  • Keep up with the latest industry research and emerging technologies to ensure we are appropriately demonstrating new techniques and capabilities.

  • Demonstrate accountability while leading people with passion, enthusiasm, dedication and integrity. Own and lead HR processes such as performance evaluations, talent development.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to partner with executive leadership to drive solutions.

  • Recruit top talent with technical skills, growth potential, design sensibility, and emotional intelligence.

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

Minimum Qualifications

  • Extensive experience of large-scale technology delivery and formal management in a complex environment and/or comparable experience.
  • Meaningful professional work experience including data architecture, database design, database development, or development and program management experience is a must
  • Experience in modern data architectures (e.g. Postgres, Couchbase, Cassandra, Hbase, mongoDB, etc) and various other SQL storage engines
  • Solid experience and skills for database management systems (Oracle, DB2, SQL Server, NoSQL). Knowledge of SQL, database design, infrastructure, performance and tuning, backup/recovery, high availability design, ACID, etc.
  • Fluency in advanced Data Modeling development tools such as ErStudio, ErWin, Toad Data Modeler, etc
  • External technology contributions (patents, noteworthy Open Source attributions, publications, etc.) is a plus.

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. We regularly win awards all over the world including 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 and grow your career here. 

American Express is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, or any other status protected by law.

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: 19020462
Schedule (Full-Time/Part-Time): Full-time
Date Posted: Mar 31, 2020, 11:19:14 AM