Staff Architect - Systems Engineering

Palo Alto, CA, United States
Posted 21 days ago
Main Location
New York City, NY, United States
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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 tackle 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 teamwork, 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 pursue a new career, 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

American Express is entering into a technology transformation phase driven by opportunities to modernize legacy platforms, and explore modern software to be on the leading edge of payment card industry. 

If you have the talent and desire to deliver innovative products and services at a rapid pace, with deep hands on experience and strategic thinking, in areas of real time, highly available and highly scalable application development, join our enterprise architecture team to help transform the payment network platform to a state of the art distributed and global processing environment. 

This individual will architect cutting-edge strategies for the payment process using latest computing techniques driving proof of concepts with strong hands-on experience. We expect the individual to be innovative and energetic with strong communications skills to adopt the concepts into production.


  • Perform rapid POCs to experiment and build rails for the engineering team
  • Support engineers and project managers in rapid development and deployment
  • Actively participate in team and enterprise-wide architecture and engineering discussions.
  • Introduce enterprise architectural paradigms and solutions into the portfolio.
  • Drive both high level and detailed design and conduct design reviews
  • Engage and work with cross-functional leaders to understand and help define business principles, goals and strategy within scope of responsibility.
  • Communicate to senior leaders with regard to strategy direction and changes.
  • Mentor engineers and solution architects to ensure technology complexities are understood very clearly to implement solutions expeditiously with high quality
  • 8 or more years of strong hands on experience in one or more of these systems languages: C++, Golang, RUST, Python.
  • Extensive experience in designing and implementing large scale infrastructure on-premise or on the cloud.
  • Strong experience designing and building large scale infrastructure network. Experience with storage systems, compute a bonus.
  • Proven experience debugging and resolving issues with systems components like network and storage.
  • Experience with micro services architectures is required. Specifically, hands on experience with Docker based technologies, Kubernetes is required. Other microservices technology experience is a bonus.
  • Experience with ISTIO service mesh is desirable.
  • Strong written, verbal communications, presentation skills, leadership, problem solving and analytical skills.
  • Proven collaboration skills along with the ability to influence without authority 
  • Hands on experience in the following technologies is a bonus: gRPC, ProtoBuf, JSON, CouchDB, Cassandra, Redis, Consul, Jenkins, OpenShift, Elastic Stack, OpenStack, Kafka
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Computer Science Engineering, or related field required; Advanced Degree preferred.

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: 19003988
Schedule (Full-Time/Part-Time): Full-time
Date Posted: Aug 25, 2019, 9:48:38 PM
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