Chief Enterprise Data Architect

  • Highlands Ranch, CO
  • Full-time

Company Description

Common Purpose, Uncommon Opportunity. Everyone at Visa works with one goal in mind – making sure that Visa is the best way to pay and be paid, for everyone everywhere. This is our global vision and the common purpose that unites the entire Visa team. As a global payments technology company, tech is at the heart of what we do: Our VisaNet network processes over 13,000 transactions per second for people and businesses around the world, enabling them to use digital currency instead of cash and checks. We are also global advocates for financial inclusion, working with partners around the world to help those who lack access to financial services join the global economy. Visa’s sponsorships, including the Olympics and FIFA™ World Cup, celebrate teamwork, diversity, and excellence throughout the world. If you have a passion to make a difference in the lives of people around the world, Visa offers an uncommon opportunity to build a strong, thriving career. Visa is fueled by our team of talented employees who continuously raise the bar on delivering the convenience and security of digital currency to people all over the world. Join our team and find out how Visa is everywhere you want to be.

Job Description

The Chief Data Architect will play a crucial role in setting the strategy, technical direction and driving the adoption of our next generation data platform; in terms of its application throughout Issuer Processing. This highly visible position will be front and center as we work to continuously modernize our solutions and change the way we think about and apply data in solutions across our architecture. A successful candidate for this position must possess both a deep and wide background in data technologies spanning both solutions built on traditional (RDBMS) and non-traditional (NoSQL) platforms.

As a key member of the architecture team, the candidate should be comfortable with driving technical ideas and communicating clearly with technical as well as
non-technical audiences.

Specific Responsibilities include:

  • Gaining an understanding of our Current State and then defining the Target State Architecture and Strategy.

  • Work as the Technical Product Owner in partnership with our Business Product Owners to define the technical strategy for our data driven products and applications.

  • Drive towards adoption of the target state architecture by executing on the strategy. Must possess the leadership qualities necessary to drive change and adoption of the strategy.

  • Develop Architectures for highly scalable and fault-tolerant applications using Cloudera/Hadoop and Relational database technologies.

  • Provide technical and architectural oversight for systems and projects that are required to be reliable, massively scalable, highly available (99.999% uptime), and maintainable.

  • Introduce best practices and principles to enable consistent delivery and enable alignment with long term direction.

  • Lead and mentor other team members.

  • Foster development best practices within the team.

  • Identify and drive process improvements.

  • Facilitate communication with cross-functional groups.

  • Work with our product organization to develop business requirements into architecture and integrate into our longer term platform strategy.

  • Define solution level architecture for project teams including guidance on development tools, target platforms, operations, and security.

  • Provide leadership to the project development teams for successful project implementation on the selected data platform.

  • Provide expertise to project team engineers as needed.

  • Stay up to date on new tools & techniques in the data space.

  • Conduct proof of concept activities with key business users in support of advanced use cases.


BS or MS in Computer Science or related degree from an accredited university.

14+ years of experience architecting, designing and developing large scale data solutions utilizing a mixture of Big Data and Relational database platforms.

Direct experience with Cloudera’s Hadoop based technologies.

Proven experience leading teams resulting in the successful deployment of applications built on data platforms.

Candidates having experience with migrating from legacy applications to a solution utilizing Hadoop will be preferred.

Advanced Relational Database Experience (RDBMS) in one or more of the following:

  • Microsoft SQL Server.

  • Oracle.

  • MySQL.

Experience as the technical lead, organizing and mentoring junior and intermediate level developers/DBAs.

Experience developing software with Java.

Proven Linux experience including;

  • Basic Administration.

  • Files and Permissions.

  • Directory Navigation.

  • Job Scheduling.

  • Shell Scripts.

Hadoop Distributed Data Files System experience including:

  • Use and set up of Blocks, Name nodes, Data nodes.

  • File Systems Interfaces, parallel copies, cluster balance and archiving.

  • Scaling Out including data flow, combiner functions, running distributed jobs.

  • Data "Ingestion" techniques such as streaming, ETL, etc.

  • Hadoop Pipes.

  • Sorting, joins and side data distributions

Experience with the wider ecosystem of Hadoop based Technologies, such as:

  • Hive/Impala and other Map Reduce techniques and approaches.

  • Spark.

  • Kafka.

  • Sqoop and Flume.

  • Oozie.

Presenting Results to Business users:

  • Selecting appropriate visualization paradigms and tools.

  • Building Search UI with HUE.

  • Powering custom Web applications with Impala and Search.

  • Traditional BI tools for Batch and Hive presentation.

Hadoop Certification preferred.

Knowledge of SAS software is an asset.

Experience with report generation using tools such as Micro Strategy and Tableau would be preferred.

Experience with Payment and/or Credit Card processing is considered a plus.

Additional Information

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