Chief Software Engineer - Identity and Access Management (IAM)

  • Foster City, CA, USA
  • Full-time

Company Description

About Visa

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. CyberSource, a Visa company, has been and continues to be a pioneer within the e-Commerce Payment Management world. Our VisaNet network is capable of handling over 65,000 transaction messages 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

Visa is seeking a Chief Software Engineer, Identity and Access Management to act as one of
key technology leaders to build and manage Visa's technology assets in the Identity and Access Management area. The Identity and Access Management technologies is part of Visa's Cybersecurity. We are responsible for the R&D amd operations of the critical Identity and Access Management  products, applications, and services for internal staff at VISA.  This includes idea generation, design, development, and testing of products, applications, and services as well as their support and operations that provide Visa staff with solutions to provision, govern and enforce access to VISA's internal resources. We also innovate and adopt new technologies from the industry especially from the open source community for our technical development.

You will act as a trusted technical advisor and strategic thought leader to the Identity and Access Management technologies group. The successful candidate will be comfortable navigating challenging
forces in the cybersecurity space especially in the Identity and Access Management and connected areas such as Multi Factor authentication, applied cryptography, biometrics, adapative authentication and be
comfortable in a fast-paced environment with significant changes; developing/implementing strategies and processes that enable the organization to innovate and grow fast. You will have the opportunity to lead, participate, guide, and mentor other people in the team on design in a hands on manner. You are responsible for the technical leadership on key initiatives and their strategic and technical direction.  This position reports to the Senior DIrector of Identity and Access Management Technologies and
will be based in Foster City, CA (can also be in Austin, TX).

What is important for us:

Security First – Our team focusses on security in everything we do and we take it seriously with no compromises of any sort. Be of like mind on this. 

Curiosity – Be curious; ask how things work and ask how you can learn new stuff. We believe curiosity fosters creativity.

Ownership – We have clients and customers who place complete trust in us because we show them we own what we do in every sense. We expect every team member to completely own the activity for which s/he is responsible.

Agility – Be open for a change and acclimate to them.

Innovation - Be a problem solver.


Within this role you will: 

  • Utilize your sharp analytical skills to help create highly complex and high risk IAM integrations for the Visa IAM platform 

  • Act as the “Go-To person” and subject matter expert (SME) for specific technologies providing consultative strategic and tactical guidance to product development teams 

  • Collaborate with the development teams to define, develop, maintain, and communicate the technical strategy for IAM solutions 

  • Stay abreast of the “state of the art” technologies and proactively assess and evaluate the adoption thereof into the organization 

  • Demonstrate technical mastery and be an inspirational leader and mentor who continuously develops the competencies of him/herself and others 

  • Champion engineering best practice across the development lifecycle 


The opportunity will most appeal to you who 

  • Is extremely hands-on

  • Is an expert in technologies leveraged in the Identity and Access Management area

  • Isn’t afraid to take ownership of open ended and highly complex problems and drive them to completion

  • Can take a multifaceted approach to design (e.g., understands applications from all levels, from the "big picture" enterprise-level view to the low level technical view

  • Highly self-directed and able to manage and prioritize multiple concurrent and competing challenges, issues, ambiguities, and contradictions

  • Possess an academic background in information systems, computer science or related technical field plus 15+ years experience in the design, architecture, and development of large scale system, applications and tools

Additional Information

Visa will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with EEOC guidelines and applicable local law.

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