Program Manager, Technology Strategic Initiatives

  • Foster City, CA, USA
  • Full-time

Company Description

Company Overview:

Visa Inc. is a global payments technology company that connects consumers, businesses, financial institutions and governments in more than 200 countries and territories, enabling them to use digital currency instead of cash and checks.

Visa does not issue cards, extend credit or set rates and fees for consumers. Visa’s innovations enable its bank customers to offer consumers choices: Pay now with debit, ahead of time with prepaid or later with credit products. From the world’s major cities to remote areas without banks, people are increasingly relying on digital currency along with mobile technology to use their money anytime, make purchases online, transfer funds and access basic financial services. All of which makes their lives easier and helps grow economies.

Behind the Visa brand are our talented employees who continuously raise the bar with innovative solutions and products that deliver the convenience and security of digital currency to more people all over the world.

Department Overview:

The Technology Planning & Business Operations organization provides key strategic planning & business operations oversight and integration across the Technology organization.  This includes driving investment planning & budgeting, project & portfolio management, workforce planning activities, strategic initiative program management, and communications activities. The team is focused on improving efficiencies, transparency, consistency and collaboration within the Technology organization and other key cross-functional stakeholders

Job Description

The Program Manager, Technology Strategic Initiatives will be responsible for driving key aspects of the up-front planning and subsequent execution of large-scale strategic Technology initiatives that support the overall Technology Transformation agenda.  This includes management of the strategic programs across scope, schedule, and budget components such as program management, financial planning & tracking, and governance & oversight responsibilities.  This position interacts with a wide range of stakeholders both within Technology and also with cross-functional teams, including Finance, Strategy, Product, Legal, HR, and Regulatory teams.  This position will report to the Vice President of Technology Strategic Initiatives.  Key responsibilities include:

  • Provide program management, technical integration, and cross-functional execution of large-scale, high visibility strategic Technology initiatives.

  • Partner with key Technology and cross-functional stakeholders to drive key program activities:

    • Manage program risks & issues

    • Engage with various Technology functional areas on implementation plans

    • Support executive management program updates and decision making

    • Track program budgets, forecasts and schedule

  • Drive the day-to-day aspects of key initiatives, including overall management of scope, schedule, and financial aspects of the initiative.

  • Provide oversight to the cross-functional team of project leads including program-level guidance and direction.

  • Support Mergers & Acquisition (M&A) as well as Strategic Investment diligence and post-close integration for Technology-driven deliverables.

  • Lead other ad-hoc business management initiatives.


Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Finance, Business Administration, Computer Science, Engineering, or a related field.  Masters or MBA in a relevant field a plus.

  • 7-10 years of experience delivering complex, cross-functional programs; experience in financial and/or technology industries a plus but not required.

  • Solid analytical and problem-solving skills; ability to think strategically and drive decision making.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Excellent verbal, written, and presentation skills.  In particular, a demonstrated ability to effectively communicate technical and business issues and/or solutions to multiple organizational levels internally and externally as needed.

  • Demonstrated ability to manage through influence, but without direct management authority. 

  • Strong leadership qualities and organizational skills as well as the ability to adapt quickly to changing priorities, assignments, and roles.

  • PMP, Certified Scrum Master, or similar certification a plus but not required.


Additional Information

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

This position will be performed in an office setting.  The position will require the incumbent to sit and stand at a desk, communicate in person and by telephone, frequently operate standard office equipment, such as telephones and computers, reach with hands and arms, and bend or lift up to 25 pounds.

  • This position requires the incumbent to travel for work 30% of the time.

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