Infrastructure Design Architect

  • Basingstoke, UK
  • Full-time

Company Description

As the world’s leader in digital payments technology, Visa’s mission is to connect the world through the most creative, reliable and secure payment network - enabling individuals, businesses, and economies to thrive. Our advanced global processing network, VisaNet, provides secure and reliable payments around the world, and is capable of handling more than 65,000 transaction messages a second. The company’s relentless focus on innovation is a catalyst for the rapid growth of digital commerce on any device for everyone, everywhere. As the world moves from analog to digital, Visa is applying our brand, products, people, network and scale to reshape the future of commerce.

At Visa, your individuality fits right in. Working here gives you an opportunity to impact the world, invest in your career growth, and be part of an inclusive and diverse workplace. We are a global team of disruptors, trailblazers, innovators and risk-takers who are helping drive economic growth in even the most remote parts of the world, creatively moving the industry forward, and doing meaningful work that brings financial literacy and digital commerce to millions of unbanked and underserved consumers.

You’re an Individual. We’re the team for you. Together, let’s transform the way the world pays.


If you think you could support Visa as an Solution Provisioner, we want to hear from you – together, let’s make Visa a great place to work.

Job Description

The Visa Technology Planning and Program Management (PPM) team in the Operations and Infrastructure group is looking for an experienced Solution Designer to lead and direct large complex end-to-end IT initiatives.  In this role you’ll lead initiatives at the heart of Visa’s growth strategy, be at the center of teams working to solve some of the most challenging growth, scale and resiliency problems, all while delivering new features, products and services to customers across the global payments and financial services marketplace. 

You’ll work across the Product, Product Development, Infrastructure Engineering technology domains (compute, storage, database, network, middleware, & operations, etc.) interacting with the some of the best and brightest engineers, architects, and product leads pushing the boundaries of what’s achievable in delivering new and innovative payment solutions to the masses. 

You’ll need a solid technical foundation of both depth and breadth to guide teams in planning, designing and delivering large-scale high volume and resilient platforms to our customers.  Your passion for excellence coupled with uncompromising standards and a positive principle-centered approach to leadership will help lift the programs you lead to new levels of performance.


Essential Functions: 

·       End-to-End Program Management of multiple initiatives across Visa’s Technology and Product groups with alignment to strategic business objectives.  

·       Work closely with cross-functional groups including internal stakeholders (Product Managers, Engineers, Architects, etc.), and external customers/vendor to create program and project infrastructure design.

·       Lead transformation of raw thoughts & ideas into clear technical requirements and create technical blueprints for infrastructure deployment. 

·       Provision infrastructure through Cloud Orchestration and Management software as required for programs and projects services.

·       Lead technical coordination of non-standard HW/SW Delivery across key Technical SMEs in various Technology Domains (Systems, Database, Middleware, Network, etc…)

·       Responsible for managing project scope and change control, creating accurate and inclusive estimates, management of program budgets vs actual spend, and project schedules, while proactively mitigating risks that could impact milestones and deliverables.    

·       Drive clear, concise and actionable meetings that bring the right partners to the table and drive decision-making.

·       Lead technical discussions and communicate regularly with senior leadership on technical issues, program status, and escalations. 

·       Provide leadership and oversight of program performance and ensure compliance with management and information security policies 

·       Work with virtual teams located in different time zones and with differing cultures.

·       Use abilities to positively influence customers and stakeholders, and properly manage divergent expectations  




  • Experience in Technical Program Management or Solution Architecture practices enabling infrastructure (HW/SW) design, development, and deployment. Demonstrated understanding of architecture planning and infrastructure projects for high availability and high volume service platforms with significant experience in organizations bringing to bear lean/agile methodologies
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering or MIS with an Advanced Technical Degree.    

Preferred Qualifications:

·       Masters Degree in Compute Science.

  • Experience working with and understanding distributed environments within and across Public & Private Clouds and technology domains (compute & storage systems, middleware, database, network, demand/capacity planning, and/or application development)
  • PMP/Solution Architecture or similar certifications
  • Experience with Waterfall and Agile (SCRUM, XP, Lean & Kanban, etc.) methodologies
  • Experience with IT Architecture (high-level & detail-level design, blueprinting, design patterns) and Project Management Tools (Clarity, MS Project, Rally, Jira, etc.)
  • Preferred ITIL v3 and TOGAF Certification
  • Naturally exude team-building, motivating, and conflict-resolving qualities
  • Exemplary English communication skills (written and verbal)
  • Cross-cultural and diverse teams' collaboration and partnership
  • Healthy obsession with over-delivering quality project results on-time and on-budget

Additional Information

Think you have what it takes?

If you are interested in a career that will challenge and inspire you – we’d love to hear from you!


Diversity & Inclusion

Universal acceptance for everyone, everywhere, is not only our brand promise, it’s the foundation of our company culture. We foster a feeling of connectedness in the workplace, support diversity of thought, culture and background, fight for important initiatives like Equal Pay and actively work to eliminate unconscious biases that hold us all back.

By leveraging the diverse backgrounds and perspectives of our worldwide teams, Visa is a better place to work and a better business partner to our clients.

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