Lead System Architect

  • Full-time

Company Description

Visa is a world leader in digital payments, facilitating more than 215 billion payments transactions between consumers, merchants, financial institutions and government entities across more than 200 countries and territories each year. Our mission is to connect the world through the most innovative, convenient, reliable and secure payments network, enabling individuals, businesses and economies to thrive.

When you join Visa, you join a culture of purpose and belonging – where your growth is priority, your identity is embraced, and the work you do matters. We believe that economies that include everyone everywhere, uplift everyone everywhere. Your work will have a direct impact on billions of people around the world – helping unlock financial access to enable the future of money movement.

Join Visa: A Network Working for Everyone.

Job Description

Our HR and Learning systems landscape is comprised of home-grown and vendor applications such as Workday, ADP, SmartRecruiters, Degreed, Absorb, and many others.  We have embarked on a major transformation journey to leverage a variety of vendor applications and custom software, to build a connected systems architecture, that is reliable, trusted, responsive, and always available. We are creating the next generation of employee experiences and journeys via self-service portals, embedding HR capabilities within commonly used applications, applying Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning, mastering Data management and insights, and applying Automation.

We are looking for a Software Architect to drive our transformation journey.  You will have influence over a large team of technocrats and subject matter experts.  You will have access to many state-of-the-art technologies, productivity tools, and continuous learning material. The role requires hands-on work - you should be willing to install, review, analyze and evaluate existing solutions, recommend technologies for incubation and future solutions, and help implement recommendations for longevity, stability, performance, and availability.


  • Serve as a go-to resource for the leadership team on matters of technology including buy vs. build decisions.
  • Drive the Enterprise People Technology Platform as a Service (PaaS) with focus on Data management & data access, API gateway, Event Management, Digital Automation Platform.
  • Establish end-to-end long-term architecture to meet HR & Learning business needs with heavy focus on integrating 3rd party vendors to create the next generation of employee experiences and journeys.
  • Maintain oversight with the implementation team to create highly secure, highly available, highly supportable, and resilient software with heavy focus on integrating 3rd party vendors.
  • Lead POCs to demonstrate design patterns using legacy and emerging technologies to stitch together disparate systems.
  • Establish technical guidelines for vendor assessments, vendor onboarding, and vendor integrations.
  • Represent HR & Learning Technology team in the Corporate IT’s Architecture Review Team and in the Corporate Reliability Engineering (CRE) initiative.
  • Work with Product Managers to identify and harden enterprise level technical requirements for HR & learning solutions.


Basic Qualifications:

  • 10 years of work experience in designing, coding, and supporting large scale platforms with a bachelor’s degree or at least 8 years of work experience with an Advanced Degree (e.g., Masters)

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 12-15 years of work experience with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or Engineering or 10-12 years of experience with a master’s degree in Computer Science or Engineering.
  • 5+ years of recent hands-on experience in architecting, designing, delivering, and deploying highly available, highly supportable, and highly resilient enterprise solutions.
  • Exposure to People Technology domain.
  • Convincingly articulate vision and strategy for complex technical undertakings to influence technical and business stakeholders.
  • Deep experience with enterprise technologies and architecture patterns for creating frameworks, web applications, distributed enterprise services, security, data management and access, storage, API management, interconnecting multiple systems.
  • Expert knowledge and strong hands-on experience with integration design & implementation
  • Proficiency with CI/CD/DevOps tools such as Jenkins, Ansible
  • Good understanding of API Management principles, best practices and related tools
  • Prior experience architecting micro-services architecture
  • Hands-on experience with modern web UI frameworks, .NET core or Java, SQL and NoSQL databases, and other modern open-source platforms and technologies (stateless and stateful APIs, structured and unstructured data management, distributed services, messaging, service discovery, API gateways, IaaS, PaaS, Disaster Planning, load distribution, horizontal scalability, etc.).
  • Exposure and knowledge of modern enterprise technologies including but not limited to, Machine Learning, Automation, Business Process Management, Event management, data analytics, Search engines.
  • Thought leader for integrating hosted and cloud services, DevOps, Data Management, Architecture patterns, interconnecting multiple vendors, and the related security implications and control approaches.
  • Experience with management and exposure of HR and Learning data with desired security and privacy.
  • Experience with agile/SCRUM development methodologies and software development lifecycle principles.

Additional Information

Visa has adopted a COVID-19 vaccination policy to safeguard the health and well-being of our employees and visitors. As a condition of employment, all employees based in the U.S. are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, unless a reasonable accommodation is approved or as otherwise required by law.

Work Hours: Varies upon the needs of the department.

Travel Requirements: This position requires travel 5-10% of the time.

Mental/Physical Requirements: 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.

Visa is an EEO Employer.  Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.  Visa will also consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with EEOC guidelines and applicable local law.

Visa will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with applicable local law, including the requirements of Article 49 of the San Francisco Police Code.

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