Director - Software Engineering (Payment Processing) (Hybrid/Onsite)

  • 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

In this mission critical role, you will be responsible for managing a team of software engineers who are at the forefront in building the next generation of systems that provide connectivity and access into Visa. The access systems are fundamental to the Visa Business and amongst only a handful of the most mission critical systems at Visa. You will provide leadership to deliver access solutions that fit into the wider efforts to re-engineer Visa’s core processing systems. You need to have an excellent background in leading large scale software development projects, be a dynamic leader and above all be customer and team focused. The position is based in Denver, CO.

It’s all about exceptional leadership, outstanding strategy, long-term vision, excellence in execution and superlative communications. If this is who you are, please apply immediately.



  • Manage a team of software engineers ensuring that staff are fully engaged, motivated and productive. This includes people management, staff career growth and performance reviews.

  • Take a leadership role and manage large scale software projects, taking absolute ownership with end-to-end planning, resource management and communications.

  • Ensure that our production systems are always available and provide whatever effort is required to achieve this absolute objective. You must deliver software and systems to the highest levels of security at Visa.

  • Instill best practices for software development, assure designs meet requirements, and deliver high quality work on tight schedules.

  • Provide mentorship to develop and nurture staff. Assist in hiring critical talent and identify key staff to become the next generation of leaders in the Gateway Services department and beyond.

  • Lead strong partnerships with key stakeholders including product management, operations, cyber security and quality assurance.

  • Engage in technical and functional discussions with engineering teams with strong interpersonal and organizational skills to effectively manage multiple work streams.

  • Project management: prioritization, planning of projects and features, stakeholder management and tracking of external commitments.

Position is based in Highlands Ranch, CO

This is a hybrid position. Hybrid employees can alternate time between both remote and office. Employees in hybrid roles are expected to work from the office two days a week, Tuesdays and Wednesdays with a general guidepost of being in the office 50% of the time based on business needs.


Basic Qualifications:
• 10 or more years of work experience with a Bachelor’s Degree or at least 8 years of work experience with an Advanced Degree (e.g. Masters/ MBA/JD/MD) or at least 3 years of work experience with a PhD
• At least 5 years of experience in managing or leading a team of engineers for delivering software from requirements to production implementation. Must have solid experience with working with cross-geographical teams.
• 10+ years of experience in designing, developing and supporting large-scale mission-critical systems in a high availability fault tolerant business environment (think 99.9999% availability) is required.

Preferred Qualifications:
• 12 or more years of work experience with a Bachelor’s Degree or 8-10 years of experience with an Advanced Degree (e.g. Masters, MBA, JD, MD) or 6+ years of work experience with a PhD
• Prior extensive experience in the design and development of high performance real-time multi-threaded back-end processing systems is required, ideally in the Payments or similar space.
• A deep understanding of end-to-end software development lifecycle, and a track record of shipping software on time and on budget is required. Experience should include a focus on software productivity, work processes, development methods and production support capability.
• Must have a specific and demonstrable track record of implementing Cybersecurity through-out the software lifecycle. This must include data at rest & in-transit encryption solutions, secure coding, vulnerability management and all other aspects of security compliance.
• Strong technology and leadership background in Linux, Java, TCP/IP, Spring, REST APIs, MySQL, and Angular/React.
• The role requires superlative communication skills: verbal, written and presentation.
• BS/MS Degree in Computer Science or a related field is required.

U.S. APPLICANTS ONLY: The estimated salary range for a new hire into this position is 143,800 to 187,000USD, which may include potential sales incentive payments (if applicable).  Salary may vary depending on job-related factors which may include knowledge, skills, experience, and location. In addition, this position may be eligible for bonus and equity. Visa has a comprehensive benefits package for which this position may be eligible that includes Medical, Dental, Vision, 401 (k), FSA/HSA, Life Insurance, Paid Time Off, and Wellness Program.  

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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