Lead Staff Software Engineer - (Java, Kafka)

  • Full-time
  • Job Family Group: Technology and Operations

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

As a Senior Staff Software Engineering Lead in Payment & Platform technology team, you will pave the way for our most important asset, our engineers, to deliver amazing features with highest quality. You will be working with colleagues, who will help, support and challenge you every day. You will play part of teams tasked with multiple projects ranging from building full stack development of real-time transactional services, REST services API, Container based services to highly functional, secure, scalable and resilient real API gateway. You will see the code written going to production in few days and used by huge customer base including Apple, Facebook, Nike , Emirates… If this sounds exciting, we would love to chat and tell you more about our work culture and environment.

We expect our Sr Staff Engineer to do much more than just leading and managing multiple teams

Essential Functions

  • Experience in commercial software development on Unix/Linux environment.

  • Experience in a technical leadership role

  • Understanding of architecture and operations of highly available and scalable applications.

  • You have expertise of Core Java, JEE technologies, REST and container based technologies.

  • You have experience in consumer facing application development experience.

  • Proven track record of responsibilities as a technical lead.

  • Proven track record of developing and architecture on secure API gateway solution with dynamic set of security standards

  • You have experience architecture solutions with Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery in mind

  • You have amazing work ethics that will help us all work extremely well together

  • You have the passion to understanding people and to always striving to improve our products and services!


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 2-3 set days a week (determined by leadership/site), with a general guidepost of being in the office 50% or more of the time based on business needs.


Basic Qualifications:

  • 10+ years of relevant work experience with a Bachelor’s Degree or at least 7 years of work experience with an Advanced degree (e.g. Masters, MBA, JD, MD) or 4 years of work experience with a PhD, OR 13+ years of relevant work experience.

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
  • You have proven ability to define needs, develop plans, coordinate resources and implement action plans.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead multiple projects simultaneously & to resolve scheduling & other conflicts in order to meet all deadlines.
  • Very thorough understanding of Container based architecture for Cloud such as Docker
  • Should have experience in building and establishing elastic scalability architectural patterns for web applications.
  • Sound understanding of Service and IT operations management, and DevOps model, good knowledge of Deployment, Capacity Planning
  • Strong understanding of Enterprise Integration using web services, REST
  • Experience in Distributed Caches and other Distributed System
  • Experience in design and development of Event driven steams
  • Experience in development of API gateway and Microservices
  • Understand the Security requirements and standards, and contemporary trends in Security risks as well as technologies.
  • Experience in high volume, real time communication systems for multiple channels including, email, SMS and web-hooks.
  • Experience in high volume real time streaming systems.
  • Experience in streaming solutions from an architectural viewpoint and from a implementation view point.
  • Experience in real time monitoring for critical system related to Automated Active Active response.
  • Expert level experience in Grafana, Graphite ,Prometheus and other leading monitoring systems.
  • Experience with a variety of development methodologies and mature understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of each. Solid experience with Agile methods is a plus.
  • Superior verbal, written & interpersonal communication skills with both technical & non-technical audiences.
  • Experience in coaching engineers both on technical and career development
  • Excellent team player, with strong collaboration skills and ability to influence cross-functional team for results
  • Focus on building an efficient and collaborative team environment.

Additional Information

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.

U.S. APPLICANTS ONLY: The estimated salary range for a new hire into this position is 139,800.00 to 181,800.00 USD, 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.
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