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MasterCard Director, Software Development Engineering in Arlington, Virginia

Our Purpose

We work to connect and power an inclusive, digital economy that benefits everyone, everywhere by making transactions safe, simple, smart and accessible. Using secure data and networks, partnerships and passion, our innovations and solutions help individuals, financial institutions, governments and businesses realize their greatest potential. Our decency quotient, or DQ, drives our culture and everything we do inside and outside of our company. We cultivate a culture of inclusion ( for all employees that respects their individual strengths, views, and experiences. We believe that our differences enable us to be a better team – one that makes better decisions, drives innovation and delivers better business results.

Job Title

Director, Software Development Engineering

As a Director, Software Development Engineering in Data & Services, you will have the opportunity to lead the development of analytics applications that sit atop vast datasets gathered by retail stores, restaurants, banks, and other consumer-focused companies. The challenge is to create high-performance algorithms, cutting-edge analytical techniques, compelling visualizations, and intuitive workflows that allow our users to derive insights from big data that in turn drive their businesses.

As lead of the Mastercard Intelligence team’s Data Zone, you will bring your management, and development experience to support a highly effective agile team building applications and data flows which ingest, process, and publish billions of transactions in a scaled production environment to support interactive analytics for thousands of clients.

We are looking for an innovative leader who can provide leadership and career mentorship to a rapidly growing team. This individual will support a high performing development team by developing the process, culture, and organization necessary to deliver against aggressive objectives. They will use their technical expertise to navigate requirements, provide inputs into capacity and staffing, and invest in forward-thinking development priorities while keeping a focus on the customer and on-time delivery.

As a Director, Software Engineering on the Mastercard Intelligence team, you will:

• Formally supervise, coach, and develop a high performing Data Zone team through manager level reports

• Ensure your team’s compliance to goal setting and performance appraisal process

• Provide strategic leadership related to specific applications and systems, or software-development methodologies

• Lead the design of major and complex parts of the platform while ensuring high-quality development

• Define state of the art service-oriented software architectures

• Serve as a technical resource for team members and mentor junior engineers and teammates

• Lead planning and scoping features for the team

• Play a central role in scaling and automating the growth data processes and applications in the cloud and the datacenter

• Critically review code and guide the team with a focus on improving the code quality

• Continuously innovate and determine new technologies and approaches to deal with growing data sets faster and faster

• Play a key role in shaping the direction of engineering processes through working on a small team empowered to organize and run the team as they see fit

All About You

• Experience in managing, coaching, and guiding high performing multiple software development teams of varying levels across locations

• Ability to work across business lines to navigate, and to effectively communicate and partner with others with a wide range of experiences and levels in a large, global organization

• Ability to translate business requirements to technical deliverables, and to partner with product development teams

• Demonstrable experience in developing strategic roadmaps to meet customer needs

• Full-stack engineering experience in an agile production environment

• Experience solving and implementing scalable solutions to solve complex problems

• Familiarity in modular design using and creating single-responsibility services and APIs

• Experience automating and scaling complex dataflow and application architectures

• Strong understanding of web technologies, server-side technologies for developing microservices

• Knowledge of modern object-oriented programming languages. C# is a plus

• Passion for analytical/quantitative problem solving

• Experience in CI/CD for production-scale products with a focus on the engineering methodology

• Motivation, creativity, self-direction, and desire to thrive on user-centric product teams

• Strong written and verbal communication skills

• Superior academic record with a degree in Computer Science or related technical field

• Fintech experience a plus

COVID-19 Considerations

We value the safety of each member of our community because we know we’re all in this together. In many locations, which may change over time, we’ve implemented a virtual hiring process and continue to interview candidates by video or phone. In addition, in some locations, only individuals who have been fully vaccinated will be permitted inside Mastercard offices until further notice.

In the US, Mastercard is a government contractor, which may legally require most Mastercard employees to be vaccinated unless a verified approved medical or religious exemption is granted. Further, we are currently making every effort towards having employees return to work in the office 2 days per week, if that makes sense for their team. Everyone must be vaccinated to enter Mastercard offices at this time. Therefore, we expect all candidates to be vaccinated or to be approved for a medical or religious accommodation prior to commencing work at Mastercard.

In the US, Mastercard is an inclusive Equal Employment Opportunity employer that considers applicants without regard to gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, disabled or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. If you require accommodations or assistance to complete the online application process, please contact and identify the type of accommodation or assistance you are requesting. Do not include any medical or health information in this email. The Reasonable Accommodations team will respond to your email promptly.

Corporate Security Responsibility

All activities involving access to Mastercard assets, information, and networks comes with an inherent risk to the organization and, therefore, it is expected that every person working for, or on behalf of, Mastercard is responsible for information security and must:

  • Abide by Mastercard’s security policies and practices;

  • Ensure the confidentiality and integrity of the information being accessed;

  • Report any suspected information security violation or breach, and

  • Complete all periodic mandatory security trainings in accordance with Mastercard’s guidelines.

Requisition ID: R-123984