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MasterCard Lead Software Development Engineering in Arlington, Virginia

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Lead Software Development Engineering


The Data & Services team is a key differentiator for Mastercard, providing cutting-edge services that help our customers grow. Focused on thinking big and scaling fast around the globe, this agile team is responsible for end-to-end solutions for a diverse global customer base. Centered on data-driven technologies and innovation, these services include payments-focused consulting, loyalty and marketing programs, business Test & Learn experimentation, and data-driven information and risk management services. Mastercard Data & Services enables customers across industries and geographies to make smarter decisions and reach better outcomes with a tailored portfolio of solutions beyond the transaction.

Lead Software Development Engineering in Data & Services

As a Lead Software Development Engineer on the Data & Services Technologies team, you’ll hold a valued role within a rapidly growing and successful business unit, working closely with experienced and driven senior engineers to solve problems as a team. Innovative product opportunities, modern business questions, and intricate datasets present uniquely challenging problems that we are eager to take on. The Mastercard D&S next-generation platform blends industry-leading analytics, advanced software architecture, and the latest web technologies to face these problems. Our fintech software is required to unlock business insights from massive datasets in an interactive platform to drive multi-million dollar business decisions for our clients. We are rapidly expanding our product offerings and innovating on how we deliver our solutions to our clients. We are looking for an innovative software engineer who can play a leading role in helping us scale our platform development and tackle the big challenges of the future. You will help our teams scale-out our platform.

As a member of the Mastercard Intelligence team, you will bring your technical knowledge and full-stack development skills to build, deploy, and scale real-time interactive applications for thousands of clients across the globe that allow users to compare the performance of their portfolio against benchmarks. The team will consist of full-stack developers focused on building a platform that leverages the Mastercard data and combines it with other data provided by 3rd parties and clients to power applications that help clients track performance and identify underperforming groups of customers. You will have the opportunity to build a high-performance analytics platform that advances how businesses all over the world unleash the most value from Mastercard data. Our next-generation platform blends industry-leading analytics, advanced software architecture, and the latest web technologies. You will play a vital role within a rapidly growing organization while working closely with experienced and driven engineers to solve challenging problems.

Engineers work in small, flexible teams. Every team member contributes to feature design, building, and testing. The range of work you encounter varies from front-end web development to writing server-side calculation code to database work. There are no rigid organizational structures at Mastercard; each team uses processes that work the best for that team's members and projects.

Position Responsibilities

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

• Develop and own full-stack applications using .NET and database technologies like SQL

• Design and develop state of the art service-oriented software architectures

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

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

• Collaborate with partners teams across broader Mastercard (Software Delivery, Corporate Security, Privacy and Data Protection, Global Product Management)

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

• Continuously innovate and determine new technologies to improve our product suite

All About you:

• Proficiency with advanced object-oriented programming.

• Experience with database technologies at scale, proficiency with SQL

• Deep technical foundation in full-stack development.

• Ability to own technical features spanning across multiple teams

• Strategic mindset when it comes to evolving services and components

• Experience contributing to and leading the development of large scale applications

• Proven track record of innovating and leveraging new technology

• Passion for solving complex analytical/quantitative problems in real-world scenarios

• Motivation, creativity, self-direction, and desire to thrive on scrum-size project teams

• Passion for/experience in proactively mentoring junior engineers to grow their technical skills and find meaningful opportunities

• Solid technical foundation with a degree in Computer Science or related field

• Strong written and verbal communication skills

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-124303