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MasterCard Vice President Software Engineering in Arlington, Virginia

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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.

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Vice President Software Engineering


At Mastercard, our industry expertise is enhanced by our commitment to being a force for good in the world and to doing well by doing good. Mastercard relies on our global workforce to help us achieve our goal of building a sustainable, inclusive global economy. The Mastercard Way encourages us, connects us with the behaviors that represent the essence of not only what we do but who we are as an organization. Cultivating an environment for all employees that respects their individual strengths, views and experiences drives a global and collaborative culture of inclusion and sense of belonging.

MasterCard is recruiting a Vice President of Software Engineering to lead software engineering teams developing advanced technologies and applications that are revolutionizing payments. MasterCard software engineering teams leverage Agile development principles, advanced development and design practices, and an obsession over security, reliability, and performance to deliver solutions that delight our customers.

  • Are you passionate about software engineering?

  • Are you fanatical about building large scale, distributed systems the right way?

  • Do you want to help software engineers to build better quality software faster?

  • Are you obsessed with delivering results, and firmly believe that code talks, and just about anything else walks?

  • Do you want to join a Company that offers a competitive benefits-and rewards program that attracts, develops, and retains the most talented employees around the world?

  • Do you want to join an inclusive culture where employees, in all their diversity, feel valued, respected and who can bring their authentic selves to work? Learn more at Mastercard’s Corporate Sustainability Report.


The Commercial, Expense and Reports Analytics team is looking for a Vice President of Software Engineering to lead a number of engineering teams based in St Louis Missouri and Arlington Virginia building out our cloud native web services application suite. The ideal candidate is passionate about software engineering, highly motivated, intellectually curious, analytical, and ready to build and lead multiple high-performing engineering teams that are grounded on a culture of trust, ownership, and innovation.

As the VP of Software Engineering you will bring considerable experience leading large-scale efforts in application development for backend, web, and mobile applications, using a broad range of technologies.

  • Responsible for hiring and developing engineering and engineering management talent.

  • Owner of several major functional areas of our code.

  • Manager of managers and senior individual contributors.

  • Collaborate across other teams to deliver results.

  • Consistently raise standards, insisting on better and continuously improving.

About You:

  • You are a hands-on, technical and people leader able to manage directly and through others.

  • As a technically astute leader, your recognized subject matter expertise allows you regularly dive deep into everything your teams do.

  • Your leadership style is based on building trust with your team, your peers, and your management and especially leading by example.

  • You are high-energy, detail-oriented, proactive and adaptive and can work in a dynamic environment.

  • You possess strong communication skills - both verbal and written – and can get your point across efficiently to a wide range of audiences.

  • You are obsessed with results, and effectively define and communicate objectives and how success will be measured to your teams and other stakeholders.

  • You have strong decision-making skills, and you have a bias for action rather than drawn-out analysis because you understand that most decisions are not irreversible.

  • You have an ability to simultaneously manage short-term priorities and long-term initiatives.

  • You regularly lead retrospection, and continually improve as a result.

  • You have strong collaborative and organizational skills, and you value transparency over avoiding scrutiny.

  • You understand how to guide a team member’s career including performance evaluation, coaching, and motivation.

  • You are an experienced manager able to evaluate and coach other managers.

  • You are experienced in distributed system design and implementation, and have a good understanding of how high-performance, high-reliability, large-scale distributed systems are built and operated.

  • You have expert level knowledge of software development processes, and you practice Agile at an advanced level.

  • You have experience and knowledge of Test Driven and Domain Driven Development (TDD / DDD).

  • You are an experienced user of one or more Application Lifecycle Management tools (e.g., Rally, Jira).

  • You can exercise influence outside your own teams to achieve results for the entire organization.

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.

About Mastercard

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-144216