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MasterCard Principal Solution Architect - Architecture & Solution Engineering in Peterborough, United Kingdom

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

Principal Solution Architect - Architecture & Solution Engineering

Principal, Solution Architect/Solution Engineer – Prepaid Services


Mastercard Prepaid Services (MPMS) provide end-to-end prepaid card solutions by creating platform solutions that connect external and internal processing services, program management and our own Mastercard technology together. We have an expanding and evolving technical platform that supports our global portfolio of prepaid card programs for travel & transit, foreign exchange, gift and buy-now-pay-later. We are also proud to consider ourselves to be Fintech enablers, working to explore and enable new verticals that support Mastercard's strategy.

The Solution Architect will be responsible for creating technical solutions and leading initiatives for our business. You will provide technical leadership and solution engineering expertise to bring together all of our technology assets to create new and innovative products. These could be for our prepaid card processing system, mobile & web applications or our API suite. The scope for you will be broad, and may include infrastructure, software and security domain engineering as well working with customers to develop solutions and new product functionality.


Key themes: Visible Leadership, Technical Depth, and Proactivity


• Designing from the vision down to the application and infrastructure architecture level - supporting the Solution Architecture and Solution Engineering function.

• Being the principal SME and owning the roadmap for one of our foundational technologies such as Hadoop/Big Data, Finance Systems, Microservices Middleware, or API Integrations.

• Partnering with Product teams and other technology teams to contribute in setting technical strategy and roadmaps. Collaboration and initiative is key.

• Providing direction to technical leads on projects in work and reviewing designs.

• Initiating and leading ‘What if’, ‘What next’ and ‘Why not’ planning.

• Mentor and guide development teams across Prepaid Services.

• Research current and emerging technologies, and be an ambassador for new technologies.

• Initiation of Proof-of-Concept projects and drive innovative changes.

• Pre-sales support and customer-facing solution collaboration with our regional and product teams.

All About You

Essential knowledge, skills and experience:

• Bachelor's degree in a technical field or equivalent experience.

• Experience in API management, Big Data/Hadoop, containerized & cloud microservices.

• Strong communication skills -- both verbal and written, strong relationship and collaboration skills.

• Knowledge and understanding of Agile software engineering concepts and methodologies.


• Hands-on, high-energy, detail-oriented, proactive and able to function independently under pressure.

• You must be able to inform and lead through your designs and documents.

• Ability to quickly learn and implement new technologies, frameworks and tools.

• Able to support multiple concurrent activities and to interface with external / internal resources.

• Are an enthusiastic ambassador for new technology.

• You may bring diversity of perspectives from a varied technical career background.

Do any of these describe you? These are not essential, but will give you bonus points:

• Experience in delivering solutions to non-FI customers, Airlines, Fintechs or Transit Authorities.

• IT Architecture – experience in Containerized applications, API design

• Frameworks and foundations: Apache Spark, Nifi, Java Spring

• Cloud and DevOps Architecture, especially via containerisation

• Experience of payment processing and tokenisation

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-140738