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Principal Data Engineer at Discover (Chicago, IL or Remote)

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Discover. A brighter future.

With us, you’ll do meaningful work from Day 1. Our collaborative culture is built on three core behaviors: We Play to Win, We Get Better Every Day & We Succeed Together. And we mean it — we want you to grow and make a difference at one of the world's leading digital banking and payments companies. We value what makes you unique so that you have an opportunity to shine.

Come build your future, while being the reason millions of people find a brighter financial future with Discover.

Job Description  

The Principal Data Engineer role will be working closely with Card Acquisition business partners and other Architects within the Business Technology department focused on maintaining, optimizing and evolving our Card Acquisition processes. The candidate must possess strong business acumen to understand business vision in order to provide solutions that realize business vision and needs. Strong understanding of data in the financial domain, hardware considerations, and knowledge of new technologies will be very valuable resources in the position.

Given the need for providing solutions that meet the needs of unique business opportunities, the candidate must possess strong problem solving skills and should be capable of defining and articulating technical architecture, and providing the necessary guidance to other technical resources to implement the solution. The candidate must also possess strong planning and organization skills; excellent communication and presentation skills are also essential for this position.


  • Primary responsibility is to optimize the Card Acquisitions processes and create new solutions that exceed business expectations in content accuracy, reliability and performance
  • Develop strategies, policies and best practices working with business partners
  • Develop and cultivate strong relationships with business partners and is expected to have strong customer-facing skills including negotiation, conflict resolution, and crisis management
  • Research, analyze, design, propose, and deliver solutions that fits within the enterprise context
  • Enforce data security standards including obfuscation, tokenization, and encryption
  • Participate in data technology strategy, including resolving strategic data integration issues, such as data quality and stewardship, real time, event-based data integration, and crafting a universal vision for data integration
  • Conceptualize and execute Proof of Concept to verify/validate complex business issues or review new tools and technologies
  • Lead discussion with the business on new business opportunities/requirements and lead requirements gathering when needed
  • Provide thought leadership in DW schema and database performance tuning. Additionally, understands how the front-end reporting tool influences these aspects
  • Develop/enhance the DW technical standards
  • Support project teams on design and development of processes required to extract, transform, cleanse, and load the data into DW and data marts as necessary
  • Guide and mentor team members to help them build capabilities
  • Work with other team members and vendors in troubleshooting and assuring quality of the DW and Card data
  • Oversees and consults with project teams. Creates design- and system-impact documents. Ensures system strategies are understood and are being adhered to. Monitors application designs and interfaces. Organizes and facilitates design discussions. Clarifies business requirements and communicates technical concerns and trade-offs to business leaders.
  • Partners with the business to understand strategies and goals. Assists the business with developing system requirements and impacts that can be used to initiate projects and meet the business goals.
  • Help build a culture of learning and innovation with a focus on learning new data technologies / practices and spearheading adoption within the organization
  • Bring a passion to stay on top of tech trends, experiment with and learn new technologies, participate in technology communities and act as an internal mentor to users of these platforms
  • Supports engineering leadership with the creation and enhancement of data solutions enabling seamless integration and flow of data across the data ecosystem.
  • Provides senior level technical consulting to peer data engineers during design and development for highly complex and critical data projects
  • Designs and develops data ingestion frameworks leveraging open source tools such as NiFi, Sqoop, Hive, Java, Pig, Python, as well as data processing/transformation frameworks leveraging open source tools.
  • Designs and develops real time processing solutions using Open Source tools.
  • Provides support for deployed data applications and analytical models.

Minimum Qualifications

At a minimum, here’s what we need from you:

  • Bachelors degree in Information Technology, or related field
  • 6+ years of work experience in data platform administration/engineering, or related experience

Desired Qualifications

If we had our say, we’d also look for:

  • 8+ years of work experience in data platform administration/engineering, or related experience
  • Prior experience as a solution architect or technical lead
  • Extensive knowledge of and experience working with AWS (S3, Snowflake)
  • Strong knowledge of Financial Services industry with the focus on Card business domain
  • Strong technical expertise on Data Warehouse platform (ETL/Ab Initio, Teradata), Data modeling, Big Data stacks/ecosystem including Kafka, Python, Spark, NoSQL, Github, Jenkins and Cloud
  • Experience in an Agile-based environment 
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, with excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent presentation skills, capable of effectively presenting ideas/solutions to all levels in the organization
  • Highly organized, capable of effectively managing competing priorities, and delivering on business results
  • Ability to work within a team environment as well as independently
  • Ability to identify, analyze and solve problems
  • Strong team player who is able to work across multiple functions and disciplines
  • Expertise with the design and development of ETL data integration solutions
  • Expertise in enabling business intelligence solutions through data integration
  • Demonstrated experience with integration technologies and how to leverage them into data mapping between systems
  • Knowledge on ETL data pipeline solutions using Container Platforms (e.g. Kubernetes &

    Open shift)




What are you waiting for? Apply today!

The same way we treat our employees is how we treat all applicants – with respect. Discover Financial Services is an equal opportunity employer (EEO is the law). We thrive on diversity & inclusion. You will be treated fairly throughout our recruiting process and without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status in consideration for a career at Discover.

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We're headquartered in the northwest suburbs of Chicago and have a downtown Chicago office known as “The 606.”

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What are Discover Perks + Benefits

Discover Benefits Overview

Start enjoying great benefits Day 1 — We support you with the same dedication we bring to all of our customers. Our comprehensive benefits package features first-class insurance, financial planning support and excellent perks designed to help you reach your goals and live a rich, healthy life.

Check out more of our amazing employee benefits at

Volunteer in local community
Discover’s business is built on helping people, and we invest in the community (Blessing Backpacks, Boys & Girls Clubs, Big Brothers/Sisters) to demonstrate our commitment to a brighter future.
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Intracompany committees
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Unconscious bias training
Diversity manifesto
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
You can open a separate Health Care FSA (HCFSA) and contribute up to $2,650 tax-free from your paycheck to reimburse yourself for eligible out-of-pocket expenses.
Disability Insurance
Employees receive Short-Term Disability Insurance at no cost.
Dental Benefits
Discover offers two dental plan options — Standard and Premier — both are administered by MetLife.
Vision Benefits
Discover offers two vision plan options — Standard and Premier through VSP.
Health Insurance Benefits
Discover offers a variety of medical plans for you and eligible family members, so that you can choose the benefit plan that suits your needs.
Life Insurance
As a Discover employee, you receive Basic Life Insurance of one times your HWEE (up to $500,000) at no cost to you.
Pet Insurance
Purchase medical coverage at a discounted rate for your beloved family pet. The more pets you insure, the greater the discount.
Wellness Programs
Help balance your work and personal life with a wide variety of free and discounted resource and referral services including family and relationship counseling and financial guidance.
Onsite Gym
Discover has fitness centers and Weight Watchers® programs at all five major locations.
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
You may elect to contribute 1% to 30% of your eligible base salary, commissions and bonus on a pre-tax basis, up to IRS limits every year.
401(K) Matching
Discover matches up to 6% of the pre-tax contributions you make to the 401(k) Plan.
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
The ESPP provides eligible employees with an opportunity to purchase shares of Discover common stock through payroll deductions at a 5% discount.
Performance Bonus
Match charitable contributions
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Adoption Assistance
Discover helps eligible employees and their families with the costs of adoption by reimbursing certain expenses.
Company sponsored family events
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Discover has a Paid Time Off of 4 to 5 Weeks of paid time per year.
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Discover provides 7 paid holidays.
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
When you enroll in the Commuter Benefits Program at WageWorks, you’ll save on taxes on mass-transit passes, parking and other eligible expenses.
Company Outings
Game Room
Recreational Clubs
Relocation Assistance
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
Discover provides tuition reimbursement and a full-ride bachelor's degree program for select online degree programs.
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Continuing Education stipend
Time allotted for learning
Online course subscriptions available
Customized development tracks

An Insider's view of Discover

What’s the vibe like in the office?

The cool thing about working at Discover is the wonderful collaborative environment we have and all the smart, talented and fun people we work with every day to continuously work on innovations.


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What does your typical day look like?

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How does the company support your career growth?

There are two reasons I enjoy working at Discover. First, I enjoy the challenging and meaningful work. Second, my career path at Discover is mine to shape. My managers have supported me when I wanted to learn more and move within the company.


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What is your vision for the company?

My vision of the company is that we create rewarding experiences in lives of our customers every day through analytics.


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What’s the vibe like in the office?

I love working at Discover because of how the company invests in its people and innovation. The environment is encouraging and the smart people around you makes it an amazing experience every day!


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