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Director – Digital Payments Software Architecture and Engineering at Discover (Chicago, IL)

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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 

About Discover

Discover Financial Services (DFS) is a direct banking and payment services company with one of the most recognized brands in U.S. financial services. Since its inception in 1986, the company has become one of the largest card issuers in the United States. The company issues the Discover card, America's cash rewards pioneer, and offers private student loans, personal loans, home equity loans, checking and savings accounts and certificates of deposit through its direct banking business. It operates the Discover Global Network comprised of Discover Network, with millions of merchant and cash access locations; PULSE, one of the nation's leading ATM/debit networks; and Diners Club International, a global payments network with acceptance in 190 countries and territories.

Discover’s vision is to be the leading direct bank and payments partner and its mission is to help people spend smarter, manage debt better and save more so they achieve a brighter financial future.

At Discover, be part of a culture where diversity, teamwork and collaboration reign. Join a company that is just as employee-focused as it is on its customers, and which is consistently awarded for both. We’re all about people and our employees are why Discover is a great place to work. Be the reason we help millions of consumers build a brighter financial future and achieve yours along the way with a rewarding career.


As part of Discover Business Technology (BT), you will be an influencing member of the Senior Leadership team for the Digital Payments domain. This domain, supporting our Payment Services Business Unit, develops and operates the solutions enabling Discover’s position within leading Digital Wallets such as ApplePay, GooglePay, SamsungPay as well as in token-based solutions such as Click-to-Pay and other card on file products leveraged around the world. Our backlog is filled with numerous Industry-leading/setting initiatives. The work in this space is hot and that’s not recruiting fluff. You and your team will have a direct impact on how Consumers evolve from swiping cards to all new contactless form factors while also shaping the continuous evolution of our Digital Payments platform. Talk about the opportunity to make an impact!

As the Director of Software Architecture and Engineering for Digital Payments you will be responsible for defining, evolving and communicating the strategic technical and architectural vision for Discover's Payment Services Digital Payments domain. You and your team will need to proactively partner with our Payment Services Business Development, Product Directors/Managers and Solution architects to ensure our technology architecture/product will yield the right functional capabilities and support all non-functional requirements needed to deliver a delightful experience to our Partners and Customers. In addition, you’ll partner with our Payment Services and Enterprise Architecture teams to ensure you are aligning to Discover’s overall technology roadmap. 

As a passionate technologist, you will not only have the opportunity to define and shape our vision for the domain but also the career and journey for the members of your team. Via your transformational and empowering leadership behaviors, you will coach and mentor domain-level architects and technology product managers to define and communicate modern capabilities that will enable our small, autonomous agile product teams to deliver with speed and quality. 


  • Translate the Digital Payments product vision into a technical and architectural vision that will proactively enable the Digital Payments domain to deliver with speed and quality. Your technology product management that will ensure the vision is prioritized within the domain and/or within BT/DFS where appropriate and executed in alignment with the overall Domain’s needs.
  • Influentially partner with key internal and external stakeholders/vendors/industry partners on strategic opportunities facing the Digital Payments domain to ensure the Digital Payments technical and architectural vision is proactively positioned to support market opportunities domestically and globally.
  • Provide empowering technical leadership support to a team of cross-discipline, geographically diverse Technology professionals chartered to define, evolve and communicate the technical and architectural vision for the Domain.
  • Partner with the Digital Payments Software Engineering and Operations Directors to develop and implement domain-level software engineering standards and practices to achieve the availability, performance, quality and compliance requirements of the domain.
  • Establish the Digital Payments Software Architecture and Engineering team as a leading authority in the Digital Technology Academy.
  • Promote a risk-aware culture, ensure efficient and effective risk and compliance management practices by adhering to required standards and processes.
  • Oversee the planning and tracking of financial/budget activities.


  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering, information technology or a related field. Master’s degree preferred.
  • 7-10+ years of progressive software engineering experience involving cloud/container-based solutions operating domestically and internationally.
  • 5+ years of direct management/leadership experience involving a fast-growing and high-paced software architecture function.
  • Strong leadership, influencing, and relationship skills with a proven track record at all levels within an organization and a role model to others for owning the outcome.
  • Excellent communication skills with a proven ability to present, discuss, and explain issues coherently and logically both in writing and verbally to all levels of an Organization (internally and externally). A critical skill and one that you feel is one of your best. We want you to be successful and this role needs this particular skillset to be at the high-end of the scale.
  • A true self-starter with self-determined decision-making ability so he/she can quickly and independently assesses situations or opportunities and become a trusted and integral part of the senior leadership team.
  • Detail oriented, outgoing, can balance conflicting and changing demands through prioritization and a pragmatic approach working with all levels of corporate personnel.
  • Demonstrated ability to engage senior business leaders in establishing ownership/accountability, securing funding and committing resources to achieve a desired outcome.
  • Ability to travel, domestically and internationally, up to 5% of the year. The core purpose of the travel is to allow you to build and grow relationships critical to this role where and when needed. Given the current pandemic this is certainly subject to restrictions domestically and internationally.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in the Financial Services/Payments domain.
  • Experience in the implementation and operation of Mobile Payments (ApplePay, GooglePay, etc.).
  • Career journey that includes roles specifically within software delivery (development, testing, architecture) where deployment leveraged cloud/container.

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

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What does your typical day look like?

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How does the company support your career growth?

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What is your vision for the company?

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What’s the vibe like in the office?

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