Innovation Solution Engineer at Discover

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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 

Our Discover Innovation Lab is passionate about identifying breakthrough emerging solutions that will build new markets and businesses for Discover Financial Services.

Technology Capabilities and Innovation is seeking several Innovation Solution Engineers to join us as we incubate these new opportunities in partnership with our business groups and partners. Our efforts will extend our organization’s continued contributions to standards bodies, open-source communities and research partnerships with leading-edge Universities.

We value people who are team-oriented, who constantly learn and more importantly, constantly teach. Above all, we want you to help us improve consistently over time.

Our innovation lab is chartered to be an accelerator for internal business transformation and external market growth opportunities. The lab will be an incubator for corporate sponsored innovation projects. Lab members will pair with sponsoring business unit resources to form innovation squads that will manage the lifecycle development of exciting new endeavors. Squad members will get in at the ideation stage for new projects and have the opportunity to iterate with a project from prototyping though pilots and eventually being the subject-matter experts as a project is transitioned for productization within the sponsoring business units.

We are looking for a number of Innovation Solution Engineers with a conscientious mentality and a commitment to innovate with high quality work. We seek someone that can work across several independent squads to provide rapid solution prototyping.

In this position you will collaborate with designers and domain specialists across the business to apply state of the art technologies and architecture patterns to challenging business problems

Responsibilities:

  • Contribute to project ideation and design to understand needs, propose features, create early prototypes and transform them into exciting experiences. Design, development and iterate on a solution for a specific innovative business objective (concept proposal). Develop front-end and backend components with a focus on user experience and microservices-based architecture. Leverage best-practice knowledge, reference architectures, and patterns from prior projects to promote re-use across the innovation Lab. Ensures Minimal Viable Prototypes/Pilots/Products can be taken through the necessary steps to become scalable, supportable managed solutions. Develop and present detailed technical demonstrations to C-level sponsors and project stakeholders.
  • Uses holistic knowledge open-source tools for improved consistency and developer time to value. Bring a deep understanding of the full technology stack, working with emerging and traditional technologies, adjusting between the art of the possible and the requirements to adhere to corporate privacy, risk and security protection guidelines.
  • Write high-quality code with best practices and design patterns in mind. Have fun brainstorming and collaborating in team that is excited to answer your questions and share their wisdom with you. We expect you to do the same.
  • Innovates on and advocates for best practices and improved processes within the team and with internal partners; stays up to date with technology trends and innovations; mentors team members. Propose innovative tools, frameworks, automations and processes where appropriate. Be a champion of architecture decision records (ADRs) within your squad, and across the organization.
  • Architect, develop, and maintain tools to improve the scale and efficiency of the Lab. Continuously refine our DevOps, SecDevOps and CI/CD pipeline tools. Creates and maintains devops processes, application infrastructure, and utilizes cloud services (including database systems and models).

About You: 

  • We’re looking for people who are motivated to learn new technologies and who enjoy have a builder’s mentality where “show me” means more than “tell me”.
  • You are passionate about technology, understand cloud architectures & platforms, and quick to pick up emerging technologies.
  • You thrive on the creation of something from nothing and are comfortable with uncertainty in an always evolving environment.
  • You enjoy working with others to experiment with innovative approaches and the to validate the technical feasibility of a solution.
  • It is in your DNA to methodologically execute experiments and prototypes to find the quickest way to prove new ideas, technologies, and business models in a real-world environment. This experimentation is the heart and sole of the Discover Innovation Lab.
  • You enjoy assembling and building prototypes with internal and external corporate stakeholders.
  • You are a well-seasoned industry professional looking to bring your tool-belt of experience and skills to work every day to tackle new challenges that will fuel your desire to continuously learn.
  • You are an intellectually curious person with a deep and persistent desire to learn. You are willing to ask questions and you like the challenge of finding answers to the hard ones.
  • You enjoy the camaraderie of collaboration towards the creation of new business solutions.
  • You desire to take the time to design things right the first time, but are able to recognize when tactical trade-offs are necessary and you are able to pivot. 

Minimum Qualifications 

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

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology or related field 
  • 10+ years of experience in Computer Science, Information Technology or related field 
  • In lieu of education, 12+ years of experience in Computer Science, Information Technology or related field 

Preferred Qualifications 

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

  • AWS Certification as an AWS Solutions Architect, Developer, or SysOps Associate/Professional
  • Red Hat Certified Specialist in OpenShift Administration
  • Deep understanding of full tech stacks (Java, JavaScript, Swift, Python, React, Node.js, RESTful services, GraphQL, Message brokers (MQTT), JSON, HTML/HTML5, CSS, etc.).
  • Experience designing and implementing container-based APIs using container frameworks like OpenShift, Docker, or Kubernetes.
  • Proven experience with various architectural design patterns including Microservices, API's, event-driven data flows, serverless, containers, connectivity, etc.
  • Experience with GitHUB relative to continuous integration and continuous delivery infrastructure
  • Demonstrated ability to independently research technical issues and generate creative/innovative solutions.
  • Experience architecting Kubernetes concepts and architecture to deploy applications at scale for consumers.
  • Working knowledge of modern software development practices and technologies such as Agile methodologies, Design Thinking and CI/CD.
  • Track record of developing and maintaining APIs using tools such as Swagger, Amazon API Gateway, Azure API Management, MuleSoft and Postman.
  • History of technical consulting and architecture engagements that demonstrate client interactions that yield working prototype solutions, proof-of-concepts, and/or demos.
  • Knowledge of professional software engineering and best practices for the full software development life cycle, including coding standards, code reviews, source control management, build processes, testing, and operations.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills as well as the ability to work effectively across internal and external organizations and virtual teams.
  • Rapid prototype development and familiarity with iterative prototyping techniques.
  • Demonstrated ability to independently research technical issues and generate creative/innovative solutions.
  • Experience with DevOps technologies like Docker, Jenkins, and RedHat and AWS Products.
  • Experience in agile software development teams working iteratively with designers, product managers, and stakeholders.
  • Passion for cutting edge technologies, drive, and ability to quickly learn new concepts.
  • Prior experience working for a consumer Internet company
  • Shift left testing mindset
  • Experience as part of an Agile engineering or development team 
  • Strong understanding of object-oriented principles with an ability to write clean code 
  • Strong experience working with a relational database and NoSQL database 
  • Strong experience with CI/CD pipelines with Jenkins or similar; Git/GitHub; Artifactory 
  • Proven skills in high availability and scalability design, as well as performance monitoring 
  • Experience developing and implementing API service architecture 
  • Experience in working in a cloud environment such as AWS, GCP or Azure. 
  • Understanding of messaging systems like MQ, Rabbit MQ, Kafka, or Kinesis. 
  • Strong experience of developing multi-threaded and synchronization application 
  • Build secure web applications with user authentication 
  • Understanding of software testing principles and methodologies 
  • Fullstack Academy, General Assembly or comparable programs may adequately a non-CS Bachelor’s Degree 

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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.”

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.

Hiba

AWS Cloud Engineer

What does your typical day look like?

I enjoy working at Discover because I get to work with and collaborate with talented people who are passionate about what they do, and together we get to help others. We work constructively and cross-functionally to provide the best and newest products for our users and provide exceptional support for our customers!

Mandy

Project Manager, Advanced Analytics Platform

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.

George

Senior Manager, Software Engineering

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.

Kumar

SVP, CDO Advanced Analytics Platforms

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!

Brent

Director, Digital Analytics

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 mydiscoverbenefits.com

Culture
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
Diversity
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
401(K)
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
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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.
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Game Room
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Relocation Assistance
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Discover provides tuition reimbursement and a full-ride bachelor's degree program for select online degree programs.
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Lunch and learns
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Mentorship program
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