Principal Value Stream Architect

| Chicago | Remote

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  

Who are we looking for?

A leader with business and technical savvy, who can work closely with initiative and product owners, to define, drive, and support the architectural roadmap for the Deposits value stream while guiding the delivery of new capabilities, application features and continuous system improvement. The value stream architect (VSA) will have expertise in and advise teams and product management on the adoption of new technology platforms, tools, and methodologies.

What is the Deposits Value Stream at Discover?

Discover Bank is a direct bank with credit cards, consumer loans, and deposit products. Deposit products include, checking, certificate of deposit, money market, and online savings accounts. The Deposits value stream is an agile release train that supports the business initiatives and maintenance of these products.

What does the tech enablement team do?

Value stream architects work with the tech enablement team to define and deliver architectural runway for feature delivery teams. The team enables and supports all other release train teams by optimizing delivery, improving system performance, and aligning application developers to a common architectural roadmap. The roadmap includes modernization of legacy apps using cloud native APIs, Spring Boot, a CI/CD pipeline, test automation, and other common industry frameworks. 

What are the top two challenges for the team?

  • Modernization. Discovers Bank’s digital presence relies on a blend of monolithic apps and modernized microservices. Many of the apps are not built to support the future. Both new and existing capabilities need to be built using modern development and operational frameworks that can run in a cloud environment. The roadmap for modernization includes continuous integration pipeline components that will automate testing and other quality checks which provide a feedback loop for continuous improvement.
  • Prioritization.  The company has ambitious growth goals for deposits which drive many competing initiatives. There is also significant technical debt that must be retired. The VSA has major role in working with product management to estimate and prioritize work that will align to technology and business goals.

What else should you know about the team?

  • You will join a cross-functional team, with expertise across the Banking software stack
  • The team has established processes, but is continuously improving and open to new ideas
  • The team values collaboration and recognition

Responsibilities

  • Specify technology enablers that facilitate reproducibility, quality improvement, user productivity and artifact traceability via process improvement, tools, automation and adoption of industry best practices
  • Understand the customer journey, business objectives and long-term goals of the value stream
  • Understand and promote modernization objectives, architectural and applicable technology roadmaps
  • Identify and communicate future technology enablers
  • Empower the team through coaching to become cross-functional and autonomous
  • Provide strategic oversight and technical direction to multiple agile teams
  • Collaborate with other VSAs and enterprise architects to ensure applications are following overall architectural direction
  • Work with ARB/DARB to review and obtain approval for proposed designs
  • Provide high level estimate for business features through IVS reviews
  • Defines the target architecture for the Value Stream, taking into account scalability, simplicity, and supporting business growth as defined within the Value Stream.
  • Provides architectural governance and helps create a technical roadmap for the Value Stream.
  • Establishes relationships with Business and BT Value Stream participants in order to provide technical solutions to meet user needs and influence strategic initiatives
  • Serves as a technical coach and mentor for junior team members of the Value Stream. Act as Product Owner for technical initiatives/features that drive technical capabilities.
  • Provide insights and guidance to Product Management group on initiative and feature complexity and impact assessment

Skills:

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

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Business Computer Systems, or related technical field
  • 2+ years Software Development or related
  • 2+ years building and implementing model-driven, business solutions and applications or related
  • In lieu of education experience 6+ years software development or related

Bonus Points If You Have:

  • 6+ years of software development experience
  • Masters in Information Technology or related
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience with large scale, high performance systems

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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
Someone's primary function is managing the company’s diversity and inclusion initiatives
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.
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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.
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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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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
Continuing Education stipend
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