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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 

At Discover Financial Services, you’ll find yourself in the company of some of the industry’s brightest and most reliable professionals; at a company that rewards dedication, values innovation and supports growth.

We're looking for a Principal Application Architect to support the ongoing evolution and maturity of our Enterprise Decisioning Platform. Discover is on a journey to consolidate decisioning across customer life cycle into a single platform that enables an omni-channel view across all products for the customer. This is a key position that would drive enhancements to the platform based on cloud technologies and microservices driven data management.


  • Continue to enhance Enterprise Decisioning Platform to have high availability/performance, seamless integration (loosely coupled), high quality/reliability, and user-focused adoption models/frameworks while ensuring the platform helps protect our business data and the privacy of our customers.
  • Hands-on experience with owning a technology platform – ownership responsibilities should include technology adoption across the enterprise and business outcome delivery using the platform as well as hands-on experience with architecting/designing solutions across more than 2 types of architectures such as cloud-native backend-architecture, modern responsive web/mobile front-end architectures, micro services architectures, event-driven architectures.
  • Technical consultant for application project teams to enable high-velocity progress on software development stories by partnering closely with the other technology groups within the enterprise to develop re-usable patterns, frameworks across modern software development needs such as API-driven integrations, cloud infrastructure, and deployment pipelines, secure-by-design and privacy-by-design approach for protecting our systems and data.
  • Define platform-level roadmaps and collaborate with technology leaders across the enterprise to align their portfolio-level roadmap and application-level roadmap with enterprise platform roadmaps.
  • Help portfolio leaders and application owners proactively plan and address technical debt, security risks, and technology upkeep related to the use of the platform across the enterprise.
  • Learn new technical skills to effectively drive strategic/tactical adoption by understanding/communicating the benefits, best practices, and challenges of a given technology, product/platform, framework, and software development technique. Learning and teaching should be the core values of a successful candidate for this role.
  • In addition, this individual mentors and guides other technical staff members on adoption of new tools (e.g CI/CD), new methodology (e.g. Test Driven Development) & new technology platform (e.g., Cloud Foundry, Public Cloud).
  • Documents design specifications and installation instructions.
  • Communicates with staff and clients to understand specific system requirements.
  • Drives optimal reference architecture that efficiently and effectively presents an integrated view of enterprise data for both operational and analytical needs.
  • Consult with management to ensure agreement on system principles.
  • Communicates with staff or clients to understand specific system requirements.
  • Documents current state data flows covering interfaces, data stores, transport technologies and the source and destination of data
  • Communicates with staff and clients to understand specific system requirements.
  • Provides advice on project costs, design concepts, and design changes.
  • Documents design specifications and installation instructions.
  • Verifies the stability, interoperability, portability, security, and scalability of system architecture.
  • Collaborates with technology partners to select appropriate design solutions and ensure the compatibility of system components.

Minimum Qualifications

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

  • Bachelors degree in Information Technology, Business, or related
  • 8+ years of work experience in Technical, or other relevant experience
  • In lieu of education experience, 10+ years of work experience in Technical, or other relevant experience

Tech Stack

  • Java + Spring (Core, Boot, Cloud)
  • Microservice Architecture (REST), Event-Driven Architecture, Domain-Driven Design
  • Secure Coding (OWASP Standard)
  • CI with Jenkins, GitHub; Gradle, Nexus
  • Messaging systems: JMS, Rabbit MQ, Kafka
  • Data/Cache Technologies: Oracle, Maria, Redis, Postgres,
  • No SQL technologies : Cassandra, Dynamo, Mongo
  • TDD/BDD; Cucumber/Gherkin
  • Cloud/PaaS Architectures (AWS/Cloud Foundry/OpenShift)
  • Linux
  • JavaScript, React.js, Selenium

Preferred Qualifications

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

  • 10+ years of relevant hands-on data architecture experience
  • 4+ years of relevant hands-on exposure to building data and analytics solutions on AWS
  • 2+ years of ETL architecture experience (Ab Initio or cloud-native tools)
  • Experience with variety of databases e.g. Teradata, Oracle, Maria DB, Snowflake
  • Built architectural patterns at scale, including thoughtfully-designed data solutions, repeatable data pipelines, and efficient software engineering principles
  • Sound understanding of CI/CD, infrastructure engineering and building future ready technology solutions
  • Experience with building data warehouses, marts, business intelligence reports and operational systems
  • Deep knowledge and understanding of emerging trends in the data space and ability to recommend solutions
  • Experience leading and mentoring other data architects
  • Strong executive presentation skills

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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Where we are

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

Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Product
  • Sales & Marketing
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    • SalesforceCRM

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.


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!


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.


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.


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!


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