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Director Cloud Architect – Cloud Platform Services IaaS / PaaS

Palo Alto, California
Schedule: Full-time

Job Description

American Express is embarking on an exciting Cloud, Big Data and Mobile transformation driven by an energetic new team of high performers. This group is nimble and creative with the power to shape our technology and product roadmap. If you have the talent and desire to deliver innovative payment products and services at a rapid pace, serving our customers seamlessly across physical, digital, mobile, and social media, join our Cloud Platform team and contribute to a rock star start-up engineering team which will deliver the next generation auto-scale, HA, hybrid cloud enterprise application platform (Iaas/PaaS) including Dockerized apps, Kubernetes for the mission critical American Express Digital Transformation initiative. The Open source platform will deliver a framework to support multiple programming languages i.e Java, Node.js, Python, Ruby/Rails, Scala and Fuse for enterprise and consumer mobile & web application developers; enable building, provisioning and administrating multi-tenant, scale-out applications throughout the life cycle, from development, test and into production.
The Open Source Cloud initiative defines the current and future world of distributed cloud computing at American Express. You will be part of a fast-paced, entrepreneurial team responsible for delivering world-class business and technology experiences. You will be challenged with identifying innovative ideas and proof of concept to deliver against the existing and future needs of our customers. This is a Lead Cloud Architect Position, responsible for the Private/Public Cloud Solution Architecture and Strategy. A broad technology background managing a variety of infrastructure and platforms with a good understanding of virtualization and converged infrastructures is a must. Experience in automation related to Performance and Capacity Planning is a plus, along with development experience in the platform.

Present architectural design concepts and solutions to all levels in the organization
 Build cloud optimized reference architecture and contribute to architecture governance
Compare and evaluate various private, public cloud technologies and tools from technical, functional and financial feasibility
Drive proof of concepts that assess the feasibility of solutions and demonstrate to our product partners how technology can be leveraged
Provide senior architectural leadership to all phases of the Cloud Program, including the Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Cloud Application Architecture subprograms
 Gather requirements; build functional specifications, timelines, adoption plans and other artifacts to support technology implementation
 Work with stakeholders within and across Business Unit teams to build consensus and drive decision making
Work with various businesses to evaluate various technologies including setting up POC, evaluation criteria, managing professional services resources for design, architecture and implementation.

Offer of employment with American Express is conditioned upon the successful completion of a background verification check, subject to applicable laws and regulations.


Incumbent must have minimum 10+ years’ experience in Technology Infrastructure with high transaction processing environments
Experience with elastically scalable, fault tolerance and other cloud architecture patterns
Experience migrating legacy applications to a service oriented, cloud optimized architecture within a large IT shop
 Ability to build and deliver hands-on technology proof of concepts and demonstrations
 Experience with RFP process including evaluating technologies and working with vendors for technology selection and implementation
Good understanding of various virtualization – vSphere, KVM and Hyper-V, cloud management technologies and tools as well as various cloud delivery models
Good understanding of various private, public, and hybrid cloud platform, continuous integration or delivery as a service, DevOps and distributed computing
Experience with OpenStack, OpenShift, AWS, Azure, CloudFoundry, Docker and other container/PaaS technologies
Incumbent must have proactive and entrepreneurial working style and strong ability to work without direction with breakthrough thinking, influencing and execution capabilities
Strong leadership, planning, execution, presentation, negotiation and multi-tasking skills--must be able to lead, review and execute multiple strategic project
Must have excellent interpersonal and communication skills for various audiences, both business and technical
A bachelor’s or master’s(preferable) degree in Computer Science
American Express is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, or any other status protected by law. Click here to view the "EEO is the Law" poster. ReqID: 15008368
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