Engineer/Senior Engineer - Backend - Future Needs

American Express

Location: West Sussex

Job Type: Full time


You won’t just keep up, you’ll break new ground.

At American Express, our Engineers not only understand how technology works but how technology intersects with the customer and clients who count on it every day. Today, innovative ideas, insight and new perspectives are at the core of how we create a more powerful, personal, and fulfillinge experience for everyone. If you’re interested in a career creating breakthrough software and growing your skills, look no further.

Our platforms process and authorize millions of card transactions daily across the Global Payment Network Platform, this network is the critical backbone for all American Express payment transactions and is built upon real time, low latency & highly available components. These customer facing capabilities integrate with the payment network to power the American Express brand to enable key spending channels like mobile payments and e-commerce. We design, develop & deliver secure services for both the core & customer facing services.

We are looking for a creative Engineer with experience in the fundamentals of web development to join our team. The role will primarily focus on solution design with the architecture team to ensure the developed capability is secure, responsive and meets the customer needs. You will lead a scrum team in building these core features and deploy to in a private cloud service within the American Express infrastructure.You will serve as a core team member to drive user story analysis, design, and delivery of responsive backend services - utilising best engineering principles.

Our Engineers look proactively beyond the obvious for continuous improvement opportunities and have a drive to learn industry leading/innovative technologies and solutions. If you have familiarity with API & integration patterns to securely communicate with backend services and clients, experience working in an agile delivery team, with familiarity with the processes and ceremonies and have a positive attitude, strong communication skills and willingness to learn and share with others, we want to hear from you!

Tech Stack Characteristics:

  • Scalable applications running on Vert.x, Spring Boot or similar using Java v8+
  • RxJava, Reactor, Kafka
  • Secure integration with API Gateways using REST endpoints
  • SQL Products: Oracle, Postgres
  • NoSQL Products: Redis, Couchbase, Cassandra
  • Services running on private cloud infrastructure (Kubernetes, Openshift)

Key Responsibilities:

  • Design and coding of user stories for distributed, scalable, high performant and systems using Java
  • Debug software components and identify code defects for remediation
  • Contribute to the deployment, support, and monitoring of software across test, integration, and production environments
  • Collaborate with peer technology and development teams across international locations
  • Share best practices and mentor other team members
  • Support design architect and present new solutions and services
  • Document technical solutions, operational support guides
  • Effective in managing work priorities and your time - both independently and as part of a team
  • Bring a culture of innovation and experimentation, as well as manage risk taking to implement creative ideas.
  • Bring a culture of continuous improvement and willingness to challenge the status quo
  • Guide and mentor other Engineers and collaborate with external teams & the Product Owner

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

Minimum Qualifications:

  • University Degree in computer science, computer engineering or equivalent experience
  • Significant hands-on experience on enterprise software development
  • Advanced technical skills in the areas of microservices, APIs, distributed Messaging and Java 11 or later

Desired Skills & Experience:

  • Significant hands-on experience on enterprise software development
  • Certification in Java or other technology products
  • Experience with other JVM languages e.g. Groovy, Kotlin
  • Financial Transaction knowledge – ISO8583 messages, Payment Authorizations, Acquirers, Payment Networks, Issuers, Processors
  • Design patterns (including disruptor pattern)
  • Messaging and distributed systems using Kafka event streams
  • Design and deploy low latency systems and performance optimisation
  • Designing and building Cloud native applications for cloud platforms using Docker, Kubernetes, and OpenShift

Why American Express?

There’s a difference between having a job and making a difference.

Amex have been making a difference in people’s lives for over 160 years, backing them in moments big and small, granting access, tools, and resources to take on their biggest challenges and reap the greatest rewards. We’ve also made a difference in the lives of our people, providing a culture of learning and collaboration, and helping them with what they need to succeed and thrive. We have their backs as they grow their skills, conquer new challenges, or even take time to spend with their family or community. And when they’re ready to take on a new career path, we’re right there with them, giving them the guidance and momentum into the best future they envision.

When you join #TeamAmex, you become part of a diverse community of over 60,000 colleagues, all with a common goal to deliver an exceptional customer experience every day. We back our colleagues with the support they need to thrive, professionally and personally. That’s why we have Amex Flex, our enterprise working model that provides greater flexibility to colleagues while ensuring we preserve the important aspects of our unique in-person culture. Depending on role and business needs, colleagues will either work onsite, in a hybrid model (combination of in-office and virtual days) or fully virtually.

Because we believe that the best way to back our customers is to back our people.

The powerful backing of American Express.

Don’t make a difference without it.

Don’t live life without it.

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You’ve got this!