Principal Machine Learning Scientist @ Visa - Foster City, CA

Job Overview

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Principal Machine Learning Scientist

Visa - Foster City, CA

Company Description

Visa is a world leader in digital payments, facilitating more than 215 billion payments transactions between consumers, merchants, financial institutions and government entities across more than 200 countries and territories each year. Our mission is to connect the world through the most innovative, convenient, reliable and secure payments network, enabling individuals, businesses and economies to thrive.

When you join Visa, you join a culture of purpose and belonging – where your growth is priority, your identity is embraced, and the work you do matters. We believe that economies that include everyone everywhere, uplift everyone everywhere. Your work will have a direct impact on billions of people around the world – helping unlock financial access to enable the future of money movement.

Join Visa: A Network Working for Everyone.

Job Description

Payments has become a very active/hot area in the last couple of years, creating a strong demand for innovation. This will be a very exciting area in the next 5 to 10 years. Not only is VISA a leader in the payment industry and has been for a long time, but it is also quickly transitioning into a technology company that is fostering an environment for applying the latest technology to solve exciting problems in this area.

The Data and Artificial Intelligence Platform (DAP) group is a key component of Visa's Technology organization that provides the enabling technology and processes to handle Visa's data assets and deliver valuable information, products, and services to customers. DAP delivers secure, high-quality and easy-to-use Visa core data assets as a service, together with reliable and scalable data platform as a service, to enable Visa and our partners to rapidly and efficiently innovate data-driven business products and services to lead the digital payment industry. Areas of focus include Business Intelligence and Analytics, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Data as a Service, and Platform as a Service etc. The portfolio comprises of over 60 data products & platforms for various external clients and internal lines of business. We provide services on behalf of traditional bank customers to millions of cardholders and merchants globally. Our application development is on the cutting edge of technology, and we are viewed as innovative leaders within our industry.

The Platform operationalizes the delivery of AI and decision intelligence to ensure ongoing business values. Built with composable AI capabilities, privacy-enhancing computation, and cloud native platforms, platform automates the updates to data, models, and applications. If you want to be in the exciting payment and AI space, learn fast, and make big impacts, this is an ideal place for you!

This position is for a Principal Machine Learning Scientist with solid Machine Learning System development experience, who will contribute to both strategic and tactic planning and execution to continuously advance platform's vision and mission. In this position, you are first a passionate and talented machine learning experts and system architects that can work in a dynamic environment as a member of Agile Scrum teams.

You will be an integral part of the leadership team, setting up technical roadmap, introducing latest machine learning and system technology to the team, working with development managers and teams to identify and resolve technical challenges, and working with different products and data science teams to streamline the feature request and model onboarding.

This position will be based in Foster City, CA and reporting to VP, technology. If this sounds exciting, we want to chat and tell you more about our work culture and environment and see if this will be a good fit for both of us.

Essential Functions

  • Collaborate with project teams, data science teams and development teams to drive the technical roadmap and guide development and implementation of new data driven business solutions.
  • Drive technical standard and best practices, and continuously improve AI Platform engineering scalability.
  • Architecture and design of Platform services including Machine Learning Engines, In Memory Computing Systems, Streaming Computing Systems, Distributed Data Systems and etc., in Golang, Java, and Python.
  • Coordinate the implementation among development teams to ensure system performance, security, scalability and availability.
  • Coaching and mentoring junior team members and evolving team talent pipeline.

Flex Work Arrangement: This is a hybrid position. Hybrid employees can alternate time between both remote and office. Employees in hybrid roles are expected to work from the office two days a week, Tuesdays and Wednesdays with a general guidepost of being in the office 50% of the time based on business needs.


Basic Qualifications:
  • 12 or more years of work experience with a Bachelor’s Degree or at least 10 years of work experience with an Advanced degree (e.g. Masters/MBA /JD/MD), or a minimum of 5 years of work experience with a PhD

Preferred Qualifications:
  • 15 years of Machine Learning System Development Experience after PhD
  • Expert in leading-edge areas such as Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Stream Computing, MLOps, In-Memory Computing.
  • Expert in at least one of the following: Golang, Java, Python, or C/C++
  • Expert in web service standards and related patterns (REST, gRPC)
  • Expert in developing large scale, enterprise class distributed system or subsystems that require high availability, low-latency, & strong data consistency computing.
  • Expert in architecting solutions with Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery in mind
  • Expert in distributed in-memory computing technologies like Redis
  • Experience with Big Data and analytics in general leveraging technologies like Hadoop, Spark, and MapReduce
  • Experience developing proper metrics instrumentation in software components, to help facilitate real-time and remote troubleshooting/performance monitoring.
  • Strong interpersonal and leadership skills with effective communication (both written and verbal) skills and the ability to present complex ideas in a clear & concise way, to different audiences. A team player with good work ethics
  • A background in the payment domain is a plus.

Additional Information

Visa has adopted a COVID-19 vaccination policy to safeguard the health and well-being of our employees and visitors. As a condition of employment, all employees based in the U.S. are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, unless a reasonable accommodation is approved or as otherwise required by law.

Work Hours: Varies upon the needs of the department.

Travel Requirements: This position requires travel 5-10% of the time.

Mental/Physical Requirements: This position will be performed in an office setting. The position will require the incumbent to sit and stand at a desk, communicate in person and by telephone, frequently operate standard office equipment, such as telephones and computers.

Visa is an EEO Employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status. Visa will also consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with EEOC guidelines and applicable local law.

Visa will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with applicable local law, including the requirements of Article 49 of the San Francisco Police Code.

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