Distinguished Application Architect – Director-R89876

Capital One
January 29, 2020
McLean, Virginia
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Distinguished Application Architect - Director

At Capital One, we believe in the values of Excellence and Doing the Right Thing. We are a technology-oriented company delivering financial products to market through modern technology and constant innovation at a massive scale.

We are looking for Distinguished Engineers who are passionate and self motivated. Ideal candidates bring strong engineering excellence and are

  • Deep technical experts and thought leaders that help accelerate adoption of the very best engineering practices, while maintaining knowledge on industry innovations, trends and practices
  • Visionaries, collaborating on Capital One’s toughest issues, to deliver on business needs that directly impact the lives of our customers and associates
  • Role models and mentors, helping to coach and strengthen the technical expertise and know-how of our engineering and product community
  • Supporters, both internally and externally, helping to elevate the Distinguished Engineering community and establish themselves as a go-to resource on given technologies and technology-enabled capabilities
  • Technical leaders who gain the trust and confidence of those around them, from hands on engineers to executives
  • Engineering leaders who are customer focussed, decisive, understand priorities, maintains humility, and values feedback.

Whether a member of our engineering or architecture teams, Distinguished Engineers are individual contributors expected to solve problems in a fast-paced, collaborative, and iterative delivery environment. In order to meet these demands, candidates should be influential engineering leaders with deep technology expertise, and a collaborative style that brings others into the decision-making process. The candidate will significantly impact the Tech agenda within their organization and devise clear roadmaps to deliver next generation technology solutions across organizational boundaries.


  • Leverage sound judgment and problem solving to tackle some of Capital One’s most critical problems and connect the dots to broader implications of the work
  • Build awareness, increase knowledge sharing and drive adoption of modern technologies and architecture patterns, sharing customer and engineering benefits to gain buy-in
  • Promote a culture of engineering excellence and being well-managed, using opportunities to reuse and innersource solutions where possible
  • Effectively communicate with and influence key stakeholders across the enterprise, at all levels of the organization
  • Operate as a trusted advisor for data transformation and machine learning ecosystem, helping to shape use cases and implementation in an integrated manner
  • Be the guiding force for stakeholders in design and architecture discussions, helping the engineering teams make key technology choices, and staying associated with the use case through its development lifecycle
  • Lead the way in creating next-generation talent for Tech, mentoring internal talent and actively recruiting external talent to bolster Capital One’s Tech talent
  • Work across multiple lines of business, partnering with other architects
  • Bring in a larger context to 100+ software teams across multiple lines of business and guide their architecture evolution in response to business changes

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • At least 8 years of software development, solutions architect, or architect experience
  • At least 8 years of experience designing, developing, and architecting enterprise systems
  • At least 7 years of experience in application architecture, design patterns, and cloud patterns

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Masters’ Degree or higher in Computer Science or a related field
  • 10+ years of experience with architectural patterns, building APIs, microservices, event streams, and high throughput systems
  • 10+ years building cloud native architectures, architecting enterprise applications on public cloud platforms and cloud ecosystems including AWS, GCP or Azure
  • 10+ years architecting highly scalable and reliable back-end systems in production
  • 5+ years of experience with enterprise data, analytical architectures and data tools for Apache Spark, AI, and Machine Learning
  • 2+ years experience leveraging DevOps and building CI/CD pipelines using tools like Jenkins, Artifactory, Chef, Ansible, AWS CloudFormation templates, GitHub, and Sonar

Capital One will consider sponsoring a new qualified applicant for employment authorization for this position.

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