First Data Director Research & Development SDE (Pipeline Only) in Tipperary, Ireland

In line with First Data’s new Research & Development Centre plans to open by the end of the year in Nenagh, Co. Tipperary, we are currently engaging potential candidates for possible upcoming opportunities.



Role Overview /The Global Infrastructure Software & Automation team defines and builds technology solutions to empower global infrastructure teams in their delivery of client services at First Data. The Director, R&D Software Engineering & Development, is a leadership role research and development to build the next generation infrastructure automation platform, designed to simplify and immediately build the infrastructure required for FD clients./ / / /This next generation infrastructure platform is unique as it will leverage FD knowledge and IP with regard to global regulatory compliance and data concerns. Through the use of open source and proprietary technologies and industry insight only available as a result of First Data’s global market position the project will develop an automated set of processes, technologies, incorporating geographic and regulatory awareness framework. The project is aimed at lowering or reducing the complexities of the Software Development process, and underlying compute, storage, and network provisioning within the existing Regulatory Framework and Reporting environment for the Financial Services/Credit Processing Industry benefitting both First Data, our clients, and the industry at large./ / / /The Director R&D SDE will build a team of software focused on development of the next generation of infrastructure technology, mentoring and coaching the team on software development best practices, and assisting team members in their career development./ / / /The leader in this role will establish the team vision and roadmap, determining the scope of research and development activities that can be completed, collaborating across the enterprise to develop clear priorities. The leader will build strong feature teams and ensure rapid prototyping and development is accomplished successfully with a high level of customer satisfaction./


Key Responsibilities * Manage and grow a team of software developers, including on-shore and off-shore team members * Define and adjust feature teams to meet the requirements of an Agile pipeline * Ability to initiate and follow through on complex projects of both short and long term duration required * Collaborate with architects within the broader FD organization * Ensures all engineers keep current with technological developments within the industry * Provides active coaching and management to development staff and mentors across the organization * Provides direction for diverse and complex initiatives and is accountable for a variety of tasks to architect and deliver solutions that exceed customer expectations in content, usability, accuracy, reliability and performance while assuming a leading role within agile teams * Interprets business strategy and develops organizational objectives to align with this strategy. Typically manages multiple teams of professionals * Strong verbal and written communication skills required * Effective interpersonal relations skills, ability to effectively collaborate with others and work as part of a team required * Skills in navigating a large organization in order to accomplish results required * Works independently, assumes responsibility for job development and training, researches and resolves questions and problems, requests supervisor input and keeps supervisor informed required

Experience The Director, Software Development & Engineering must a have strong understanding and previous hands-on working knowledge with some of the following software components: Java, AngularJS, Python, Ruby on Rails, .Net/C#, JSON, RESTFUL API development, AMQP, as well as cloud technologies, Openstack, Saltcloud, SDN, AWS and others. Operational hands-on experience managing cloud or IT infrastructure is considered a plus.

Leadership: * Excellent oral, written, analytical, problem solving, and presentation skills * At least 5 years experience leading feature teams, with a passion for code quality. Able to quick assess new projects, assign appropriate team members, and adjust individuals across feature teams * Requires 6 years of related technical and business experience * Provides technical consultation to the infrastructure teams supported * Has expert knowledge of business operations, policies and practices * Has strong knowledge of the industry supported * Recommends strategy to support goals of the business units supported * Has strong knowledge of IT/technical infrastructure practices and functional units

Technical: * Passionate about scenario-focused engineering, Agile/Scrum iterative development. Experienced with multiple SDLC approaches * Strong knowledge of multiple languages and tools * Deep knowledge and experience with some or all of the following: Python, .Net/C#, Ruby on Rails, JSON, Java, RESTFUL API development, AMQP * Deep knowledge of cloud technologies and software architecture: Openstack, AWS, Saltcloud, SDN, other cloud technologies


Education: * Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent work experience and/or Certifications

First Data is a global leader in commerce-enabling technology solutions, serving more than six million business locations and 4,000 financial institutions in 118 countries around the world. Our 23,000 owner-associates are dedicated to helping companies, from start-ups to the world’s largest corporations, conduct commerce every day by securing and processing more than 2,300 transactions per second and $1.9 trillion per year. First Data is committed to staying at the forefront of our industry, and we are innovating a wide range of next-generation commerce technology solutions to help our clients better detect fraud, gain insights into consumer spending patterns and build customer loyalty. There are many exciting opportunities for talented individuals who would like to join our team and play a meaningful role in helping us shape the future of global commerce.

First Data’s Product Development, Client Solutions and Technology functions are responsible for innovation and advancement of our technology solutions across all of our client segments, and make a critical contribution to ensuring that First Data retains its position as a leading technology innovator. Our Product Development teams are responsible for end-to-end ownership of the product life cycle. Our Client Solutions teams deliver global solutions and expertise that make commerce possible. Our Technology teams develop a wide range of applications and solutions that enable next-generation commerce and create the infrastructure of the global commerce ecosystem. They also ensure that our data remains secure through their work in cyber-security.

Job: *IT Leadership

Title: Director Research & Development SDE (Pipeline Only)

Location: Ireland-Tipperary-Nenagh

Requisition ID: 170000A4