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American Express Engineer (JAVA) - GCS Tech in Phoenix, Arizona


You Lead the Way. We’ve Got Your Back.

At American Express, we know that with the right backing, people and businesses have the power to progress in incredible ways. Whether we’re supporting our customers’ financial confidence to move ahead, taking commerce to new heights, or encouraging people to explore the world, our colleagues are constantly redefining what’s possible - and we’re proud to back each other every step of the way. 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.

American Express is embarking on an exciting 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 transformation team! You will be part of a fast-paced, entrepreneurial team responsible for delivering projects platform supporting our global customer base.

Our Engineers that join our Technologies team will be assigned to one of several exciting teams that are responsible for development and management of business-critical platforms. You will be part of a fast-paced, entrepreneurial team responsible for delivering projects platform supporting our global customer base. You will be challenged with identifying innovative ideas and proof of concept to deliver against the existing and future needs of our customers. Our Software Engineers not only understand how technology works, but how that technology intersects with the people 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 fulfilling experience for all our customers.


  • Drive user story analysis and elaboration, design and develop software applications, and test and build automation tools

  • Own all technical aspects of software development (architecture, design and development of systems) for assigned applications

  • Perform hands-on software development, typically spending about 50% of time writing code, API specs, doing proof of concepts, conducting code reviews and testing in ongoing sprints

  • Drive consistent development practices - tools and common components

  • Develop deep understanding of tie-ins with other systems and platforms within the supported domains

  • Work with technical product managers contributing to blueprints, and assisting with annual planning of feature sets

  • Identify opportunities for adopting new technology to solve existing needs and predicting future challenges

  • Effectively communicate to internal and external business partners on solution design

  • Mentor other engineers

Purpose: Create a more powerful and personal customer experience by designing and developing relevant software applications

Critical Factors to Success (Outcome Driven):

Business Outcomes:

  • Understand the business needs and design high quality software applications in timely manner to fulfill those needs

  • Identify and adopt new technologies to solve existing business needs and predict future challenges.

Leadership Outcomes:

  • Put enterprise thinking first, connect the role’s agenda to enterprise priorities and balance the needs of customers, partners, colleagues & shareholders

  • Lead with an external perspective, challenge status quo and bring continuous innovation to our existing offerings

  • Demonstrate learning agility, make decisions quickly and with the highest level of integrity

  • Lead with a digital mindset and deliver the world’s best customer experiences every day


Education & Experience:

Up to 6 years of software development experience in a professional environment and/or comparable experience such as:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in computer science, computer science engineering, or related experience required; advanced degree preferred

  • Familiar with Agile or other rapid application development methods

  • Experience with design and coding across one or more platforms and languages as appropriate

  • Hands-on expertise with application design, software development and automated testing

  • Experience with distributed (multi-tiered) systems, algorithms, and relational databases

  • Confirmed experience with object-oriented design and coding with variety of languages

High Performance Behaviors:

  • Recognizes opportunities to adopt innovative technologies to enable business capabilities

  • Keeps up to date on current research and technology in the industry

  • Recognizes the importance of collaboration to achieve objectives

  • Clearly communicates ideas and concepts to others

  • Finds opportunities within projects and acts on own initiative without being prompted, including making appropriate decisions as vital

  • Provides feedback to team members in code reviews

  • Drive creative changes & continuous improvements

  • Mentors and guides junior team members to success within the team


  • Able to understand and use complex data structures and associated components

  • Designs, codes, tests, maintains, and documents applications

  • Lead reviews of colleagues' work

  • Defines test conditions based on the requirements and specifications provided

  • Has deep understanding of the core tools used in the planning, analyzing, crafting, building, testing, configuring, and maintaining of assigned application(s)

  • Deep understanding of infrastructure technologies and components

Technology Skills You'll Use Every Day:

  • 2-6 Yrs of past experience across;

  • Design and development using Java, J2EE

  • Experience with React, Node.js, Spring Boot, Spring MVC, DB’s, RESTful API development

  • Continuous integration/deployment in an Agile Framework covering the aspect of design development and testing (SDLC)

  • Multi-threading programming, Data structures, & web services technology, DevOps and test driven development.


  • Strong analytical & strategic thinking skills

  • Ability to interpret technical /business objectives and challenges

  • Porting/Software Configuration

  • Agile Methodologies

  • Software development/ testing

  • Object oriented analysis and design across multiple platform

  • Designing High Availability applications

Employment eligibility to work with American Express in the U.S. is required as the company will not pursue visa sponsorship for these positions.

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, age, or any other status protected by law.

Job: Technology

Primary Location: US-Arizona-Phoenix

Schedule Full-time

Req ID: 21009123