Vice President, Payments Technology

Last updated 2 months ago
Location:Riverwoods, Illinois

Discover. A brighter future.

With Discover, you’ll have the chance to make a difference at one of the world’s leading digital banking and payments companies. From Day 1, you’ll do meaningful work you’re passionate about, with the support and resources you need for success. We value what makes each employee unique and provide a collaborative, team-based culture that gives everyone an opportunity to shine. Be the reason millions of people find a brighter financial future, while building the future you want, here at Discover.

Job Description

Discover Financial Services:

Discover Financial Services (NYSE: DFS) is a direct banking and payment services company with one of the most recognized brands in U.S. financial services. Since its inception in 1986, the company has become one of the largest card issuers in the United States. The company issues the Discover card, America's cash rewards pioneer, and offers private student loans, personal loans, home equity loans, checking and savings accounts and certificates of deposit through its direct banking business. It operates the Discover Global Network comprised of Discover Network, with millions of merchant and cash access locations; PULSE, one of the nation's leading ATM/debit networks; and Diners Club International, a global payments network with acceptance around the world. For more information, visit

At Discover, be part of a culture where diversity, teamwork and collaboration reign. Join a company that is just as employee-focused as it is focused on its customers, and which is consistently awarded for both. We’re all about people and our employees are why Discover is a great place to work. Be the reason we help millions of consumers build a brighter financial future and achieve yours along the way with a rewarding career.

Technology and People First Approach

Discover has embarked on an exciting technology journey led by a new passionate and energized CIO who is looking to elevate our technology organization to be one of “best in class”. Our culture places its people and customers first and embraces a “we succeed together” mentality. With this, we are seeking a variety of results driven executives to continue to drive change across all areas of the technology function.

These leaders will have a strong engineering mindset, a passion for innovation, and the ability to build strong partnerships at all levels across our enterprise. We are looking for individuals to leverage Agile methodology and eliminate redundancies that will allows our teams to strive for excellence. With our expanding technology organization, we are proactively seeking top talent to join our team to help us create an unrivaled customer experience.

The Position

The Vice President of Payment Technology is responsible for driving initiatives and engineering best practices across a modern stack of technologies and tools using cloud native micro services running in both public and private cloud infrastructures.

This senior leader will work closely with both internal and external business partners and peers in technology to align tech and business strategies and develop innovative common platform solutions that enable global growth for Payment and Debit Services.


  • Provide guidance and leadership to the Payment Services business units to support complex technology needs required to deliver best in class core payment or debit application services.
  • Effectively translate strategic business objectives into tactical IT plans and to deliver on these plans in a cost effective manner, and to provide solutions.
  • Work effectively with business leaders to understand and support business imperatives and partner with them to develop, deploy, and support IT solutions that maximize business value.
  • Working effectively with peers to ensure that both business needs and Business Technology objectives, performance metrics, quality measures, and budget targets are achieved.
  • Effectively translate strategic business objectives into tactical IT plans and to deliver on these plans in a cost effective manner, and to provide solutions.
  • Continuously improve the application delivery practices, processes and tools, driving further adoption of Agile, Continuous Integration/Delivery, DevOps, and Lean IT practices.
  • Build strong, highly productive and cohesive teams through your own contribution, professionalism, and leadership; building the leadership and management potential while managing the succession planning for the department.
  • Demonstrate the ability to use information security best practices in external and internal applications as a preventative measure.
  • Provide industry thought leadership through speaking engagements and participation within vendor user groups.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent work experience required. Master’s degree preferred.
  • 15+ years of experience of technology experience in financial services, payments or debit network experience.
  • 5+ years of people leadership experience.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills including written and verbal communication skills, high level of business savvy and ability to operate at and with all levels in the organization.
  • Strong IT fundamentals with keen vision towards achieving departmental goals.
  • Proven track record of driving transformation across an IT Development function, both in terms of people and culture and in terms of optimizing the application landscape.


What are you waiting for? Apply today!

The same way we treat our employees is how we treat all applicants – with respect. Discover Financial Services is an equal opportunity employer (EEO is the law). We thrive on diversity & inclusion. You will be treated fairly throughout our recruiting process and without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status in consideration for a career at Discover.