Data Engineer - Data Services at American Express (Phoenix, AZ)

| Phoenix – Mesa – Scottsdale, AZ
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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.

From building next-generation apps and microservices in Kotlin to using AI to help protect our customers from fraud, you could be doing transformational work that brings our iconic, global brand into the future. As a part of our tech team, we could work together to bring ground-breaking and diverse ideas to life that power the digital systems, services, products and platforms that millions of customers around the world depend on. If you love to work with APIs, contribute to open source, or use the latest technologies, we'll support you with an open environment and learning culture to grow your career.


Contributes to crafting, developing, trouble shooting, debugging, evaluating, modifying, deploying and documenting all data components (data architecture, logical and physical data models, database objects and database administration) that meet the needs of customer-facing applications, business applications, and/or internal end user applications.

Organizational Context:

Entry-level position. Member of a data management and database development team reporting to a Senior Data Engineer, Engineering Director or Director of Technical Delivery.

How will you make an impact in this role?
  • Reviews data requirements / data stories and corresponding data sources and data architecture
  • Documents data requirements / data stories and maintains data models to ensure flawless integration into existing data architectures
  • Supports management of data assets as per the enterprise standards, guidelines and policies
  • Reviews and understands the processing requirements inclusive of data and transaction volumes, scalability, security and performance requirements
  • Assists in building and improving the database design and infrastructure required to support the Business portfolio
  • Assists in performing database design review and supports database testing
  • Provides production environment support for database systems and processes
  • Communicates and works closely with business and product teams to support changes and implementation
  • Function as an active member if an agile team through consistent development practices (tools, components, and documentation)
  • Finds opportunities to adopt innovative technologies
  • Takes part in reviews of own work or with colleagues
  • Work on prioritized/assigned features for ongoing sprints

Range of Impact/Influence:
  • Accountable for team completing work you're leading and work you are doing as agreed upon
  • Accountable to team for delivery of quality work

Do you see data or a better way to improve business and lives? Today, there's a business advantage hiding in plain sight, and you'll find it in data. Our Data Engineers know how to use the latest technology to design, evaluate, debug and manage the data that leads to better decisions, a stronger company, and higher customer satisfaction. So if you're not intimidated by the data explosion, engineer your career here. More than the data on what you'll be doing. There's no end to the data that's created every day and the opportunities you find here. But these are just some of your responsibilities: - Document data requirements/data stories and maintain data models - Support the management of data assets according to enterprise standards, guidelines and policies - Help build and enhance the database design that supports our business portfolio - Work collaboratively with business and product teams - Identify opportunities to adopt innovative technologies


Education & Experience:

Up to 2 years of software development experience in a professional environment and/or comparable experience such as:
  • Understanding of Agile or other rapid application development methods
  • Exposure to design and development across one or more database management systems (e.g. IMS, DB2 zOS, Oracle, MS SQL Server, PostgreSQL, Netezza (PDA/DB2AA)) as appropriate
  • Exposure to methods relating to application and database design, development and automated testing
  • Understanding of Big data / NOSQL design and development with variety of data stores (document, column family, graph, etc.)
  • Good understanding and Technical knowledge of DBMS products and ecosystem - e.g.
  • storage formats, access algorithms, data management processes, administration, data maintenance, replication, high availability, encryption, etc."
  • General knowledge of distributed (multi-tiered) systems, algorithms, and relational & non-relational databases
  • Bachelor's Degree in computer science, computer science engineering, or related field required; advanced degree preferred

High Performance Behaviors:
  • Recognizes opportunities to adopt innovative technologies to enable business capabilities
  • Able to challenge the status quo and drive innovation by generating creative ideas and solutions
  • Keeps up-to-date on current research and technology in the industry
  • Understands technical aspects of the job and uses appropriate technology for the situation at hand
  • Tries innovative approaches when problem solving, seeking ideas, or suggestions from others as appropriate
  • Carries out systematic and rational analysis to identify the root cause of problems
  • Recognizes the importance of collaboration to achieve objectives
  • Is clear when explaining ideas and concepts to others, communication is structured and easy to understand
  • Leads multiple tasks optimally - progresses work in parallel
  • Adapts to change quickly and easily
  • Handles problems and acts on own initiative without being prompted
  • Knows when to raise decisions and when to make on-the-spot decisions

  • Able to understand and use data structures and associated components
  • Basic understanding of Metadata Management and Database Management
  • Able to understand and document business data requirements in complete, accurate, extensible and flexible logical data models using data modeling tools - ErStudio, ErWin
  • Creates basic data models using the relevant tools and frameworks
  • Basic understanding of XML and schema development/reuse, database concepts, database designs, Open Source, big data technology and NoSQL will be an added advantage
  • Application of industry recognized methods, processes and standards
  • Has understanding of the core tools used in the planning, analyzing, designing, building, testing, configuring and maintaining of assigned application(s)
  • Able to participate in assigned team's software delivery methodology (Agile, Scrum, Agile XP, Test-Driven Development, Waterfall, etc.) in support of data management and database development
  • Familiar with infrastructure technologies and components like servers, jvms, databases, and networking concepts

Technology Skills You'll Use Every Day:
  • Adaptive Communication
  • Agile Practices
  • Industry and Company Knowledge
  • Organizational Change
  • Technical Acuity
  • Technology Industry Trends

Game Changers:
  • Adaptability
  • Collaboration & Partnership
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Courage
  • Curiosity
  • Resourcefulness
  • Servant Leadership
  • Tenacity

Role/Strengths You'll Need:

  • Database Design
  • Emerging Technologies
  • Performance and Tuning
  • System/Platform Domain Knowledge

  • Data Analysis
  • Data Management
  • Database Administration

  • Analytical Thinking
  • Consultancy
  • Decision-Making

  • Problem Solving

We back our colleagues with the support they need to thrive, professionally and personally. That's why we have Amex Flex, our enterprise working model that provides greater flexibility to colleagues while ensuring we preserve the important aspects of our unique in-person culture. Depending on role and business needs, colleagues will either work onsite, in a hybrid model (combination of in-office and virtual days) or fully virtually.

If the role you are applying for is designated as hybrid or onsite, you will be required to demonstrate that you have completed your primary COVID-19 vaccination series (i.e., 2 doses for Moderna/Pfizer and 1 dose for J&J) and, for medically eligible* colleagues, a booster shot, in order to work in or visit any of our offices. This requirement is subject to legally required accommodations.

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.
More Information on American Express
American Express operates in the Fintech industry. The company is located in New York, NY and New York, NY. American Express was founded in 2022. It has 73317 total employees. It offers perks and benefits such as Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Disability Insurance, Dental Benefits, Vision Benefits, Health Insurance Benefits and Life Insurance. To see all 198 open jobs at American Express, click here.
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