Principal Architect

| Oakland, CA, USA
Employer Provided Salary: 388,000-429,042 Annually
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Intuit Credit Karma is a mission-driven company, focused on championing financial progress for our more than 130 million members globally. While we're best known for pioneering free credit scores, our members turn to us for everything related to their financial goals, including identity monitoring, applying for credit cards, shopping for insurance and loans (car, home and personal) and savings accounts and checking accounts* -- all for free. Credit Karma has grown significantly through the years: we now have more than 1,700 employees across our offices in Oakland, Charlotte, Culver City, San Diego, London and New York City.

*Banking services provided by MVB Bank, Inc., Member FDIC

As Principal Architect, you will join the senior architecture team at Credit Karma and play a critical role in designing the end-to-end architecture, technical strategy, and roadmap of Credit Karma’s Personal Finance Platform - reusable foundational capabilities that will power CK’s ecosystem of products.  You will collaborate across all engineering teams and product development organizations, and be a trusted advisor to senior and executive leadership. 

What you'll do:

  • Drive a holistic architectural and technical strategy across a number of interdependent engineering teams, architects, systems and offerings.
  • Partner closely with senior product leadership to continuously connect business outcomes to platform technical strategy
  • Drive system and platform thinking within development teams
  • Influence and shape the frameworks, abstractions, and patterns used by product development teams.
  • Be the technical expert, researching, evaluating, and implementing state-of-the-art technology (open source, third party)
  • Apply strong technical documentation and presentation skills to communicate architectural and design options at all levels, including to executive leadership.
  • Act as an industry thought leader, continuing to share Intuit’s growth story as one of the top SaaS, data-driven, and cloud deployed companies on the web
  • Grow a strong engineering culture - set and evangelize vision, facilitative leadership, attract and retain key talent. Talent steward for the engineering organization, mentor rising leaders

A typical day will include activities like the following:

  • Developing and communicating an architectural vision, strategy, and roadmap for the capabilities you own
  • Collaborating with stakeholders to understand business requirements and translate them into technical solutions
  • Collaborating with the architecture team to ensure those technical solutions are scalable, reliable, and secure 
  • Collaborating across the organization to align technical strategy and to ensure interoperability of systems
  • Evaluating and selecting best fit technologies, frameworks, and tools to support the Credit Karma’s goals
  • Drive the adoption of best practices, standards, and architectural principles across Credit Karma
  • Mentoring and growing architects and engineers, fostering a culture of innovation and continuous learning
  • Leading architectural reviews and providing recommendations for improvement
  • Studying emerging technologies, industry trends, and advancements in software architecture and in fintech
  • Engaging with external partners, vendors, and industry experts to develop and execute a holistic strategy

What we are looking for:

  • 10+ years’ experience designing and leading large architectural efforts for web or mobile applications, including hands-on contributions to complex distributed code bases.
  • Experience in driving business and technology strategies and multi-year roadmaps with an execution scope of 50-100+ engineers.
  • Broad expertise with modern technology stacks and architectural patterns including API design, microservices, cloud and networking architectures, and modern online and offline data processing techniques
  • Experience designing and building for scale, resilience and operational excellence
  • Excellent communication skills: demonstrated ability to present to all levels of leadership, including executives 
  • Seasoned and ambidextrous leadership - able to balance short and long term goals, inspire and coach
  • Expertise in Agile Development, SCRUM, or Extreme Programming methodologies
  • BS/MS in computer science, or equivalent work experience

What we would like to see:

  • Expertise in FinTech and how technology can be used to solve problems
  • Boundaryless leadership experience: the ability to influence and drive alignment across organizational boundaries and across disciplines 

Benefits at Credit Karma includes:

  • Medical and Dental Coverage
  • Retirement Plan
  • Commuter Benefits
  • Wellness perks
  • Paid Time Off (Vacation, Sick, Baby Bonding, Cultural Observance, & More)
  • Education Perks
  • Paid Gift Week in December

Pay Transparency Notice: Credit Karma’s mission of championing financial progress for all starts from within. That’s why we implemented role-based compensation, which ensures people who are in the same role receive the same pay with variations for geographic location only. It’s all part of a more comprehensive DEI strategy that helps level the playing field. The base salary for this role is $388,000 - $429,042, plus equity and benefits. 

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Credit Karma is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. We welcome all candidates without regard to race, color, religion, age, marital status, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical condition), sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, national origin, veteran or military status, disability (physical or mental), genetic information or other protected characteristic. We prohibit discrimination of any kind and operate in compliance with applicable fair chance laws. 

Credit Karma is also  committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment because it is the right thing to do. We believe that such an environment advances long-term professional growth, creates a robust business, and supports our mission of championing financial progress for everyone. We offer generous benefits and perks with a single eye to nourishing an inclusive environment that recognizes the contributions of all and fosters diversity by supporting our internal Employee Resource Groups. We’ve worked hard to build an intensely collaborative and creative environment, a diverse and inclusive employee culture, and the opportunity for professional growth. As part of the Credit Karma team, your voice will be heard, your contributions will matter, and your unique background and experiences will be celebrated.

Please contact [email protected] if you are interested in employment with Credit Karma and need special assistance or an accommodation to either apply or interview for a specific role.

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