Java Software Engineer - Web Services - Lead Level

Purpose of Job

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We are currently seeking talented Java Software Engineers – Lead Level for our Phoenix, AZ facility.

PURPOSE OF THE POSITION

USAA Java Software Engineers create and maintain APIs for our business software applications that our members use. Done well, many may never realize or appreciate how critical these APIs are or how we've made them simpler. Faster. Safer. Yet they help make our members' lives better. It's a great challenge and responsibility.

Here, you will invent. You'll design and test. You'll take risks. You'll create new technology, but the impact you'll make on our members will be far more significant.

As a Java Engineer, you are expected to be able to function in a fast-paced environment driving innovation through rapid prototyping and iterative development ensuring quality is built into all solutions leveraging TDD. Your responsibilities will require you to be an expert in API development. You will lead teams of developers guiding on engineering and architecture best practices as well as demonstrate the ability to influence and engage with other engineers and architects. You will work closely with business clients and UI designers to analyze user requirements, design and code applications and customize and/or integrate commercial software packages for both internal employees and external member-facing applications across multiple platforms.

As a Java Engineer, it will be your responsibility to maintain code integrity and quality as well as ensure application architecture is designed for performance and resiliency.

Job Requirements

ABOUT USAA

USAA knows what it means to serve. We facilitate the financial security of millions of U.S. military members and their families. This singular mission requires a dedication to innovative thinking at every level.

In each of the past five years, we've been a top-40 Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For®, and we've ranked among Victory Media's Top 10 Military Friendly® Employers 13 years straight. We embrace a robust veteran workforce and encourage veterans and veteran spouses to apply.

ABOUT USAA IT

Our most important qualification isn't technical, it's human. Here, we don't just sit in front of a screen. We stand behind our 11 million members who rely on us every day. 

We are over 3,400 employees strong, a passionately supportive and collaborative team built on Agile principles. We've been a top-two Computerworld 100 Best Places to Work in IT five years in a row and were recently named a Top 50 Employer for Minority Engineers & IT by Workforce Diversity Magazine.    
 

This Job Posting is for multiple openings available in 2018.

USAA Information Technology: We're Hiring in Phoenix

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Leads and influences technical direction for large scale, highly complex technical initiatives and/or projects requiring integration of cross-functional systems.
  • Provides technical guidance in evaluating applications systems or evaluating requests for proposals.
  • Collaborates with the business to prioritize key business/technical initiatives.
  • Utilizes expert knowledge of the customers business to recommend solutions, and ensures business and technology objectives are met and maintained.
  • Understands user and process requirements and ensures those requirements can be achieved through high quality deliverables.
  • Creates system documentation/play book(s) and serves as a lead technical reviewer and contributor in requirements, design and code reviews.
  • Typically serves as a resource to the business and/or as a technical resource to cross-functional third party and internal team members on highly complex design/code reviews.
  • May troubleshoot complex problems and recommend solutions or practices relative to root cause analyses and identification of solutions for improving system performance and availability.
  • On behalf of the manager; manages the consistent delegation of work packages to cross-functional and third party team members for execution through the full development life cycle.
  • Appropriately advises management of issues.
  • Assists team leads and management with delegation of technical work packages to crossfunctional and third party team members for execution through the full development life cycle.
  • Keeps management appropriately informed of progress and issues.
  • Performs design and analysis, coding and unit/integration testing of highly complex system functionality and/or defect correction across multiple platforms.
  • Displays advanced knowledge and understanding of functional and technical domains of specific products and appropriately evaluates the impact of changes or additions.
  • Develops accurate estimates on work packages.
  • Analyzes and designs specifications for less experienced internal and third party team members to execute.
  • Actively mentors and contributes to the technical and soft-skills development of internal and third party teams.
  • Actively participates in cross-departmental staffing and/or technical decisions.
  • Typically anticipates opportunities and proactively and consistently champions innovative solutions cross-functionally and across the Enterprise.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) majors or 4 additional years of related experience beyond the minimum required may be substituted in lieu of a degree.  
  • AND, 8+ years of software engineering/development experience utilizing Java with at least 4 years' experience working with Web Services REST or SOAP
  • Experience leading development teams

PREFERRED

  • 6+ years in REST frameworks with focus on API development
  • 4+ years in AGILE methodology (Scrum, Lean, SaFe, etc.)
  • 4+ years’ experience with JavaScript
  • 4+ years’ experience integrating with backend services like JMS, J2C, ORM frameworks (Hibernate, JPA, JDO, etc), JDBC.
  • Ability to design and implement container based APIs using container frameworks like OpenShift, Docker, or Kubernetes.
  • Relational Database design and optimization with Oracle DB2, MySQL, or Postgress
  • Understanding of microservices architecture design and implementation
  • Working experience with Gradle, GIT, GitHUB, GITLab, etc. around continuous integration and continuous delivery infrastructure
  • Cloud infrastructure application development with vendors like AWS, Google or Microsoft.
  • Experience testing in REST services
  • Experience in design and develop automated tests and frameworks

DESIRED CHARACTERISTICS

USAA Java Software Engineers create innovative solutions that impact our members. Collectively, we are:

  • Curious and excited by new ideas
  • Energized by a fast-paced environment 
  • Able to understand and translate business needs into leading-edge technology
  • Comfortable working as part of a connected team, but self-motivated 
  • Community-focused, dependable and committed 
  • Exceptionally detail-oriented

BENEFITS 

USAA's most valuable resource is our 28,000 employees. We promote a culture of diversity and inclusion, encouraging varied perspectives and ideas.

Our team enjoys world-class benefits, pay and highly competitive reward opportunities, including comprehensive healthcare, wellness and wealth building programs, employee resource groups, 401K matching dollar-for-dollar up to 8% of pay, career planning and continuing education.

We promote a strong work-life balance with a variety of on-site services and conveniences depending on location, including a daycare, health center and pharmacy, multiple dining options, company stores, covered parking and free fitness centers. USAA is a casual dress environment.

The above description reflects the details considered necessary to describe the principal functions of the job and should not be construed as a detailed description of all the work requirements that may be performed in the job.

At USAA our employees enjoy one of the best benefits packages in the business, including a flexible business casual or casual dress environment, comprehensive medical, dental and vision plans, along with wellness and wealth building programs. Additionally, our career path planning and continuing education will assist you with your professional goals.

Relocation assistance is available for this position.