Senior Distinguished Engineer

Capital One
McLean, Virginia
Jun 16, 2021
Jul 15, 2021
Full Time
Center 1 (19052), United States of America, McLean, Virginia

Senior Distinguished Engineer

t Capital One, we believe in the values of Excellence and Doing the Right Thing. We are a technology-oriented company delivering financial products to market through modern technology and constant innovation at a massive scale.

Distinguished Engineers are...
  • Deep technical experts and thought leaders that help accelerate adoption of the very best engineering practices, while maintaining knowledge on industry innovations, trends and practices
  • Visionaries, collaborating on Capital One's toughest issues, to deliver on business needs that directly impact the lives of our customers and associates
  • Role models and mentors, helping to coach and strengthen the technical expertise and know-how of our engineering and product community
  • Evangelists, both internally and externally, helping to elevate the Distinguished Engineering community and establish themselves as a go-to resource on given technologies and technology-enabled capabilities
  • Leaders who gain the trust and confidence of those around them, from hands on engineers to executives

Whether a member of our engineering or architecture teams, Distinguished Engineers are individual contributors expected to solve problems in a fast-paced, collaborative, and iterative delivery environment. In order to meet these demands, candidates should be influential engineering leaders with deep technology expertise, and a collaborative style that brings others into the decision-making process. Distinguished Engineers will significantly impact the Tech agenda within their organization and devise clear roadmaps to deliver next generation technology solutions across organizational boundaries


  • Develop and maintain an overall architecture for the domain, in alignment with divisional and enterprise guidelines
  • Look broadly across the domain to ensure consistency in architecture across the domain
  • Collaborate with other domain architects and the divisional architecture team to ensure consistency across multiple domains
  • Identify opportunities for application reuse and consolidation, both within your domain and by providing or consuming capabilities from other domains or lines of business
  • Represent and advocate on behalf of your domain to the larger architecture community, particularly the Divisional Chief Architect and peers in the architecture center of practice
  • Guide the domain architecture team in problem solving activities, ensuring that all voices are heard and understood while driving to timely, realistic solutions
  • Ensure architecture decisions are clearly documented, communicated, and maintained for all initiatives within the domain
  • Promote a culture of engineering excellence and being well-managed, using opportunities to reuse and innersource solutions where possible
  • Effectively communicate with and influence key stakeholders across the domain
  • Lead the way in keeping both the technology and the technologists in the domain up-to-date with modern architecture practices
  • Protect against missed opportunities by providing or soliciting diverse points of view on how to solve our problems

Basic Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • At least 9 years of experience with application architecture and design patterns
  • At least 7 years of experience with complex architectural patterns (SOA), building APIs, microservices, event streams, and high throughput systems

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Master's Degree in Computer Science or a Master's Degree in Software Engineering
  • 10+ years of experience of working with business leaders on the implications of architectural decisions
  • 4+ years building cloud native architectures, architecting enterprise applications on public cloud platforms and cloud ecosystems (AWS, GCP or Azure)
  • 5+ years experience with DevOps or DevSecOps and building CI/CD pipelines using Jenkins, Artifactory, Chef, Ansible, AWS CloudFormation templates, GitHub, and Sonar

Capital One will consider sponsoring a new qualified applicant for employment authorization for this position.

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