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American Express Data Engineer - Identity and Access Management in Phoenix, Arizona


You Lead the Way. We’ve Got Your Back.

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.

Our Data Engineers know that security is a top priority for our business and our partners and customers. Today, as cyber-attacks increase and compliance is more rigorously enforced, we look to them to stay ahead of what’s next and to protect our business and our future. So if you are dedicated to the latest technology and motivating others, secure your career here.

You won’t just see the problem coming, you’ll see the solution.

As a Data Engineer in the Identity and Access Management Program, you will contribute to crafting, developing, trouble shooting, debugging, evaluating, modifying, and documenting data components that support the ongoing data-mining needs of the Identity and Access Management Program.


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 Identity and Access Management team reporting to a Director of Information Security.

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 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.

  • Provides production environment support for database systems and processes.

  • Communicates and works closely with business and product teams to support changes and implementation.

  • Finds opportunities to adopt innovative technologies.

  • Takes part in reviews of own work or with colleagues.

  • Work on prioritized/assigned features

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:

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 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

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.

Job: Technology

Primary Location: US-Arizona-Phoenix

Schedule Full-time

Req ID: 21011354