Synchrony VP, API Architect (L12) in Chicago, Illinois

Job Description:

Role Summary/Purpose:

The VP, API Architect - Enterprise Integration Services plays a pivotal technical role within Synchrony Financial in successfully providing developing and implementing high level, complex Security Policies. The purpose of the position is to provide effective Information Security services that: Identify and develop solutions for API Gateway Service Integrations, continuously protect our critical information assets and brand name. Assure compliance with corporate and regulatory policies/standards & industry best practices. Simplify, enhance and enable business initiatives. Operates as a team lead providing technical direction to team members. May perform the function to automate access provisioning across supported systems and applications with documentation. May direct, define and provide audit reporting.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Lead teams in building new web solutions/platforms and enhancements, working closely with requirements analysts, testers, and the customer in an agile development practice

  • Own the technical design and development of cross-functional, multi-platform application systems

  • Develop functional and technical specifications from business requirements

  • Help create project estimates and plans. Represent engineering team in project meetings and solution discussions

  • Ensure application quality and adherence to performance requirements

  • Responsible for documentation, code reuse, re-factoring and design patterns standards compliance

  • Ensure high standards of availability, scalability, and extensibility of internally developed applications

  • Work closely with an experienced staff comprising both Synchrony resources and/or 3rd party contractors

  • Help define measurable goals for the team

  • Communicate the status of technical stacks and initiatives to stakeholders and leadership

  • Keep abreast of emerging technologies while maintaining proficiency in existing technologies

  • Perform other duties and/or special projects as assigned


  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science/Engineering or related field, with a minimum of 5 years of experience in Information Technology; OR 2) In lieu of the Bachelor's degree, a minimum of 9 years of experience in Information Technology

  • Minimum 5 years of experience in full stack development

  • Experience developing n-tier web applications including web services

  • Minimum 2 years of application design experience using component architecture, unit/functional testing, and/ or database design/testing

Desired Characteristics:

  • Experience with API Security Gateway

  • Hands on building services policies using various Policy Assertions that implement Access Control, Mutual SSL, JWT Signature, TLS, Threat Protection, Message Validation, SOAP protection.

  • Working knowledge of policy fragments and modularization of Policy Deployment.

  • Working knowledge of OAuth 2.0 grant types, token generation using CA Single Sign On, JWT, Cassandra based OTK database.

  • Strong knowledge of High Availability, performance tuning of various components and operations/monitoring for API Gateway Cluster.

  • Scripting (Bash/Shell/Perl/Python) for maintenance purpose of API Gateway infrastructure.

  • Good understanding of Federation standards (WS-Fed/SAML 2.0)

  • Working knowledge of API Gateway Service Self Service Solutions

  • Knowledge of Single Sign On Federation products using SAML 2.0 and Oauth technology. Products such as (PING Federate, Microsoft ADFS, etc.)

  • Experience with RSA secureID for 2 factor authentication.

  • Extensive knowledge of Active Directory and LDAP protocol

  • Working knowledge of Identity and Access Management technologies – SSO, Web Access Management, Entitlement/Certification Management, Federation, Directory Services, Password Management, Provisioning and Job Role Management

Eligibility Requirements:

  • You must be 18 years or older

  • You must have a high school diploma or equivalent

  • You must be willing to take a drug test, submit to a background investigation and submit fingerprints as part of the selection process

  • You must be able to satisfy the requirements of Section 19 of the Federal Deposit Insurance Act.

  • Effective 1-1-18, new hires (Level 4-7) must have 9 months of continuous service with the company before they are eligible to post on other roles. Once this new hire time in position requirement is met, the associate will have a minimum 6 months’ time in position before they can post for future non-exempt roles. Employees, level 8 or greater, must have at least 24 months’ time in position before they can post. All internal employees must have at least a “consistently meets expectations” performance rating and have approval from your manager to post (or the approval of your manager and HR if you don’t meet the time in position or performance requirement).

Legal authorization to work in the U.S. is required. We will not sponsor individuals for employment visas, now or in the future, for this job opening.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status.

Reasonable Accommodation Notice:

  • Federal law requires employers to provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities. Please tell us if you require a reasonable accommodation to apply for a job or to perform your job. Examples of reasonable accommodation include making a change to the application process or work procedures, providing documents in an alternate format, using a sign language interpreter, or using specialized equipment.

  • If you need special accommodations, please call our Career Support Line so that we can discuss your specific situation. We can be reached at 1-866-301-5627. Representatives are available from 8am – 5pm Monday to Friday, Central Standard Time.

The salary range for this position is 85,000.00 - 170,000.00 USD Annual

Salaries are adjusted according to market in CA and Metro NY and some positions are bonus eligible.

Grade/Level: 12

Job Family Group:

Information Technology

With roots in consumer finance that trace back to 1932, Synchrony Financial is a leader in consumer credit and promotional financing, providing a range of products for a diverse group of national and regional retailers; including Main Street mainstays, local merchants, manufacturers, buying groups, industry associations and healthcare service providers. We are the largest provider of private label credit cards in the United States based on purchase volume and receivables and we provide co-branded dual card credit cards, promotional financing and installment lending, loyalty programs and FDIC-insured savings products through Synchrony Bank. Who do we serve? Hundreds of thousands of customers across the U.S. and Canada spanning the electronics and appliances, home furnishings, automotive, power products and sports, jewelry and luxury, retail and healthcare industries.

Our purpose is clear: we are committed to pioneering the future of financing, improving the success of every business we serve and the quality of each life we touch. This is fitting because when you join Synchrony Financial, you’re joining an organization that recognizes that our people are our greatest asset —every single one of them. That’s why we are deeply committed to investing in the growth of each member of our team. And with 80 years of experience, we know how to develop talent. At Synchrony Financial, we work hard to offer competitive rewards, compensation and benefits. When you join us, you become part of a stimulating work environment with vast opportunities to sharpen your skills and embrace new leadership challenges.