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American Express Information Security Specialist - Payment Crypto Architecture in Des Moines, Iowa


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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.”

As an Information Security Specialist in the Payment Crypto Architecture team you will be responsible for defining and delivering cryptographic solutions by providing technical knowledge and architectural design across a diverse set of technical platforms. The position will require you to partner with Enterprise Architecture and Payment SMEs working across multiple projects with a focus on unifying the payment ecosystem in accordance with the ITRIS Payment Crypto strategy. This full-time position reports to the Staff Information Security Specialist, and encompasses the following key duties:

  • Provide holistic design and architecture for payment cryptographic systems.

  • Close partnership with SMEs across the Payment ecosystem to partner on the development of strategic roadmaps and transformational opportunities for the payment crypto portfolio.

  • Design and oversee security patterns and solutions that provide frameworks, interfaces, and services that can be extended and reused across one or more platforms.

  • Significant contribution to setting technology direction, development of architecture and influence in implementation.

  • Responsibility for leading parallel efforts and delivering high quality crypto/security engineering solutions on time.

  • Participate in the review of platform and production solutions with the focus of identifying potential weaknesses and misalignments to the AXP strategy

  • Interact with leaders, engineers and business partners to understand their objectives.

  • Extend business product innovation through the adoption and implementation of technology.

  • Facilitate a culture of continuous learning by leading in development sessions.

  • Engagement with Industry bodies such as PCI, EMV and GlobalPlatform

“Employment eligibility to work with American Express in the U.S. is required as the company will not pursue visa sponsorship for these positions.”


  • Hands-on experience with design and implementation of cryptographic solutions in a diverse and global environment.

  • Recent hands-on experience with cryptography technologies involving software and hardware integration and implementation, e.g. hardware security modules, trusted platform modules, authentication and encryption protocols, 3rd party crypto tools, PKI or key management

  • Holistic understanding of cryptography and key management within the financial industry

  • Experience with multiple payment product form factors (e.g., Card, Mobile, Online, etc.)

  • Knowledge and understanding of applied cryptography in the field of Information Security including industry best practices.

  • Ability to provide hands-on design, solutions and support to technical project teams.

  • Expertise in designing and implementing scalable solution architectures that perform at a global enterprise scale.

  • Able to effectively explain and communicate complex technological problems and solutions in easy to understand business language.

  • Routinely introduces new and impactful technologies based on research, POC efforts and independent investigation.

  • Educational requirement:

  • BS degree in Computer Science (or related field), or equivalent experience

“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: United States


Req ID: 21009134