Visa Inc., the global leader in payments, announced that it will strengthen its technology resources by creating 2,000 full-time technologist positions. These positions will be a combination of new roles and existing contractor positions that are being converted to full-time positions. Visa also plans to open a new technology center in India. The combination of these initiatives will help accelerate the shift to electronic payments and drive innovation in mobile and digital platforms.
Visa plans to recruit professional technologists, many in specialized areas, to enhance its teams in India, Singapore and four U.S. locations. Recruitment efforts, which are currently underway and will continue through 2017, will focus on a range of technology needs spanning data scientists, engineers, platform architects and mobile developers.
“Visa is fortunate to already have some of the most accomplished and motivated industry technologists at the company today,” said Rajat Taneja, Visa’s executive vice president of technology. “This investment allows us to strengthen our talent pool globally, and bring more of it in-house, providing greater opportunity for professionals to grow their careers with the technology payments leader.”
In 2015, the company plans to open a new technology development center in India. Teams there will focus on the development of key application programming interfaces (APIs) and software development kits (SDKs), helping an expanding group of global partners to more easily access VisaNet when creating new commerce and payment experiences. The first set of these new developer tools will be publicly released before the end of 2014.
Visa is also bolstering its technology talent in Austin, Texas and the San Francisco Bay Area, and will focus some of these positions in support of its two world-class data centers in Ashburn, Virginia, and Denver, Colorado.
“Visa’s size and scale allows technologists to work on meaningful initiatives that have the ability to change how commerce is conducted for millions of consumers and companies globally,” said Taneja. “We are looking for creative, entrepreneurial tech professionals who want to build the next generation of payment products and platforms, will bring engineering insights to our global processing network, and are passionate about partnering with technology and commerce leaders shaping the payments experience.”
Roll-out of New Visa Technology Initiatives
Over the last month, Visa has announced aggressive plans to deliver Visa Digital Solutions, a comprehensive suite of offerings that will facilitate secure payments across a broad range of Internet-connected devices and wearables. Additionally, the company introduced Visa Checkout, a quick and easy payment service that allows consumers to pay for goods online, on any device, in just a few clicks. The service is currently offered in the U.S. and Canada and will also be available in Australia later this year.
Visa recently opened a 112,000-square foot innovation center, One Market, at its new office space in San Francisco. One Market is specifically designed to enable Visa technologists, clients, partners and the Bay Area tech community to co-develop the next generation of commerce applications.