Vice President, Application Development

| North Suburbs

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At Discover Financial Services, you’ll find yourself in the company of some of the industry’s smartest and most reliable professionals. And at a company that rewards dedication, values innovation and supports growth.

Thrive in an environment that promotes teamwork and shared success. Build on a foundation of mutual respect. Join the company that understands rewarding careers like no other, with this exceptional opportunity:

Job Description:

The VP, Application Development will serve as the Point of Contact to the Banking business and Leadership team. This executive will focus on innovative and modern application development solutions for Discover’s state of the art digital banking platform, Otis. The Vice President of Application Development is responsible for understanding the Banking business goals, anticipating business needs, and proactively providing digital technology solutions as those needs arise. In addition this role will lead a team consisting of Application Developers, Agile Coaches/Teams and Support staff.

Competencies:

Business Partner – proactively reaches out to internal customers and peers to establish trusting relationships; strives to understand goals of business/technology, takes broad POV, effectively manages requests and helps to understand tradeoffs and make difficult decisions.

Change Agent – effectively presents strategic direction to internal customers and direct reports; seeks to differentiate and improve customer experience in proactive manner; let’s others speak and seeks to understand their viewpoints

Team Leader – develops clear goals for the team and aligns the business unit behind them to drive results; focuses on enabling the team to make decisions and demonstrates support for their team

Talent Developer – seeks to understand direct reports career aspirations, strength and opportunity areas before providing guidance; defines capabilities and expectations for role(s) based on needs; provides context on situations when provide feedback

Responsibilities:

  • Engage with business partners to refine requirements and strategies to help drive business goals/objectives and lead the team to deliver and support innovative digital technology solutions to meet business goals
  • Implement a technology strategy leveraging cloud and advanced analytics
  • Enhance the application delivery practices, processes and tools, driving further adoption of Discover Management Systems, Agile, and Value Stream Principles within the department
  • Continue to support the Otis Banking Platform by building a line of credit capability
  • Establish and manage Workforce Planning initiatives to ensure the BT organization can achieve its goals/initiatives by having the right people with the rights skills and competencies in the right places and the right time.
  • Promote a risk-aware culture, ensure efficient and effective risk and compliance management practices by adhering to required standards and processes.

Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Engineering, Technology or a related field required. Master’s degree preferred.
  • 12 + years of experience in Application Development, Computer Science, Software Development, Programming or related experience.
  • Financial Service industry experience strongly preferred.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

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Our headquarters is located in the northwest suburbs of Chicago and we also have a downtown Chicago office which is known as the“The 606”.

An Insider's view of Discover Financial Services

What’s the vibe like in the office?

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What does your typical day look like?

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How does the company support your career growth?

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What is your vision for the company?

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I love working at Discover because of how the company invests in its people and innovation. The environment is encouraging and the smart people around you makes it an amazing experience every day!

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What are Discover Financial Services Perks + Benefits

Discover Financial Services Benefits Overview

Start enjoying great benefits Day 1 — We support you with the same dedication we bring to all of our customers.Our comprehensive benefits package features first-class insurance, financial planning support and excellent perks designed to help you reach your goals and live a rich, healthy life.

Check out more of our amazing employee benefits at mydiscoverbenefits.com

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
You can open a separate Health Care FSA (HCFSA) and contribute up to $2,650 tax-free from your paycheck to reimburse yourself for eligible out-of-pocket expenses.
Disability Insurance
Employees receive Short-Term Disability Insurance at no cost.
Dental Benefits
Discover offers two dental plan options — Standard and Premier — both are administered by MetLife.
Vision Benefits
Discover offers two vision plan options — Standard and Premier through VSP.
Health Insurance Benefits
Discover offers a variety of medical plans for you and eligible family members, so that you can choose the benefit plan that suits your needs.
Life Insurance
As a Discover employee, you receive Basic Life Insurance of one times your HWEE (up to $500,000) at no cost to you.
Pet Insurance
Purchase medical coverage at a discounted rate for your beloved family pet. The more pets you insure, the greater the discount.
Wellness Programs
Help balance your work and personal life with a wide variety of free and discounted resource and referral services including family and relationship counseling and financial guidance.
Onsite Gym
Discover has fitness centers and Weight Watchers® programs at all five major locations.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
You may elect to contribute 1% to 30% of your eligible base salary, commissions and bonus on a pre-tax basis, up to IRS limits every year.
401(K) Matching
Discover matches up to 6% of the pre-tax contributions you make to the 401(k) Plan.
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
The ESPP provides eligible employees with an opportunity to purchase shares of Discover common stock through payroll deductions at a 5% discount.
Performance Bonus
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Child Care Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
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Discover helps eligible employees and their families with the costs of adoption by reimbursing certain expenses.
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Generous PTO
Discover has a Paid Time Off of 4 to 5 Weeks of paid time per year.
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Discover provides 7 paid holidays.
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When you enroll in the Commuter Benefits Program at WageWorks, you’ll save on taxes on mass-transit passes, parking and other eligible expenses.
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Discover provides tuition reimbursement and a full-ride bachelor's degree program for select online degree programs.
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