Chief of Staff- Architecture


April 6, 2021

New York, NY 10014, US

Who we are: Fueled by a fundamental belief that having access to financial services creates opportunity, PayPal (NASDAQ: PYPL) is committed to democratizing financial services and empowering people and businesses to join and thrive in the global economy. Our open digital payments platform gives PayPal’s 375 million active account holders the confidence to connect and transact in new and powerful ways, whether they are online, on a mobile device, in an app, or in person. Through a combination of technological innovation and strategic partnerships, PayPal creates better ways to manage and move money, and offers choice and flexibility when sending payments, paying or getting paid. Available in more than 200 markets around the world, the PayPal platform, including Braintree, Venmo and Xoom enables consumers and merchants to receive money in more than 100 currencies, withdraw funds in 56 currencies and hold balances in their PayPal accounts in 25 currencies.
Job Description Summary: Work closely with the PayPal SVP of Enterprise Architecture and the leadership team, leading all aspects of the day to day strategy and operations, inclusive of strategy formulation, financial governance, investment decisioning, operating reporting and rhythms, stakeholder engagement and employee engagement. Act as a trusted adviser to the SVP of Enterprise Architecture providing counsel and serving as a sounding board to influence, inform and as necessary challenge decisions; leveraging both inside and outside perspectives. Lead critical governance review functions involving a broad group of Enterprise Architects and Platform Architects. The Chief of Staff promotes solid execution and fact-based decision-making across the organization; acting as the ‘connective tissue’ that links all aspects of the organization seamlessly. The CoS will ensure the operating model, OKR’s, investment plan and portfolio are designed and implemented to deliver against the defined strategy. This position will report into the SVP of Enterprise Architecture and dotted line into the Sr. Director of Business Operations for the Technology Platforms & Experiences (TPX) organization. Support for this role will be provided by the Centralized Business Operations function that reports into the Sr. Director of Business Operations for TPX. The ideal candidate has proven experience working closely with technology executives in a fast-paced environment; applying strong consultative skills, including business acumen, customer empathy, and the ability to influence and partner. This person thrives in a dynamic, global, fluid, matrix environment and is results-focused. Is comfortable leading from both the front and the rear, as situations dictate. History in software design, development, and delivery, communications, business & strategy development preferred.
Job Description:
Key responsibilities include:
  • Trusted advisor to the SVP: Serve as on-the-ground execution for a wide variety of cross-functional projects for both the SVP and leadership team. Ability to navigate internal networks and build internal consensus is a must.
  • Strategic thinking and research: Bring outside-in thinking to the organization, highlighting industry trends that should be considered and evaluated. Act as a disruptor questioning the status-quo. Drive all aspects of the development of the organizations’ strategy.
  • Technology business management: Work with Finance Business Partners to ensure strong financial hygiene, that all targets are met or exceeded, that investments are properly decisioned and in-support of the required business outcomes.
  • Executional accelerator for leadership: Develop policies and/or processes necessary to implement decisions made by the leadership team. Help to manage the SVP’s direct staff and facilitate accountability for key priorities. Assist with talent matters as needed.
  • Communications for the SVP: Create/shape presentations for Executive Leadership and public appearances.
  • People operations: Partnering with HR Business Partners, co-lead implementation of employee lifecycle: manage and rollout programs that attract, acquire, retain, evaluate, grow, promote, talent. Ensure effective organizational communication: keep the organization well-informed through various established channels of communications; drive organizational awareness of culture, policy, organizational updates, decisions, etc.; ensure high employee engagement through following implemented policies and procedures.
  • Technology risk management: Manage/govern all risks within the Enterprise Architecture organization; maintain compliancy and apply standard best practices effectively.

Proven ability to:
  • Apply articulate thought leadership
  • Gain and maintain senior executive trust
  • Navigate ambiguous situations successfully
  • Manage and execute complex projects
  • Drive strong financial discipline and operational efficiency
  • Develop and finalize executive presentations
  • Facilitate dialogue across multiple business units, functions, geographies, business partners and Centers of Excellence
  • Tell a story, build a narrative, craft a storyboard, and develop powerpoint slides
  • Basic excel modeling

Additional qualities:
  • High degree of emotional intelligence and discretion
  • Strong personal values, i.e., personal integrity and acting in good faith
  • Good judgment
  • Collaborative team player
  • Agile and flexible
  • Highly analytical
  • Highly organized
  • Strong EQ

  • BS in Computer Science or equivalent experience preferred

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