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American Express Enterprise Cloud Security Specialist in Des Moines, Iowa


“You Lead the Way. We’ve Got Your Back.

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.”

Enterprise Cloud Security Specialist

American Express is embarking on an exciting Cloud transformation led by a high-energy,

delivery-focused team. This group is nimble and creative, with the power to define our cloud

security technology functions and tooling. The

Enterprise Cloud Security Specialist

  • integral member of the Cloud Security Team who, delivers tools, security knowledge and

  • subject matter expertise in order to enable delivery of security requirements for the

  • enterprise, and will ensure the success of the American Express journey towards hybrid

  • cloud.

  • You will work closely with other Information Security departments, architecture and the

  • Enterprise Cloud team, as well as external cloud providers on requirements, design,

  • integration and delivery of these solutions. This position demands a well-organized, action

  • oriented team player with the ability to prioritize daily work and the ability to work on

  • multiple initiatives simultaneously, to have a command on cutting edge technologies, and an

  • understanding of and drive to deliver end-to-end process and solutions focused on great

  • user experience.

  • Responsibilities Include:

  • Evaluate various private, public cloud technologies and tools for technical, functional

  • and financial feasibility.

  • Define and Document security architecture through a risk-based approach in support

  • of the broader Cloud Security Roadmap.

  • Deliver Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Cloud

  • Application Architecture subprograms.

Deliver and mature cloud tooling across public and private cloud; collaborate with

enterprise architects and SMEs to deliver comprehensive security solutions.

Lead the technical design and deployment of global projects including security

solutions for internal and external IaaS and PaaS clouds.

Capture requirements; build functional specifications, timelines, adoption plans and

other artifacts to support security implementation.

Build cloud-optimized security patterns and contribute to Enterprise Architecture


Drive proof of concepts that assess the suitability of solutions and demonstrate to

our product partners how technology can be leveraged.

Partner with and support the Engineering team to drive and execute results in a

timely manner.

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


  • 3 years experience in securing AWS and experience implementing AWS security services and capabilities such as SCP, IAM, VPC, SecurityHub, and GuardDuty

  • Information Security experience is preferred

  • Experience in Cloud Native principles and patterns

  • Demonstrated knowledge of Kubernetes (EKS, Vanilla or other) and container-based workloads

  • Experience using Terraform and authoring declarative reusable modules using the Terraform Configuration Language

  • Understanding of Cloud Fundamentals, including containers, software-defined networks, high availability design, multi-cloud, and serverless compute.

  • Demonstrated experience in Agile environments, application design, software development, and testing.

  • Knowledge of configuration management, container security, endpoint security and secrets management as they are applied to cloud

  • Broad understanding of all IS disciplines including, Governance, Cyber Threat, Identity and Access, Infrastructure, Endpoint, Vulnerability, Data Protection, Operations, Application, Incident Response.

  • Understanding of Information Security technology and platform delivery with experience in planning and execution of security projects.

  • Knoledge of network architecture, network security, and TCP/IP.

Educational Requirement:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in computer science, computer engineering, or related field; or equivalent experience

  • AWS or Cloud Certification is preferred

  • Information Security Certification required, CISSP or similar is preferred.

“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

Schedule Full-time


Req ID: 21009603