Visa in blockchain product development as it hunts for staff

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  • Visa says that it is planning a distributed application that is based around blockchain – and placed a special focus on Ethereum.
  • The product will be associated with the Visa B2B Connect service.
  • “We’re seeking a strong developer experienced with Ethereum and blockchain architecture to be a part of [a] team tasked with building distributed application,” it said.

International financial services firm Visa has revealed details of its further forays into cutting-edge online money transfer services by openly recruiting for an Ethereum developer.

The firm, which is responsible for the world’s largest payment processing network, appears to be on the hunt for a blockchain engineer with the capacity to work on a so-called “distributed application”.

In an interesting move, the company is understood to be looking for someone with experience in Ethereum – though the firm appears to also be happy to hire people with other blockchain-related backgrounds.

The advert was posted in locations around the world, but Visa said in the advert that the successful candidate will be based in the US.

“We are working on Blockchain technology and want to add a highly motivated Engineer to our team in Foster City, CA,” it said.

The successful candidate will “work on emerging technologies, partnering with Product on implementation strategy”.

They will also “work with technology teams to understand the business demand and ensure design and build of solutions creates or leverages cross-asset concepts and frameworks”.

The firm also said that it would happy with a diverse range of professional backgrounds in the wider blockchain sphere.

“We’re seeking a strong developer experienced with Ethereum and blockchain architecture to be a part of [a] team tasked with building distributed application,” it said.

“Our ideal candidate has built and released distributed applications, has worked with the Ripple, R3, Ethereum and/or Bitcoin blockchain, and has experience with Solidity,” it added.

According to the industry press, the level of detail shared by Visa in the job posting was relatively low when it came to details of the blockchain-powered end product that the successful candidate will be working on.

There was, for example, no full confirmation of what the proposed distributed application might be.

The only clue about the nature of the project was that it would be part of the Visa B2B Connect service, which is an international business-to-business payment scheme operated by the firm.

“Visa has been a leading provider of commercial card payment solutions and continues to see expanding opportunities in high-value cross-border payments – an area that’s ripe for improvement and innovation,” the firm said at the time.

It added: “Today, making cross-border corporate payments can be a cumbersome, lengthy and friction-filled process for financial institutions and their corporate clients.

“Using technology based on blockchain architecture, Visa B2B Connect simplifies this process by sending transactions over Visa’s network from the bank of origin directly to the recipient bank.”

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