Ally Financial Java SME in Detroit, Michigan

Information Technology

Aug 30, 2016


Position Description

Seeking a Java Subject Matter Expert who will join a team focused on advancing development and operations at Ally. The team functions as a Development Practice that is responsible for providing standards and tools to developers and as a SWAT Team that is engaged for the resolution of highly-visible operational issues. Team members are expected to be subject matters experts who are hands-on, detail-oriented, and capable of mentoring others.

The Java Subject Matter Expert will be expected to define and communicate standards for the following:

  • Java / JavaEE coding
  • Unit and integration testing
  • Configuration management
  • Use of 3rd-party libraries and dependency management
  • Continuous integration
  • Code quality analysis
  • Code reviews
  • JavaEE application server configuration

Job Responsibilities

  • Primary:
  • Lead the creation of standards for Java-based applications and middleware
  • Ensure consistent application of standards throughout the enterprise to streamline development and maintenance
  • Provide design and implementation guidance and tutoring to developers on best practices, tools, and quality assurance
  • Communicate and collaborate with IT development teams to increase automation and code quality
  • Resolve high-visibility application and middleware issues
  • Engineer the deployment and operation of continuous integration tools
  • Provide build environment that consistently builds, packages, reports on, and ensures the integrity of software products
  • Integrate automated builds and build artifacts into test environments, test harnesses, and code analysis tools
  • Stay abreast of the latest in development and build technologies
  • Support Ally's DevOps initiatives
  • Secondary:
  • Harvest and maintain reusable components
  • Provide guidance for development teams on modularizing applications into cohesive, reusable components
  • Participate in R&D; activities
  • Collaborate in the selection of preferred technologies
  • Assist in enterprise architecture efforts
  • Collaborate in the development of applications with respect to testability, scalability, performance, security, and fault tolerance


  • Required:
  • Hands on experience in designing and developing applications using JavaEE platforms
  • Profound insight of Java and JavaEE internals (classloading, memory management, transaction management, etc.)
  • Ability to use a wide variety of open source technologies and tools
  • Ability to code and script
  • Experience with systems and IT operations
  • Comfort with frequent, incremental code testing and deployment
  • Strong grasp of automation tools
  • Comfort with collaboration, open communication, and reaching across functional borders
  • Object-oriented analysis and design using common design pattern
  • Preferred:
  • Excellent knowledge of relational databases, SQL and ORM technologies (JPA2, Hibernate)
  • Experience in developing applications using at least one popular UI framework (Angular, Ember, Spring MVC)
  • Knowledge of virtualization technologies (Docker, AWS, VMware)
  • Experience with the Spring Framework
  • Experience with test-driven development

Ally Overview

Ally Financial Inc. (NYSE: ALLY) is a leading digital financial services company and a top 25 U.S. financial holding company offering financial products for consumers, businesses, automotive dealers and corporate clients. Ally's legacy dates back to 1919, and the company was redesigned in 2009 with a distinctive brand, innovative approach and relentless focus on its customers. Ally has an award-winning online bank (member FDIC), one of the largest full service auto finance operations in the country, a complementary auto-focused insurance business, a growing digital wealth management and online brokerage platform, and a trusted corporate finance business offering capital for equity sponsors and middle-market companies.

Business Unit/Enterprise Function Description

Ally's world-class IT organization supports an information technology-driven business. We deliver industry-leading IT solutions to the "Best Online Bank" (Money Magazine, 2011 and 2012) and the leading Auto Finance Company. IT oversees critical functions that enable the day-to-day operations of the entire Ally Financial enterprise.

Total Rewards

Ally's compensation program offers market-competitive base pay and bonus pay potential based on achieving personal and company goals. Plus, we have a flexible paid time-off program with an emphasis on work-life balance.

Ally offers a variety of benefits to protect your health and well-being, provide financial security and balance your work-life needs including:

  • Industry-leading 401K Retirement Savings Plan including Matching and Company Contributions
  • Comprehensive wellness program with financial incentives designed to help you achieve your best health
  • Flexible health insurance options including dental and vision
  • Pre-tax Health Savings Account with generous employer contributions
  • Pre-tax dependent care and commuter benefits
  • Other work-life integration benefits including Paid Parental & Caregiver Leave, Adoption Assistance, Back-up Child & Adult/Elder Care, Child Care Discounts, Tuition Reimbursement, LifeMatters Employee Assistance Program, Weight Watchers and other employee discount programs

Ally is an Equal Opportunity Employer

We extend equal employment opportunities to qualified applicants and employees on an equal basis regardless of an individual's age, race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy status, marital status, military or veteran status, genetic disposition or any other reason protected by law.