New York NY
501-1,000 employees
Our mission is to simplify cloud computing so developers and businesses can spend more time creating software that changes the world.

Database Engineer, Platform Services

Database Engineer, Platform Services

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Have you ever wondered what happens inside the cloud?

Based in New York, DigitalOcean is a dynamic, high-growth technology company that serves a robust and passionate community of developers, teams, and businesses around the world. We believe that today’s entrepreneurs are changing the world through software. Our mission is to empower these entrepreneurs by bringing modern app development within reach for any developer, anywhere in the world.

We want people who are passionate about building the infrastructure and platforms that will improve the resiliency, scaling, and development speed for cloud services.

We are looking for an experienced database engineer with an operations background in building operationally sustainable solutions for data storage and streaming platforms. Our team’s mission statement is to “provide tools and expertise to solve common operational problems, accelerating and simplifying product development.” As part of the team, you’ll be working with a variety of data-related technologies, including MySQL, Kafka, and Redis, in an effort to transform these technologies into platform services in order to further our mission.

NOTE: this is not a ‘data scientist’ role, rather this role is to help design and build datastore-related platforms for internal stakeholder groups within DigitalOcean.  See more below for role expectations.

This is an opportunity to build the services and systems that will accelerate the development of DigitalOcean’s cloud features. Services will provide highly available, operationally elegant solutions that serve as a foundation for a growing product base and serving a global audience. This is a high-impact role and you’ll be working with a large variety of product engineering teams across the company.

What You’ll Be Doing:

  • MySQL administration, operations, and performance tuning
  • Delivering managed data platform solutions as a service that facilitate adoption and offer operational elegance 
  • Working closely with product engineering and infrastructure teams to drive adoption of services throughout the company
  • Instrument and monitor services developed to ensure operational performance 
  • Create tooling and automation to reduce operational burdens
  • Establishing best practices for development, deployment, and operations
  • Driving adoption of services throughout the company
  • Interact with developers and teams to resolve site and database issues

What We’ll Expect From You:

  • Experience supporting MySQL / Percona Server / MariaDB in a production environment, with in-depth knowledge of topics such as MySQL backups, high availability, and performance tuning
  • Distinguished track record developing and automating platform solutions that serve the needs of other engineering teams 
  • Experience with other data technologies such as Kafka and Redis
  • Fluency in SQL, Python, Bash, or other scripting languages
  • Experience with Xtrabackup, ProxySQL, MySQL Orchestrator, SQL query tuning, Linux performance troubleshooting
  • Experience with configuration management tooling such as Chef & Ansible

What We’d Love You To Have:

  • Experience with Xtrabackup, ProxySQL, MySQL Orchestrator, SQL query tuning, Linux performance troubleshooting
  • An understanding of using Kubernetes as well as using Hashicorp Consul
  • Familiarity with continuous integration tools such as Concourse, GitHub Actions
  • Some familiarity with Go readability
  • Passion for production engineering done in a resilient fashion
  • You have a passion for not repeating yourself (DRY) by way of automation

What Will Not Be Expected From You:

  • Demonstrated expertise in being a ‘data scientist’ - this role has much more production engineering focus
  • Crunching mundane support tickets day over day - be the Automator
  • Following a lengthy and strict product roadmap - engineers wear product hats as needed and help define what platform gets built

Why You’ll Like Working for DigitalOcean:

  • We have amazing people. We can promise you will work with some of the smartest and most interesting people in the industry. We work hard but we always have fun doing it. We care deeply about each other and take our “no jerks” rule very seriously.
  • We value development. We are a high-performance organization that is always challenging ourselves to continuously grow. That means we maintain a growth mindset in everything we do and invest deeply in employee development.  You’ll need to be great to get hired here and we promise you’ll get even better.
  • We care about you. We offer competitive health, dental, and vision benefits for employees and their dependents, a monthly gym reimbursement to support your physical health, and a monthly commute allowance to make your trips to and from work easier.
  • We invest in your future. We offer competitive compensation and a 401k plan with up to a 4% employer match. We also provide all employees with Kindles and reimbursement for relevant conferences, training, and education.
  • We want you to love where you work. We have great office spaces located in the heart of SoHo NYC and Cambridge and offer daily catered lunches to keep your hunger at bay. We’re also very remote-friendly—we use Slack to communicate across the company—and all remote employees have the opportunity to onboard in-office and take an all-expenses paid trip to our annual company offsite, Shark Week, to get quality in-person time with the team at least once a year. We also allow employees to customize their workstations to meet their needs—whether remote or in office.
  • We value diversity and inclusivity. We are an equal opportunity employer and we do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

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