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Senior Database Engineer

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software teams in the world.

About The Role

​​Buildkite is a continuous delivery platform that helps development teams ship quality code, fast. Making developers happy and productive makes us happy, and we’re lucky to work closely with some of the best software teams in the world, including Airbnb, Shopify, Google, Pinterest, and Basecamp.

We're looking for a Database Engineer to join our team and help us scale one of the biggest Postgres-powered Rails majestic monoliths in the world. We have some really fun problems and challenges to work on to keep our databases and other infrastructure scaling reliably, and we'd love your help! We're deeply invested in AWS RDS and are iteratively rearchitecting our PostgreSQL databases to grow with our usage.

A typical day for a Senior Database Engineer at Buildkite might look like:

  • Iterating on changes to our PostgreSQL databases, and any related changes to the Ruby (Rails) code in our primary app.

  • Collaborating via Basecamp on designing an upcoming feature or fix, offering database insight and context.

  • Assisting troubleshooting and fixing production app issues through the database layer.

  • Video calls with others on the team to discuss or solve problems, or to just say hi.

  • Providing feedback on a GitHub pull request, or responding to feedback left for you.

  • Working on strategic changes to our database architecture to support scaling and performance.

  • Implementing systems and strategies to support safe migrations and changes.

This job is for you if you:

  • Have helped manage a production Rails application, and are familiar with PostgreSQL database performance at scale, and are familiar with the surrounding Ruby and PostgreSQL ecosystems.

  • Have experience operating multi-Terabyte PostgreSQL databases, with informed opinions about sharding, partitioning and query optimization

  • Believe in quality code. You are comfortable writing tests and clear comments for the code you write. You know how to balance your own high standards of code quality with the problems you are solving and external constraints like how time-sensitive it is or the impact it will have.

  • Like solving problems. You are happy working through difficult technical problems and solving them in straight-forward ways. If you don't know the answer immediately, you are comfortable digging until you figure it out and know the right point to ask for assistance.

  • Understand development processes. You are comfortable writing git commits, pull requests and issues. You know how to tackle critiquing others’ code in a positive and productive way, and are comfortable receiving the same sort of feedback.

  • Are a good communicator. You value empathy and kindness and are able to articulate your ideas and feelings when writing or speaking.

  • Are self-motivated. We are a remote company, so you will need to be comfortable stepping into gaps in the planning, taking initiative, and identifying what needs to be done and how to get it done.

  • Learn fast. You might not be an expert in everything we do initially, but you will quickly become an expert in some aspects. You are comfortable diving in and learning things, even if they are new to you.

Salary

$155,000 – $180,000 AUD

$160,000 – $185,000 NZD

TimezoneAustralia or New Zealand
HoursFull-time
Role TypePermanent

About Us

We build tools to help the best software teams stay happy and productive. We’ve rethought how CI/CD should work and have built a platform that is fast, reliable, secure, and is able to scale to the needs of the most demanding high-growth tech companies including Shopify, Pinterest, Wayfair, Cruise, PagerDuty, Culture Amp, and Canva.

Buildkite is a differently shaped company that values work-life balance and supports staff to work the ways that make sense for them. From the beginning, our goal has been to build a company that is people-centered, supportive and just a little bit weird 💚

To Apply

We have some details at this link which you can fill in. You don’t need to complete every section, just send through any link or document you’re proud of that helps us understand your skillset. This doesn’t have to be a resume, but it can be. There’s also a section to write some words about you and why this role interests you if you like.

If you have any questions or if you’d like to find out more about working at Buildkite, please email careers@buildkite.com

Why Apply?

Small team, global impact

We believe small companies are beautiful, and that small teams can achieve big things. This makes everyone on the team an important part of Buildkite.

Flexible work hours

We don’t keep set office hours, so you can shift your hours around life’s commitments and non-work activities. Take time out of work for exercise, family or whatever life throws at you.

Support and growth

In a small but growing company, you’ll have the opportunity to work on a wide range of projects, and ship work that helps customers.

Work from anywhere

We’re a globally distributed company, and all our work happens remotely. Work from your home office, a co-working space, or your local cat café.

Benefits

Learning & development

Invest in your personal and professional development with a yearly budget to spend on travel, conferences, workshops, courses, and books.

Health cover

We’ll make sure that you and your family have access to comprehensive health and hospital cover, no matter which country you live in.

Parental leave

Take time out to set up a new family, with 6 months of paid leave if you’re the primary carer, and 3 months if you’re secondary. You can use it flexibly, change between primary and secondary, and take the same leave for a still birth. We also keep paying super/401k for 6 months if you take unpaid leave.

Home office & coworking

Set yourself up with a great work environment, either at home or in a co-working space, with a budget for a desk and chair, and a new computer and phone every 24 months. We’ll also cover the cost of plants, art, or anything else you need to set yourself up with a beautiful and productive work environment.

Wellness & paid time off

Take care of your health and wellbeing away from the screen, with 6 weeks of paid leave per year, the ability to take time out of work for fitness, and a yearly budget to spend on things like yoga, climbing, personal training, or a day at the zoo.

Profit share & ownership

Share in the company’s success, and have a stake in what you’re helping to build. Everyone on the team receives a percentage share of the company profits each quarter, and an equity stake through our employee share program.

Working at Buildkite has given me the freedom to grow and flourish in all aspects of my life, personally and professionally. I’m proud to be a part of such a passionate and supportive team.
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Get in touch

If you’ve got any questions or issues with the application process, please let us know.

Email careers@buildkite.com