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Database Engineer – London, Tallinn

We’re looking for a Database Engineer to join our growing team in London, or Tallinn.

You’ll receive a competitive package including generous stock options.

Your mission:

You will be a part of our platform team building our database infrastructure in the cloud across a constellation of microservices. You will create tooling to automate database infrastructure deployment on any environment. You will be responsible for backups, recovery and replication of database infrastructure. You will help our product teams make proper datastore decisions in order to scale TransferWise, sitting on the pulsing vein of daily product evolution. Our flat organizational structure doesn't care about titles and hierarchy. You'll stay focused on innovation and problem solving to create happy customers. You will help any engineer that may need your help on databases world via ticketing system. You will sit across different teams, engineers in product teams, data analysts and fellow platform engineers to work towards one unified goal – growth, keeping our data secure and accessible for times to come.

This role will give you the opportunity to:

  • Choose your own path to success - you’ll have the freedom to define the vision and the responsibility for making it happen
  • Be flexible in how and where you work, we understand everyone needs a little something different so we’ll do our best to make it happen
  • Travel to work with our teams as well as meet various partners and organizations when needed
  • Inspire teams with your ideas, knowledge and self-starting attitude

What you will be working on:

  • You will be a part of our platform team building our database infrastructure in the cloud across a constellation of microservices.
  • You will create tooling to automate database infrastructure deployment on any environment.
  • You will be responsible for backups, recovery and replication of database infrastructure.
  • You will help our product teams make proper datastore decisions in order to scale TransferWise, sitting on the pulsing vein of daily product evolution.
  • Our flat organisational structure doesn't care about titles and hierarchy. You'll stay focused on innovation and problem solving  to create happy customers.
  • You will help any engineer that may need your help on databases world via ticketing system.
  • You will sit across different teams, engineers in product teams, data analysts and fellow platform engineers to work towards one unified goal – growth, keeping our data secure and accessible for times to come.

Must haves:

Essential Technical Skills:

  • Setting up and running High Availability, including failover, load balancing and upgrading, with MySQL and/or PostgreSQL, where almost-zero downtime is required.
  • Running production databases where consistency is paramount.
  • Scaling out databases.
  • Database migrations.
  • Scripting languages, preferably Python and Bash.
  • Configuration management tools, preferably Ansible.
  • Linux, preferably Ubuntu.

Soft Skills:

  • Interpersonal Skills. No lone wolf working in a cubicle.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Empathy for the user. Being able to communicate with non-technical people.
  • Adaptability. Being agile and flexible towards change and challenges.

Mindset:

  • Passionate about technology and its relationship with business and user experience.
  • Ability to work independently and plan your own solutions to problems.
  • Be production environment oriented.
  • Paranoid about security.
  • Willing to be involved in building a product that is being used world-wide.
  • Excitement to work in a high-growth company, and throw themselves fully into a revolution.
  • Be open, communicative, and fun to work with.

Bonus Points:

  • Experience with globally distributed systems.
  • Experience with cloud deployment and managed databases, preferably on AWS.
  • Experience with NoSQL.
  • Understanding of Scrum and Agile development.
  • Be a customer of TransferWise

Some of your benefits:

Apart from the all-expenses-paid company trips, stock options in one of Europe’s most hotly tipped startups, a laptop and team lunches every other Thursday, you won’t get much in the way of extras. However, we will give you 25 days holiday a year (plus public holidays), a fun, friendly atmosphere, plenty of opportunities to grow and the chance to be part of our little revolution. Oh, and coffee, there’s plenty of coffee.

For a sneak - peek into our Engineering world check:

http://tech.transferwise.com/

http://tech.transferwise.com/the-transferwise-stack-heartbeat-of-our-little-revolution/

A bit about TransferWise:

Since 2011, we’ve had a clear mission: money without borders. Built by and for people who live global lives, we’re the fairest, easiest way to manage your money across borders.

We’re just at the beginning of our story and we’re growing at an incredible pace. We won’t stop until anyone, anywhere can send, spend and receive money wherever they are, whatever they’re doing. There’s still heaps to do and we can’t do it alone.

Our People:

At TransferWise, you’ll be joining a movement of people who believe in a better, fairer, more transparent way of moving money around the world. You’ll collaborate to do your best work and take on problems that no one has looked at before.

If you’re keen to learn, grow, try new things and aren’t afraid of a bold plan, you’ll fit right in.

How we work:

At TransferWise our strategy emerges from the collective brainpower of all our people, who are organised in dozens of independent, autonomous teams. Teams stay closest to our customers, so they choose what problems to solve and where to spend the most time.

You’ll experience radical levels of ownership and empowerment within your role. Plus the opportunity to see the direct impact of your work on our customers.

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Some important stuff we would like you to know

To meet our regulatory obligations as a licensed financial services company, TransferWise needs to take background checks on all new hires, which may include Criminal and Credit checks. Please discuss with the Recruiter if you have any concerns regarding this process.

At TransferWise we believe in fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace. Therefore, we want to make sure that our recruitment process is accessible to everyone. So if you need any reasonable adjustments – at any point in the process – we’ll do our best to help. Just let us know what you need on your application form, or drop us an email at adjustments@transferwise.com. You might need a reasonable adjustment if you’ve got a disability. Or maybe you live overseas, and you’d prefer to meet us over Skype.

Please don’t send anything to the adjustments address if you’re a recruiter, or if you’re making a speculative application. We do work with recruiters from time to time – but only through LinkedIn. And we only accept job applications when a position is actually open. So you’re better off just checking the recruitment pages regularly.