We are looking for an experienced database engineer with an operations background in building 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 Kafka and Redis, in an effort to transform these technologies into platform services.

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:

  • Administration, operations, and performance tuning of multiple datastores with a focus on Apache Kafka
  • Architecting new eventing platform database infrastructure on bare metal
  • 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 the 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:

  • Expert level experience with Apache Kafka or like technologies running at large scale and on bare metal
  • Distinguished track record developing and automating platform solutions that serve the needs of other engineering teams
  • Experience with other data technologies such as MySQL, Clickhouse, or Cassandra
  • Fluency in SQL, Python, Bash, or other scripting languages
  • Experience with Linux performance troubleshooting
  • Experience with configuration management tooling such as Chef & Ansible

What We’d Love You To Have:

  • 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 reward our employees. The base salary range for this position is between $128,000 – $182,000 based on relevant years of experience and skills. The salary range for this role is specific to candidates located within the U.S. and will vary for candidates outside the U.S.. Employees may qualify for a bonus in addition to base salary; bonus amounts are determined based on company and individual performance. We also provide equity compensation to eligible employees including grants of equity upon hire and the option to participate in our Employee Stock Purchase Program.
  • We value development. You will work with some of the smartest and most interesting people in the industry. We are a high-performance organization that is always challenging our teams and employees to continuously grow. We maintain a growth mindset in everything we do and invest deeply in employee development through formalized mentorship and other internal programs. We provide all employees with reimbursement for relevant conferences, training, and education.
  • We care about your well-being. In addition to cash and equity compensation, we also offer employees a competitive array of benefits. In the United States, these include health insurance, flexible vacation, retirement benefits, a generous parental leave program, and additional resources to support employees’ overall well-being. While the philosophy around our benefits is the same worldwide, specific benefits may vary in other countries due to local regulations and preferences.
  • 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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