Staff Database Engineer (SRE)

San Francisco • $190k - $200k

Flexport


Team

Infrastructure

Role Location

  • San Francisco

Compensation

$190k - $200k

Employees

501+ people

Address

760 Market St
San Francisco, CA, 94102, US

Tech Stack

  • Ruby on Rails
  • PostgreSQL
  • ES6
  • Amazon AWS
  • Amazon EC2
  • Amazon RDS
  • Amazon S3
  • React
  • GraphQL
  • Python
  • React Native
  • Flow
  • Relay
  • Aphrodite
  • Docker
  • Kubernetes
  • JavaScript
  • Redux

Role Description

Staff Database Engineer (SRE) Build the infrastructure to help Flexport scale The opportunity We are in the process of transforming our monolith Ruby service to a polyglot microservice system. We are rapidly growing our engineering organization across multiple time zones and continents. We are planning to expand our infrastructure across multiple regions over the new few years. The global Site Reliability Engineering team plays a critical role in this journey. As the Database Engineer, you will work in a highly collaborative and fast-changing environment, and you will focus on improving the performance and scalability of our services.

You will Instrument, measure, analyze and work with teams to improve application and database performance across all services Optimize and configure PostgreSQL DB Design and build performance tools to simulate production traffic Build performance into the CI/CD pipeline Monitor site availability and reliability on a daily basis Understand, investigate and triage production issues and bottlenecks, root cause and implement or help teams to implement solutions to eliminate future incidents Build visibility into SLAs and service dependency graphs Drive efficient systems and processes: capacity planning and change management You should have Extensive experience with Application Performance Management, logging, and other monitoring tools Extensive experience in identify performance bottleneck and work with teams on improving performance Extensive experience with query tuning and schema design for performance optimization Experience in PostgreSQL DB optimization and CI/CD pipeline Experience working with complex, enterprise-level architectures Good understanding of AWS (or GCP and Azure) and Docker Proficient in at least one scripting language (e.g. Ruby, Python, Bash etc) Team player with the ability to collaborate effectively across organizations building scalability into every component Grit and a strong ownership mentality DevOps and on-call mindset Preferably 3 to 6+ years of relevant work experience in Linux environments Plus: Experience with K8s, Envoy or gRPC Our stack: Our continuous releases are integrated with Buildkite and Github. On the frontend, we create our views with React, manage the flow of data with GraphQL/Relay, and test our application with Jest. On the backend, we’re in the process of decoupling our monolithic Rails app. We have introduced a few network isolated services using other languages, such as Java and Clojure. Our data is persisted in Postgres and Redis. Our stack is hosted on AWS using Docker.

Engineering Culture and Values: Check out our Key Values profile About Flexport Flexport believes global trade can move the human race forward. Our mission is to make global trade easier for everyone. To achieve this, we’re building the “Operating System for Global trade” — a combination of modern, internet era technology & data analytics; logistics infrastructure; and supply chain expertise.

Flexport connects ~10k clients and suppliers across >100 countries, including established global brands like Georgia-Pacific as well as emerging innovators like Sonos. Founded in 2013, we've raised >$1.3B from SoftBank, Founders Fund, GV, First Round Capital and YC. We’re excited to start seriously scaling up after our recent $1B investment from SoftBank’s Vision Fund early this year.

Worried about not having any freight forwarding experience? Don’t be! We’re building the first Operating System for Global Trade. That’s why it’s incredibly important for us to bring people from diverse backgrounds and experiences together with our industry veterans to help move the freight forwarding industry forward. What’s freight forwarding and why does it matter? Freight forwarding is the coordination and shipment of goods from one place to another and it’s what makes global trade possible. Flexport is on a mission to make global trade easier for everyone because we believe it can help connect the world and break down economic barriers. We know this industry is complex. That’s why we invest in education starting day one with Flexport Academy, a one week intensive onboarding program designed specifically to set every new Flexport employee up for success. We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

About Flexport

Flexport makes it easy for companies to move their products around the world. Shipping something from Shenzhen to Cincinnati or Rotterdam to LA requires complex coordination. Currently that’s done by telephones, spreadsheets, and fax machines. Flexport provides a web-based app that offers real-time visibility of your shipments.

Paul Graham, founder of Y Combinator, once said this: “Flexport is one of those rare companies that will not merely satisfy its market, but grow it. There will be more international trade because of Flexport, and international trade is a very big thing for there to be more of."

Company Culture

We live and practice our core values which are to empower the client, play the long game, fill the gap, practice candor and embrace change.

While the pace of work at Flexport is extremely fast, we foster a positive and collaborative environment. We're a smart and friendly bunch. Still small enough where people will say hi to you in the elevator. We promote from within and we are committed to the personal and professional growth of our employees.

Diversity and Inclusion is a big focus for us this year. We're sponsoring and hosting events such as Women Who Code's Leadership Summit, Grace Hopper, and AfroTech, to name a few.

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