PostgreSQL DBA (London or Southampton)

London, England, United Kingdom · Technology expand job description ↓

Description

Starling, the leading digital bank, is on a mission to disrupt the banking industry. We’ve built an app with smart money management tools to help our customers live a healthier financial life. We also offer groundbreaking B2B banking and payments services.

Since our launch in 2014, we’ve surpassed 775,000 accounts in total: 695,000 retail current accounts, 59,000 business accounts for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and a further 22,000 retail euro accounts. We’re on track to hit one million accounts before the end of 2019. Our total deposits, meanwhile, have surpassed £600 million and are expected to top £1 billion over the same period.

We’re a fully licensed UK bank, and we have the culture and spirit of a fast-moving, disruptive technology company. We’ve won the Best British Bank award two years running, and now employ more than 600 people in our City of London office. We’re also creating up to 150 new jobs at our new Southampton site. We have secured a £100m award from the Capability and Innovation fund to transform SME Banking. Within the banking team we are leading and shaping the delivery of this award to help deliver the transformation in UK Banking that is Starling’s ambition.

Everyone at Starling gets the chance to own interesting things from day one, and we’re told one of the best things about working here is the ability to achieve a lot in a short space of time.

We are very open about how we deliver software - have a look at our QCon presentations or engineering podcaststo see what our developers have been up to. You can also try coding against your own bank account with us using our open APIs (see the developer site)

Starling engineers love building things, creating new stuff, learning new technologies and working with others across all areas of the business to bring brilliant products and features to life. We’re open-minded when it comes to hiring and we care more about aptitude and attitude than specific experience or qualifications. If you care enough to find elegant solutions to difficult technical problems, we’d love to hear from you.


RESPONSIBILITIES

Working within our growing engineering team, you’ll be responsible for configuring, monitoring and improving our PostgreSQL databases. Responsibilities will include:

  • Working with teams within Starling Bank to understand their needs and make appropriate adjustments
  • Monitoring and optimising the performance of the database
  • Query analysis to understand how the database is being used by teams
  • Allocating system storage and planning storage needs
  • Planning for backup and recovery of database information
  • Managing and monitoring data replication

Requirements

The ideal candidate will have experience in most (if not all) of the following:

  • Proven experience working as a DBA from a performance tuning and optimisation perspective
  • Built and deployed PostgreSQL clusters into production (would consider Oracle/MySQL and similar technologies)
  • Worked within high availability, scalable environments
  • Ability to engage with all levels of the business to understand user needs
  • Strong ability to solve complex technical issues

Benefits

We recruit engineers at all experience levels and our salaries reflect this.

  • 33 days holiday (including public hols). You’ll also get your birthday on us.
  • 16 hours paid volunteering time a year
  • Private Medical Insurance with VitalityHealth
  • Contributory pension scheme
  • Friday breakfast - bacon and egg rolls to vegan sausage butties.
  • Our kitchens are stocked with fresh fruit and a range of hot and soft drinks.
  • We have many varied social groups set up and run by our employees - ForTheWin (a gaming group), Starling FC, book club and many more!
  • Discounts on cinema tickets, restaurants, shopping and train tickets via a Perkbox membership
  • Access to ‘salary sacrifice’ benefits such as Cycle to Work scheme
  • Gym membership options

Full details are available on our careers site

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