Full Job Description
Varo is on a mission to empower hard-working Americans to achieve greater financial resilience; arming them with the products and support they need to create healthy financial habits and reduce financial stress. Through its mobile app, Varo offers customers premium bank accounts that have no minimum balance requirement or monthly account fees, high-interest savings accounts, and solutions to build, repair, and access credit. Varo’s state of the art technology provides tech-first features to help people achieve their financial goals and manage their money more easily.
Varo is distinct from other fintechs: Varo is the first fintech to be granted preliminary approval for a de novo national bank charter by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), the first to receive approval from the FDIC for federal deposit insurance, and is weeks away from opening the first mobile-centric national bank in U.S. history. Our unique team combines the best of tech and banking, and we’re wildly passionate about keeping our customers happy by helping them manage and grow their money. Our teams are based in San Francisco and Salt Lake City. Privately held Varo has raised over $400M to date, from leading institutional investors and strategic partners including Warburg Pincus, The Rise Fund / TPG Growth, Gallatin Point Capital, Harbourvest Partners, Progressive Insurance, and iHeartMedia.
ABOUT THE DATA ENGINEERING TEAM
The Engineering Team at Varo is small but growing rapidly. Over the next year we’ll build an entire bank from scratch, so if you are looking for growth, join us. Our goal is to repair the stale banking industry and build products that help improve the financial well being of our customers. You will get to work with new technology stacks, be part of a great and diverse workplace, and improve the financial lives of others. In our Engineering team we value personal growth, initiative and ownership, collaboration, and the importance of thinking like an engineer.
ABOUT THE CLOUD DATABASE ADMINISTRATOR ROLE
We are looking for a talented and energetic Senior Data Engineer to join our team. You'll be responsible for managing our cloud database infrastructure, as well as working closely with IT, Engineering, QA, and Analytics teams to understand, build and improve our infrastructure and processes.
WHAT YOU'LL DO
Work with stakeholders to understand database requirements, plan capacity and execute build
Provide consultation around optimal database design and performance
Work with the Varo Engineering teams to help reproduce and resolve active database issues
Implement strategies for operational support including monitoring, performance analysis, testing, and debugging
Troubleshoot issues in development through to production environments
Scale database clusters up/down
Provide regular database training including holding discussions with development teams regarding best practices, trade-offs, and risk mitigation
Monitor hardware performance including server CPU, disk and memory utilization and identify any issues using AWS and database monitoring tools.
Monitor database performance including tables, indexes, error logs, transaction logs, user sessions, and buffers.
Identify and resolve database contention and performance issues (slow-running queries, bottlenecks, and other latency related issues)
Provide alerts and escalations when critical events occur such as loss of availability of databases, utilization exceeds established thresholds, failover occurrences, etc.
PREVIOUS SKILLS AND EXPERIENCES THAT’LL HELP YOU BE GREAT
3+ years experience in Python programming.
3+ years of Postgres Database Administration experience on RDS
3+ years of AWS Redshift Database Administration experience
5+ years of experience with systems administration in a Linux environment
3+ years of experience on AWS - particularly IAM, EC2, S3, RDS, DMS
Solid understanding of distributed computing environments
Experience in database administration activities like installation, configuration, backup & recovery, query optimizations, creating roles, managing user permissions and resolving deadlocks.
Experience with query analyzers and query tuning
Experience in implementing different types of replication models like Snapshot, Merge and Transactional.
2+ years of experience in Docker/container administration
Experience with infrastructure as code (Terraform)
Experience with AWS Aurora
Familiarity with AWS database monitoring tools and AWS Cloudwatch
Experience using third party data monitoring tools such as Prometheus
Experience in Database migration and ETL tools
Experience in helping software engineers write performant queries or debug existing queries
Able to keep up with a fast-paced environment and also be able to adjust your workflow to fit the task at hand
Will be part of an on-call rotation
At Varo, we are committed to living our values. We hope these resonate with you.
Customers First: Understand the problems our customers are trying to solve. Respond with a sense of urgency. Build relationships that result in loyalty. Be data and insights-driven. Test everything. Achieve results through strong execution. Build a product people love. Assess new initiatives with the customers’ interest in mind. Act with empathy.
Take Ownership: Bias towards action. Have high standards. Be accountable for the results of your work, our product, our company. Trust others to own it.
Respect: Bias towards action. Have high standards. Be accountable for the results of your work, our product, our company. Trust others to own it.
Stay Curious: Ask why. Dare to make things better. Learn something new each day (even from mistakes). Be open to growth. Develop creative solutions.
Make it Better: Think big. Set high goals. Work towards long term value rather than short term wins. Create change. Be resilient.
Varo is an equal opportunity employer. Varo embraces diversity and we are committed to building teams that represent a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.