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Senior Database Engineer (Returnly) at Affirm

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Affirm is reinventing credit to make it more honest and friendly, giving consumers the flexibility to buy now and pay later without any hidden fees or compounding interest. Affirm, Inc. proudly includes Affirm, PayBright, and Returnly. 

As a Senior Database Engineer, you will play a crucial role at the intersection of our Engineering, Data, and Infrastructure teams, ensuring the stability and performance of our systems as well as championing the "data first" approach. You must be comfortable with a fast-paced environment where you may need to shift responsibilities depending on business needs. We’re looking for someone who is willing to roll up their sleeves to help build upon the foundation so that we can continue to create state-of-the-art data products.

What you'll do

  • Design relational and non-relational database models
  • Closely work with engineers and architects to identify the most appropriate persistence mechanism for a given business feature
  • Monitor production environment to ensure stability and top performance
  • Identify and troubleshoot data-related production issues (together with engineers)
  • Perform "lite" database administration tasks (such as user and role management)
  • Be the steward of the Returnly data -- ensure consistency and best practices across all databases
  • Participate in design and implementation of monitoring and disaster recovery strategies
  • Work with architects and site reliability engineers to come up with scalable, maintainable, and cost-effective cloud infrastructure for Returnly data
  • Be an integral part of a world-class team of engineers with decades of experience
  • Work cross-functionally with some of the best people in different disciplines like engineering, data science, analytics, finance, product management, marketing & sales, design

What we look for

  • Strong RDBMS fundamentals, including normal forms, data warehousing, different modeling techniques
  • Hands-on development and administration experience with at least one of the major open-source relational databases: MySQL or PostgreSQL
  • High proficiency in SQL
  • Experience with setting up and maintaining RDBMSs in the cloud (AWS strongly preferred)
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills; attention to detail
  • Understanding of and experience with NoSQL data stores such as Redis and DynamoDB
  • Experience with BigData technologies (Spark in particular) will be seen as a bonus
  • Backend programming experience in Java, Ruby, Python, or Golang is a strong plus
  • BS or MS in Engineering, Computer Science, Math, Physics, Statistics or related quantitative field is a plus
  • 5+ years of industry experience
  • Prior history of driving impact in a high-growth e-commerce/technology startup is a plus
  • Data-driven mentality
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to communicate and influence effectively across various departments
  • Command of the English language, both written and spoken

Location - Remote Spain

#LI-Remote

Affirm is proud to be a remote-first company! The majority of our roles are remote and can be located anywhere in the U.S. and Canada (with the exception of the U.S. Territories, Quebec, Yukon, Nunavut, and the Northwest Territories) unless the job indicates a different global location. We are currently building operations in Spain, Poland, and Australia.  Employees in remote roles have the option of working remotely or from an Affirm office in their country of hire, and may occasionally travel to an Affirm office or elsewhere for required meetings or team-building events. Our offices in Chicago, New York, Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City, San Francisco and Toronto will remain operational and accessible for anyone to use on a voluntary basis, subject to local COVID-19 guidelines.

If you got this far, we hope you're feeling excited about this role. Even if you don't feel you meet every single requirement, we still encourage you to apply. We're eager to meet people who believe in Affirm's mission and can contribute to our team in a variety of ways—not just candidates who check all the boxes.
 
Inclusivity:

At Affirm, People Come First is one of our core values, and that’s why diversity and inclusion are vital to our priorities as an equal opportunity employer. You can read about our D&I program here and our progress thus far in our 2020 DEI Report.

We also believe It’s On Us to provide an inclusive interview experience for all, including people with disabilities. We are happy to provide reasonable accommodations to candidates in need of individualized support during the hiring process.

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What are Affirm Perks + Benefits

Affirm Benefits Overview

Attracting great people starts by finding talent in different places. That's why we built remote work into the DNA of how we do business—but if an office space is more your style, we have offices in Chicago, New York City, Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, and Toronto.

Affirm’s benefits are made for you. Spending wallets provide access to food, lifestyle, technology, and family planning wallets for your expenses. If your role is remote, you can set up shop anywhere in your home country. Generous time off enables you to take the time you need when life happens. Health benefits that include vision, dental, and mental health programs. We have a simple, flexible and transparent remote-first compensation structure so you can make the best decisions for yourself and your family. Our parental leave policy includes 18 weeks’ paid leave for birth and non-birth parents, and a 4-week return-to-work transition program, at full base pay. We also offer 24 company-wide paid days off (on top of our generous time off policy) which help our teams collectively pause to recharge.

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Partners with Nonprofits
Affirm Cares is a 501(C)3 employee foundation dedicated to supporting causes in our communities. In Chicago, Affirm partners with the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless.
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Unconscious bias training
Diversity manifesto
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Adoption Assistance
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Generous PTO
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Recreational Clubs
Fitness Subsidies
Home Office Stipend for Remote Employees
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Continuing Education stipend

Additional Perks + Benefits

Pushing the envelope together: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in 2020

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are integral to the cultural fabric of Affirm. We’re dedicated to making improvements and sharing our learnings with the broader community. While we’re proud of our progress, we recognize the work still needed to be done. People Come First is not just a value at Affirm, it drives the work we do everyday and we look forward to continuing the work around us.

View Affirm's 2020 U.S. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion report here: http://bit.ly/affirmdei2020

An Insider's view of Affirm

What's something quirky about your company?

1 - In the early days, the sales team would strike a loud gong whenever they signed a deal, our engineering release emails for new features paled in comparison. One day an engineer brought in his tuba and in that moment, the deploy tuba was born, thoroughly one-upping the sales-gong. Now, several years later, tuba emojis are a company staple.

Sam

Senior Staff Software Engineer

What kinds of technical challenges do you and your team face?

The integrations team interacts with many other teams across GTM, Ops, and Engineering. It's one of the best parts of being on this team because it makes the work we do varied and interesting. I'm most excited about working with those teams to define the right amount of process and ownership so that we are as productive as possible.

Yoav

Manager, Strategic Integrations

How does the company support your career growth?

One of the greatest things about working at Affirm is that everyone around you is invested in helping you to learn and grow. I have been so impressed by the support and encouragement I have received from everyone across the company in taking on new projects and exploring different areas of the business outside of my day to day.

Elizabeth

Account Executive

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