Database SRE Team Lead

Europe, United Kingdom, London
Job ID: 1665

Job Description

As the Database SRE Team Lead, you’ll have the unique opportunity to set the direction for database infrastructure management at a leading high-frequency trading firm. You’ll have a significant impact on a crucial part of the existing and growing infrastructure that is critical to the firm’s success and ability to conduct large-scale research and trading across the world.

This role sits within the Systems Team, which is responsible for building and maintaining the computers, networks, data storage, operating systems, and software that allow the trading strategies and research environment to run worldwide 24/7. A typical day could include setting the direction for how to use classic DBs (SQL server, mariaDB, postgresSQL), data lake technologies (Trino, Kafka), or driving the set-up of a new system like Pinot, Druid, or Dremio.


Role Responsibilities:

  • Design, build, and maintain the firm’s database infrastructure across multiple types and use cases, from globally distributed trading infrastructure to large-scale research
  • Install, configure, and scale databases and big data analytics solutions for large-scale research
  • Investigate and improve performance of queries and supporting infrastructure (Debian and Windows)
  • Build proofs of concepts to test out new solutions
  • Scale a team to improve database management company-wide

Technical Experience and Qualifications Required:

  • Degree in computer science or a related technical field
  • 5+ years of experience working in database management and infrastructure engineering
  • Proven ability to lead significant technical projects and/or teams while staying deeply involved with the technology itself
  • Familiarity with state-of-the-art DB technologies and trade-offs: distributed DBs, time-series DBs, relaxed consistency models, columnar storage etc.
  • Knowledge and experience with Linux – must be comfortable using Linux/UNIX command line tools
  • Interest in diving into performance investigations throughout the tech stack, from hardware issues to the application level
  • Experience with at least one of: MySQL, Postgres, Yugabyte, SQL Server, CockroachDB, Trino, or Kafka
  • Solid scripting, performance troubleshooting, and networking knowledge
  • Basic knowledge of Python

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