American Express

Engineer - Database Developer

Remote Phoenix, AZ
USD 85k - 150k
Shell Bash Kubernetes GCP Azure Python DynamoDB Oracle SQL R Couchbase Git Docker Go AWS Cassandra PostgreSQL Java MongoDB

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As part of our diverse tech team, you can architect, code and ship software that makes us an essential part of our customers’ digital lives. Here, you can work alongside talented engineers in an open, supportive, inclusive environment where your voice is valued, and you make your own decisions on what tech to use to solve challenging problems. Amex offers a range of opportunities to work with the latest technologies and encourages you to back the broader engineering community through open source. And because we understand the importance of keeping your skills fresh and relevant, we give you dedicated time to invest in your professional development. Find your place in technology on #TeamAmex.

Help chart the course for database technology at American Express! We need top technical talent to supplement our Database Engineering team. This R&D team within American Express’s technology division selects the operational database technologies American Express will use, and figures out how best to set them up and use them. We define, design, implement, test, and communicate the architectures, configurations, best practices, and standards for optimal use of database technologies across the company, both on-prem and in the cloud. We evaluate new and upgraded database versions, features, components and extensions for performance, throughput, scalability, availability, and security; and we partner with our hosting, database administration, and operational support teams to operationalize and harden OLTP technology for our top-tier financial applications. 

As part of integrating and enabling new database technologies, we also evaluate the technologies from a developer perspective. How should developers write code to connect to these databases? What are the capabilities and limitations of the database driver software? How should connection pooling be implemented? What amount of traffic can this database type take from application code? What latencies can developers expect? Should developers use retry logic in case of connection failure? How best should an application authenticate itself to the database? And so on. This specific career posting is for a software engineer with experience coding in Java, Python, Go and/or other popular languages, who has a special interest in database technology and how best to use it from application code. Working under the guidance of an existing lead developer, the candidate will write test harnesses and sample code to connect to and interact with databases of various types, including MongoDB, Couchbase, Cassandra, Oracle, Postgres, SQL Server, and with public cloud databases like AWS Aurora Postgres, RDS SQL Server, DynamoDB, and Google CloudSQL, Spanner, BigTable and more. The candidate will research and explore, test, document, and share the best practices for various programming languages connecting to and using lots of different database technologies.

Also, there will be opportunities to delve more deeply into the inner workings of various kinds of database software and infrastructure, if the candidate is interested.

The candidate will bring solid knowledge of programming languages like Java, Python, Go, and/or others, and preferably, some experience with Unix shell scripting (bash, Korn, etc.), and will be familiar with database concepts such as relational vs. NoSQL modeling, ACID, CAP, consistency, connection pooling, and retry logic. The ideal candidate will have experience coding against some of the database types listed above, and may be familiar with specific driver features, such as the tunable consistency mechanisms in the Cassandra driver or the durability settings in the Couchbase driver.

Additional desirable attributes
•    Experience with modern code repositories like Git
•    Experience as a database administrator and/or a Unix system administrator
•    Knowledge of virtualization and cloud infrastructures, and of implementations such as VMWare, OpenShift, Kubernetes and Docker
•    Knowledge of AWS, Google Cloud, Azure or other public cloud offerings

Bachelor’s degree preferred.

Salary Range: $85,000.00 to $150,000.00 annually + bonus + benefits

The above represents the expected salary range for this job requisition. Ultimately, in determining your pay, we'll consider your location, experience, and other job-related factors.

We back our colleagues and their loved ones with benefits and programs that support their holistic well-being. That means we prioritize their physical, financial, and mental health through each stage of life. Benefits include:

  • Competitive base salaries 
  • Bonus incentives 
  • 6% Company Match on retirement savings plan 
  • Free financial coaching and financial well-being support 
  • Comprehensive medical, dental, vision, life insurance, and disability benefits 
  • Flexible working model with hybrid or onsite arrangements depending on role and business need 
  • 20+ weeks paid parental leave for all parents, regardless of gender, offered for pregnancy, adoption or surrogacy 
  • Free access to global on-site wellness centers staffed with nurses and doctors (depending on location) 
  • Free and confidential counseling support through our Healthy Minds program 
  • Career development and training opportunities

For a full list of Team Amex benefits, visit our Colleague Benefits Site.

American Express is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, disability status, age, or any other status protected by law.

We back our colleagues with the support they need to thrive, professionally and personally. That's why we have Amex Flex, our enterprise working model that provides greater flexibility to colleagues while ensuring we preserve the important aspects of our unique in-person culture. Depending on role and business needs, colleagues will either work onsite or in a hybrid model (combination of in-office and virtual days).

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