Database Engineer - PostgreSQL

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Date: Mar 28, 2024

Location: Lisbon, PT

Company: Springer Nature Group


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Building services that enable others


Springer Nature is one of the world’s leading global research, educational and professional publishers. It is home to an array of respected and trusted brands and imprints, with more than 170 years of combined history behind them, providing quality content through a range of innovative products and services. Every day, around the globe, our imprints, books, journals and resources reach millions of people, helping researchers and scientists to discover, students to learn and professionals to achieve their goals and ambitions. The company has around 10,000 staff in over 50 countries.


We’re looking for a Database Engineer with significant PostgreSQL experience who will help us fulfill our mission to enable product teams to focus on delivering value.


About us: Engineering Enablement

The Engineering Enablement (EE) department consists of around 60 people, spread over teams that closely collaborate to fulfill our mission. In Springer Nature Technology (SNT) we serve different core expertise: PaaS, Databases, Observability and Cloud- and Release Engineering. You will join a multidisciplinary team with different nationalities, backgrounds and experience levels. We are a very distributed department but sometimes we travel to work with each other in person. We are based around the globe with main locations in London, Dordrecht, Berlin, Lisbon and New York. 


Our Technology

We have built platforms serving hundreds of developers at scale around the world. We are making more and more use of Kubernetes as a backend container platform and integrating this into our platform offering. We are leveraging the power of Kubernetes to build a new PaaS that will co-exist with the current Cloud Foundry Platform, as well as managing an internal database platform that runs over 1,500 database servers.


Your team


This role is within the Database Engineering team, who are responsible for providing a managed database platform in a rapidly evolving and dynamic environment.


The team consists of Platform Engineers and Database Engineers who work together to provide managed database services - and the underlying cloud-based infrastructure - for internal customers across the organisation.


As with all teams in EE, we closely collaborate with the departmental teams that provide the platform’s surrounding and centralised services (CI/CD system, observability tools and our internal runtime platforms) and also with all the product development teams within Springer Nature. 


Your responsibility

Together with the team, you will share the responsibility of provisioning, configuring and maintaining databases across multiple platforms. 


Along with your team members, you provide expert services and guidance to development and product teams across Springer Nature. As PostGres expert, developers will turn to you for support, guidance and assistance from initial provisioning to performance optimization.


Your main technical focus will be on PostgreSQL, with an opportunity to work with additional technologies including MySQL, MongoDB, Oracle, Marklogic and vector databases.


You will use existing automation tools (based on Ansible) and improve them to manage our large number of servers and database instances.


Key Tasks:

  • Maintaining and improving the database systems in production and development environments, with a focus on PostgreSQL.
  • Provisioning, configuring, patching, upgrading, and maintaining PostgreSQL databases in multiple platforms. 
  • Automating the management of new and existing databases to ensure that processes are repeatable and scalable.
  • Monitoring and optimizing database performance, including configuration, resource usage and query tuning. 
  • Ensuring high availability of databases through clustering, replication, and other techniques.
  • Taking an active role in supporting and in finding the root cause of operational issues and preventing recurrences.
  • Working with the team to document processes, procedures, and technical designs related to database management.


In addition to vendor-specific work on individual databases, the team works together on the automation and infrastructure platform tooling. Upcoming planned work in the team includes adding serverless (CloudSQL, Memorystore, etc) and vector databases (Pinecone) to our core tooling, improving security patching automation and introducing continuous deployment for Infrastructure as Code (IaC).


You will have the opportunity to work on new challenges and drive the evolution of our services in a collaborative and supportive environment.


About you

You are a friendly team member who is modest and humble, open to learning from anyone regardless of age, gender, race, role or experience. You value social interactions and can self-reflect by asking questions. You are self-confident and smart, but never a smart-ass. You have a strong preference for working together, sharing knowledge and training others as opposed to quickly getting things done alone.


Desired Skills and Experience:

  • Advanced knowledge of PostgreSQL
  • Familiarity with one or more of the following technologies with a desire to expand on this knowledge: MySQL, MongoDB, Oracle, MarkLogic, or Pinecone
  • Strong understanding of database architecture, backup and recovery, and performance tuning. 
  • Experience with database clustering and replication mechanisms.
  • Familiarity with cloud-based database platforms, ideally GCP.
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills.
  • Experience in automation and configuration management, preferably with Ansible.


Preferred Skills and Experience: 

  • Unix shell scripting or programming experience.
  • Experience with vector databases
  • Experience using Google Cloud Platform
  • Experience working with Google BigQuery
  • Experience of working with Cloud SQL
  • High user and customer orientation
  • High sensitivity for security-relevant issues



We are looking forward to your application. After reviewing your CV our Talent Acquisition team will contact you to schedule a short initial phone/video call. After getting this first step we will run 2-3 rounds (introductory, technical, cultural) with you - all of these with different members of the Engineering Enablement team. When appropriate these phases will be held via phone/video calls. 


Springer Nature is a Disability Confident Committed Employer and we encourage applications from candidates with disabilities. If you consider yourself to have a disability or learning difficulty and wish to submit your application in an alternative format or would like to discuss reasonable adjustments during the application and interview process, please get in touch either by phone on +44 (0)207 014 4020 or by email so we can make any necessary arrangements.


If you have any access needs related to disability, neurodivergence or a chronic condition, please contact us so we can make all necessary accommodation.


At Springer Nature we value the diversity of our teams. We recognize the many benefits of a diverse workforce with equitable opportunities for everyone. We strive for an inclusive workplace that empowers all our colleagues to thrive. Our search for the best talent fully encompasses and embraces these values and principles. Springer Nature was awarded Diversity Team of the Year at the 2022 British Diversity Awards. Find out more about our DEI work here

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