Database Reliability Engineers (DBRE) are responsible for keeping database systems that support all user-facing services (most notably GitLab.com) and many other GitLab production systems running smoothly 24/7/365. DBREs are a blend of database engineering and administration gearheads and software developers that apply sound engineering principles, operational discipline and mature software development and automation, specializing in databases (PostgreSQL in particular). In that capacity, DBREs are peers to SREs and bring database expertise to the SRE and SAE Infrastructure teams as well as our engineering teams.
GitLab.com is a unique site and it brings unique challenges: it’s the biggest GitLab instance in existence; in fact, it’s one of the largest single-tenancy open-source SaaS sites on the internet. The experience of our team feeds back into other engineering groups within the company, as well as to GitLab customers running self-managed installations
The GitLab Database Ecosystem has the following areas of interest:
The Database Reliability Engineer is a grade 6.
The Senior Database Reliability Engineer is a grade 7.
The Staff Database Reliability Engineer is a grade 8.
Staff Database Reliability Engineer are Senior Database Reliability Engineers who additionally meet the following criteria:
Communication and Collaboration:
Influence and Maturity:
Database Reliability Engineers have the following job-family performance indicators:
Candidates for this position can expect the hiring process to follow the order below. Please keep in mind that candidates can be declined from the position at any stage of the process. To learn more about someone who may be conducting the interview, find their job title on our team page.
As always, the interviews and screening call will be conducted via a video call. See more details about our hiring process on the hiring handbook.
For more details on the engineering career ladders, please review the engineering career development handbook page.
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