Senior Database Engineer

San Francisco, CA

Senior Database Engineer

 San Francisco, United States | Bangalore/Mumbai, India | London, UK


Ripple’s mission is to enable payments every way, everywhere for everyone. We believe connecting traditional financial entities like banks, payment providers and corporations with emerging blockchain technologies and users is the path to an open, decentralized, and more inclusive financial future. This Internet of Value gives any internet-enabled person, application or device access to financial services that are transparent, fast, reliable, and cheap. Delivering this vision is a challenge of massive scale spanning $155 trillion in annual cross border fiat payments and the $1.5 trillion market of digital assets that has grown 10X in the last year. 

Ripple’s distributed financial technology outperforms today’s banking infrastructure by driving down costs, increasing processing speeds and delivering end-to-end visibility into payment fees, timing and delivery. Ripple’s Database Engineering team manages distributed database platform infrastructure that enable banks to instantly settle cross-border payments to create the Internet of Value. The team partners with stakeholders across the company for cutting edge product development, business strategy, complex inter dependencies, high availability, security, performance, scalability, cost optimization requirements and customer servicing. 

We are looking for a passionate engineer with experience in SQL & NoSQL database technologies and cloud native technologies. This position will be responsible for designing, developing, managing and scaling enterprise level database infrastructure in  order to power high-impact initiatives across the broader organization. 


  • Design, implement, and maintain complex relational database systems with Cloud Native principles and best practices to ensure highly available, secure, performant and scalable database systems. 
  • Plan and deploy database infrastructure build out, perform upgrades and migrations
  • Resident expert in database performance, scalability, complex query tuning, monitoring and incident response. 
  • Collaborate with multiple functional teams to coordinate database changes adhering to best practices in an agile development environment. 
  • Contribute to infrastructure changes in AWS with deep understanding of AWS services. 
  • Manage complex data replication environments serving batch as well as real time use cases.
  • Engage in on-call for production systems and take action for incoming pagers and alerts. 
  • Independently troubleshoot incoming production and pre-production issues and provide timely resolution. 
  • Contribute to major system upgrades, deployment automation, monitoring enhancements and Production changes. 
  • Create operational playbooks, contribute to how-to articles, and gain domain knowledge to drive changes in the team. 
  • Participate in developing monitoring dashboards and alerts, to improve our ability to proactively analyze and detect problems impacting stability of the application.
  • Responsible for tuning and configuring our databases as well as building tools and scripts to monitor, troubleshoot and automate our systems. 
  • Coordinate with customer success and developer teams to triage, escalate, and ensure timely resolution of any incidents.


  • Bachelor or Master’s degree in computer science or a related technical field. 
  • 8+ years of solid hands-on database design, development & enterprise class operational experience with one or more of the following database technologies: PostgreSQL/MySQL/ Aurora PostgreSQL/ Aurora MySQL
  • 2+ years of deep experience in any one of the following cloud platforms: AWS/GCP/Azure
  • Experience managing a highly reliable database platform with focus on security, performance, and scale to meet the requirements of enterprise customers.
  • Experience migrating mission-critical database applications from on-premise to cloud or managing a hybrid cloud environment for large enterprises applications.
  • Experience with driving great cross functional relationships with internal leadership, stakeholders, and partners to create relatable and scale database offerings for enterprise customers.
  • Experience with AWS services and hands-on knowledge of hosting on cloud. 
  • Experience with data modeling for OLTP and data warehousing including performance tuning.
  • Experience with AWS DMS, Goldengate and other replication technologies. 
  • Extensive performance monitoring, troubleshooting and tuning experience. 
  • Experience with any one of the programming languages is highly desirable: Python or Ruby. 
  • Experience with any one of the monitoring tools is highly desirable: Sumo Logic, Splunk, Wavefront, SentryOne, Wavefront, Nagios, Datadog, AppDynamics
  • Experience with influencing product roadmap and strategy, prioritizing pre-existing database initiatives to drive extraordinary business outcomes. 


  • Experience operating software as a service is a plus
  • Experience working in FinTech is a plus.
  • Knowledge of Docker & Kubernetes is a plus.
  • Knowledge of NoSQL & Big Data technologies is a plus. 
  • Familiarity with blockchain technology is a plus.
  • Cloud certification is highly desirable.

For positions that will be based in CA, the annual salary range for this position is $146,160.00 - $182,700.00.  Actual salaries may vary based on numerous factors including, among other things, an individual applicant’s experience and qualifications for the position.



Ripple is doing for value what the internet did for information: enabling its instant and seamless flow around the world. We call this the Internet of Value (IoV). Using blockchain and cryptocurrency technology, Ripple is dedicated to creating powerful gains in financial efficiency, equity and inclusion. In addition, Ripple is developing and enabling the future use cases that will catalyze the new digital economy for governments, businesses and consumers.

Ripple has offices in Bangalore, Dubai, Dublin, London, Miami, Mumbai, New York, Reykjavík, San Francisco, São Paulo, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, Toronto, and Washington, D.C.

WHAT WE OFFER – The resources and support to be your best at work and beyond:

Do Your Best Work

  • The opportunity to build in a fast-paced start-up environment with experienced industry leaders
  • A learning environment where you can dive deep into the latest technologies and make an impact.  A professional development budget to support other modes of learning.
  • Thrive in an environment where no matter what race, ethnicity, gender, origin, or culture they identify with, every employee is a respected, valued, and empowered part of the team.
  • Ripple is Flexible First: you have the option to work remotely, from our offices, or a combination of the two within the 11 countries we are located around the world.
  • Weekly all-company meeting - business updates and ask me anything style discussion with our Leadership Team
  • We come together for moments that matter which include team off-sites, team bonding activities, happy hours and more!

Take Control of Your Finances

  • Competitive salary, bonuses, and equity
  • Bonus Flexibility Program: Participants in the Corporate Bonus Plan have the option to elect to receive their annual bonus in cash, equity or XRP, or a combination.
  • 100% paid medical and dental and 95% paid vision insurance for employees starting on your first day
  • 401k (with match) 
  • Commuter benefits
  • Employee giving match
  • Mobile phone stipend

Take Care of Yourself

  • Twice a quarter R&R days so you can rest and recharge
  • Generous wellness reimbursement and weekly onsite & virtual programming
  • Flexible vacation policy - work with your manager to take time off when you need it
  • Industry-leading parental leave policies. Family planning benefits.
  • Catered lunches, fully-stocked kitchens with premium snacks/beverages, and plenty of fun events

Benefits listed above are for full-time employees.

Ripple is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We’re committed to building a diverse and inclusive team. We do not discriminate against qualified employees or applicants because of race, color, religion, gender identity, sex, sexual identity, pregnancy, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, marital status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, military status, or any other characteristic protected by local law or ordinance.