Senior Data Engineer

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Job Description

Why American Express?

There’s a difference between having a job and making a difference.

American Express has been making a difference in people’s lives for over 160 years, backing them in moments big and small, granting access, tools, and resources to take on their biggest challenges and reap the greatest rewards.

We’ve also made a difference in the lives of our people, providing a culture of learning and collaboration, and helping them with what they need to succeed and thrive. We have their backs as they grow their skills, conquer new challenges, or even take time to spend with their family or community. And when they’re ready to take on a new career path, we’re right there with them, giving them the guidance and momentum into the best future they envision.

Because we believe that the best way to back our customers is to back our people.

The powerful backing of American Express.

Don’t make a difference without it.

Don’t live life without it.

American Express needs top technical talent to supplement its Database Engineering team. This team defines, designs, implements, tests and communicates the architectures, configurations, best practices and standards for optimal use of database technologies across the company. We evaluate new and upgraded database versions, features, components and extensions for performance, throughput, scalability, availability and security; and we partner with our internal cloud, database administration, and operational support teams to operationalize and harden OLTP technology for our top-tier financial applications.


This specific posting is for a software/infrastructure engineer with experience in installing, configuring, patching, upgrading, deploying and running Postgres databases. The candidate will lead a small team of engineers to evaluate and prepare new and upgraded Postgres-related offerings for use across the company, and will document, present and explain the appropriate techniques, patterns and best practices for our internal cloud, database administration and operational support teams.

The candidate will bring solid knowledge of DBMS concepts such as concurrency management, ACID, BASE and CAP. The ideal candidate will have experience with enterprise-scale Postgres deployments, including intra- and inter-data-center high availability configurations, failover and recovery operations, backup & restoration techniques, security mechanisms, health monitoring and alerting, and troubleshooting.


Education and Experience:

  • 6+ years of database development experience in a professional environment

  • Experience leading small engineering teams

  • Hands on expertise with design, development and/or database administration with Postgres

  • Experience with distributed (multi-tiered) systems, algorithms, and application development

  • Experience with database development and support of OLTP and/or OLAP systems

  • Bachelor’s Degree in computer science, computer science engineering, or related field required; advanced degree preferred 

Additional desirable attributes:

  • Skill at the Unix command line

  • The ability to write code or script, e.g. for test harnesses or other database-related tools and utilities

  • Experience as a database administrator 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

  • Knowledge of modern storage and compute technologies, including hyper-converged infrastructures
Employment eligibility to work with American Express in the U.S. is required as the company will not pursue visa sponsorship for these positions. 

ReqID: 19018661
Schedule (Full-Time/Part-Time): Full-time
Date Posted: Dec 3, 2019, 11:07:31 AM