Senior Database Engineer in Madrid or Remote


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Job Description

Affirm is reinventing credit to make it more honest and friendly, giving consumers the flexibility to buy now and pay later without any hidden fees or compounding interest. Affirm, Inc. proudly includes Affirm, PayBright, and Returnly.

As a Senior Database Engineer, you will play a crucial role at the intersection of our Engineering, Data, and Infrastructure teams, ensuring the stability and performance of our systems as well as championing the "data first" approach. You must be comfortable with a fast-paced environment where you may need to shift responsibilities depending on business needs. We’re looking for someone who is willing to roll up their sleeves to help build upon the foundation so that we can continue to create state-of-the-art data products.

What you'll do

  • Design relational and non-relational database models
  • Closely work with engineers and architects to identify the most appropriate persistence mechanism for a given business feature
  • Monitor production environment to ensure stability and top performance
  • Identify and troubleshoot data-related production issues (together with engineers)
  • Perform "lite" database administration tasks (such as user and role management)
  • Be the steward of the Returnly data -- ensure consistency and best practices across all databases
  • Participate in design and implementation of monitoring and disaster recovery strategies
  • Work with architects and site reliability engineers to come up with scalable, maintainable, and cost-effective cloud infrastructure for Returnly data
  • Be an integral part of a world-class team of engineers with decades of experience
  • Work cross-functionally with some of the best people in different disciplines like engineering, data science, analytics, finance, product management, marketing & sales, design

What we look for

  • Strong RDBMS fundamentals, including normal forms, data warehousing, different modeling techniques
  • Hands-on development and administration experience with at least one of the major open-source relational databases: MySQL or PostgreSQL
  • High proficiency in SQL
  • Experience with setting up and maintaining RDBMSs in the cloud (AWS strongly preferred)
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills; attention to detail
  • Understanding of and experience with NoSQL data stores such as Redis and DynamoDB
  • Experience with BigData technologies (Spark in particular) will be seen as a bonus
  • Backend programming experience in Java, Ruby, Python, or Golang is a strong plus
  • BS or MS in Engineering, Computer Science, Math, Physics, Statistics or related quantitative field is a plus
  • 5+ years of industry experience
  • Prior history of driving impact in a high-growth e-commerce/technology startup is a plus
  • Data-driven mentality
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to communicate and influence effectively across various departments
  • Command of the English language, both written and spoken


Affirm is proud to be a remote-first company! The majority of our roles are remote and can be located anywhere in the U.S. and Canada (with the exception of the U.S. Territories, Quebec, Yukon, Nunavut, and the Northwest Territories) unless the job indicates a different global location. We are currently building operations in Spain, Poland, and Australia.  Employees in remote roles have the option of working remotely or from an Affirm office in their country of hire, and may occasionally travel to an Affirm office or elsewhere for required meetings or team-building events. Our offices in Chicago, New York, Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City, San Francisco and Toronto will remain operational and accessible for anyone to use on a voluntary basis, subject to local COVID-19 guidelines.

If you got this far, we hope you're feeling excited about this role. Even if you don't feel you meet every single requirement, we still encourage you to apply. We're eager to meet people who believe in Affirm's mission and can contribute to our team in a variety of ways—not just candidates who check all the boxes.

At Affirm, People Come First is one of our core values, and that’s why diversity and inclusion are vital to our priorities as an equal opportunity employer. You can read about our D&I program here and our progress thus far in our 2020 DEI Report.

We also believe It’s On Us to provide an inclusive interview experience for all, including people with disabilities. We are happy to provide reasonable accommodations to candidates in need of individualized support during the hiring process.

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About Returnly

  • E Commerce

  • San Francisco, CA, USA

  • 50-200

  • 2014

Returnly is the leading provider of digital return experiences for direct-to-consumer brands.

We are the only return solution that lets customers get the right item before returning the wrong one — with zero risk to the merchant. The result is a world-class shopping experience with an average consumer satisfaction score of 91.

We have also built a turn-key solution around our financial technology that includes returns management tools as well as hosted and fully brandable customer touchpoints like package tracking, online returns and exchanges and returnless refunds

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