We're looking for a Senior MySQL DBA to help with our expanding database environment. This role is key to help maintain the high reliability and performance of our application. We have many sharded databases and an environment which is constantly growing. We value scriptability, repeatability and testability in our operational procedures. We're also speed freaks and heavy users of FusionIO and NVMe throughout our database systems. We operate in traditional Data Centers and in AWS. We are looking for a talented and experienced DBA with a passion for consistency and reliability, expert knowledge in database administration and scripting and a great temperament to fit into the team.
What you get to do every day:
Perform regular database schema changes via Rails migrations and/or online schema updates with minimal downtime
Perform and manage migrations of customer data between shards
Create new database clusters/shards and slaves for support data growth
Troubleshoot performance issues and suggest optimizations
Automate recurring DBA tasks
Participate in database space reclamation activities
Complete capacity planning to accommodate rapid growth
Be part of DBA team on-call rotation
Monitor database environment to maintain high availability and proactively identify and solve issues
Work with and educate our dev team to make good schema design choices and write efficient queries
Monitor and enhance our backup solution to ensure that our customers' data is always secure
Document and practice failover scenarios
Influence peer productivity by staying on top of the industry, as well as contribute to the industry on behalf of Zendesk
Work with Engineering teams based in San Francisco, Dublin (Ireland), Copenhagen (Denmark) and other regions of the world where Zendesk has presence
What you bring to the role:
BA/BS degree in Engineering, CS, or equivalent 5+ years of experience with MySQL architecture, replication, sharding, monitoring, troubleshooting and backups.
Penchant for automation and strong use of a scripting language (such as Bash, Perl, Python or Ruby)
Expert knowledge with SQL and stored routines
Experience working with MySQL in sharded environment and associated challenges with performance and growth
Working knowledge with AWS database technologies like Aurora, DynamoDB, Redshift, etc will be a plus
Working knowledge with No-SQL technologies like MongoDB and/or other data stores like Riak
Able to meet deliverables and drive your work to completion within specified timelines
Can work cross functionally in many areas without being constrained by your job function
Collaborative, upbeat work ethic where you are expected to communicate well, take ownership, and have fun
Individuals seeking employment at Zendesk are considered without regards to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, marital status, ancestry, physical or mental disability, veteran status, or sexual orientation.
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