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Sr. Staff Database Engineer
Foster City, CA

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Job Description


As the world's leader in digital payments technology, Visa's mission is to connect the world through the most creative, reliable and secure payment network - enabling individuals, businesses, and economies to thrive. Our advanced global processing network, VisaNet, provides secure and reliable payments around the world, and is capable of handling more than 65,000 transaction messages a second. The company's dedication to innovation drives the rapid growth of connected commerce on any device, and fuels the dream of a cashless future for everyone, everywhere. As the world moves from analog to digital, Visa is applying our brand, products, people, network and scale to reshape the future of commerce.

At Visa, your individuality fits right in. Working here gives you an opportunity to impact the world, invest in your career growth, and be part of an inclusive and diverse workplace. We are a global team of disruptors, trailblazers, innovators and risk-takers who are helping drive economic growth in even the most remote parts of the world, creatively moving the industry forward, and doing meaningful work that brings financial literacy and digital commerce to millions of unbanked and underserved consumers.

You're an Individual. We're the team for you. Together, let's transform the way the world pays.


At the heart of Visa lies a secure, global payments processing network that for 40 years has empowered people, businesses and governments in over 200 countries. It is in the midst of profound change, innovating like never before and transforming and refreshing the technology assets to set the foundation for the next several decades.

Within Technology, Infrastructure division provides best-in-class infrastructure services that are secure, scalable, continuous available. It architects, builds and maintains secure and reliable data centers, systems and networks to support the business functionality that Visa provides to payment industry stakeholders.

The Database team is part of Infrastructure's Distributed Systems division and is responsible for delivering open system database infrastructures with operational excellence, being the industry leader in preventive and predictive operations driven by continuous innovation through selfheal and automated ecosystems, architecting, engineering, and building the reliable, scalable, secure, available, and cost-effective database infrastructure solutions for product development partners; working closely with them to use database products to the best, meeting various workload requirements, being transactional, analytical, non-relational, or data warehouse.

The team is the technology owner of multiple RDBMS and NoSQL technologies, is responsible to strategize, advance, and engineer enterprise solution for automated build/patching and efficient administration, that meet security, availability, performance, fast delivery and reporting requirements, and to support projects and products using these technologies.


As an Senior Database Engineer/Architect in this team, the individual will contribute to the design, architecture, solution engineering on the database area.The individual should be well versed in database architecture and engineering best practices and principles. The individual will also be able to research new and existing DB technologies and evaluate the features or product to improve the availability, time-to-market, cost etc. The role serves as a technical/functional specialist and works independently with guidance only in the most complex situations.


Primarily the architecture, engineering, standardization and support of different database technologies on both SQL and NoSQL. Key responsibilities includes, but not limited to -

* Create and maintain database standards including - build, monitoring, backup and security standards for the various DB technologies including NoSQL and SQL.
* Define and document best practices and architecture patterns for databases to support the various availability requirements of applications.
* Conduct proof-of-concepts to evaluate different database technologies on both SQL and NoSQL in various areas including availability, scalability, security, manageability and performance.
* Define and document database security best practices such as Technical Security Requirements and implementation procedures
* Create requirements document and automate recurring tasks to improve the agility and to minimize human errors.
* Define and implement high availability and continuous availability best practices and standards.
* Physical implementation of databases, storage structures, high-availability solutions, replication, and disaster recovery solutions.
* Define and implement proactive and reactive performance analysis, monitoring, troubleshooting and resolution.
* Work closely with delivery, engineering, development and operations team to ensure database standards are followed and architecture patterns are aligned with the requirements


Minimum Requirements

* Bachelor Degree in Computer Science or Information technology.
* 10+ years' experience working with one or more database technologies such as PostgreSQL, MySQL
* 3+ years experience supporting High Available RDBMS/NoSQL technology
* Hands on experience with scripting/automation using any language - preferably Python
* Experience building highly scalable and available systems using SQL or NoSQL solutions
* Solid understanding of database fundamentals, especially in the distributed database technologies
* Strong understanding of HA and continuous availability design principles and experience architecting continuous availability solutions

Preferred Requirement

* Demonstrated ability to solve complex systems and database environment issues
* Good understanding and experience with one or more NoSQL technologies such as Document-based, Graph etc
* Strong UNIX platform skills and good understanding of network, storage and other infrastructure components.
* Good interpersonal skills along with effective communication (both written and verbal) skills.
* Good understanding of database security including authentication , authorization mechanism, data encryption, data masking
* Work experience in a financial Institute will be preferred.

Work Hours

* Incumbent must make themselves available during core business hours.

Travel Requirements

* This position does not require the incumbent to travel for work.

Physical Requirements

* This position will be performed in an office setting. The position will require the incumbent to sit and stand at a desk, communicate in person and by telephone, frequently operate standard office equipment, such as telephones and computers, reach with hands and arms, and bend or lift up to 25 pounds.

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