Database Administrator - London

  • TransferWise
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Jul 28, 2017
Full time Developer SCRUM

Job Description

Who we are

TransferWise was founded in 2011 with a clear mission: Money without borders - so people and businesses can send and receive any currency effortlessly, whenever, wherever.

Sure, the heart of what we do is international money transfer. And we’re committed to making it instant, convenient and fair for millions of people, all over the world. But we’re growing our other products and our teams at an exciting pace. And we’re looking for the very best to jump on board.


What it’s really like to work here

At TransferWise, we do things a bit differently. There’s no corporate nonsense, and no old-fashioned hierarchy. Instead, we work in dozens of self-sufficient, autonomous teams. Think of them like start-ups within a start-up that learn from each other.

Each team picks the problems they want to solve. So there’s no micro-management. No hiding behind fancy job titles. And no one telling you what to do. You are your own boss. But you’ll get tons of guidance and plenty of support from talented, super-smart colleagues from all over TransferWise.

We’re going to be upfront — the way we work doesn’t suit everyone. But if freedom, autonomy, and life-affirming, head-scratching professional challenges rock your world, we could be a match made in heaven.


What you will be working on:

  • You'll be a part of our platform team building our database infrastructure across a constellation of microservices, setting up data pipelines for a better business insight.
  • You will also to help our product teams make good data storage and system design decisions in order to scale TransferWise, sitting on the pulsing vein of daily product evolution.
  • Our flat organisational structure doesn't care about titles and hierarchy. You'll stay focused on innovation and problem solving  to create happy customers.
  • You'll sit across different teams, engineers in product teams, data analysts and fellow platform engineers to work towards one unified goal – growth, keeping our data secure and accessible for times to come.


Must haves:


  • Experience in clustering MySQL and/or PostgreSQL
  • Experience in HA and replica with MySQL or PostgreSQL
  • Background in running production databases where consistency is paramount
  • Experience in scripting languages preferably Python and bash
  • Experience in configuration management tools, preferably Ansible
  • Experience with Linux, preferably Ubuntu


  • Passionate about technology and its relationship with business and user experience.
  • Ability to work independently and plan your own solutions to problems.
  • Strong communication skills and ability to articulate complex and technical concepts to non-technical audiences.
  • Paranoid about security
  • Excitement to work in a high-growth company, and throw themselves fully into a revolution.
  • Be open, communicative, and fun to work with.

Bonus Points:

  • Experience with globally distributed systems
  • Experience with Hadoop
  • Experience with Oracle
  • Understanding of Scrum and Agile development
  • Be a customer of TransferWise
Some important stuff we would like you to know

To meet our regulatory obligations as a licensed financial services company, TransferWise needs to take background checks on all new hires, which may include Criminal and Credit checks. Please discuss with the Recruiter if you have any concerns regarding this process.

We want to make sure that our recruitment process is accessible to everyone. So if you need any reasonable adjustments – at any point in the process – we’ll do our best to help. Just let us know what you need on your application form, or drop us an email. You might need a reasonable adjustment if you’ve got a disability. Or maybe you live overseas, and you’d prefer to meet us over Skype.