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IBM IBM Cloud Databases - Backend Software Engineer in Greenwood Village, Colorado


Software Developers at IBM are the backbone of our strategic initiatives to design, code, test, and provide industry-leading solutions that make the world run today - planes and trains take off on time, bank transactions complete in the blink of an eye and the world remains safe because of the work our software developers do. Whether you are working on projects internally or for a client, software development is critical to the success of IBM and our clients worldwide. At IBM, you will use the latest software development tools, techniques and approaches and work with leading minds in the industry to build solutions you can be proud of.

Your Role and Responsibilities

The IBM Cloud Databases team mission is to provide and operate Databases as a Service in IBM's Public Cloud. Databases for PostgreSQL, EnterpriseDB, Redis, Elasticsearch, Datastax, etcd, and MongoDB and Messages for RabbitMQ make up the family of services which are hosted in multiple IBM Cloud data centers all around the globe. As a rapidly growing offering, the team will also focus on bringing in new, secure, and compliant data service offerings (like MySQL) to market and thus expanding the breath of databases offered on our platform.

We are now looking for an enthusiastic Software Engineer to join our team. A successful candidate will have a passion for both SW development, along with a proven record and desire to work in an environment that follows the principle of: you build it you run it. You will drive and implement new requirements and improvements into the product, including new feature requests, integrating new technologies into the service, the orchestration to stand up new components, adding or enhancing our use of Kubernetes and associated operators, or changes to resolve or mitigate commonly hit operational issues. We work from a prioritised list of customer and business requests and form cross-functional feature delivery squads in charge of delivering the product end-to-end, through design, planning, execution, deployment, testing, monitoring, alerting, documentation, and ongoing operations and support.

The IBM Cloud Data Services team has been at the forefront of Continuous Integration/Continuous Deployment (CI/CD) SW development for the last 5 years. We operate in a true agile, continuous delivery model utilising the latest tools and technologies. When something isn't working, we fix it, improve it, and then apply the knowledge learnt. You will have the opportunity to learn every aspect of running a 24x7 Cloud Service and will gain highly-marketable skills in the process.

You will join a team that owns the end-to-end delivery into production, from requirements gathering through design and implementation through production operations. The concept is: You build it, you run it. The services must meet stringent availability targets 24x7 in all datacenters across the globe. As a member of the data services team you will join the primary on-call rotation (includes weekends) where you will be the primary responder for day to day operational issues. Working closely with our worldwide teams, this provides a unique opportunity to gain first-hand experience with the latest database technologies. You will follow runbooks to resolve such issues and use your troubleshooting and analytical skills to diagnose or troubleshoot platform or Data Service issues.

You need to be collaborative, able to handle responsibility, and love learning new techniques and tools. There is no requirement to be expert in any one language, but knowledge of Go, Java, Python are useful as well as Docker, Ansible, Jenkins, Orchestration and other cloud technologies such as Kubernetes. Specific skills in database technologies such as PostgreSQL, Redis, etcd, Elasticsearch, RabbitMQ, MongoDB, MySQL, Cassandra, and/or Apache Kafka would also be useful, but not required.

The key requirement is to have a passion for developing a High quality, Highly Available service. Engineers that have been successful in this area typically have:

  • A solid engineering underpinning to understand what High Availability means.

  • Embrace the "you develop it, you operate it" culture - which means if it goes wrong you will be called out to fix it.

  • Have a passion to keep up to speed with the new technologies in the Agile CI/CD development process, Cloud and Data Services space.

  • Are great team workers that are willing to turn their hand to whatever the highest priority issue of the day happens to be.

If you are hired into a Colorado work location, the anticipated compensation range for the position $113,000 to $174,000 is based on a full time schedule.Your ultimate compensation may vary depending on your job-related skills and experience.For part time roles, the compensation will be adjusted appropriately.

Required Technical and Professional Expertise

  • Bachelor's in Engineering, Computer Science, or relevant experience

  • Experience with Linux

  • Experience with programming languages

  • Experience with continuous delivery

  • Experience with development of monitoring in production components

  • Experience with troubleshooting systemic or customer issues in production components

  • Experience with developing and operating highly available, distributed applications in production environments

  • Capability to work in a global, multicultural and diverse environment

  • Fluent: English

Preferred Technical and Professional Expertise

  • Experience writing golang applications

  • Experience with Python

  • Experience with writing Kubernetes operators

  • Experience with Prometheus

  • Experience with developing and operating highly available, distributed applications in production environments on Kubernetes

  • Knowledge of the IBM Cloud ecosystem


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*12 weeks of paid parental bonding leave. Family care options are also available to support eligible employees during COVID-19.

*World-class training and educational resources on our personalized, AI-driven learning platform. IBM's learning culture supports your restless attitude to grow your skills and build the depth and scale of knowledge needed to achieve your career goals.

*Well-being programs to support mental and physical health.

*Financial programs that empower you to plan, save, and manage your money (including expert financial counseling, 401(k), IBM stock discount, etc.).

*Select educational reimbursement opportunities.

*Diverse and inclusive employee resource groups where you can network and connect with IBMers across the globe.

*Giving and volunteer programs to benefit charitable organizations and local communities.

*Discounts on retail products, services, and experiences.

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