Senior Database Engineer

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Job Type
Permanent Full-Time
Location : Name (EN)
Vancouver, BC

Your Role:

As a Senior Database Engineer, you will help set the direction of database technologies and also provide top-notch support and consulting to DBAs, developers, and support personnel at Global Relay. You will help us push the boundaries of scalability and performance, and move our databases to the next level.


This is your chance to join a highly capable, high-energy team of top developers within one of the fastest-growing companies in Canada. Part of your role is to maintain, support, and help add features to our existing SQL Server implementation, working as part of the Infrastructure scrum team. Looking forward, you will help us evolve our systems and databases to support scaling our user base by 100X within 5 years. You will help us choose the right database technologies and architectures to get us there.




  • 10 years overall experience with SQL Server (MySQL and PostgreSQL may be considered as well)
  • 5 years designing and architecting databases
  • 5 years as a DBA supporting SQL Server
  • Experience writing complex stored procedures and queries, and tuning them for high performance
  • Experience with horizontally scalable systems
  • Experience with large systems that support 2 million to 200 million users
  • Experience with NoSQL databases is an asset
  • Experience with micro-services is an asset


Your Job


  • Work with architects, team leads, and Product Management to evolve the Service Manager product into a horizontally scalable, micro-service-based system
  • Work with DBAs to support and monitor the existing SQL Server database
  • Write, tune, and review SQL queries and stored procedures
  • Work with team leads and architects to design database schemas for new features
  • Proactively determine storage, memory, and CPU requirements. Regularly review forecast reports and ensure that the SQL Server database has the hardware capacity to handle continuing growth
  • Act as the Subject Matter Expert and consultant for all database questions in the Service Manager group
  • Research and make recommendations on reliable, scalable database technologies for new micro-services deployed in a containerized environment
  • Stay current with the latest database technologies and trends
  • Mentor and guide the DBAs on the team
  • Work in an agile environment as part of the Infrastructure team


About You


  • You have lived and breathed databases, especially SQL Server, for many years
  • You are objective, high-energy, smart, and also very experienced
  • You have no technology favorites and simply want to select the right tool for the job
  • You are forward-looking and can plan a technology roadmap for 5 years down the road
  • You are friendly, approachable, patient, and always available to answer questions
  • You are reliable, accountable, and you take full ownership of everything you do
  • You are curious about new technologies and are quick to understand their pros and cons
  • You act quickly to solve production issues and employ proactive monitoring to act on problems before they arise
  • You have good presentation skills and are persuasive but not pushy
  • You are independent with a high degree of initiative, but are a skilled team player as well

About Us:

Global Relay is the leading provider of cloud-based archiving, information governancesurveillance, and eDiscovery solutions to the global financsector. We help financial services firms preserve and supervise their communications data for regulatory compliance, risk mitigation, and litigation readiness. We deliver our services to over 20,000 customers in 90 countries, including 22 of the top 25 global banks. Our market-leading archiving service supports email, instant messaging, text, market data chat, social media, enterprise social networking, voice, trade data, websites, and more. Recently, we also launched a compliant messaging platform specifically for the finance industry.


Our Global Operations & Development Center is located in Vancouver, BC, Canada. In addition, we have offices in six other cities across the world, including major financial centers like New York, Chicago, and London.


Over the years, we have won several major awards, including:

  • Company of the Year from the BC Tech Association
  • Canada’s 50 Best Small and Medium Employers
  • Canada’s Top Employers for Young People
  • Canada’s Top 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures
  • Canada’s Best Managed Companies – Platinum
  • Technology Fast 50 – Leadership

We provide fantastic opportunities to individuals passionate about business and technology. For those with international business aspirations, we offer invaluable opportunities for doing business with some of the world’s largest, most influential firms. Our company is also perfect for those who want to create cool technology using massively scalable, big-data architecture, with a strong focus on mobile.


To learn more about our business, culture, and community involvement, visit


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