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Senior Database Engineer at Paga Nigeria

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Senior Database Engineer at Paga Nigeria

Paga is a licensed financial services company and a leading payments company in Nigeria with a massive transformative purpose – to make it simple for one billion people to access and use money. It was founded on the simple belief that the ubiquity of mobile phones can be leveraged in building an ecosystem that enables people to digitally send and receive money and creating simple financial access for everyone.

We are recruiting to fill the position of:

Job Title: Senior Database Engineer

Location: Yaba, Lagos
Sector: Financial Services / FinTech
Reports to: Software Team Lead / Database Architect

Job Summary

  • As a Senior Database Engineer at Paga, you will have ownership of the implementation and technical effectiveness of broad functional and/or technical areas of the data components on the platform. You will be expected to contribute meaningfully to the design and improvement of the solutions you work on.
  • You will be expected to contribute to the development of the improvement of the database engineering practice as a whole through peer leadership, code review, training, process improvement and thought leadership.

Knowledge and Skill Requirements

  • A Degree in a related discipline
  • 2 – 4 years database programming experience
  • Agile product development methodology experience
  • Excellent SQL programming skills
  • Strong knowledge and experience with database performance optimization and optimization application
  • Working knowledge of database management concepts
  • Strong Microsoft SQL specific applied knowledge
  • PostgreSQL applied knowledge a plus
  • MySQL specific applied knowledge a plus

Technical Qualifications:

  • SQL Code Sophistication – Understands a wide range of complex database programming constructs, design patterns and frameworks proficiently and can navigate and apply them in their work. Can rapidly implement complex, sophisticated database logic and components.
  • SQL Code Performance and Optimization – This is a “performance-maven”, consistently applying performance-optimization considerations in work products. Actively contributes to the improvement of product design from a technical perspective including security, memory management, manageability, reliability and performance.
  • Testing – Is a leader for the overall practice of testing and actively improves the practice in the organization including supporting peers in improving testing capabilities and enforcing testing practices. Contributes to the overall improvement of code testability and code testing tools and processes.
  • DB Scalability & Optimization – Understands the factors that affect database scalability and performance and can cater for them well in their work and oversee their effective implementation in junior team members work. Has an excellent understanding of indexing, partitioning, locking, transactionality and clustering and their impact on database scalability and performance.
  • DB Architecture & Administration & Monitoring – Contributes meaningfully to broad platform database architecture and design efforts.
  • No-SQL Database Knowledge – Can move back and forth fluently between SQL and NoSQL programming and design paradigms. Understands and accounts for the performance aspects of no-SQL database programming.
  • Abstraction Knowledge – Has mastery of most abstract database programming concepts, applies them broadly across their work and improves the work of junior peers by applying these concepts in feedback.
  • Technical Independence – Has end-to-end product development ownership for broad products/features/framework or product areas. Engages and provides constructive input into platform-wide technical and architectural discussions.
  • Code Review Quality – Consistently performs in-depth code review within areas of responsibility, with feedback that goes beyond typical error-checking to include overall structure, performance, reliability and maintainability of the platform & codebase.
  • IDE/Tool Usage & Routine Automation – Implements automation to improve the development practice individually and across the team. Implements useful tools to improve development practices.
  • Process Adherence & Development – Helps oversee process adherence across the team and contributes meaningfully to process improvement.

Non-Technical Values & Traits

  • Scope – Owns end-to-end responsibility of medium-sized or relatively complex projects including engagement with project stakeholders. Requires little-to-no supervision of day-to-day work and consults senior architects when appropriate. Manages other more junior engineers contributing to their area of work.
  • Initiative – Independently identifies technical problems and proposes solutions across the platform, particularly in their areas of mastery. Seeks out ways to improve the system and product development practice and proposes them to the team leader. Seeks out opportunities to improve the work-products of their peers. Own the technical testing and performance planning side of their projects
  • Follow Through/Scrappiness/Grit/Availability – Drives high-quality completion of their products fairly independently with little-to-no supervision. Influences stakeholders in their areas effectively to bring solutions to life. Is highly available in urgent moments to solve technical problems.
  • Mastery/Depth of Understanding – Is the go-to expert in some significant area(s) of the codebase. Has a basic understanding of all key system frameworks and components and a deep understanding of some. Has strong business knowledge in one or more business functional areas. Thoroughly understand company processes and methodology well and promote understanding with others. Has sufficient knowledge of broad areas of the platform to provide intelligent technical input to the business
  • Business Impact Awareness, Pragmatism – Understands the tradeoffs between technical, analytical and product goals, and strive to create solutions that satisfy all of these goals
  • Vision & Strategic Perspective – Engages in the strategic decision-making process and provides useful input to strategy. Consistently provides strategic context and understanding to junior team members
  • Collaboration – Courteous, tactful and diplomatic. Responds positively to request help from internal and external partners. Does his/her share of tasks. Takes on additional work, when asked, to help a colleague out. Keeps people informed of progress on key tasks.
  • Ownership & Results Orientation – Demonstrates self-motivation and initiative-taking on a personal and professional level. Takes decisive and accurate action to deliver value. Accepts responsibility for outcomes even when elements are not within his/her control, providing a balanced and objective explanation. Supports and encourages others to adopt a constructive attitude to the successful completion of work responsibilities. Share your successes and praise others for motivation. Motivates colleagues through their enthusiasm and willingness to learn.
  • Integrity – Is honest without fail. Treats everyone with respect. Expresses an interest in the way people behave, recognizing the importance of attitudes and motives. Acknowledges the good work of others. Pays close attention to the needs of others.
  • Policy Adherence – Keeps up to date with rules and regulations. Applies policies, processes and procedures to daily working. Identifies and proposes solutions for improvements to ways of working.
  • Communication – Expresses ideas or facts clearly. Good written and verbal communication skills. Promotes two-way communication with others through the correct interpretation of messages and appropriate responses. Communicates in a non-threatening way. Shows empathy.

Application Closing Date
Not Specified.

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

Note: We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity and inclusion. We do not discriminate on grounds of colour, race, nationality, religion, age, ethnic origin, disability, gender, marital status, or sexual orientation in our employment practices.

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Justin Okere
Justin Okere
Dr. Justin Kelechi Okere has a Ph.D (Distinction) in Natural Resources and Environmental Management (Impact Assessment and Remediation) from the University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria; Certified by Ivy universities including Harvard, Stanford and MIT. He is also certified by NEBOSH, UK. Dr Okere is an Environmental Consultant and presently the Head, Department of Chemical Sciences, Hezekiah University, Imo State and Adjunct Lecturer at University of Port Harcourt. Due to the high unemployment rate and degradation of the environment, he has decided to use this Globupdate platform to enhance humanity as regards the mentioned issues and more.

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