Database Reliability Engineer

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Our mission

We're making Africa the first cashless continent.

In 2017, nearly 60% of adults in sub-Saharan Africa had no bank account. That's for good reason—the fees are too high, the closest branch can be miles away, and nobody takes cards. Without access to financial institutions, people are forced to keep their savings under the mattress. Small business owners rely on lenders who charge extortionate rates. Parents spend hours waiting in line to pay school fees in cash.

We're solving this by building financial services that just work: no account fees, instantly available, and accepted everywhere. In places where electricity, water and roads don't always work, you can still send money with Wave. In November 2017, we launched a mobile app in Senegal for cash deposit, withdrawal, and peer-to-peer and business payments. In 2019, we expanded to Cote d'Ivoire. Now we have millions of users and are growing fast. Our goal is to make Africa the first cashless continent. And that's where you come in...

How you’ll help us achieve it

Wave is one of the fastest-growing financial services ever, and our data is rapidly getting too big to live on a single node. You’ll help us gracefully handle our growth by finding the best ways to scale our Postgres databases.

You’ll be our first dedicated database specialist, so you’ll get to define the role, set technical direction and grow into a team lead if interested.

You’ll be responsible for:

Our to-do list changes constantly, but here are some recent projects as examples of what you might work on:

Requirements

About engineering at Wave

We value:

Our stack (note that we will train you on any of these—you don't need prior experience—and you probably won't work much/at all with the frontend parts):

Key Details

Our team

  • We have a continuously growing in-country team in Senegal, Cote D'Ivoire and Uganda, plus remote team members spread across the world. We're deeply passionate about our mission of bringing great financial services to the people who need them most.
  • We foster autonomy for our employees. You'll learn to own your own projects at every stage, from understanding the problem to monitoring your solution in production.
  • We’re backed by world-class investors including Khosla Ventures, Founders Fund, Y Combinator, and the cofounders of PayPal.

How to apply

Fill out the form below, and upload a resume plus a cover letter describing your interest in Wave and the role. We review applications on a rolling basis.

Wave is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.