Senior Database Engineer, Amazon Games

Jun 12, 2024
San Diego, United States
... Not specified
... Senior
Full time
... Office work
- 6+ years of experience as a DBA, Database Engineer, or similar role.
- 4+ years of experience engineering, administering and managing multiple NoSQL and SQL databases, preferably MS SQL Server and PostgreSQL.
- 1+ years of experience working on cloud platforms.
- 3+ years of experience with procedural language for at least one database engine is a must (PL/SQL, T-SQL).
- 3+ years of experience with at least one scripting language (Shell, PowerShell, Python, Perl).Amazon Games is seeking a highly talented and motivated Senior Database Engineer to join our Live Operations team supporting new titles in development. In this role you will be responsible for performing Database Engineering duties, including but not limited to:

- Migrating existing databases to AWS
- Administer/test/implement/manage different database technologies
- Identify and troubleshoot database performance issues, capacity and scalability planning
- Design security measures and strategies for enterprise databases
- Support and contribute ideas to set standards for database operations, automation and systems integrations, and maintaining/tuning production databases for multiple new titles within Amazon Games.

Key job responsibilities
You will be responsible for recommending appropriate data and streaming services and assisting with the design of data pipelines for new and existing titles. The ideal candidate must be a team player who is able to work directly with internal end-users and teammates to bring titles to production. You will add value to the team by bringing ideas and solutions to the table.

If you’d like to come join us, here’s some things that are key to success in this role:

- Have a penchant for digging deep and attacking difficult and complex problems.
- Be a self-starter who is able to work alone or as a member of a team.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills as well as strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
- Ability to work on multiple concurrent projects and interface with all levels within the organization.
- Broad awareness of customer workloads and use cases, including performance, availability and scalability.
- Working knowledge of relational database internals (locking, consistency, serialization, recovery paths).
- Broad knowledge of SQL and No-SQL database, streaming, and integration technologies.
- Build and maintain complex mission-critical production database systems and pipelines.
- Analyze issues holistically, from the application tier through the database, down to the storage.
- Working with AWS Services: RDS, EMR, Glue, Aurora, DynamoDB, DocumentDB, MSK, Kinesis, Neptune, S3, etc.
- Leverage good coding/scripting skills to automate tasks and improve workload analysis mechanisms.

A day in the life
This position is office-based, with the flexibility to work remotely up to two days per week in line with Amazon’s current flexible work guidance. Amazon encourages open communication about unique needs for flexible arrangements.

About the team
At Amazon Games, our ambition is to create bold new experiences that foster community in and around our games. Our team of game industry veterans is developing and publishing live service AAA multiplayer games and developing original IPs, including New World, with our studios and teams in Seattle, Orange County, San Diego, and Montreal. Amazon Games also publishes best-in-class games working closely with our partners, leading with Lost Ark from Smilegate RPG, Throne and Liberty from NCSOFT, Blue Protocol from Bandai Namco Online as well as the next major entry in the Tomb Raider series from Crystal Dynamics.

We are open to hiring candidates to work out of one of the following locations:

San Diego, CA, USA- A passion for Gaming! – Great understanding of how the Games industry operates and the unique characteristics, delightful weirdness, and culture of the industry.
- 1+ years of experience running a Game’s database.
- Experience with AWS CDK (Cloud Development Kit).
- Experience with Data Engineering, developing pipelines and ETL process.
- Experience supporting large-scale high-availability systems in a production environment.
- Professional Game industry experience dealing with Game and/or Game backend services.
- Passion for cloud database and streaming technologies – understanding of public and hybrid cloud platforms.
- Deep knowledge of AWS database and streaming services and their relevance to the Games industry.
- Relevant technical knowledge is helpful, such as: Game development platforms (Unity, Unreal, etc), core distributed computing concepts, fundamentals of cloud computing and virtualization, platform variation (mobile, PC, Console), software defined networking, network functions virtualization, etc. with the ability to go deep enough on relevant technologies key to the industry.
- Consulting experience is a plus.

Amazon is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. Amazon is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, disability, age, or other legally protected status. For individuals with disabilities who would like to request an accommodation, please visit

Our compensation reflects the cost of labor across several US geographic markets. The base pay for this position ranges from $131,400/year in our lowest geographic market up to $227,000/year in our highest geographic market. Pay is based on a number of factors including market location and may vary depending on job-related knowledge, skills, and experience. Amazon is a total compensation company. Dependent on the position offered, equity, sign-on payments, and other forms of compensation may be provided as part of a total compensation package, in addition to a full range of medical, financial, and/or other benefits. For more information, please visit This position will remain posted until filled. Applicants should apply via our internal or external career site.
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