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Database Engineer

Remote, Croatia
Zoran Štrbac
Talent Acquisition Specialist

We are currently hiring a Database Engineer with 2+ years of working experience with Oracle and PL/SQL, to join our team on the further development of Peterson’s platform, the largest test-prep service provider in the USA.

The salary for this position ranges between 15 500 HRK and 25 000 HRK gross 1, depending on your skills and experience.

About the project you’ll be working on

The client you are going to be working with is Peterson’s, a leading provider of live, print, and online products and services, including test preparation (GMT, SAT, TOEFL), career exploration tools, and scholarship searches.

Peterson’s LMS platform is used by more than 500.000 students yearly.

Peterson’s platform is the main source of information for more than 500.000 students yearly, as well as their parents, teachers, and operations teams working on the college application management.  The users of Peterson’s platform also include universities across the US and government agencies. One of the products within Peterson’s platform is also Dantes, a mobile and web application providing academic courses free of charge to all active-duty military, their families, and DoD civilians.

About your position

The main focus of this position will be database development, administration and improvement. As a Database Engineer, you’ll be working with Oracle and PL/SQL. You’ll work closely with the senior database engineer and the rest of the team (backend and frontend developers, QA team, DevOps).

The team you’ll be working with and the workflow

Our experts working in Peterson’s platform use agile methodologies and use the Gitflow Workflow process to ideate, develop and deploy new products and product features. 

We have a team of more than 10 experts that have been working on Peterson’s platform development. In less than a year we have managed to improve the code quality through the Gitflow Workflow process. We use Gitlab merge request for code review, all of the new features are covered with functional and unit testing enabling us to cover the larger portions of code coverage.  Also, we use the Gitlab CI/CD method to build, test and deploy new applications.

Some of the additional technologies we use include: 

Development & deployment: Docker

Backend technologies:  PHP, MYSQL, Redis 

DevOps: Ansible, Terraform, automated deploy

Error Logging:

We have contributed to Peterson’s platform quality through the development of the auth0 single sign-on authentication used through all of Peterson’s products, as well as through the development of the native mobile application Dantes.

Peterson’s test prep mobile application for iOS and Android.

Our teams work directly with Peterson’s founders and hold a great dose of ownership over the product development.

Other products we are currently working on

Drivedo (former – A product that we have developed independently enables candidates to prepare better for exams in traffic regulations as part of training for driving schools and allows driving schools to easily track the progress of candidates.

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What can you expect from us?

1. Competitive salary

We offer you a competitive compensation package along with regular evaluations of your skills and knowledge to enable further growth of your salary, along with the additional benefits.

2. Modern tech stack

We hold full ownership over the tech stack on each project we work on. Since we are constantly looking for new ways to improve development and CI/CD processes, you will have an impact on the selection of new technologies.

3. SPECKtacular coworkers

The Croatian team you’ll be working with is made of both technically strong and very cohesive team members. Before joining the Peterson’s team, some of the team members previously worked in large and notable companies in Croatia and Europe, some led teams there, while some are very active in the tech community. Apart from being experts in what they do, they are also great to hang out with and talk about many different topics and interests.

Peterson’s team gathering.

4. Flexible working schedule

You can shape your working schedule according to your life, hobbies, and interests.  No questions asked as long as the job is done. 

Since Peterson’s is based in Colorado in the US, sometimes it will be required to adjust your schedule and be available in the afternoon hours for better coordination.

5. Remote work

Even though we have an office in Zagreb (HUB385), we are a remote-first company. 

6. Professional development

We make sure you have access to any online course or book. Apart from that, you get a yearly education budget which you can use for additional education workshops, conferences, or anything else you need for your professional development.

7. SPECKtacular company culture

We respect one another enough to give and receive honest feedback. But we also know that the most valuable feedback is spoken through empathy which is why we nurture the culture of inclusivity and teamwork. 

8. Slick equipment

MacBooks, monitors, headphones, magic mouses, and wireless keyboards – whatever you need to be at your best. In case you will be needing anything else, we are happy to hear your requests!

What do we expect from you?

  • 2+ years of working experience as a database engineer and database developer – experience in database design, development, implementation and maintenance (Oracle) and working experience with PL/SQL
  • Experience with optimizing queries, managing triggers and procedures
  • Advanced knowledge of SQL
  • Familiarity with at least one programming language (Python, Ruby, C#, …)
  • High ability to analyze and solve complex problems
  • Experience in database troubleshooting
  • Excellent knowledge of English

Bonus points for:

  • Experience working with MSSQL
  • Experience working with MySQL
  • Experience working in Amazon AWS/RDS environment
  • Experience working with PostgreSQL
  • Experience working with MS Excel and MS Access

What will be your responsibilities?

  • Maintaining Oracle databases
  • Designing and developing advanced solutions for databases, including triggers, procedures and other database objects
  • Logical and physical database design
  • Analysis and planning of appropriate backup/restore procedures of production databases
  • Analysis and troubleshooting through data dictionary
  • Administering and creating new procedures, schemas and tables
  • Tuning database performance and query optimization
  • Managing storage space for database objects
  • Developing procedures for database protection
  • Recovery of databases if necessary
  • System testing and documentation

In case you have the skills and knowledge mentioned above, don’t hesitate – send us your CV and we will get back to you! 🙂 

If you have any questions about this position, shoot us a message at [email protected]

The position is open until September 4th or until filled.

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