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AES Global

Engineering Team Lead (Database)

AES Global

22nd May 2020

Cape Town, South Africa

5 to 8 years

R80000 - R120000

Cost to company

Mid Senior

Full Time


  • APIs
  • AWS
  • Cloud Computing
  • MongoDB
  • Software Development
  • TCP/IP
  • Database


  • Information Technology (IT)

Job Description

A South African Industry Giant is looking for an Experienced Database Team Lead to join their team in Cape Town. You will be working with and guiding the best in Database Technologies. 

This is a great opportunity to lead a growing team that is making waves in the eCommerce industry. 

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Architecting and implementing technical solutions to support scale and security initiatives
  • Operational work, ensuring databases are operating smoothly, creating databases, users, tables, schema changes, bulk data changes, etc.
  • Maintenance and hygiene for longevity, attending to upgrades, ensuring backups are happening and healthy, capacity planning and forecasting
  • Automation of repetitive tasks through scripting or code
  • Mentoring and coaching of data best practices within the organization. Driving the adoption of these best practices to ensure data hygiene.
  • Implementing features, technology, and processes that move us towards industry best practices, improving on scalability, efficiency, reliability, and security
  • Responding to Incidents

Attributes required

  • Works well with people, and is passionate about helping people be their best
  • Is a team player, an active listener, mentor, and able to communicate well
  • Shows solid reasoning and decision making, with the ability to work under pressure
  • Is passionate about technology, systems and data
  • Is curious, always learning, and keeping up to date with the industry
  • Has a deep understanding of database engines
  • Has a solid grasp on query performance analysis and schema design
  • Can troubleshoot complex database operations and performance issues
  • Can automate tasks using shell scripting or writing small applications


  • Comp-sci Degree or 5 to 10 years relevant industry experience
  • Experience with open source relational database systems (MySQL, PostgreSQL)
  • Experience in Linux administration (Processes, Networking, Disks, Security)
  • Experience leading a team technically, with a focus on a very high quality output
  • Experience mentoring, coaching, and developing others technically
  • Experience working within an Agile team, and an advocate of that culture
  • Significant technical experience and a proven track record of database schema design, and query optimization
  • A thorough understanding of database principles
  • Write code (we use Python)
  • A solid understanding of Networking (TCP, UDP, IP, nmap, wireshark, etc)
  • Experience with a configuration management system (Puppet, Chef, Ansible)
  • Experience with Kafka, PubSub, or other event-based systems
  • Experience with Cassandra, MongoDB, Elasticsearch, and other database systems
  • Experience with Data warehousing, data lakes, lambda/kappa architectures


For more details please get in touch :)