Database Engineering Team Lead - Takealot

Job Description, a leading South African online retailer, is looking for a highly talented Database Team Lead to lead the Database Engineering team in Cape Town.At Takealot, our Database Team is focused on supporting, maintaining, and improving all things database. We operate a number of open source database systems, from Relational Databases, to Graph Databases and NoSQL. The team maintains the infrastructure, applications, and looks after the data, ensuring that we maintain high levels of uptime, and support the growing environment. Takealot is growing quickly, which brings a number of unique and interesting challenges. Data is growing quickly within the organization, and there is a lot of opportunity to shape the tools, technologies, and culture of data in the company.This position reports to the Engineering DirectorYour responsibilities will include:Architecting and implementing technical solutions to support scale and security initiativesOperational 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 forecastingAutomation of repetitive tasks through scripting or codeMentoring 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 securityResponding to Incidents

Responsibilities + Skills

Experience leading a team technically, with a focus on a very high quality outputExperience mentoring, coaching, and developing others technicallyExperience working within an Agile team, and an advocate of that culture


A thorough understanding of database principlesWrite code (we use Python)A solid understanding of Networking (TCP, UDP, IP, nmap, wireshark, etc)Experience with a configuration management system (Puppet, Chef, Ansible)


Comp-sci Degree or 5 to 10 years relevant industry experienceExperience with open source relational database systems (MySQL, PostgreSQL)Experience in Linux administration (Processes, Networking, Disks, Security)

Job Summary

  • Published on: Friday, 7th February 2020
  • Designation: Database Engineering Team Lead - Takealot
  • industry: Miscellaneous
  • Vacancy: 1
  • Employment Status: Full-time
  • Job Location: cape town
  • Salary: on a call
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  • Application Deadline: Friday, 7th February 2020

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  • was officially launched in June 2011, following the successful acquisition of an existing ecommerce business called Take2 by the US-based investment firm, Tiger Global Management and Kim Reid in October 2010. Today, is the leading ecommerce retailer in ... Read moreMission:’s mission is to be the most customer-centric online shopping destination in Africa, and has built a foundation on the simple concept that the customer comes first.The success of the business is based on its ability to delight customers with amazing customer service. is dedicated to improving the customer experience, from the moment you arrive on the website or app and place an order to when it arrives at your door. 

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