Backend Engineer, Core Platform: Geo (Ruby)



Software Engineering
Americas · Remote
Posted on Wednesday, June 26, 2024

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An overview of this role

As a Backend Engineer on our Geo team within the Core Platform subdepartment, you will work developing scalable and performant product features for three distinct product categories; Gitlab Replication, Disaster Recovery, and Backup & Restore. Furthermore, you will actively learn from the customer experience and support them with issues that they bring to our attention. These could take the form of bug reports or feature requests. Geo users are often Gitlab’s largest customers and many rely on Geo as a critical part of their workflow.

Some examples of our projects:

What you’ll do

  • Develop features and improvements to the GitLab Geo product in a secure, well-tested, and performant way
  • Work with the Product Manager to carefully assess the technical feasibility of feature requests
  • Deliver proof-of-concept proposals to help guide technical discussions
  • Identify ways to deliver complex technical projects in an iterative fashion
  • Take ownership of feature implementation
  • Provide technical advice to the Customer Support team to resolve requests from customers

What you’ll bring

  • Significant professional experience with Ruby on Rails and Git
  • Experience designing and building fault-tolerant, distributed systems
  • Experience building and scaling highly-available systems
  • Experience with queueing and messaging systems
  • Experience with provisioning tools
  • Considered a plus is to have experience working with tools for backup and restore of: databases, app configuration, and infrastructure as code for large distributed applications.

About the team

GitLab Geo is an enterprise product feature, built to distribute GitLab self-hosted deployments to different geographic locations. This is achieved by replicating the entire GitLab dataset to new locations in a coordinated, consistent, and scalable manner. Data can be accessed from any of the locations whilst intelligent proxying techniques guarantee users have access to the most recent data.

Geo’s architecture addresses a number of customer problems that includes acceleration of proximity based data access and disaster recovery.

How GitLab will support you

Please note that we welcome interest from candidates with varying levels of experience; many successful candidates do not meet every single requirement. Additionally, studies have shown that people from underrepresented groups are less likely to apply to a job unless they meet every single qualification. If you're excited about this role, please apply and allow our recruiters to assess your application.


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$98,000$210,000 USD

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