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Software Engineer, Orchestration

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PlanetScale is growing rapidly and reinventing the database space. We have built the database for developers unlike any others – we kept the good parts of the relational database and left behind the baggage. Because our 'touch of the button' solutions are so unique, our customers choose to entrust us with what is often their most precious digital assets, so the stakes couldn't be higher.

A cornerstone of our product is reliable, safe, and efficient orchestration of cloud resources that back our customer’s databases; compute instances, block storage, virtualized networking elements, etc. Our customers choose to entrust us with what is often their most precious digital assets, so the stakes couldn’t be higher.

This is where the Orchestration Engineering team comes into the picture. We build, maintain, operate, and scale the in-house software which provisions and directs the computing resources behind PlanetScale’s data path at scale.

If the idea of perfecting the automated orchestration of cloud infrastructure at the scale of tens of thousands of deployments and beyond excites you, then you’ll find a home on this team. While we use off-the-shelf software wherever we can, perfecting our product often means pushing the boundaries beyond the standard kit. That’s where this team spends most of its time.

What's the job to be done?

  • If you were to sit next to us any given day, you’d see us working across a small handful of Go codebases, including our own custom Kubernetes operator which deals with concerns such as swiftly and correctly reparenting a MySQL replication topology.
  • But really, it’s building confidence in these systems. The logic is typically straightforward, relatively speaking. Knowing that it works, however, is where the fun starts. 
  • You’ll be spending a large portion of your time working towards a high degree of certainty that these systems will not do very bad things. Keeping data safe and online is our business, first and foremost.

These attributes best describe you...

  • A zest for building really good software, collaboratively. You’ll spend most of your time in the trenches with colleagues you enjoy, so we strive to support those truly special moments for customers, when expectations are instantly redefined forever.
  • We hire across the spectrum of experience levels and professional backgrounds, but our teams are balanced. This means we welcome candidates across the board and won’t make you an offer until we can support you in earnest and provide you the right growth opportunities.
  • You are very interested and excited about distributed systems, scalability, and cloud infrastructure. That’s a lot of the job.
  • You thrive in a  high productivity, high autonomy environment that rewards excellent work and provides the tools and support to back it up. We don’t leave our teammates to fend for themselves or send them on aimless expeditions.
  • You value colleagues that help you achieve your potential and an accountable management team. You will always know where you stand.

What you will need

  • Having written a bunch of Go code.
  • Experience with cloud infrastructure services in AWS, GCP, or Azure.
  • SQL and general database engineering experience definitely helps.
  • The team is distributed but is currently concentrated in the US, so admittedly it’ll be easier if you are in one of these time zones right now. But if you’re a highly effective remote worker, we will make sure you’re set up to succeed.

What else will help you be successful

  • Experience working on or managing an all-remote team
  • Exposure to relational databases or software development
  • Experience building organizations from the ground up


At PlanetScale we believe in supporting people to do their best work and thrive no matter the location. Our mission is to build a diverse, equitable, and inclusive company. We strive to build an inclusive environment where all people feel that they are equally respected and valued, whether they are a candidate or an employee. We welcome applicants of any educational background, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, age, citizenship, socioeconomic status, disability, pregnancy status, and veteran status.

If you have a disability, please let us know if there's any way we can make the interview process better for you; we're happy to accommodate!



Perks at PlanetScale

Work with top tier teammates around the globe
Competitive salary & equity
Unlimited PTO

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