Database Automation Engineer, Cash App

  • San Francisco, CA, USA
  • Employees can work remotely
  • Full-time

Company Description

It all started with an idea at Block in 2013. Initially built to take the pain out of peer-to-peer payments, Cash App has gone from a simple product with a single purpose to a dynamic app, bringing a better way to send, spend, invest, borrow and save to our millions of monthly active users. With a mission to redefine the world's relationship with money by making it more relatable, available and accessible, at Cash App you'll have the opportunity to make a real-world impact with your career.

Today, Cash App has thousands of employees around the world with a culture geared toward creativity, collaboration and impact. We’ve been a distributed team since day one, and continue to value working across time zones and continents both remotely and in our Cash App offices.

Our offices are great, but many of our roles can be done remotely from the countries where Block operates. We tailor our experience to champion our employees’ creativity and productivity wherever they are. 

Check out our locations, benefits and more at

Job Description

We provide a set of fully managed databases as a platform, used to persist data for all of Cash App. Our platform, running on AWS, automates operating a constantly growing number of databases and database systems like DynamoDB, AWS Aurora, and TiDB. We are responsible for a wide variety of data and access patterns, ranging from mission-critical payment data to high volume user event and sensor data, requiring us to gain deep expertise in a variety of database systems.

Our teams are remote first and globally distributed. You will have high levels of autonomy and curiosity.

As a member of the Cloud Database engineering team, you'll collaborate with our stakeholders - including product engineers - to:

  • Design, build, and own infrastructure projects that provide critical support for operating database systems at scale
  • Build the platform that provides self-serve provisioning, scaling, and management of database systems like DynamoDB, AWS Aurora, ElastiCache, ElasticSearch, and TiDB.
  • Build and operate continuous integration and chaos testing for our platform
  • Spread database best-practices across the organization, while mentoring and inspiring fellow engineers

You'll also have the chance to explore and contribute to bleeding edge open source technologies that will form the future of Cash App's cloud storage platform, like TiDB,, and ChaosMesh.


You are a self-motivated, curious engineer who wants to work with stateful distributed systems at scale. Automating chores is second nature. An afternoon spent tracking down an obscure kernel bug is your idea of a good time. You can jump up and down the cloud platform stack at will. The fact that you'll be jumping head first into a massive, distributed cloud platform excites you.

Skills you’ll bring:

  • A curiosity for highly available systems at scale
  • Technical initiative and a desire to make those around you better
  • Experience with incident response, including disaster recovery
  • Proficient in Go or a mainstream scripting language
  • At least one of:
    • Experience operating Data Storage at scale with one or more of the following databases: MySQL, DynamoDB, Amazon RDS, and TiDB
    • Proficient with container orchestration technologies like Docker and Kubernetes

Technologies we use and teach:

MySQL, DynamoDB, TiDB, Amazon RDS, AWS, Kubernetes, Terraform, Go, and Kotlin. We don’t expect candidates to have experience in all of these technologies.

Cash App spends much of its time using these tools, but we're committed to working on the right tech for the job. As a senior member of the team, we look forward to having your expertise guide us into the future.

Additional Information

We’re working to build a more inclusive economy where our customers have equal access to opportunity, and we strive to live by these same values in building our workplace. Block is a proud equal opportunity employer. We work hard to evaluate all employees and job applicants consistently, without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, pregnancy, gender expression or identity, sexual orientation, citizenship, or any other legally protected class. 

We believe in being fair, and are committed to an inclusive interview experience, including providing reasonable accommodations to disabled applicants throughout the recruitment process. We encourage applicants to share any needed accommodations with their recruiter, who will treat these requests as confidentially as possible. Want to learn more about what we’re doing to build a workplace that is fair and square? Check out our I+D page

Additionally, we consider qualified applicants with criminal histories for employment on our team, assessing candidates in a manner consistent with the requirements of the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.

Block, Inc. (NYSE: SQ) is a global technology company with a focus on financial services. Made up of Square, Cash App, Spiral, TIDAL, and TBD54566975, we build tools to help more people access the economy. Square helps sellers run and grow their businesses with its integrated ecosystem of commerce solutions, business software, and banking services. With Cash App, anyone can easily send, spend, or invest their money in stocks or Bitcoin. Spiral (formerly Square Crypto) builds and funds free, open-source Bitcoin projects. Artists use TIDAL to help them succeed as entrepreneurs and connect more deeply with fans. TBD54566975 is building an open developer platform to make it easier to access Bitcoin and other blockchain technologies without having to go through an institution.

Privacy Policy