As an Upstream Contributor at Percona, you will play a crucial role in the open-source ecosystem. Your primary responsibility will be to improve the Valkey project by actively contributing code, advocating best practices, and fostering a collaborative environment within the core Valkey and Redis community. You'll also work closely with Percona’s engineering, product, and community teams to provide insights that will guide the development of Percona's add-ons, extensions, and integrations.

Please note that for this role there will be collaboration with a team based in West Coast US.

What You Will Do

  • As a core contributor, roughly 80% of your time will be spent contributing to Valkey’s codebase helping to deliver against its roadmap.
  • During the the remaining 20% you will:
  • Actively participate in community discussions, maintain a visible presence in mailing lists or forums, and contribute to documentation.
  • Serve as the bridge between the Valkey team and our own product, engineering, and community teams to ensure the compatibility and innovation of our own features and integrations with the upstream project.
  • Partner with other internal experts to serve as an escalation point in helping diagnose and resolve customer issues.
  • Share your deep understanding of Redis and Valkey with teams across Percona to help them enhance their skills and understanding.
  • Be a vocal advocate for the Valkey ecosystem, representing the project at conferences, webinars, and community events.
  • Provide feedback to the community and maintainers to guide future development.

What You Have Done

  • Strong background in C or C++ development.
  • 3+ years of relevant work experience or active participation in open source project development.
  • Deep understanding of Valkey/Redis or other key: value databases with prior experience contributing to open-source projects preferred.
  • Excellent collaboration skills, with the ability to work well in decentralized open-source communities.
  • Effective communication skills for internal and external collaboration.

What Will Make You Stand Out

  • Hands-on knowledge of Redis or other database internals.
  • Being an active member of an open source developer community.
  • Having a track record of contributing to a database project or other open source projects.
  • Proven success working in a distributed environment.
  • Experienced conference speaker, technical blog writer, activity on public forums or mailing lists.

Why Percona?

At Percona, we believe an open world is a better world. Our mission is to enable everyone to innovate freely, by providing the best open source database software, support, and services. We make databases and applications run better through a unique combination of expertise and open source software built with the community for you. Our technical teams are experts in MySQL, MongoDB, PostgreSQL, and MariaDB.

Percona is proud to be a remote-only and globally dispersed workforce – we have colleagues in more than 50 countries! We offer a collaborative, highly-engaged culture where your ideas are welcome and your voice is heard.

Our staff receives generous benefits including flexible work hours and various paid time off programs, all your equipment for your remote office, funds for career development (external training, certifications, conferences), ongoing connectivity allowances, and the opportunity to participate in our equity incentive plan. We also have benefits that support a healthy work/life balance such as The Percona Adventure Team, Work-from-Anywhere, FlowDays, FryDays, and overall flexibility. We also support being socially responsible through our PAVE volunteering program and Women Transforming Technology.

If you love the idea of working with a high-growth tech company that is one of the best in the business and known globally as a leader in the open-source database space, let’s talk!

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